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The Compilers of "Hymns of the Church, with Services and Chants," are grateful for efficient help, received from many sources, in the preparation of this book.
They beg to acknowledge their large indebtedness to the editors of previous hymnals issued by the Universalist Publishing House: to Professor Leo R. Lewis and Reverend Charles R. Tenney, who compiled "Church Harmonies New and Old;" to Reverend Stanford Mitchell and Mrs. Mitchell, whose "Good Will Songs" and "Life Hymnal” have been used so widely and with such general satisfaction; to Mrs. L. Weston Attwood, editor of the "Sunday School Hymnal;" to Miss Grace F. White, compiler of "Praise and Thanks." In the present volume will be found a number of excellent hymns printed in the first "Church Harmonies" but not reproduced in the later "Harmonies." Many suggestions of value have been gained by careful examination of other successful publications of hymns. Wherever use has been made of restricted material from those volumes permission has been granted by publishers and authors.
Acknowledgment must be made, too, though for obvious reasons only in a general way, to a very large number of men and women, both clerical and lay, who have responded generously to requests for advice and recommendation in regard to the contents of this hymnal. Without their numerous recommendations and candid expressions of opinion the book could not have been so comprehensive in its range.
For permission to use in this volume valuable hymns and tunes, many of which are copyrighted, grateful thanks are due and are hereby extended to American Peace Society, Rev. Wm. G. Ballantine, A. S. Barnes Co., Katharine Lee Bates, Biglow & Main Co., The Century Co., The Continent, Rev. Ozora S. Davis, George H. Ellis, Edith Palmer Foote, Ginn & Co., Rev. Washington Gladden, Rev. John Haynes Holmes, Rev. Frederick L. Hosmer, Houghton, Mifflin & Co., Rev. Wm. DeWitt Hyde, John Lane Co., Rev. Frank Mason North, Novello & Co., Ltd., Rev. Edwin P. Parker, Mrs. Payne Whitney, and Mrs. T. C. Williams.
In the orders for public worship and ministrations for the offices of the church, extensive use has been made of Dr. C. H. Leonard's "Book of Prayer," not only because the services therein are intrinsically excellent but because the congregations in our constituency that employ liturgical forms of worship are accustomed to
these. The third order for morning or evening was arranged by Reverend Ernest M. Smith. The prayer in the fourth order for morning or evening was contributed by Reverend Joseph Fort Newton, Litt. D., pastor of the City Temple in London.
In preparing the responsive selections the Committee has borrowed freely from the following: the "Gloria Patri," the last edition of which was prepared under the direction of the late Dr. E. H. Capen, who, at the time of his death, was President of Tufts College; from Reverend B. F. Eaton's "Responsive Services" and the late Reverend George Hill's "The Minister's Assistant."
The Committee has been ably assisted by Mr. James W. Hill, who supervised the music and read the proofs, and is responsible for correct work in this department. Mr. Hill recently completed thirty-seven years' service as organist and chorister of the First Universalist Church, Haverhill, Massachusetts, a service distinguished for length of time, enhanced by breadth of ideals in worship and a profound sympathy with spiritual emphasis in the services of the church.
Mr. Charles F. Coolidge of the Riverside Press, Cambridge, a Director of the Universalist Publishing House, has contributed valuable suggestions as to construction and binding.
Mr. Alvar W. Polk, of the Publishing House staff, has taken the burden of correspondence in relation to copyrights and permissions, and has kept a watchful eye upon the press work as it has advanced.
Miss Florence Adams, official proof-reader of the Publishing House, has contributed expert service in proof reading.
And lastly but none the less heartily the Committee would thank the loyal people who, sorely needing new hymn books in their churches, have patiently waited for this work, in the faith that delay signified only thoroughness of preparation, and that the ultimate product would satisfactorily fill "a long felt want."
ORDERS OF SERVICE
FIRST ORDER FOR MORNING OR EVENING
1. ORGAN PRELUDE
2. ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING SENTENCES, read by the minister:
I was glad when they said unto me, we will go into the house of the Lord. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. 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 of Jesus Christ, to render thanks to God for all his mercies, and to recommend ourselves and all our concerns to the care of our heavenly Father. With humble and contrite 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 those who 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.
Then, all standing, the minister shall say:
O come, let us sing unto the Lord! let us heartily rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
And the Responses shall continue, the choir and people chanting:
MINISTER. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. CHOIR AND PEOPLE. In his hands are the corners | of. the | earth: || and the strength of the hills. is his. also. I MINISTER. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared the dry land.
CHOIR AND PEOPLE. O come, let us worship | and. bow | down: || let us kneel before. the Lord. our | Maker.
MINISTER. For he is our God: and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Choir and people, chanting the GLORIA PATRI, as follows:
Glory be to the Father, and | to. the | Son, || and | to. the | Ho.ly | Ghost; || As it was in the beginning, is now, and | ev. er | shall be, || world without | end.. A
Glory be to the Father, Almighty God, the High and Holy One. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.