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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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to the evening divine service, the preacher is nothing more than the
We do not know whether he was singing or reading, yet we do know that the Christmas matins ranked among the most solemn divine services and that the first three Lessons were sung at the Prague Cathedral by selected vocalists in three voices.
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.
In 1563, the Act for the Translation of the Scripture and the Divine Service into Welsh was passed by Parliament, ordered by Elizabeth I in order to convert the Welsh to the Protestant faith.
Constables, churchwardens, and sidemen were to patrol during divine service, especially "where they do suspect leud and debauched Company to Frequent." Persons found "misdemeaning themselves" were to be put in the stocks for four hours unless they paid a five-shilling fine for the poor.
The congregation then proceeded immediately into the church for the Divine Service. The latter then began with the sermon, which served as a pivot between the two rites and meals, allowing me to lift up both commonalities and what's "new" about the "new covenant in my blood."
Well quite a lot and it all goes back to - October 25, 1382, when Thomas of Sheldon, John Colleshull, John Goldsmith, and William ate Slowe applied for a license to endow two chaplains who should celebrate divine service daily "in honour of God, our Lady his mother, Holy Cross, St Thomas the Martyr, and St Catherine, in the Church of St Martin of Birmingham".
Bedlington Station Spiritualist Church, Back Ravenworth Street, holds a Divine Service Sundays 6.30pm-7.45pm.
Edward therefore wanted an 'increase in divine service'--in the sense of increasing the number and magnificence of the Masses celebrated in the nation's churches.
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.