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ORDER OF SERVICE.
1. ORGAN VOLUNTARY.
3. RESPONSIVE READING, Ps. xc.
“ Love divine, all love excelling."
“ Assist us, Lord, to act, to be."
7. PRAYER. (See end of sermon.)
8. RESPONSE BY THE CHOIR.
11. PRAYER (very brief).
13. BENEDICTION, with
14. AMEN BY THE CHOIR.
Hymn-book used, “Sacred Songs for Public Worship,” by Savage and Dow.
My theme this morning is “ A Natural Life"; and I take as my text, from the fifth chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew, the forty-eighth verse, the words, "Ye therefore shall be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect."
Among those stories of the old mythology which have a deeper meaning than appears on the surface is that which is told of the giant Antæus. It is said that his mother was the earth; and he found, in contact with the earth, a perpetual renewal of life and power. And, in the famous contest which the story says he had with the sunhero Hercules, it was found that, whenever he was thrown, he arose stronger than ever before ; for he had received an accession of life from that which was the source and fountain of his life, so that the only way in which he could be destroyed was by holding him in the air and strangling him by main force, keeping him away from contact with that which had power to renew his strength.
We all, no matter by how many removes, feel that we, also, are children of the earth. And, when we become wearied of our civilization, of that which seems to us conventional and artificial, when our hands are worn and our brains are tired, when the main body of the year's work is through and we are for a little time set free from it, we rush back to the arms of our old Mother Nature, with the sense that we, too, may gain a renewal, an accession of life, of power. And we do gain such accession, such renewal. There is something in us that thrills responsively to those words of Lowell from “ Under the Willows":