We Bid Thee Welcome in the Name

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Melody - "Herr Jesu Christ, mein's", from the As Hymnodus Sacer, Leipzig, 1625; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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James Montgomery, 1825

We bid thee welcome in the name
Of Jesus, our exalted Head.
Come as a servant, - so He came,
And we receive thee in His stead.

2. Come as a shepherd; guard and keep
This fold from hell and world and sin;
Nourish the lambs and feed the sheep;
The wounded heal, the lost bring in.

3. Come as a watchman; take thy stand
Upon the tower amidst the sky,
And when the sword comes on the land,
Call us to fight or warn to fly.

4. Come as an angel - hence to guide
A band of pilgrims on their way,
That softly walking at thy side,
We fail not, faint not, turn nor stray.

5. 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 thy hands with prayer.

6. 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.

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