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Selections from the Sacred Scriptures,

FOR USE IN

PUBLIC AND SOCIAL WORSHIP.

INTRODUCTORY.

| The minister may begin the service by reading one or more of the

following sentences.

HOLINESS becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever.-Ps. 93: 5.

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.-Ps. 118: 24.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good, his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.—Ps. 100: 4, 5.

All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name.-Ps. 86: 9.

From the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering; for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.—Mal. 1: 11.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.-Ps. 19: 14.

Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high; who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and in the earth !—Ps. 113: 5, 6.

But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth ?-2 Chron. 6: 16.

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy ; I dwell in the high and holy place; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.Is. 57: 15.

Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.—Joel 2: 13.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.Ps. 51: 17.

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.—1 John 1: 8,9.

Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; where is the house that ye

build unto me? and where is the place of my rest?

For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. - Is. 66:1, 2.

Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.—Ps. 103: 13, 14.

Trust in the Lord at all times; ye people, pour out your hearts before him; God is a refuge for us.Ps. 62: 8.

When the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Eze. 18: 27.

As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel ? -Eze. 33: 11.

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.-Dan. 9: 9, 10.

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.-Is. 55: 6, 7.

The hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

God is a spirit: and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.—John 4: 23, 24.

In all places where I record my name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.—Ex. 20: 24.

Jehovah loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.-Ps. 87: 2.

Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. -Ps. 87: 3.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.-Ps. 4: 5.

Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.-Ps. 2: 11.

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion.-Ps. 20: 1, 2.

I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help.

My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.—Ps. 121: 1, 2.

Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.—Ps. 100: 2, 3.

O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth thy praise.—Ps. 51: 15.

O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; fear before him all the earth.-Ps. 96: 9.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory.--Is. 6: 3.

The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.-Hab. 2: 20.

Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of

God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools; for they consider not that they do evil.

Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thy heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth.—Eccl. 5: 1, 2.

How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.Gen. 28: 17. Come

ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Is. 2: 3.

O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.—Is. 2: 5.

O come, let us worship and bow down ; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.

For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart.-Ps. 95: 6-8.

O send out thy light and thy truth; let them lead me, let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.

Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God, my exceeding joy; yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God, my God.-Ps. 43: 3, 4.

One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

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