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Men are limbs of one another-all of one substance.
[Sadi-Persian.] For the body is not one member, but many; And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you,
Nor the head to the feet, I have no need of you;
[Paul.] When brothers are unkind, it is as if the two hands which God has
formed to aid each other,
Neglecting this duty should hinder each other: Or as if the feet, formed by God to act together,
Should forsake this office and obstruct each other. Now, God hath designed brothers to be of greater service to each
other Than hands or feet or eyes or other members which he hath given in pairs to men.
[Socrates.) There are differing gifts,
But the same spirit;
But the same Lord;
Let us strive to be followers of God as dear children, and walk in love: and the God of Love and Peace will be with us.
The School will stand and read together.
O Divine Love, whose providence is like the sky that containeth all, thy peace be with us and with all men.
Help us to love our brother men, and to walk in gentleness and humility of spirit. If we see the right, give thy grace that we may live in it; but if we are wrong, teach us to find a better way. We would do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. Amen.
1. There is one God, and
Father of all, 2. In him we
move; 3. Of him, and through him, and in him are all things;
Above all, and through all, and in
him we have our being. To whom be the
glo - ry
And be the way or bright or dark, He jour-neys at our side.
2. Come, brothers, let us go!
Nor by the way fall out;
God guards us round about. 3. The strong be quick to raise
The weaker, when they fall;
God's blessing keep us all!
Supt. It is our holy day: we have taken sweet counsel together.
face to shine upon us. All singing.
And was in
the be - gin- ning.
Supt. The Lord lifteth the light of his countenance upon us and
giveth us peace.
A - - nien.
IX. CHARACTER. “FREEDOM, FELLOWSHIP AND CHARACTER IN RELIGION.”
Character in Religion means that what we are is the supreme' matter : not the prayers we utter, still less the creed we accept, but what we are in the heart; also it means that all true worship springs from love of goodness, and that no man's religion can be better or purer than he is in the depths of his soul.
1. He whc does a good deed is instantly ennobled. The safety of God, the immortality of God, the majesty of God do enter into a man with justice.
[Emerson.] Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in his holy place ? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, who hath not inclined his soul to falsehood nor spoken deceitfully.
[Ps. xxiv.] Thou desirest not sacrifice, but truth in the heart. Teach me wisdom in my inmost soul: create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
[Ps. li.] 2. The School will stand and sing.
O sing and praise the Lord, our strength, Our ref-uge and our
3. Responses. Two things command my reverence, the starry universe around me, And the law of duty within me.
[Kant.] Happiness is not the purpose of our being, But to deserve happiness.
[Fichte.] And we are not left to stand alone:
All things work together for good to those that obey God.
So near is God to man,
Come, and I will show you what is beautiful :
It is the rose and the lily of the field, the green hills, waving
woods, singing birds, and sparkling waters. Come and I will show you what is glorious :
It is the sun in the heavens and the multitude of stars by night. These things are sublime and lovely
But a good mån is more beautiful and glorious. Cease to do evil, learn to do well,
And “lend a hand” to thy brother. Be not weary in well doing :
My Father worketh hitherto and I work.
But the will of him that sent me;