"We Bid Thee Welcome in the Name"
by James Montgomery, 1771-1854
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p. 339
1. 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 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.
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.
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Text from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: 1 Cor. 4:1, 2
Author: James Montgomery, 1825, cento
Tune: "Herr Jesu Christ, mein's"
1st Published in: _As Hymnodus Sacer_
Town: Leipzig, 1625
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