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service

an economic activity which is performed to meet a personal or business demand. Some services are either specifically personal (for example hairdressing, dentistry), or business (for example factory maintenance, freight forwarding), but a large number are multifaceted, catering for both sectors, for example, household and industrial painting, telephone services.

The provision of most services (for example, window cleaning) involves a number of characteristics which set them apart from the provision of a GOOD (for example, a motorcar), in particular intangibility - the inability of a customer to see, touch, taste or smell the service, and inseparability - the fact that services are produced and consumed at the same time and thus cannot be stored. See also MARKETING MIX, GAP ANALYSIS. See PRODUCT, PERISHABILITY, VARIABILITY.

service

any intangible economic activity (hairdressing, catering, insurance, banking, etc.) that contributes directly (see FINAL PRODUCTS) or indirectly (see INTERMEDIATE PRODUCTS) to the satisfaction of human wants. Services are an important component of GROSS NATIONAL PRODUCT.
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These men of letters, who constituted a smaller part of the membership, undertook to sing together at divine services.
Human, fraternal service is the necessary correlate of the divine service to which all Christians are called.
ministered unto them divine service and holy bread on a Sunday and kneeled before the altar in his suffrages and prayers, [the parishioners] laid upon him violent hands and arrested him and entreated him so rigorously that in the same place they drew blood upon him, for which diverse of them were excommunicated, and yet continue in the same and so with outrageous violence drew him out of the said church and incontinently laid him openly and shamefully in the stocks and after that, as a thief with his arms bound, with a cord led him unto the king's gaol of Guildford [Surrey] where, by their untrue suggestions, he was entreated as a thief and laid in great duress of imprisonment.
Bedlington Station Spiritualist Church, Back Ravenworth Street, holds a Divine Service Sundays 6.
53-56; Divine Service and Its Rewards: Ideology and Poetics in the Hinke Kudurru (Beer-Sheva: Ben-Gurion Univ.
As we have seen, the fundamental commission has four different dimensions, viz, divine service, teaching, diaconia and mission.
Baxter said his invitation to be keynote preacher at an annual Masonic divine service in a Toronto Anglican church was revoked at the request of the diocesan bishops.
Clearly, blemish and death must not pollute the region of the divine manifestation: "This applies both to the location and to the group of people involved with the divine service.
Faced with a society that puts the acquisitive individual above all else, and surrounded by attractions of hi-tech entertainment, we find our divine service less inviting than ever.
Breaking with the habit of a lifetime, I decided to attend divine service at one of the more upscale Anglican churches, and see if I could test the temperature of the nation.
54, shall be holding a Divine Service in St George's Tron Church, Mandela Square, Glasgow, at 11am.
It's a time where there's always a lot of concern and it's very unfortunate that such extreme measures have to be taken for what is a divine service and a simple parade returning home which should offend nobody," he said.