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“ After which the Minister presiding, or some other appointed for the purpose,
shall give a solemn charge in the Name of God to the newly-ordained Bishop, and to the people, to persevere in the discharge of their mutual duties."
CHARGE TO THE NEWLY-ORDAINED MINISTER, AND
TAKE heed, therefore, beloved brother, and fellow
servant in Christ, unto thyself and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made thee overseer; to feed the Church of God, which He hath purchased with His own blood. Love Christ, and feed His sheep, taking the oversight thereof not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind, neither as being lord over God's heritage, but being an ensample to the flock.
Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, meditate upon these things, give thyself wholly to them, that thy profiting may appear to all : take heed unto the doctrine, and continue stedfast therein. Bear patiently all sufferings and oppressions, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee. And when the chief Shepherd shall
appear, thou shalt receive a crown of glory that fadeth
ND you likewise, beloved Christians, receive this
your Minister in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such in reputation. Remember that God Himself through Him speaketh unto you and beseecheth you. Receive the Word, which he, according to the Scripture, shall preach unto you, not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the Word of God. Let the feet of those that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things, be beautiful and pleasant unto you. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for
you do these things, it shall come to pass, that the peace of God shall enter into your houses, and that you who receive this man in the name of a prophet, shall receive a prophet's reward, and through his preaching, believing in Christ, shall through Christ inherit life eternal.
“ Then the presiding Minister shall, by prayer, recommend both the newly
ordained Minister and the congregation, to the grace of God, and His holy keeping."
Let us pray
ERCIFUL Father, we thank Thee that it pleas
eth Thee, by the ministry of men, to gather a Church to Thyself unto life eternal, from amongst the children of men. We bless Thee for so graciously providing the church in this place with a faithful Minister. We beseech Thee to qualify him daily more and more by Thy Holy Spirit, for the ministry to which Thou hast ordained and called him. Enlighten his understanding to comprehend Thy holy Word, and give him utterance, that he may boldly open his mouth, to make known and dispense the mysteries of the Gospel. Endue him with wisdom and valour, to rule the people aright over whom he is set, and to preserve them in Christian peace, to the end that Thy Church, under his administration and by his good example, may increase in number and in virtue. Grant him courage to bear the difficulties and troubles which he
may meet with in his ministry, that being strengthened by the comfort of Thy Spirit, he may remain stedfast to the end, and be received with all faithful servants into the joy of his Lord. Give Thy grace also to this people and church, that they may becom
ingly deport themselves towards this their Minister ; that they may acknowledge him to be sent of Thee; that they may receive his doctrine with all reverence, and submit themselves to his exhortations : To the end that they may by his Word, believing in Christ, be made partakers of eternal life. Hear us, 0 Father, through Thy beloved Son, who hath thus taught us to
THE LORD'S PRAYER,
To be said by the Minister and People.
UR Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy
Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
“Finally, after singing a Psalm, he shall dismiss the congregation with the
of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. AMEN.
INSTALLATION OF A PASTOR.
VOR the advancement of His glory in the salvation
of the children of men, it hath mercifully pleased the great Head of the Church, not only to ordain the Ministry of reconciliation, but to institute various offices in His Church. Accordingly, the Apostle declares that the Lord Jesus Christ hath given some, apostles; and some, prophets ; and some, evangelists ;
; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” The offices thus enumerated are both extraordinary and ordinary: The former have ceased, as the occasions which called for their services have passed; but the latter continue, and will remain in the Church during the entire dispensation of grace. These ordinary and perpetual