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[PARTS IN BRACKETS MAY BE USED OR OMITTED.] Let all our services begin exactly at the time appointed, and let all our people kneel in silent prayer on entering the sanctuary.
[I. VOLUNTARY, instrumental or vocal.]
II. SINGING FROM THE METHODIST HYMNAL,
[III. THE APostles' creED, recited by all, still standing.] BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Iary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day ne rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in he Holy Ghost; th holy cathol Church, the commun of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen. IV. PRAYER, concluding with the Lord's Prayer, repeated audibly by all, both minister and people kneeling.
the people standing.
[V. ANTHEM OR VOLUNTARY.] VI. LESSON FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT, which, if from the Psalms, may be read responsively.* [VII. THE GLORIA PATRI.]
was in the be-gin-ning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. A -men, A -men. VIII. LESSON FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT. IX. ANNOUNCEMENTS.
X. WORSHIP IN THE PRESENTATION OF TITHES AND OFFERINGS; during or after which an offertory may be rendered. XI. SINGING FROM THE METHODIST HYMNAL,
the people standing.
XII. THE SERMON.
the people standing.‡ XV. DOXOLOGY AND THE APOSTOLIC BENEDICTION. (2 Cor. 13. 14).
*In the afternoon or evening the Lesson from the Old Testament may be omitted. †The order of praying and singing after service may be reversed.
An invitation to come to Christ or to unite with the Church should be given when this hymn is announced.
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, SOUTH
THE METHODIST BOOK CONCERN
Copyright, 1905, by
EATON & MAINS
JENNINGS & GRAHAM
Printed in the United States of America
First Edition Printed September, 1905
In accordance with authority given by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, the Bishops of the respective churches appointed as members of the Joint Commission for the preparation of a common Hymnal the following persons:
Of the Methodist Episcopal
C. M. STUART,
C. M. COBERN,
R. J. COOKE,
C. S. NUTTER,
W. A. QUAYLE,
H. G. JACKSON,
C. W. SMITH,
C. T. WINCHESTER,
Of the Methodist Episcopal
F. S. PARKER,
On the recommendation of the above Joint Commission, Professor Karl P. Harrington, of the Wesleyan University, and Professor Peter C. Lutkin, of the Northwestern University, were appointed musical editors.
THIS Hymnal is the result of the labors of a joint Commission of twentytwo ministers and laymen appointed in equal numbers by the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; the double purpose being to provide a worthy 1 anual of song for use in the public and private worship of Almighty God, and to testify to the world the essential unity of the two great branches of Episcopal Methodism.
The fruit of their toil we now lay before the churches with confidence and joy: with confidence because we feel warranted in saying that the book is an admirable compilation of sacred lyrics; and with joy because we trust that for many long years it will prove to be a visible and potent bond of union among all our people.
We gladly note that the hymns of the Wesleys are given the prominence which justly belongs to them in any collection to be used by Methodists. But the book will be found to contain also the choicest work of the other hymn writers of the eighteenth century, namely, Doddridge, Watts, Cowper, Newton, Montgomery, and a very considerable number of new hymns selected after a wide examination of the body of religious verse produced during the last seventy-five years. The hymns admitted have been selected from the ancient and modern treasuries of religious poetry. They are the expression of sound doctrine and healthful Christian experience, and it is believed will greatly enrich our worship and bring us into closer fellowship with believers in all lands and in all ages.
Such verbal changes as have been made in the hymns are in most cases a return to the original and preferable forms. Some stanzas have been wholly excluded on the ground that they contain imagery offensive to modern taste, and others have been omitted to secure desirable brevity. The Commission did not venture to make arbitrary or capricious alterations.
In only a very few cases have hymns been divorced from the tunes to which long use has wedded them. For some familiar hymns alternate tunes