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HERBERT has beautifully said, that we may look: merely at the glass of a window, or through it, and the heavens espy. This aptly sets forth the proper relation of all ritual services : they are designed to let in the light of devotion to the soul, and not to shut out the view of spiritual truth and beauty. They communicate the devotional feeling which originated them. They come in as aids to devotion, -as mediators between the senses and the spirit. They bridge over the chasm which is so often felt to exist between our relations to material and spiritual things, and bring us more speedily than we should otherwise be brought into communion and fellowship with the Divine. This is nowhere more apparent than in the Sabbath school ; and in all denominations where use has been made of any kind of a liturgy, as an aid to devotion, its utility has been demonstrated. It secures a participation in the devotional exercises of the school better than the opposite method of extemporaneous prayer.

Such a conviction impelled to the preparation of the SERVICE Book now presented to the public. Several books designed to meet the same wants are already before the public; but it is believed that the work herewith offered for the acceptance of Sabbath schools, is nearer what Pastors and Superintendents desire in such a work than any one yet issued..

It contains thirty-seven regular, and twelve occasional ser• vices, with forms for the induction of officers and teachers;

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a collection of tunes with appropriate hymns; and a selection of hymns suitable for all the themes and occasions which may arrest the attention of a school. The whole number of hymns in the book is over two hundred.

The verse with which each regular service opens is designed to be read or sung, to fix attention. The Scripturereading, as also the Prayer, can be read by the whole school, or by the Superintendent; or, which is often very impressive, the male and female scholars may read alternately a period of the Scripture-reading. So also with the verses of the hymn,- the males may read one verse, the females the other, and both the third. Sameness of procedure should be guarded against as much as possible, for by so doing, attention is best secured, and the service is rendered most effective.

All the prayers, and a large number of the hymns, were written for this work. The music, it is believed, will commend itself when tried; and for the selection I am indebted to Charles E. Carpenter, the very worthy superintendent of the First Universalist Sabbath school in this city, who has, for several years, trained our scholars to sing in the school and at exhibitions, to universal satisfaction.

Offering the best that I could do to answer what I thought to be the desire of those interested in the use of a Service Book in our Sabbath schools, I humbly pray of God that my labor may not be in vain.

HENRY BACON. Providence, R. I., Sept., 1849.

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FIRST SERVICE.
18 & 7's M.) As from week to week we gather,

Thanks to give, and sins confess,
May we feel, o gracious Father,

Thou our Sabbath school doth bless.
I. SCRIPTURE READING. Luke iv. 16--22.

The Saviour's Crestom.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up;
and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the Sab-
bath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered
unto him the book of the prophet Esaias ; and when he had
opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The
Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to
preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the bro-
ken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recover-
ing of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
lo preach the acceptable vear of the Lord. And he closed the
book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And
the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened

mm. And he began to say unto them. This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?

II. RESPONSES.
In the beginning, God created the heaven and the
earth,

T. And the earth was without form and void ;
C. And darkness was on the face of the deep.

S. And the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters.

T. And God said,

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T. $ C. Let there be light!

nere be light! Aul. And there was lighi.

S. God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness,

T. Hath shined in our hearts,
C. To give the light of the knowledge of the glory
All. In the face of Jesus Christ.

IN. PRAYER.
Heavenly Father! thine is this holy day. May we
spend it as hours consecrated to Heaven to the im-
provement of our hearts in purity and love. We thank
thee for the revelation of thyself in nature and in thy
Word ; - that the heavens display thy glory – that the
earth is full of thy goodness — that holy men were in-
spired to speak thy truth unto man. But thou hast also
spoken by thy dear Son, our Saviour. For the knowl-
edge of thee which he brought, we thank thy great and
holy name. 0, make us mindful of his life and charac-
ter! May we love our Sabbath school for the aid it
gives us to learn of Jesus - to study his character to
see there what thou wouldst have us to do. In mercy
regard the interests of our school. May all to whom is
committed its care be taught of thee, and lead upright
and godly lives. May every scholar, O God, seek to
know thee to give heed to all that is here taught, and
so speak and so do as to reflect no dishonor on this school.
Bless all Sabbath schools, and may the ignorant be taught
of thee everywhere. O, smile upon our service to-day,
and may we be better prepared to resist temptation and
live to thy praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

IV. HYMN. L. M. - The Light of Truth.
There is a light whose kindling rays

Beam with a radiance all divine;
'Tis in thy revelation, Lord,

The star of Truth doth brightly shine.
It cheers us mid the deepest gloom,

And guides us through life's thorny way, . .

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SERVICE 'BOOK.
T. 4 C. Let there be light!
Aul. And there was light.

S. God, who commanded the light to shine out d
darkness,

T. Hath shined in our hearts,

C. To give the light of the knowleage of the glory
of God,
All. In the face of Jesus Christ.

III. PRAYER
Heavenly Father! thine is this holy day. May
spend it as hours consecrated to Heaven to the in
provement of our hearts in purity and love. We thank
ihee for the revelation of thyself in nature and in thi
Word; that the heavens display thy glory that th:
earth is full of thy goodness that holy men were in
spired to speak thy truth unto man. But thou hast als
spoken by thy dear Son, our Saviour. For the know!
edge of thee which he brought, we thank thy great as
boly name. 0, make us mindful of his life and charae
ter! May we love our Sabbath school for the aid
gives us to learn of Jesus -- to study his character --
see there what thou wouldst have us to do. In merc
regard the interests of our school. May all to whom is

ommitted its care be taught of thee, and lead upright
und godly lives. May every scholar, O God, seek to
now thee to give heed to all that is here taught, and
o speak and so do as to reflect no dishonor on this school.
Bless all Sabbath schools, and may the ignorant be taught
f thee everywhere. 0, smile upon our service to-dar,
nd may we be better prepared to resist temptation and
je to thy praise, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

IV. HYMN. L. M. -- The Light of Truth.
There is a light whose kindling rays

Beam with a radiance all divine;
T is in thy revelation, Lord,

The star of Truth doth brightly shine.
Il cheers as mid the deepest gloom,

And guides us through life's thorny way,

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