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PAUL Micou, B.D.
The inspiration for this attempt to discuss the conduct of brief devotional meetings came as the writer listened to a masterly address on worship by Professor William Adams Brown. That address has been published in pamphlet form and renders superfluous any discussion in this book of the nature of worship itself. The immediate occasion of my undertaking this manual, wholly apart from the above, was the request from some of my colleagues on the International Committee of Young Men's Christian Associations that I formulate some suggestions for Association devotional meetings. The task soon grew beyond such limits, because these meetings are merely instances of a type of religious service not treated in more elaborate manuals on public worship. From the first I have had constant encouragement and kind criticism. In consequence the product is hardly that of a single mind, for the manuscript has often been recast to meet the criticisms and incorporate the ideas of men of many communions and different schools of thought. The number of those to whom I am thus indebted is too great to permit of individual mention, and I must take this method of gratefully acknowledging their share in the work.