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THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Epistle, 1 Pet. ii. 11-17. Gospel, John xvi. 16–22. Matins, Deut. iv.
Evensong, Deut. v.
87. Thy Word is a Lamp to our Feet. (L. M.)
O God! to whom our souls belong,
Blind are our hearts to right and wrong;
It is the Bible Thou hast given,
Which only guides our way to heaven.
How our first holy parents fell,
How death began, and sin, and hell,
Thy truth, thy love, thy goodness free,
Are in that Word which came from Thee.
That blessed book can make us wise,-
Our hearts and thoughts and ways it tries;
It tells what Thou for us hast done,
And all the love of Christ thy Son.
Thy holy Bible make us love, -
"Twill guide our steps to Thee above;
It is thy voice for ever nigh, -
By it we'll live, by it we'll die.
88. . Light and Darkness.
JESUS said, The light of the body is the
Therefore when thine eye is single,
Thy whole body also is full of light;
But when thine eye is evil,
Thy body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore That the light which is in thee be not darkness. - Luke xi. 34, 35.
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
Epist. James i. 17—21. Gospel, John xvi. 5–14.
Matins, Deut. vi. Evensong, Deut. vii.
89. God can order our Wills. (s. M.)
ALMIGHTY GOD, in Thee
We live, and move, and are ;
And only Thou canst set us free,
For sin our peace doth mar.
Good Lord, when we shall love
The thing Thou dost command;
Then in thy holy place above,
Our chief delight shall stand.
For here we may not rest;
This world is Satan's range :
And joys beguile, and woes molest,
And everything is change.
But in that land of grace,
Through Christ all joys endure;
Nor sins nor sorrows reach that place,
And everything is sure.
90. Who are they that live without God?
Love not the world,
Neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world,
The love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, Is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust
thereof : But he that doeth the will of God Abideth for ever.- 1 John ii. 15–17.
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER.
(Rogation Sunday.) Epist. James i. 22—27. Gosp. John xvi. 23–33.
Matins, Deut. viii. Evensong, Deut. ix. 91. The true Light now shineth. (7's.)
MORNING STAR, I hope in Thee !
Let thy welcome light appear ;
Thou my Guide and Teacher be,
Then no danger need I fear.
Young and foolish, sure to stray,
I am thy baptized child,
Teach me, teach me, how to pray,–
Holy Saviour, good and mild !
Guard me every day from ill,
Cleanse my heart and give me grace,
Bring me unto Zion's hill,
There to see Thee face to face !
Go before me all the way,
Shining on me sweet and clear,
Sparkle brighter day by day,
Till the ligbt of heaven appear.
ROGATION DAYS. (Mon., Tues., and Wednes., before Ascension Day.) 93. Ask God and thank God. (5.8.6's.)
EVER blessed Lord !
Giver of all good !
We praise thy name with one accord,
For raiment, life, and food.
Mighty are our foes !
Helpless, Lord, are we !
When troubles rise, and danger grows,
Our safety is from Thee.
Lord, we are thy sheep !
Often do we stray !
Within thy holy pasture keep,
And lead us day by day.
Make us true and just,
Kindly and at peace ;
May we in our Saviour trust,
'Till sin and sorrow cease.
94. Be courteous : love as brethren. BEHOLD, how good and joyful a thing • it |
is: Brethren to | dwell • to gether • in | unity! It is as the 'dew of | Hermon : Which fell up on the hill.of Sion. For there the Lord promised his blessing : And life forever | more.
Psalm cxxxiii. 1.