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C. M. Prayer for the Spirit's quickening presence.

John xi, 25, 26. James i, 21.

1 Pour down thy Spirit, gracious Lord !

On all assembled here;
Let us receive th' engrafted word

With meekness and with fear.

2 By faith in Thee the soul receives

New life, though dead before;
And he, who in thy name believes,

Shall live to die no more.

3 Preserve the power of faith alive

In those who love thy Name;
For sin and Satan daily strive

To quench the sacred flame.

4 Thy grace and mercy first prevail'd

From death to set us free;
And often since our life had fail'd,

Unless renew'd by Thee.

5 To Thee we look, to Thee we bow,

To Thee for help we call;
Our Life and Resurrection Thou,

Our Hope, our Joy, our All!

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7's.

Waiting upon God in his house.

Ps. xxvi, 8; xxvii, 4; lxxxiv, 1.

I LORD of hosts! how lovely fair,

E’en on earth, thy temples are!
Here thy waiting people see
Much of heaven, and much of Thee.

2 From thy gracious presence flows

Bliss, that softens all our woes;
While thy Spirit's holy fire
Warms our hearts with pure desire.

3 Here we supplicate thy throne;

Here Thou mak'st thy glories known;
Here we learn thy righteous ways,
Taste thy love, and sing thy praise.

4 Thus with sacred songs of joy

We our happy lives employ;
Love, and long to love Thee more,
Till from earth to heaven we soar.

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148th Prayer for God's presence in the sanctuary.

1 Kings viii, 27-29. Ps. lxxxvii, 2. 1 IN LOUD exalted strains

The King of glory praise;
O’er heaven and earth He reigns

Through everlasting days:
But Zion, with his presence blest,
Is his delight, his chosen rest.

O King of glory! come,
And with thy favour crown
This temple as thy dome,

This people as thine own:
Beneath this roof vouchsafe to show

How God can dwell with man below. 3 [Now let thine ear attend

Our supplicating cries:
Now let our praise ascend,

Accepted to the skies:
Now let the gospel's joyful sound

Spread its celestial influence round.] 4

Here may the list’ning throng
Imbibe thy truth and love:
Here Christians join the song

Of Seraphim above,
Till all, who humbly seek thy face,
Rejoice in thine abounding grace.

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L. M. Jesus present with his assembled people.

Isa. Ivii, 15; lix, 1. Matt. xviii, 20.

1 Jesus! where'er thy people meat,

There they behold thy mercy-seat; Where'er they seek Thee, Thou art found,

And every place is hallow'd ground. 2 For Thou, within no walls confin'd,

Inhabitest the humble mind;
Such ever bring Thee where they come,

And going take Thee to their home. 3 Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!

Thy former mercies here renew;
Here to our waiting hearts proclaim
The sweetness of thy saving name.

4 Here may we prove the power of pray'r

To strengthen faith, and sweeten care,
To teach our faint desires to rise,

And bring all heaven before our eyes. 5 Lord! we are few, but Thou art near,

Nor short thine arm, nor deaf thine ear;
Oh! rend the heavens, come quickly down,
And make a thousand hearts thine own!

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6-8's. The holiness of God's house. Gen. xxviii, 16, 17. Ps. lxxxix, 7. Heb. xiii, 18.

1 Lo! God is here! let us adore,

And own how holy is this place; Let all within us feel his pow'r,

And humbly bow before his face: Who know his pow'r, his grace who prove, Serve Him with awe, with rev’rence love.

2 Lo! God is here! Him day and night

Th' united choirs of angels sing; To Him, enthroned above all height,

Heaven's host their noblest praises bring : Disdain not, Lord! our meaner song, Who praise Thee with a feeble tongue.

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3 Thou, God, art here! Oh! may our praise

Thy courts with grateful incense fill;
Still may we stand before thy face;

Still hear and do thy sovereign will:
To Thee may all our praises rise,
An ever-grateful sacrifice.

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