Fifty Devotional Services Paul N. Elbin

ISBN: 9781406705232

Published: March 1st 2007

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Fifty Devotional Services  by  Paul N. Elbin

Fifty Devotional Services by Paul N. Elbin
March 1st 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 256 pages | ISBN: 9781406705232 | 5.28 Mb

FIFTY DEVOTIONAL SERVICES FIRST SERIES BY PAUL N. ELBIN, PH. D. President, West Liberty State College FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON GLASGOW Copyright, MCML, by FLEMING H REVELL COMPANY Printed in the United States of A in er ten New York,MoreFIFTY DEVOTIONAL SERVICES FIRST SERIES BY PAUL N. ELBIN, PH. D. President, West Liberty State College FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY NEW YORK LONDON GLASGOW Copyright, MCML, by FLEMING H REVELL COMPANY Printed in the United States of A in er ten New York, no, 158 Fifth Avenue London, E. G, 4, 29 Ludgate Hill Glasgow, C, a, 229 Bothwell Street Preface Fifty Devotional Services First Series, was prepared as a manual for use in conducting short worship services.

A single copy in the hands of the layman or minister in charge of such devotional periods will suffice, but responses and unison prayers will be possible only if copies are available for all participants. The devotional exercises for which this manual is in tended are often of a preliminary nature.

In church schools Sunday schools or Bible schools the instructional period is always preceded by a short service of worship, usually con ducted by a layman. School and college assemblies are fre quently opened with a brief devotional service conducted by a student, a teacher, the principal or president, the chaplain, or by a visiting minister. Womens organizations of many kinds, both church and community groups, ob serve the custom of beginning their meetings with a short devotional period condxicted by one of their members.

Each week thousands of young peoples meetings are opened with a brief worship service. Among these youth groups are the Y. M. C. A., the Y. W. O. A., the Hi-Y, the Y-Tccn, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Future Teachers of Amer ica, the 4-H Club to single out some of the best known in addition to the Methodist Youth Fellowship, Christian 6 PREFACE Endeavor, Baptist Youth Fellowship, Luther League, West minsterFellowship, and other young peoples organiza tions.

Custom provides many other opportunities for short devotional services of a preliminary character commence ments, conventions and assemblies, community patriotic meetings, and services in summer camps. Fifty Devotional Services was compiled primarily to aid leaders of such types of worship. Not all worship services, of course, are preliminary in character.

Church services, school or college chapel services, baccalaureate services, community thanksgiving services, watch-night occasions, chapel services in military establish ments, services in summer camps all these are public gatherings in which worship is the sole purpose. With the addition of 1 a talk or sermon 2 appropriate music by a soloist, quartet, or choir 3 another hymn and 4 a bene diction, the services of worship in this volume will provide material for full-length services.

Fifty Devotional Services is not intended merely to save the time of worship leaders, though it should do that. The purpose has been to bring together in usable form materials needed for modern Christian worship. The young man who is invited to lead the devotional service at the next weekly assembly may not have at hand a library of worship ma terials. He knows that a selection from the Bible is ex pected. But the Bible is an immense book, and he may need help in making an appropriate choice of a passage to be read.

He knows that a prayer is expected, but he may hesi tate to attempt an extemporaneous prayer in public. Yet suitable written prayers may not be available. Even the choice of hymns presents problems. Fifty Devotional Serv ices should give confidence to an inexperienced leader of worship.PREFACE 7 It should for different reasons be of help to a profession ally educated minister of religion. Few ministers ai e in po sition to buy all the worth-while books of worship that are published, yet ministers know that without them keeping worship fresh and interesting is difficult. There is also the problem of time.

Devotional services fall into the routine of Holy, Holy, Holy the Twenty-third psalm, and the Lords Prayer not simply because the leader is lazy but often because truthfully he does not have time to prepare himself for the conduct of public worship...



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