Orders of Service from Church Harmonies New and OldA Book of Spiritual Song for Christian Worshipers, Boston Univ. Publishing House, 1913 (1895 originally).

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ORDERS OF SERVICE.

Selections from the chants on pages xii-xvi, sung by the choir or the congregation, may regularly become part of any of the following Orders of Service. Some suggestions concerning chanting will be found on page xvi.

FIRST ORDER FOR MORNING OR EVENING.

1. ORGAN PRELUDE.
2. ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, read by the minister: -

The Lord is in his holy temple ; let all the earth keep silence before him. The Lord is nigh unto all who call upon him ; unto all who call upon him in truth. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found ; call ye upon him while he is near.

3. A PSALM, read in verses alternate, minister and people.
4. THE LORD'S PRAYER, minister and people.
5. HYMN OR ANTHEM.
6. THE LESSON FROM THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
7. PRAYER, followed by response by organ or choir.
8. HYMN.
9. ANNOUNCEMENTS.
10. THE SERMON.
11. THE OFFERINGS OF THE PEOPLE.
        [This part of the service may proceed as in the second order.]
12. HYMN OR ANTHEM.
13. BENEDICTION.

SECOND ORDER FOR MORNING OR EVENING.

1. ORGAN PRELUDE.
2. ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, read by the minister: -

The Lord is in his holy temple ; let all the earth keep silence before him. The Lord is nigh unto all who call upon him ; unto all who call upon him in truth. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him ; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

We have not an high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

3.  THE CALL TO PRAYER. The minister shall say:

Beloved in the Lord, we have again assembled together as the disciples Christ, to render thanks to God for all his mercies, and to recommend and all our concerns to the care of our heavenly Father. With humble trite hearts let us approach the throne of heavenly grace.

4.  THE LORD'S PRAYER, said by all present, reverently bowing down or kneeling.

OUR FATHER who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that trespass, against us. And lead us not into temptation : but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. AMEN.

5.  RESPONSES. The minister shall say

O Lord, open thou our lips.

The choir and the people shall sing:

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