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‘ [99] to, sit in himself, and is reached by the prayer and preaching he never listened to, in a way for which he may be devoutly thankful.’

And there is much of truth in these words. No person, man or woman, can be deeply stirred and strongly moved by a service of worship without making life better and happier for those of the same household, for friend and neighbor, and for all one meets and greets along the way of life.

And yet somehow or other the feeling still remains that this reasoning, true though it may be, does not settle the question, and that a man's duty to God cannot be thus vicariously performed. It is all very well for a man to hire a pew for his wife, and it is very fine and fortunate for him that she comes from church filled with the light of truth and the beauty of goodness, and is thus able the easier to smooth his troubled brow and make home a delightful retreat from the world and its cares.

But how about the wife? She, too, has cares and troubles, and perhaps would appreciate more of that spirit of kindness, and gentleness, and humility, and service which it is the object of worship to invoke in the hearts of all those who gather in God's house. If it is helpful to the husband to have the wife bring this finer life into the home from the church, it ought to be stated the other way, that it would be equally helpful to the wife to have the husband bring the strength of manly kindness and thoughtfulness from the same church to the same home. Surely the rule works both ways.

The truth is that no well man who is not called to labor upon the Sabbath has any fair and reasonable excuse for failing to worship God.

Our Invitation.—There are probably nearly 400 families of known Universalists in various sections of our city who might rightfully be expected to be more or less interested in the Cross-street Church. More than half of

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