We welcome thee in Jesus' name

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1 We welcome thee in Jesus' name;
He, the Great Shepherd of the sheep,
To us hath sent thee to proclaim
His Gospel and His flock to keep.

2 We welcome thee in this glad hour,
His messenger of peace and love;
Now may the Holy Spirit's power
Fall on thee richly from above.

3 Thy lips be touched with fire divine,
To speak of grace to dying men;
To win the lost the task be thin;
To guide them lest they stray again.

4 The chosen captain of the host;
Our leader sent of Christ to be;
Then shall we serve and please Him most
When with one heart we follow thee.


Source: Book of Worship with Hymns and Tunes #307

Author: Ray Palmer

Ray Palmer (b. Little Compton, RI, 1808; d. Newark, NJ, 1887) is often considered to be one of America's best nineteenth-century hymn writers. After completing grammar school he worked in a Boston dry goods store, but a religious awakening prodded him to study for the ministry. He attended Yale College (supporting himself by teaching) and was ordained in 1835. A pastor in Congregational churches in Bath, Maine (1835-1850), and Albany, New York (1850-1865), he also served as secretary of the American Congregational Union (1865-1878). Palmer was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry as well as translating hymns. He published several volumes of poetry and hymns, including Sabbath Hymn Book (1858), Hymns and Sacred Pieces (1865… Go to person page >

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First Line: We welcome thee in Jesus' name
Author: Ray Palmer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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