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With the Lord Begin Your Task

Author: W. Gustave Polack, 189-1950 Hymnal: Lutheran Service Book #869 (2006) Meter: 7.6.7.6.7.6.7.6 Topics: Beginning of Service Scripture: Colossians 3:17 Languages: English Tune Title: FANG DEIN WERK
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To Thee, O God, we raise

Author: Arthur T. Pierson Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #44 (1913) Meter: 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 To Thee, O God, we raise Our voice, in choral singing; We come, with prayer and praise, Our hearts' oblations bringing; Thou art our fathers' God, And ever shalt be ours: Our lips and lives shall laud Thy name, with all our powers. 2 Thy goodness, like the dew On Hermon's hill descending, Is every morning new, And tells of love unending. We bless Thy tender care That led our wayward feet, Past every fatal snare, To streams and pastures sweet. 3 We bless Thy Son, who bore The cross, for sinners dying; Thy Spirit we adore, The precious blood applying. Let work and worship send their incense unto Thee, Till song and service blend, Beside the crystal sea. Tune Title: [To Thee, O God, we raise Our voice]
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Dearest Jesus, draw Thou near me

Author: T. Kingo Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #37 (1913) Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7.8.8 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Dearest Jesus, draw Thou near me, Let Thy Spirit dwell with mine; Open now my ear to hear Thee, Take my heart and seal it Thine; Keep me, lead me on my way Thee to follow and obey, E'er to do Thy will and fear Thee, And rejoice to know and hear Thee. 2 Underneath Thy wings abiding, In Thy Church, O Savior dear, Let me dwell, in Thee confiding, Hold me in Thy faith and fear; Take away from me each thought That with wickedness is fraught, Tempting me to disobey Thee, Root it out, O Lord, I pray Thee. 3 Thou, earth's greatest joy and gladness, And salvation, full and free, Let Thy presence cheer my sadness, And prepare my soul for Thee! In the hour when I depart, Touch my spirit, lips and heart, With Thy word assure, uphold me Till the heavenly gates enfold me. Tune Title: [Dearest Jesus draw Thou near me]
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Lord, we humbly bow before Thee

Author: Henry Thompson Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #42 (1913) Meter: 8.7.8.7.8.8.7.7 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Lord, we humbly bow before Thee, In thy courts on this Thy day; Help us rightly to adore Thee, Worthily to praise and pray: Worldly cares and thoughts dispelling, In our hearts Thy Spirit dwelling; Teach us meekly to obey, Learn Thy will, and keep Thy way. 2 Hear, O Lord, our full confession, When to Thee we lift our cry; Pardon speak for each transgression; To our suppliant soul draw nigh: Thy pure word our hearts directing, Thy good grace our steps protecting; Look on us with pitying eye, All we need, O Lord, supply. Tune Title: [Lord, we humbly bow before Thee, in Thy courts on this Thy day]
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Blessed Jesus, at Thy word

Author: T. Clausnitzer Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #34 (1913) Meter: 7.8.7.8.8.8 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Blessed Jesus, at Thy word We are gathered all to hear Thee; Let our hearts and souls be stirred Now to seek and love and fear Thee; By Thy teachings sweet and holy, Drawn from earth to love Thee solely. 2 All our knowledge, sense, and sight Lie in deepest darkness shrouded, Till Thy Spirit breaks our night With the beams of truth unclouded. Thou alone to God canst win us, Thou must work all good within us. 3 Glorious Savior, Thyself impart! Light of light, from God proceeding, Open Thou our ears and heart, Help us by Thy Spirit’s pleading; Hear the cry Thy people raises; Hear, and bless our prayers and praises. Tune Title: [Blessed Jesus at Thy word]
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Open now thy gates of beauty

Author: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-1878; B. Schmolk Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #35 (1913) Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.7 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Open now Thy gates of beauty, Zion, let me enter there, Where my soul, in joyful duty, Waits for Him who answers prayer; O how blessed is this place, Filled with solace, light, and grace. 2 Lord, my God, I come before Thee, Do not hide Thy face from me; Where we find Thee and adore Thee There a heaven on earth must be; To my heart, O enter Thou, Let it be Thy temple now. 3 Here Thy praise is gladly chanted, Here Thy seed is duly sown: Let my soul, where it is planted, Bring forth precious sheaves alone, So that all I hear may be Fruitful unto life in me. 4 Thou my faith increase and quicken, Let me keep Thy gift divine; Howsoe'er temptations thicken, May Thy word forever shine As my guiding star through life, As my comfort in the strife. 5 Speak, O God, and I will hear Thee; Let Thy will be done indeed; May I undisturbed draw near Thee While Thou dost Thy people feed; Here of living waters flow, Here is balm for all our woe. Tune Title: [Open now thy gates of beauty]
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Lord Jesus Christ, be present now

Author: Wilhelm II. Duke of Sachse-Weimar Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #36 (1913) Meter: 8.8.8.8 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Lord Jesus Christ, be present now, And let Thy Holy Spirit bow All hearts in love and fear today, To hear the truth and keep Thy way. 2 Unseal our lips to sing Thy praise, Our hearts in true devotion raise; Our faith increase, our minds enlight, That we may know Thy name aright: 3 Until we join the host that cry, "Holy art Thou, O Lord most High!" And 'mid the light of that blest place Shall gaze upon Thee face to face. 4 Glory to God, the Father, Son, And Holy Spirit, Three in One! To Thee, O blessed Trinity, Be praise throughout eternity! Tune Title: [Lord Jesus Christ be present now]
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Safely through another week

Author: J. Newton Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #38 (1913) Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Safely through another week God has brought us on our way; Let us now a blessing seek, Waiting in His courts today; Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest! 2 Mercies multiplied each hour Through the week our praise demand; Guarded by almighty power, Fed and guided by His hand, Though ungrateful we have been, Only made returns of sin. 3 While we pray for pardoning grace, Through the dear Redeemer's name, Show Thy reconciléd face; Take away our sin and shame; From our worldly cares set free, May we rest this day in Thee. 4 May Thy gospel's joyful sound Conquer sinners, comfort saints; May the fruits of grace abound, Bring relief for all complaints: Thus may all our Sabbaths prove Till we join the Church above. Tune Title: [Safely through another week]
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Father, who the light this day

Author: Julia Anne Elliott Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #40 (1913) Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 Father, who the light this day Out of darkness didst create, Shine upon us now, we pray, While within Thy courts we wait; Wean us from the works of night, Make us children of the light. 2 Savior, who this day didst break From the bondage of the tomb, Bid our slumbering souls awake, And dispel their doubt and gloom; Let us, from our bonds set free, Rise from sin and live to Thee. 3 Blessed Spirit, Comforter, Sent this day from Christ on high, Lord, on us Thy gifts confer, Cleanse, illumine, sanctify; All Thine influence shed abroad; Lead us to the truth of God. Tune Title: [Father, who the light this day]
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We love the place, O God

Author: Sir H. W. Baker; W. Bullock Hymnal: The Lutheran Hymnary #41 (1913) Meter: 6.7.6.7.6.6.6.6 Topics: Beginning of Service; Worship in General Beginning of Service; Beginning of Service Lyrics: 1 We love the place, O God, Wherein Thine honor dwelleth; The joy of Thine abode All earthly joy excelleth; It is the house of prayer, Wherein Thy servants meet; And Thou, O Lord, art there Thy chosen flock to greet. 2 We love Thine altar, Lord; O what on earth so dearer? For there, in faith adored, We find Thy presence nearer' We love the word of life, The word that tells of peace, Of comfort in the strife, And joys that never cease. 3 We love to sing below For mercies freely given; But most we long to know The triumph-song of heaven. Lord Jesus, give us grace On earth to love Thee more, In heaven to see Thy face, And with Thy saints adore. Tune Title: [We love the place, O God]

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