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Liturgical Services






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Copyright, 1903
By J. H. Tkwksbury


Among Congregational churches there has been an increas-
ing demand for a simple liturgical service book. At the request
of the publishers the effort to meet that demand was undertaken
by Reuen Thomas, d.d., whose own services have been greatly
enriched by a little volume of similar character, partly of his
own compilation. His experience, good judgment and fine
perception indicated him as eminently well qualified to dis-
charge the task to the satisfaction of the churches.


Personal Prayers before Church Service . . i

Devotional Services for Public Worship . . 2-34
Additional Prayers

A General Pleading 34

Prayer for Missions and Missionaries ... 36

Temporal Blessings ...... 37

For Simplicity of Allegiance 38

For Purity of Heart 38

For the Divine Indwelling . ., . . 39

Prayer of Contrition ...... 40

For Help in Trouble 40

For Divine Protection 41

In the Time of Temptation . . . . . 41

For Inward Cleansing 42

For Pardon and Strength ..... 42

For Brotherly Love 43

For the Church Universal 43

For Fitness to Do the Work of Life ... 44

For Victory 45

For Divine Comfort ...... 45

For Deeper Trust in the Life Everlasting . . 46

For the Peace of God ...... 46

For Divine Guidance 47

For Enlightenment 47

For the Sorrowful 48

A Service of Thanksgiving 48

A Service of Petition and Adoration ... 52

Baptismal Service 62

Offertory Sentences 64

Communion Service 67

Prayers for Special Occasions .... 74

Benedictions 78


This Book of Devotions is offered in the hope
that it may be a help to pastors in their efforts
to enrich the services of the Lord's house. While
free prayer must ever be regarded as indispensable
to the completeness of the worship of assemblies of
Christian people, especially as adapting that
worship to local and national conditions as they
arise, yet liturgical forms of prayer, moving in
the region of common human necessities, are
undoubtedly not only justifiable but helpful.

A single stereotyped service, repeated over and
over again, can scarcely escape the charge of con-
tributing to formality. Yet the mind seems to
demand a certain degree of familiarity such as is
secured by a variety of services, controlled by the
same ideas and following the same order; for
there is a logical order for public worship. This
seems to be that which is observed in this book.
Five services are arranged, to include:

I. Invocation (or Invitation to Worship).

II. The Prayer of Confession of Minister and
People, which may be offered responsively or not.

III. The Declaration of Divine Mercy (by
the Minister, with no trace of priestly absolution
in it).

IV. The Word of Adoration (from the people),
to be said or sung.

V. Prayers.


VI. Thanksgivings.

VII. Additional Prayers are furnished, which 1
may be added to those under V, one or more.

Also, a Modification of the Ancient Litany,
a service in itself; and a Service, in almost the
very words of Scripture, from that most excel-
lent guide in devotional feeling, Bishop Lancelot
Andrews. A Baptismal and a Communion Serv-
ice, both brief, and Offertory Sentences from
Scripture, are furnished. Practically we have
Seven Services, enough to prevent formality and
enough to secure that agreeable familiarity which
the human mind seems to prefer.

The ancient Liturgies and Prayers have been
copiously used, as best illustrating the true
liturgical instinct. In his most valuable book on
"Christian Institutions," Prof. A. V. G. Allen
writes: 'The spiritual imagination which pro-
duced the ancient liturgies lost its creative power
after the fifteenth century, since when there has
been no further liturgical development." Yet
the liturgical instinct has often reappeared in
modern men, and from the most devotional
spirits of recent times, whose work has been pre-
served, prayers have been selected which seem
to contain something of the old simplicity and
fragrance. It need hardly be suggested to minis-
ters that they make themselves thoroughly familiar
with these before using them in public worship.

1 From these Additional Praters most suitable selections may
be made for family worship.

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O life-giving Master and Bestower of all
good things, who hast given to men the blessed
hope of everlasting life, our Lord Jesus Christ;
grant us to perform this divine service unto
thee, with sincerity and honesty of heart, that
we may enjoy the blessedness that is and the
fruition which is to come; and being evermore
guarded by thy power, and guided into the light
of truth, may continually render unto thee all
glory and thanksgiving. Amen. 1

O Benignant King of the Ages and Master of
all Creation, receive thy Church approaching
thee through Christ; fulfil for each of us what
is good for him; bring us all into willing sur-
render to thyself, uniting us with one heart
and mind in devout worship and praise. Make
us all true members of that Holy Church which
thou hast purchased with the precious blood
of thine only Begotten Son, our Lord and Sav-
iour, Jesus Christ, with whom, and with thine
all holy, good and life-giving Spirit, thou art
blessed and glorified for ever. Amen. 2

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The Invocation.

Lord our God, great, eternal, wonderful in
glory, who keepest covenant and promises for
those that love thee with their whole heart:
who art the Life of all, the Help of those
that flee unto thee, the Hope of those who
cry unto thee; cleanse us from our sins, se-
cret and open, and from every thought dis-
pleasing to thy goodness; cleanse our bodies
and souls, our hearts and consciences, that
with a pure heart and a clean soul, with perfect
love and calm hope, we may venture confi-
dently and fearlessly to pray unto thee, through
jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1

The Prayer of Confession of Minister and
People (offered responsively).

(Adaptation of Psalm 51.)

Minister. Have mercy upon us, O God,
according to thy lovingkindness :

People. According to the multitude of thy
tender mercies blot out our transgressions.

1 Coptic Liturgy of S. Basil.


Hide thy face from our sins,

And blot out all our iniquities.

Create in us a clean heart, O God;

And renew a right spirit within us.

Cast us not away from thy presence;

And take not thy Holy Spirit from us.

Restore unto us the joy of thy salvation;

And uphold us with a willing spirit.

Then will we teach transgressors thy ways;

And sinners shall be converted unto thee.

O Lord, open thou our lips;

And our mouths shall show forth thy praise.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit:

A broken and a contrite heart, God, thou
wilt not despise. Amen. 1

The Declaration of Divine Mercy (by Min-

" The Lord your God is gracious and merci-
ful, and will not turn away his face from you,
if ye return unto him." 2

1 The chanting of the Amen by Choir and Congregation always
adds vitality and dignity to worship.

2 2 Chron. 30: 9.


" The Lord is full of compassion and gracious,
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He
will not always chide; neither will he keep his
anger for ever." *

" The Lord is slow to anger, and plenteous in
mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression. 2

"His mercy is unto generations and genera-
tions on them that fear him." 3

"Where sin abounded, grace did abound
more exceedingly: that, as sin reigned in death,
even so might grace reign through righteous-
ness unto eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord." 4

The Word of Adoration from People
(said or sung).

"Worthy is the Lamb that hath been slain
to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom,
and might, and honor, and glory, and blessing." 5

Hymn, followed by reading of Scripture.

Then an Anthem or Chant.

Prayer for the Whole State of Christ's
Church Militant. 6

Almighty and ever living God, who, by thy
holy Apostle, hast taught us to make prayers

l Ps. 103: 8, 9. J Num. 14: 18. 'Luke 1: 50.

'Rom. 5: 10, si. •Rev. 5: 13. • Anglican Communion Service.


and supplications, and to give thanks for all
men: We humbly beseech thee most mercifully
(to accept our alms and oblations and) to re-
ceive these our prayers which we offer unto
thy Divine Majesty; beseeching thee to inspire
continually the Universal Church with the
spirit of truth, unity and concord: And grant
that all those who do confess thy holy Name
may agree in the truth of thy holy Word, and
live in unity and godly love. We beseech thee
also so to direct and dispose the hearts of all
Christian Rulers that they may truly and im-
partially administer justice to the punishment
of wickedness and vice and to the maintenance
of true integrity and virtue. Give grace, O
heavenly Father, to all pastors and other min-
isters in thy Church, that they may, both by
their life and teaching, set forth thy true and
living Word, and rightly and duly administer thy
holy Sacraments. And to all thy people give
thy heavenly grace, especially to this congre-
gation here present; that with meek heart and
due reverence, they may hear and receive thy
holy Word ; truly serving thee in holiness and
righteousness all the days of their life. And
we most humbly beseech thee, of thy goodness,
Lord, to comfort and succor all those who,
in this transitory life, are in trouble, sorrow,
need, sickness, or any other adversity. We also


bless thy holy Name for all thy servants de-
parted this life in thy faith and fear; beseeching
thee to give us grace so to follow their good
examples, that with them we may be partakers
of thy heavenly kingdom. Grant this, O
Father, for Jesus Christ's sake, our only Medi-
ator and Advocate. Amen.

Prayer for the Nation.

Almighty God, of whose righteous will all
things are and were created; thou hast gathered
our people into a great nation and hast given
them the treasures of the land and of the sea.
Deepen the root of our life in everlasting
righteousness, and let not the crown of our
pride be as a fading flower. Make us equal to
our high trusts, reverent in the use of freedom,
just in the exercise of power, generous in the
protection of weakness. Bless the President
of the nation and all in authority. To our
legislators and counselors give insight and
faithfulness, that our laws may clearly speak
the right and our judges purely interpret it.
Let it be known among us how thou hatest
robbery for burnt offering. May the gains of
industry be all upright and the use of wealth
considerate. May wisdom and knowledge be
the stability of our times, and our deepest trust


be in thee, the Lord of Nations and the alone
Righteous Sovereign of men. Amen. 1

The Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Our heavenly Father, we thank thee for our
being, for all the hope that is in us, for the
dawnings of that immortality which thou hast
revealed to us through Christ our Risen and
Ascended Lord. We thank thee for the mer-
cies of the family, for the love of father and
mother, for all helpful relations in society, for
the fellowship of thy people, for days of peace,
for the Sabbaths that come like doves from
heaven, bearing olive branches of peace. We
thank thee as citizens for our country and its
benedictions and opportunities. We thank
thee for all commercial prosperity, for the
abundance thou givest us by land and sea.
We thank thee for the great redemption, for
the ever-present helpfulness of thy Holy Spirit,
for the means of grace and the hope of glory.
Fill our hearts with filial confidence and sober
gladness that we may live as thy children and
be prepared for the higher duties and holier
fellowships of the eternal world, through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen. 2

1 Adapted from Hunter's Devotional Services.
3 Adapted from Prayers by H. W. Beecher.


Prayer Response (by Choir).


Sermon, preceded by brief ex tempore prayer.


Invitation to Worship.

"The day of resurrection has dawned upon
us, the day of true light and life, wherein Christ,
the Life of believers, arose from the dead. Let
us give abundant thanks and praise to God
that while we celebrate the first day of the
week, he may be pleased to bestow on us quiet
peace and special gladness; so that being pro-
tected from morning to night by his favoring
mercy, we may rejoice in the gift of our Re-
deemer." 1


" In this hour of this day fill us, O Lord, with
a sense of thy merciful goodness, that, rejoicing
through the whole day, we may take delight
in thy praise; through Jesus Christ our Lord."

The Prayer of Confession of Minister and

Minister. The pardon and remission of all
our sins, and of all our transgressions, we will
ask from the Lord.

1 Mozarabic.


People. That we may fulfil the time that
remaineth of our life in repentance and godly
fear, in health and peace, we will ask from the

That whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honorable, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
report, whatsoever in these we have offended,
we will ask the Lord for pardon and renewal of
righteous will.

That the end of our life may be Christian,
without sin, and without shame, without pain
also and dread, we will ask from the Lord par-
don and peace, now and ever. Amen.

The Declaration of Divine Mercy.

" He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall
compass him about." 2

" Thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and
thy truth unto the skies." 3

" The Lord hath made known his salvation.
He hath remembered his mercy and his faith-
fulness toward the house of Israel." *

Liturgy of St. Chrysostom.
Ps. 32: 10. 3 Ps. 57: 10. * Ps. 98: a, 3.


"If any man sin, we have an Advocate with
the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he
is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours
only, but also for the whole world." 1

A Song of Adoration (from people).

"Gloria in Excelsis " or Doxology, orSanctus.
Hymn, followed by reading of Scripture.
Then Anthem or Chant.

Prayer for Strength.

Lord God, strong and mighty, we would
draw near to thee, confessing our weakness, be-
seeching thee to make us strong. We would
be strong in body that we may do our work in
life well and cheerfully. We would, O Lord,
be strong in heart, full of courage, lightly re-
garding pain and danger when they lie in the
way of duty. We would be strong in love,
tender-hearted, loving our neighbor as our-
selves and thee supremely with all our strength.

We would be strong in faith, believing thy
word and thy promises; ever trusting in the
victory of good over evil; ever confident that

1 i John a: i. *.


all things work together for good to them that
love thee.

We would be strong in hope; undaunted by-
seeming defeat; ever looking beyond the mists
and clouds of time, into the clear shining of
the eternal life. Hear our prayer, O Lord,
who art our Strength and our Redeemer, for
Jesus Christ's sake. Amen.

Prayer for Guidance.

Mercifully regard, O Lord, the prayers of
thy faithful people, and while they submit
themselves to thee with their whole heart, do
thou prosper, support, encompass them; that
relying on thee as their Guide, they may be
entangled in no evils, and replenished with all
good; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 1

Prayer for Contentment.

Grant, Lord, that thy family, devoted to
thy service, and confiding in thy protection,
may obtain the blessing which they humbly
implore; that being at rest under thy defence
they may not be left without temporal blessings,
and, by their wise and diligent use, may be
prepared for the good things which are eternal;
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. 2

1 Leonine. J Ibid, (altered).

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Prayer for the Church.

O God, who hast made all those that are born
again in Christ to be a royal'and priestly race,
grant us both the will and the power to do what
thou commandest; that thy people who are
called to eternal life may have the same faith
in their hearts and the same piety in their
lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1

Behold, O Lord, how thy faithful people
rejoice in the triumph of the Cross and the
power of the Saviour; grant, therefore, that
those who love thy Church may abide in her
peace, and those who depart from her may one
day come back to her embrace; that when all
sorrows are taken away, they may all be re-
freshed with the joys of our eternal resurrection,
and be made partakers of her peace for ever and
ever. Amen. 2

Prayer for Missions.

Almighty God, grant, we beseech thee, that
thy Word may be preached in the earth, until
all nations shall have heard the glorious truth
of the one living and true God ; the intellect no
longer degraded; the reason no longer offered
up in superstitious sacrifice; but man, body,
soul and spirit, thine — thy wandered child,

1 Gelasian. * Mozarabic.


thy strayed sheep, but called by thy undying
love back to thyself, until at last the wide,
wide world shall know the Father-God, and
there shall be but one fold and one Shepherd,
one God and Father of us all. Amen. 1

Prayer for Nation.

In thee, O Lord, our fathers trusted; they
trusted, and thou didst deliver them.

To thee they cried and they were saved; in
thee they trusted and were not confounded. 2

As thou deliveredst our fathers in the gene-
rations of old, so deliver us also, O Lord, who
put our trust in thee.

May the power of the Father guide and guard
us; the wisdom of the Son enlighten us; the
working of the Spirit quicken us.

And unto him that is able to do exceedingly
abundantly far beyond all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us, to
him be glory in the Church unto all the genera-
tions through ages of ages. 3 Amen. 4

Or this,

O Lord God of Nations, thou who makest of
one blood all men to dwell upon the face of the

1 George Dawson (modified). J Ps. 22: 3, 4.

s Eph. 3: 20, 21. * Lancelot Andrews.


earth, look upon this thy people. When our
hearts are sick and our souls sad, we look to
thee. Let the nation know what makes a peo-
ple great. If we have been wandering from
thee, looking upon merchandise as our only-
glory, and wealth as our only good, in thy great
mercy pity us. Let us remember the holy
teachings of the past, the story of the times
that are gone. Wake us up from our indiffer-
ence to right and our love of mammon. Let us
be filled with great thoughts, noble patriotism,
great and holy purposes, that we may lend to our
land the grace of true citizenship, of goodness,
and of truth. May we know thee as the Rock
of our Defence : our strong Tower, our mighty
Refuge, our Sovereign Ruler, and our Everlast-
ing Hope; for Jesus Christ's sake. Amen. 1

Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, from
whom cometh every good and perfect gift, we
lift up to thee the voice of our thanksgiving
for the comforts and gladness of life; for our
homes and all our home blessings; for our
friends and all the pure pleasures of social in-
tercourse; for all true knowledge of thee and
the world in which we live ; for thy Church and
its communion; for prophets and apostles and

1 George Dawson (modified).


all earnest seekers after truth; especially for
the gift of thy Son Jesus Christ; for the pres-
ence and inspiration of the Holy Spirit; for all
the discipline of life; for the tasks and trials
by which we are trained to patience, self-knowl-
edge and self -conquest ; for the sacred and
tender ties which bind us to the unseen world,
and for the revelation of the house not made
with hands, eternal in the heavens. Grant
that we may praise thee not only with our lips,
but in faithful and consecrated lives. And may
the words of our mouth and the meditations of
our hearts be acceptable in thy sight, Lord,
our Strength and our Redeemer. Amen. 1


We commend unto thee, O Lord, our souls
and our bodies, our minds and our thoughts,
our supplications and our prayers, our senses
and our members, our life and our death, our
brothers and sisters in Christ, and all their chil-
dren, our friends and all who have done us
good, all who have been commended to our
prayers, our Fatherland and the whole Chris-
tian people in this land and throughout the
world. Amen. 2

The Lord bless us, and keep us :

1 Adapted from Rev. Dr. John Hunter's Service Book.
' Bp. Lancelot Andrews.


The Lord make his face to shine upon us, and
be gracious unto us:

The Lord lift up his countenance upon us, and
give us peace. 1

Prayer Response (by Choir).




Invitation to Worship.

" O come, let us worship and bow down; let
us serve the Lord with gladness, and come be-
fore his presence with singing. Enter into his
gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts
with praise. Give thanks unto him, and bless
his name. Honor and majesty are before him:
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary."

Prayer of Confession.

Lord God, holy and just and good, be
merciful to us and pardon us who have sinned
against thy holiness and justice and goodness.
Against thee, thee only have we sinned. Light
hath come into the world; we being evil have
loved the darkness rather than the light. We

1 Num. 6: 24-26.


have known what is good and what the Lord
doth require of us. Neglecting to do thy will
and transgressing thy holy commandment, we
are without excuse. Thou hast given us fac-
ulties to be used and time to be spent for thy
glory, but we have used our gifts vainly and
misused them sinfully, and have brought into
ourselves the fear of death. Forgive us, O
Lord, all this our sin and blindness. Forgive
us that though thy works declare thy glory we
have not rejoiced in beholding it. Forgive us
that we have not welcomed thy grace revealed
to us in Jesus Christ. 1 Pardon and absolve,
we beseech thee, all those that truly repent and
unfeignedly receive thy holy gospel. Let the
sighing of the prisoner come before thee, and
mercifully grant unto us that we may be
delivered by thine almighty power from all
bonds and chains of sin, whether in our bodies
or in our souls; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen. 2

The Declaration of Divine Mercy (by the
Minister) .

I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn
thee. 3

1 Prayers for Public Worship, Rev. John Surface, d.d.
'Roman Breviary. s Jer. 31:3.


Thus saith the Lord that created the heavens,
It shall come to pass that, before they call, I will
answer ; and while they are yet speaking, I will
hear. 1

A new heart also will I give you, and a new
spirit will I put within you : and I will takeaway
the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give
you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit
within you, and cause you to walk in my stat-
utes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do
them. 2

The Word of Adoration (by People).

Unto him that sitteth on the throne, and unto
the Lamb, be the blessing, and the honor, and
the glory, and the dominion for ever and ever.

Hymn, followed by reading of Scripture.

Anthem or Chant.

Let us pray.
Prayer for Guidance.

O God, by whom the meek are guided in
judgment, and light riseth up in darkness for
the godly, grant us in all our doubts and un-
certainties the grace to ask what thou wouldest

•Is. 65:24. *Ezek. 36:26, 27. s Rev. 5: 13.


have us to do; that the spirit of wisdom may
save us from all false choices, and that in thy
light we may see light, and in thy strait path
may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen. 1

Prayer for Purity.

O God, the Father of our Saviour Jesus
Christ, whose name is great, whose nature is
blissful, whose goodness is inexhaustible, God

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