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GOD IS A SPIRIT, AND THEY WHO WORSHIP HIM MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT
AND IN TRUTH."
the Psalms and Prophets are taken from the Common Version, with a few verbal changes, chiefly from the translation by Rev. Dr. Noyes. The rest of the materials are drawn from ancient liturgies and many modern service books, to all of which obligations are acknowledged.
Its plan avoids the monotony of a single prolonged service; and by its threefold division of Introduction, Psalm, and Prayer, it offers freedom in using more or less, at the option of the minister and people.
The children for the last generation have been educated in the Sunday School to take part audibly in the religious service; and they naturally desire the same privilege as they take their place in the Church. Where such opportunity is permitted would seem to be the truly congregational order.
To all who desire, with Jesus of Nazareth, to worship one God, the Father, believing that the substance of all true religion is love to God and man, this book is respectfully offered.
ORDER OF SERVICE.
I. INTRODUCTORY SERVICE (pp. 2–21). 2. HYMN, or ANTHEM. 3. SELECTION from the Psalms, or Prophets (pp. 22–77). 4. TE DEUM, or CANTICLE. To be sung. (pp. 78-83.) 5. SCRIPTURE LESSON. 6. PRAYER. Extempore, or to be read from pp. 84-103. 7. HYMN.
The Selections from the Psalms or Prophets are to be read by the Minister and Congregation in alternate sentences.
In the Introductory Services and Prayers, the sentences to be read by the Congregation are printed in Italics. At the end of every prayer also, the people may answer, Amen.
It is recommended that, in singing, the Congregation shall stand ; and, in prayer, that they shall kneel, or sit with bowed head.