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4 To thee we dedicate this house,
And our best offerings bring;
And hymns of triumph sing.
With thy most worthy praise ;
A temple of thy grace.
L. M. [#]
Smile on our homage and our vows;
These pledges of our Master's care.
In splendid triumph o'er his foes,
And wide his royal bounties flow. 3 So shall a bright succession run,
Till the last courses of the sun;
Shall rise and flourish, large and fair. 4 Jesus, our Lord, their hearts shall know,
The Spring whence all these blessings flow; Pastors and people shout his praise, Through the long round of endless days.
HYMN 485. L. M. [#]
Settlement or Ordination of a Minister. 1 GREAT Lord of angels, we adore
The grace that builds thy courts below; And, mid ten thousand sons of light,
Stoops to regard what mortals do. 2 Amid the wastes of time and death
Successive pastors thou dost raise, Thy kingdom and thy truth to spread,
And form a people for thy praise. 3 At length, dismissed from labours here,
Thy servants join the heavenly band; With them through distant worlds they fly,
With them before thy presence stand, 4 O blest employment ! glorious hope !
Sweet lenitive of grief and care !
And all their joys and honours share? 5 Yet, while these labours we pursue,
Though distant from thy heavenly throne, Give us a zeal and love like theirs,
And half their heaven shall here be known.
HYMN 486. C. M. [#]
To you this power is given;
To all beneath the heaven.
2 Commissioned thus, through every age,
His heralds, in his name,
And peace and hope proclaim. 3 To him, whom we to thee ordain,
Thy gifts, O God, impart;
Which heal the wounded heart. 4 May all, by his instruction blest,
The path to heaven pursue ;
Numerous as drops of dew.
HYMN 487. C. M. [#]
Installation or Ordination.
We bow before thy throne,
Which call us all thine own.
Of pardoning love be heard ;
The contrite soul be cheered.
Is set apart for thee,
And all thy glory see. 4 Teach him to show that peace on earth
Which true religion gives ;
To realms where Jesus lives.
5 O may thy grace his heart enlarge,
To teach thy precepts given,
He shall be called to heaven.
HYMN 488. L. M. [#]
Pastoral Care. 1 GREAT God, before thy throne we bow;
To thee we raise the fervent prayer ; Do thou on us thy grace bestow,
And make us all thy tender care. 2 Him thou dost place as pastor here,
Wilt thou, O Saviour, deign to bless : With firmness and with godly fear
May he declare thy truth and grace. 3 May no vain pride his heart possess,
To wrest thy word, thy truth conceal; Be thou his Strength and Righteousness,
And with thy love his bosom fill. 4 And on this people, gracious Lord,
Pour down thy blessings from above, Cause every heart to love thy word,
And in thy paths their footsteps move. 5 We pray, O God, and we believe ;
We've seen thy kindness all our days; And long as we existence have,
We'll celebrate thy wondrous praise.
HYMN 489. L. M. [#]
Ordination or Installation. 1 O Thou, who art above all height,
Our God, our Father and our Friend, Beneath thy throne of love and light,
Let thine adoring children bend. 2 We kneel in praise, that here is set
A vine that by thy culture grew;
Its opening leaves with heavenly dew. 3 Since this thy servant now hath given
Himself, his powers, his hopes, his youth,
Be thou his Guide, O God of truth. 4 Here may his doctrine drop like rain,
His speech like Hermon's dew distil, Till green fields smile, and golden grain, ,
Ripe for the harvest, waits thy will. 8 And when he sinks in death, by care,
Or pain, or toil, or years oppressed, O God, remember then our prayer,
And take his spirit to thy rest.