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officers are teachers and bishops, or pastors. The pastoral office is the first in the Church both in dignity and usefulness. It is constituted by the Head of the Church, when one of His ministering servants is set over a particular church or people as their spiritual teacher, shepherd, and overseer. It belongs to his office to pray for and with his people, as their mouth unto God; to read the sacred Scriptures publicly in the sanctuary to the people; to feed the flock committed to his charge with the pure Word of God; to dispense the holy Sacraments agreeably to the institution of Christ; to maintain Christian discipline; to edify the congregation, and especially the youth, by catechetical and biblical instruction; to administer comfort to the sick and afflicted; to lead the inquiring and troubled in mind to the Lord Jesus Christ : and as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, to fulfil the whole work of the Gospel ministry.

In the discharge of these duties, he is entitled to the cordial co-operation of the people of his charge, and more especially of the elders, deacons, and members of the church. They should see that he is so sustained as to be free from distracting, worldly cares ; should cherish towards him all suitable respect; be

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bound to him in ardent affection; be tender of his reputation; assistant to him in their counsels; wait upon his ministry with punctuality and attention ; commend him and his labours, by prayer, to the blessing of the God of all grace; and, in every possible manner, endeavour to be fellow-helpers with him in saving souls and advancing the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Thus, while the pastoral office requires on the part of him who is honoured with it, all faithfulness, diligence, care, and circumspection, it demands, on the part of the people, all proper support, encouragement, and obedience in the Lord towards him who is set over them. These mutual duties are enjoined by the Apostle when he exhorts : “ 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;" and again, “We beseech you to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and to esteem them very highly in love for their works' sake.

Forasmuch, then, as you, beloved brother, have been regularly called by the proper authorities to

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take charge of this church, and you have signified your acceptance of this call, we shall now, in the Name of the Lord, propose to you the following questions :

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RE you now willing to take the charge of this

congregation, as their pastor, agreeably to your declaration at accepting their call ?

Do you conscientiously believe and declare, as far as you know your own heart, that in taking upon you this charge, you are influenced by a sincere desire to promote the glory of God, and the good of His Church ?

Do you solemnly promise, that, by the assistance of

Ꭰ the grace of God, you will endeavour faithfully to discharge all the duties of a pastor to this congregation; and will be careful to maintain a deportment in all respects becoming a Minister of the Gospel of Christ, agreeably to your Ordination engagements?

“To all these, having received satisfactory answers, the Presiding Minister

shall say:

GOD

OD, our heavenly Father, who hath' called thee

to the office of the Ministry, and to take the oversight of this church, enlighten thee with His Holy Spirit, strengthen thee with His hand, and so govern thee in thy Ministry, that thou mayest decently and fruitfully walk therein, to the glory of His Name, and to the advancement of the Kingdom of His Son Jesus Christ. AMEN.

“ Then he shall propose to the people the same or like questions as those di

rected under the head of Ordination (page 245] ; which, having been also satisfactorily answered, by holding up the right hand in testimony of assent, he shall solemnly pronounce and declare the said Minister to be regularly constituted the Pastor of that congregation. A charge shall then be given to both parties, as directed in the case of Ordination; and after prayer (as in that form], and singing a Psalm adapted to the transaction, the congregation shall be dismissed with the usual"

BENEDICTION.

THE grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love

of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. AMEN

THE

THE OFFICE

FOR THE

DEDICATION OF A CHURCH.

PREFACE.

THUS

HUS saith the Lord, The heaven is My throne,

and the earth is My footstool : where is the house that ye build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest? For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord; but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word.

INVITATION.
AVING therefore this promise, dearly beloved,

let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, and make known our requests unto God.

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INVOCATION.
LMIGHTY God, Who hast promised to be pre-

sent with Thy people, and to grant their re

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