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5 Lord Christ, I thank thee for thy grace, 730.*' T. 205.
HAPPY race-of witnesses !
Whom God's Spirit doth ordain
Ye can only vict'ry gain From thy communion sever.
By that sacred cov'nant blood,
Which the fathers, bold in God, 6 'Tis here my needy soul is fed, Wrote in faith on ev'ry duor, But not with food terrestrial ;
That the slayer might pass o'er.
2 Israel's seed-from slav'ry freed And at thy feet-my rest bow sweet! But the bride of Christ, who dy'd
Eat with joy their paschal Lamb; Here may
I have my station, A trophy of thy passion,
Her from bondage to redeem,
Hath another passover; 7 And when I once, of heav'nly bliss (There the shadow, substance here :)
And perfect love possessed, She enjoys the flesh and blood Shall see my Saviour, as he is, Of the slaughter'd Lamb of God. The Lamb for ever blessed,
3 Here we now-most humbly bow, Still shall each breath-show forth his
Being met in Jesus' name, death;
Who for us--dy'd on the cross My voice shall swell the chorus,
Bearing our reproach and shame,
And the Spirit, Three in One,
With the countless heav'nly host,
4 Ere we taste-the rich repast, Before his suff'rings, he took bread,
Which he offers graciously, Bless'd it, and brake it, and then said: On our food, --his flesh and blood, “ Take, eat; this is my body giv'n
Feasting in the sanctuary, For you, and offer'd on the tree.
Ere the sacrament t' enjoy, Perform this ord'nance as I do,
We with awe to him draw nigh: And doing it, remember me."
We in love and fellowship
As it is---for pilgrims fit,
Thanks and praise" will be their song.
Only by thy blood, Lamb!”
Once more to eat the paschal lamb That in the sacrament our Saviour
Did here thy sorr'wing soul inflame! We weep for joy and grief:
Afford to him in word and in demeanor; 2 Thy love is great beyond all measure, Yea, sometimes frustrate his gracious Thence we derive eternal good;
Ah, then in faith we sigh,
And to our Saviour cry:
And give absolving grace:
Lord, leave with us thy peace!
DEAR Lord! this congregation
Is poor, despise her not;
She's taken with thy passion,
As were she on the spot,
'Fore whom the universe doth shake,
Thy heart-strings broke in death;
And gives her life and breath,
2 Shouldst thou desire her beauty,
For shame she hides her face;
Her only plea is grace:
Yet 'we're thy property;
And blood, how blest are we !
And sweat the earth did cover,
Be now interr'd for ever;
And blood be sanctify’d.
H T H
He gave us his flesh to eat,
And to drink, his precious blood:
All who sick and needy are Since mortals may tread
May receive in him a share. The holiest of all,
3 Hither each afflicted soul And deeply abas'd 'fore the mercy-seat fall;
May repair, tho' fill'd with grief;
To the sick, not to the whole, 2 Admit us, we pray,
The Physician brings relief: On this solemn day,
Fear not, therefore, but draw nigh, To thee to draw nigh,
He will all your wants supply.
Fixeth any hope or stay,
Hath not on a wedding dress,
And with shame is sent away : How hast thou been used !
To the hungry, weary heart, With God's sin-avenging rod
He will food and rest impart. Soul and body bruised!
5 But examine first your case, 2 We, for whom thou once wast slain,
Whether you be in the faith;
Do We, whose sins did pierce thee,
for pard’ning grace? Now commemorate thy pain,
Is your only hope his death? And implore thy mercy.
Then, howe'er your soul's opprest,
Come, you are a worthy guest. 3 What can we poor sinners do, 6 He who Jesus' mercy knows, When temptations seize us!
Is from wrath and envy freed; Nought have we to look unto
Love unto our neighbor shows But the blood of Jesus,
That we are his flock indeed : 4 Pardon all our sins, O Lord;
in all our ways All our weakness pity ;
Show forth our Redeemer's praise.
CHRIST was revealed in the flesh
To suffer death upon the shamefulcross;
Now his holy body, for sinners given,
Is our souls' food, until we shall in 6 Bid uş call to mind thy cross,
Adore his name. Our hard hearts to soften;
2 With thirsty souls we drink the saOften Saviour, feast us thus,
cred blood, For we need it often.
Which flow'd from Jesus Christ, the
T. 581. To procure for sinners complete salvaTo avert from men God's wrath
When he became the full propitiation
For all our sins.
3 While we partake thereof in hum. He a full atonement made:
ble faith, And by his most precious blood
We show forth Jesus'sin-atoning death, Brought us sinners nigh to God.
And with deep abasement the congre
gation 2 That we never should forget Gives glory, honor, praise and adoras This great love on us bestow'd, tion
Unto the Lamb.
Thou know'st thy destination
Is to abide in Christ by faith,
Live to his praise by day and night;
We vow again
Thine to remain :
“ This is my blood, for you’tis shed.”
For thee, our Lord and Saviour : And on the ignominious tree
Aton'd for my transgressions ?
And taste thy matchless favor :
And on account of sin
Have mourn’d with pungent sorrow,
But now, feel joy within,
What think ye, that to him on high,
'Fore whom ev'n John did tremble, Abide in thee
Ye dare approach so nigh?
This day upon each heart,
And thus to soul and body
Salvation doth impart.
That blood which on the cross he shed
Our drink is, and his body
Is our true heav'nly bread.
We with the heart believe it too,
And can with full assurance
Declare it to be true,
5 In spirit we behold him
We may approach with boldness
To him in all our need.
Make us, his congregation,
In all our ways
6 Thou ransom'd church of Jesus, 14 How do I, with spirit's hunger, Increase in love and faith,
Lord, to taste thy goodness, linger! United to thy Saviour;
Oft I pant with inward sighing Be faithful unto death,
This blest food to be enjoying. And own him God for evermore,
5 O how crave I the fruition
Of thy blood, my soul's nutrition !
I'm with God in closest union,
6 Heav'nly joy and holy trembling
I feel in me, past dissembling;
For the food to which I'm bidden
Is a mysl’ry deep and hidden.
7 Human reason is too shallow 2 He hath with a pledge of grace His dear flock supplied,
In this wonder thee to follow,
How thou hast unto us given
Thy own flesh, the bread of heaven
8 How the blood which from thee 3 'Tis his body and his blood Which the soul refreshes;
flowed, Church of Christ, this highest good
Is in wine on us bestowed ;
O the wonders deep and blessed, Claims thy thanks and praises !
By God's Spirit here expressed ! 4 By this sacrament we are To our Lord united;
9 Thy communion's celebration To due watchfulness and pray's,
Bows me down to deep prostration; And good works excited.
May I never unprepared,
To my condemnation share it. 5 With deep rev'rence we draw nigh, Falling down before thee ;
744.* T. 23. While we this repast enjoy, COME, approach to Jesus'table, We with awe adore thee.
Taste that food incomparable, 6 Us thy congregation own,
Which to us is freely given,
As an antepast of heaven.
With his body she is nourish'd,
With his blood refresh'd and cherish'd.
3 Far be gone all carnal reason,
By thy love to be inspired. 2 Jesus, Lord of the creation,
4 This mysterious, heav'nly blessing Gives thee now an invitation, Is all thought by far surpassing ; His unbounded love revealing,
may we adore thee, He'll take up in thee his dwelling.
Soul and body sink before thee.