Excerpt from Aid and Guide to Family Worship: Consisting of Scripture Lessons, Songs, and Prayers
These forms are not recommended to those who do not need them. Reading them in private may be suggestive to some young Christians who are not familiar with'the language of devotion, but who do not approve the use of written prayers. They should be used like a crutch for the lame, or like a support for one learning to swim. They may help the weak until strength comes to go alone. The Ten Commandments, with - Some parallel passages suitable for family reading on special occasions, are inserted to complete the last form. These parallel selections might be indefinitely increased, but this book is intended for pop ular use and to be sold at a popular price, and therefore cannot be made larger.
As an humble layman, and with thanks to my brethren of different denominations who have kindly furnished the material here collected together, and with a prayer that these forms may never be read formally, but in the Spirit, this little volume is sent forth with the hope that it may be an instrument under God in establishing many family altars, and in rebuilding many which have been broken down. L. D. Palmer.
Southern methodist publishing house, Nashville, January, 1886.
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