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We bid thee welcome in the Name

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1 We bid you welcome in the name
of Jesus, our exalted Head.
Come as a servant; so he came,
and we receive you in his stead.

2 Come as a shepherd; guard and keep
your fold from all that fosters sin,
and nourish lambs, and feed the sheep,
the wounded heal, the lost bring in.

3 Come as a teacher, sent from God
charged his whole counsel to declare.
lift o'er our ranks the prophet's rod,
while we uphold your hands with prayer.

4 Come as a messenger of peace,
filled with the Spirit, fired with love;
Live to behold our large increase,
and die to meet us all above.

Source: Moravian Book of Worship #432

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >


We bid Thee welcome in the Name. J. Montgomery. [Induction of a Minister.] This hymn is in the M. MSS., but is undated. It was published in Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 535, and again in his Original Hymns, 1853, No. 305, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "On the Appointment of a Minister." It is found in many collections, but usually in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


KEBLE (Dykes)



The tune CREATION is taken from the chorus “The Heavens Are Telling” from the well known oratorio The Creation (1798) by Franz Joseph Haydn (b. Rohrau, Austria, 1732; d. Vienna, Austria, 1809). Haydn's life was relatively uneventful, but his artistic legacy was truly astounding. He began his mus…

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The Cyber Hymnal #7144
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Christian Worship #547


Lutheran Worship #262

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Moravian Book of Worship #432

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #116

The Baptist Hymnal #558


The Cyber Hymnal #7144

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