Christ…loved the church, and gave Himself for it.@Ephesians 5:25
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Louis F. Benson (1855-1930)

Louis F. Benson, 1894.

Melcombe Samuel Webbe, Sr., 1782 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Samuel Webbe, Sr. (1740-1816)

O risen Christ, who from Thy throne
Dost rule Thy Church, and hear Thine own,
Now seal by Thine almighty power
The covenants of this sacred hour.

Weave Thou Thy life through these new ties:
The light of love that round Thee lies
Circle the shepherd and the sheep,
And all our lives in safety keep.

The shepherd’s Shepherd only Thou
Canst be: O Christ, walk with him now;
While our weak hands reach up to Thine,
To strengthen him with might divine.

Thou in whose love Thy Church is blest,
Thy name alone be here confessed,
By holy lives be glorified,
While here Thy peace shall still abide.