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The Home Preacher
Or Church in the House

A Book of Prayer, Praise, & Homilies for every Sunday in the Year with Daily Meditations & a service for Children by Eminent Divines edited by the Rev. Norman MacLeod, D.D., one of Her Majesty's Chaplains.

Engraved by W. Holl, from a photograph by Elliot and Frya 
Revd. about Norman, MacLeod, D. D.

Index of Contributors, Texts of Sermons, and Children's Service
For each week of the Year
You can download the contents as a pdf file

Wk Contributors Names Texts of Sermons Children’s Service
1st Dr. MacLeod “Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead,” etc -- Eph v. 14 The child Moses
2nd Dr. Vaughan “Pure religion, and undefiled, before God.” etc -- James i. 27 The child Samuel
3rd Dr. Guthrie

“Cleanse thou me from secret faults, “ &c. --Ps. xix. 12-13.

The child Joash
4th Dr. Raleigh

“Who hath also sealed us,” &c. --2 Cor. i. 22.

The child Jesus
5th Dr. MacLeod

“Thou knewest not the time of thy visitation,” &c. --Luke xix. 44.

The two first brothers
6th Dr. MacLeod

“Sleep on now and take your rest, “ -- Mark xiv. 41.

The twin brothers
7th Dr. Cairns

“Whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth,” -- Heb. xii. 6.

Of two brothers who died on mountains.

8th Dr Brock

“Take therefore no thought for the morrow, “ --Matt. vi. 34.

Of two brothers called Sons of thunder.

9th Dr. Arthur

“By faith Moses, when he was come to years,” &c. --Heb. xi. 24.

Of the boy who had dreams that came true.

10th W. B. M’Kenzie

“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give,” &c. --Rev. ii. 10.

Of two prisoners’ dreams, and what came of them.

11th Dr. M’Cosh

“Unto me who am less than the least of all saints,” --Eph. iii. 8.

Of a king’s dreams, and how Joseph’s came true at last.

12th Dr. MacEwen “Within the vail,” --Heb. vi. 19.

Something more of how Joseph’s dreams came true.

13th J.E. Clark

“And when they had lifted up their eyes,” &c. --Matth. xvii. 8.

Of wonders wrought by a staff.

14th S. Martin

“And that from a child,” &c. --2 Tim. iii. 15.

Of more wonders wrought by the staff.

15th D.K.T. Drummond

“Whom having not seen, ye love,” &c. --1 Peter. i. 8.

Of a great wonder wrought by a serpent of brass.

16th Dr. M’Farlane “Only believe,” --Mark v. 36.

Of a wonder wrought by a mantle.

17th Dr. Raleigh “Who, when he came,” &c. --Acts xi. 23.                        

Of a wise queen’s visit to a wiser king.

18th Dr. Morgan

“There they crucified him,” --Luke xxiii. 33.

Of the wicked queen Jezebel.

19th Dr. Macduff

“And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum,” &c. --Matt. viii. 5-7.

Of a great battle fought without weapons of war.

20th Dr. F. Stevenson.

“And he went on his journeys,” &c. --Gen. xiii. 3, 4.

Of God’s appearing to Elijah in Horeb.

21st S. Martin

“To testify the gospel of the grace of God,” --Acts xx. 24.

Of the voice in the wilderness.

22nd Dr. Caird

“And being in Bethany,” &c. --Mark xiv. 3-9.

How the voice in the wilderness ceased to cry.

23rd Dr. Morgan

“Awake, O north wind, and come thou south,” &c. --Song iv. 16.

How the first Christian martyr died.

24th Dr. MacLeod

“And he went through the cities and villages,” &c. --Luke xiii. 22-30.

How a great persecutor became a great preacher.

25th C. H. Spurgeon “For Christ’s sake,” --Eph. iv. 32.

How a prophet came to pray at the bottom of the sea.

26th Morley Punshon

“Behold my servant, whom I uphold,” &c. --Is. xlii. 1-4.

How the prophet, risen from the sea, preached at Nineveh, and what followed.

27th W. F. Taylor

“The Lord hath need of them,” --Matt. xxi. 3.

How a great king came with thousands, and went back alone.

28th Dr. Vaughan “Said I not unto thee,” &c. --John xi. 40.

Of a lion which killed, but did not eat, his prey.

29th Dr. Cairns

“Then said Jesus unto them plainly,” &c. --John xi. 14, 15.

Of the king of Judah whose name was foretold long before his birth.

30th Dr. MacLeod

“Let every one of us please his neighbour,” &c. --Rom. xv. 21.

How an angel went to prison, and what he did there.

31st Dr. Fraser

“And Ittai answered the king, and said,” &c. --2 Sam. xv. 21.

How a little girl died, and was brought to life again.

32nd Dr. Cooke

“Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead,” --Rev. iii.

How Paul came to visit Europe, and what happened on his arrival there.

33rd Thomas Binney

“Then cometh Jesus unto a place called Gethsemane,” &c. --Matt. xxvi. 36-38.

Of the family in Bethany.

34th J. C. Ryle

“And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest,” &c. --Luke xxii. 60-62.

How Life met with Death, and what happened.

35th Dr. Morgan

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,” &c. --Is. xxvi. 3, 4.

Of the supper made to Jesus in Bethany, some days before his death.

36th Dr. MacLeod

“There was a certain rich man,” &c. --Luke xvi. 19-31.

Behold, thy King cometh unto thee.

37th Dr. Caird

“They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest,” --Is. ix. 3.

They went through a fiery furnace.

38th Dr, Vaughan “Bring him unto me,” --Mark ix. 19.

How a great king came to eat grass like a beast.

39th R. W. Dale

“That the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you,” --2 Thess. i. 12.

Of a strange hand that wrote words on the wall.

40th Dr. MacLeod

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God,” &c. --Mark xii 30, 31.

He went through a den of lions

41st R. Maguire

“The eternal God is thy refuge,” &c. --Deut. xxxiii.27.

How an orphan stranger came to be a queen.

42nd Dr. Barry

“They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them,” --Luke xvi. 29.

How the wicked was caught in his own snare.

43rd R. Balgarnie

“And went up into a mountain to pray,” &c. --Luke ix. 28-31.

The story of Ruth.
44th C. H. Spurgeon

“He shall feed his flock like a shepherd,” --Is. xl. 11.

The story of Ruth--(continued).

45th Archb. of York

“Bear ye one another’s burdens,” &c. --Gal. vi. 2.

Of Paul’s last visit to Jerusalem.

46th Dr. Candlish

“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart,” &c. --Is. lvii. 1.

How Paul came to be sent to Rome.

47th A. M’Laren

“And the king said unto Barzillai,” &c. --2 Sam. xix. 33-37.

Through what perils Paul passed on his way to Rome.

48th Bishop of Derry

“So he drove out the man,” &c. --Gen. iii. 24, and Rom. vii. 24, 25.

The upper room.

49th Dr. Charteris

“He that endureth to the end shall be saved,” --Matt. x. 22.

The garden.
50th Dr. Edmond

“Thy dead men shall live,” &c. --Is. xxvi. 19.

The arraignment.
51st Dr. Eadie

“Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,” &c. --Rev. i. 7.

The cross.
52nd Dr. Alexander

“For what is your life? It is even a vapour,” &c. --James iv. 14.

The sepulchre

Archbishop of Canterbury

For the First Sunday of the New Year. - ”In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength,” --Isa. xxx. 14.

Special Archbishop of Canterbury Prayers for Special Occasions.  

List of Hymns and Psalms (pdf)
We produced this list in the event that some folk reading this might be able to play the organ and would be willing to record these for us and we could then link to their recording from this page.
You might also like to read the book, Songs in the Night, by Malcolm James McLeod who was a Canadian born of Scots parents. Very last chapter is perfect to accompany Home Preacher list of hymns.

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