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COPYRIGHT, 1895,

By HENRY VAN DYKE.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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The Athenæum Press
GINN & COMPANY. PRO.
PRIETORS. BOSTON - U.S.A.

Mich. st. hit.

* 9-19-1923

PREFACE

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"HIS book was originally prepared, by re

quest, for the Chapel of Harvard University, where it is now in use. It has been revised and enlarged, in the hope that it may supply a real need in the religious services of other colleges and schools, and of churches which desire to make the responsive reading of Scripture a brief, simple, and profitable part of Common Worship.

The selections have been made and arranged with the following objects in view : To give a wider range to the service by including appropriate passages for antiphonal reading from all parts of the Bible; to omit the imprecatory Psalms; to make each selection complete in itself, with a central thought, and not to attempt a mosaic of disconnected passages; to divide the verses only when it helps to make the meaning clear and to keep the portion read by the people from being too long; to vary the length of the selections so that it may be easy to find one to fit a short service when necessary; and to arrange the readings in relation to the great truths of religion, so that they may be instructive and helpful to faith and life.

The Lord's Prayer, The Apostles' Creed, and the Ten Commandments have been included in the book ; a response to be sung after the Commandments, and a doxology for use at the close of the Responsive Readings, have been added for those who may wish to have these forms of worship in a single volume. It is sent forth with the sincere petition that the Holy Spirit of liberty and order may make it of service

AD MAJOREM GLORIAM DEI.

LIST OF SUBJECTS.

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1. UNIVERSAL PRAISE. (Selections 1-5.)

1. Praise in Heaven and Earth.
2. A New Song...
3. The Gladness of Worship

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4. Sing unto the Lord, All the Earth....

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5. Let all the People Praise Thee..

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II. The True God. (Selections 6-10.)
6. The Lord Reigneth.

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7. The Vanity of Idols....

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8. The Creator of the Ends of the Earth
9. In God We Live...

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10. Our Lord is above all Gods ...

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III. Of God's Glory. (Selections 11–16.)

II. How Manifold are Thy Works... 16
12. How Excellent is Thy Name

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13. The Earth is the Lord's.

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14. Worship the Lord in the Beauty of

Holiness
15. Sing unto God, ye Kingdoms..
16. The King of all the Earth..

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IV. Of God's RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Selections 17-20.)

17. The Law of the Lord is Perfect..... 26
18. Verity and Judgment are His Works.. 28

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