I GREET Thee who my sure Redeemer art,my only trust and Saviour of my heart,who pain didst undergo for my poor sake:I pray Thee from our hearts all cares to take.2 Thou art the King of mercy and of grace,reigning omnipotent in every place:so come, O King, and our whole being sway;shine on us with the light of Thy pure day.3 Thou art the Life, by which alone we live,and all our substance and our strength receive;O comfort us in death’s approaching hour,strong-hearted then to face it by Thy power.4 Thou hast the true and perfect gentleness,no harshness hast Thou, and no bitterness;O grant to us the grace we find in Thee,that we may dwell in perfect unity.5 Our hope is in no other save in Thee;our faith is built upon Thy promise free;come, give us peace, make us so strong and sure,that we may conquerors be, and ills endure.
1Samuel 25:1-17David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.And there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel. The man was very rich; he had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. He was shearing his sheep in Carmel. Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail. The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite. David heard in the wilderness that Nabal was shearing his sheep. So David sent ten young men. And David said to the young men, “Go up to Carmel, and go to Nabal and greet him in my name. And thus you shall greet him: ‘Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have. I hear that you have shearers. Now your shepherds have been with us, and we did them no harm, and they missed nothing all the time they were in Carmel. Ask your young men, and they will tell you. Therefore let my young men find favour in your eyes, for we come on a feast day. Please give whatever you have at hand to your servants and to your son David.’”When David’s young men came, they said all this to Nabal in the name of David, and then they waited. And Nabal answered David’s servants, “Who is David? Who is the son of Jesse? There are many servants these days who are breaking away from their masters. Shall I take my bread and my water and my meat that I have killed for my shearers and give it to men who come from I do not know where?” So David’s young men turned away and came back and told him all this. And David said to his men, “Every man strap on his sword!” And every man of them strapped on his sword. David also strapped on his sword. And about four hundred men went up after David, while two hundred remained with the baggage.But one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, “Behold, David sent messengers out of the wilderness to greet our master, and he railed at them. Yet the men were very good to us, and we suffered no harm, and we did not miss anything when we were in the fields, as long as we went with them. They were a wall to us both by night and by day, all the while we were with them keeping the sheep. Now therefore know this and consider what you should do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his house, and he is such a worthless man that one cannot speak to him.”
HEAR the sound of angels singing –Jesus Christ is Lord!Heaven’s courts with joy are ringingJesus Christ is Lord!Saints triumphant tell the story,sinners, saved by grace in glory,bow in worship and adore Thee –Jesus Christ is Lord!2 Down on earth the battle rages,Jesus Christ is Lord!as Thy church the foe engages,Jesus Christ is Lord!Fearful that our cause must perish,pain and wounds we cannot relish,but one certain hope we cherish –Jesus Christ is Lord!3 Be the warfare soon completed,Jesus Christ is Lord!Soon the enemy defeated,Jesus be adored!Then to see Him! Gladdest meeting!Oh what joy to hear His greeting!Then for evermore repeating –Jesus Christ is Lord!
Romans 16:1-27I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a servant of the church at Cenchreae, that you may welcome her in the Lord in a way worthy of the saints, and help her in whatever she may need from you, for she has been a patron of many and of myself as well.Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well. Greet also the church in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in Asia. Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me. Greet Ampliatus, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and my beloved Stachys. Greet Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Greet those who belong to the family of Aristobulus. Greet my kinsman Herodion. Greet those in the Lord who belong to the family of Narcissus. Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, and the brothers who are with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.Timothy, my fellow worker, greets you; so do Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen.I Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord.Gaius, who is host to me and to the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the city treasurer, and our brother Quartus, greet you.Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith — to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.
FROM every stormy wind that blows,from every swelling tide of woes,there is a calm, a safe retreat;’tis found beneath the mercy-seat.2 There is a place where Jesus shedsthe oil of gladness on our heads,a place than all beside more sweet;it is the blood-stained mercy-seat.3 There is a spot where spirits blend,where friend holds fellowship with friend;though sundered far, by faith we meetaround one common mercy-seat.4 There, there on eagle wing we soar,and time and sense seem all no more,and heaven comes down our souls to greet,and glory crowns the mercy-seat.5 O let my hands forget their skill,my tongue be silent, cold, and still,this bounding heart forget to beat,if I forget the mercy-seat!
TELL me, have you seen my Saviour?How my soul would with Him dwell!He’s the chief among ten thousand,in Him truth and grace excel.Who His love’s great power can measure?Who its length and breadth can tell?Many waters cannot quench it;it shall vanquish death and hell.2 Tell me, have you heard my Saviour?Heard my own belovèd’s voice?He comes leaping on the mountainsand the echoing hills rejoice.Have you heard Him come and call you,‘Rise, my love and come away’?With Him winter’s past and over,why with winter will you stay?3 Tell me, do you know my Saviour?Know Him dying on the tree?Know your sins were laid upon Him,know His power to set you free?O that all might know my Saviourin His love and power to save!O, my soul, rise up and greet Him,He is risen from the grave.
THINE be the glory, risen, conquering Son,endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won;angels in bright raiment rolled the stone away,kept the folded grave-clothes, where Thy body lay.
Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son,endless is the victory Thou o’er death hast won!
2 Lo! Jesus meets us, risen from the tomb;lovingly He greets us, scatters fear and gloom;let the church with gladness hymns of triumph sing,for her Lord now liveth, death hath lost its sting.3 No more we doubt Thee, glorious Prince of life;life is nought without Thee: aid us in our strife;make us more than conquerors, through Thy deathless love;bring us safe through Jordan to Thy home above.