Excerpt from The Service of the House of God, According to the Practice of the Church of Scotland: Intended Chiefly to Assist the Devotion and Direct the Meditations of Those Who Are Necessarily Detained From Public Worship; And to Form a Directory to Young Clergymen, on Their First Entering on Their Official Duties
It has sometimes, also, occurred to the author, that a book, somewhat Of the nature Of that now Offered to the public, might be of vast service to multitudes of our emigrant countrymen, who, being removed often, in many of our colonies, from the possibility Of hearing the word Of God preached, might find it much to their religious consolation to be able, in their distant settlement, to go over on the Sabbath the same kind Of religious exercises to which they had been accustomed at home, and in which they would still have had an opportunity Of engaging had circumstances not called upon them to leave their native land. The author is aware that, in order to answer such a purpose effectually, a work much more extensive than that Of a single volume would be re quired - perhaps a separate service for every Sabbath of the year, would, for this purpose, be desirable. But everything of this kind must have a commencement; and if the present volume were, by any means, to make its way into any of the emigrating families of our countrymen, and excite a desire amongst that interesting portion Of our fellow-subjects for such a work, the dema 1d would, no doubt, speedily create a supply.
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