Brethren beloved of the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 2:13
Words: John Newton, in The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the Most Approved Authors, edited by Nathan Strong, Abel Flint & Joseph Steward (Hartford, Connecticut: John Babcock, 1799), number 259.
Brethren, beloved for Jesu’s sake,
A hearty welcome here receive;
May we together now partake
The joys which He alone can give!
May He, by whose kind care we meet,
Send His good Spirit from above,
Make our communications sweet,
And cause our hearts to burn with love!
Forgotten be each worldly theme,
When thus we meet to pray and praise,
We only wish to speak of Him,
And tell the wonders of His grace.
We’ll talk of all He did and said,
His suffering and His dying love,
The path He marked for us to tread,
And how He triumphs now above.
Thus as the moments pass away,
We’ll love, and wonder, and adore;
Then hasten on the glorious day,
When we shall meet to part no more.