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THE CHARGE

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GOD REACHED DOWN FROM HEAVEN`S THRONE

CHOOSING WITH GREAT CARE

ONE SHEPHERD . HE KNEW HE COULD TRUST

TO GUARD HIS BRIDE SO FAIR


AND SO WITH HOLY HANDS STRETCHED FORTH

HE CHARGED HIM WITH HIS SHEEP

AND ANOINTED HIM WITH GRACE ENOUGH

HIS REMNANT CHURCH TO KEEP


FEELING VERY SMALL INDEED

THE SHEPHERD CRIED OUT FROM HIS SOUL

I CAN NOT DO THIS WORK YOU ASK

I`M SO UNWORTHY LORD


HEARING HIS CRY, THE LORD REPLIED

NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN

WORTHY OF MY HOLY WORK

NOT EVEN ABRAHAM !!!


BUT WHEN I GIVE A CHARGE TO MEN

I ALSO GIVE THEM STRENGTH

TO DO WHATEVER I HAVE ASKED

AND TO DO IT `TIL COMPLETE


AND SO IN HUMBLE ATTITUDE

THE SHEPHERD TOOK HIS CHARGE

KNOWING IN THE STRENGTH OF CHRIST

HE COULD NOW DO THIS WORK OF GOD


THEN THE LORD WHISPERED SOFTLY TO THE SHEPHERD

SPEND MUCH TIME DOWN ON YOUR KNEES

FOR THIS IS HOW MERCY AND GRACE

WILL FIND THEIR WAY TO THEE


AND LET YOUR HEART BE EVER TRUE

LOVE ALL MEN AT ALL TIMES

FOR LOVE IS THE WAY THAT ALL WILL KNOW'

THAT I AM YOURS AND YOU ARE MINE


AND REMEMBER I AM WITH THEE

AS YOU SEE THE DAYS GROW DARK

MY WORD`S A PATH UNTO YOUR FEET

AND A LIGHT UNTO THE FLOCK


SO GO MY SHEPHERD, PREACH AND LIVE THE TRUTH

AND ON ONE GLORIOUS DAY

WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT

YOU WILL HEAR ME SAY


IN SOBER HUMILITY THE SHEPHERD CRIED

HALLELUJAH! GLORY!

AS THE PEACE OF GOD RULED IN HIS HEART

AND FAITH WON OVER WORRY......


and THAT`S THE WAY IT WAS, THE DAY THE LOWLY SHEPHERD TOOK HIS GOD GIVEN CHARGE AND BECAME THE BISHOP OF CHRIST`S CHURCH

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"FAITHFUL IS HE THAT CALLS YOU WHO ALSO WILL DO IT!`

1 THESS. 5-24

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In Loving Honor of the Ordination of Brother Lavern Esch on December 8th, in the year of our LORD, 2002 at Whiteville Mennonite Church