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To those heads of families who may use this book the author ventures to offer some brief counsels in reference to domestic worship. Let this service be conducted regularly, at morning and at evening; and punctually, at that hour which may best comport with the attendance of all the members of your boushold. Connect with the exercise of prayer the reading of the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you and yours wise unto salvation. Do not imagine that the maintainance of family prayer is the whole of religion, or that the daily offering of this external service will constitute you a christian. God is a Spirit; and they who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. In order to this there must be a change of heart, produced by his own gracious Spirit, and as its result you will be prepared to serve him acceptably, under the influence of regenerated principle and emotion. There must be individual repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, connected with personal consecration to the service of heaven, or the observance of domestic worship will leave you unsanctified and unsaved.

The publication of this volume has been delayed by circumstances over which the author had no control; and it is now sent forth, amidst scenes of domestic bereavement and sorrow, which urge him to do quickly what he can attempt for the cause of Christ. Should it be the means of introducing houshold worship into any family, or of aiding its exercise where it was previously established, he will not bave laboured in vain, as praise will thus redound to that glorious Being who is the exclusive object of worship, and to whose blessing he looks to succeed the work of his hands.


May 24, 1844.

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