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CONFESSION OF FAITH.
We, the Subscribers, believing in Jesus of Nazareth, as the all-sufficient Saviour, and being fully persuaded that his gospel is the word of God, and the perfect rule of faith and practice, do feel it our duty to make a public declaration of our faith, and to unite ourselves as a Church of Christ, or Company of Believers in the Gospel, that we may the better enjoy, practise, defend, and support the Christian Religion.
Therefore, after serious consideration, we adopt the following Declaration of Faith, as expressive of the fundamental articles of our religious belief, and as containing truths, the knowledge of which is essential to the Christian character.
We believe that there is One God; and that in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, he has given a revelation of his character, of the mission of his Son Jesus Christ, and of the duty and final destination of mankind. And we believe that the happiness of all rational creatures depends immediately on their obedience or holiness.
Acknowledging Jesus Christ to be the Head of the Church, and submitting ourselves unto him as such, we do hereby, as before him, agree to meet together on the first day of the week, for the public worship of God, the breaking of bread, the reading of the Scriptures, and the Preaching of the Gospel; that we may render becoming homage to our Creator, enliven our faith, improve ourselves in holiness, and strengthen our fellowship with each other; and that we may assist in bringing up the youth in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, in making them acquainted with the Scriptures, and inspiring them with the love of virtue.
We will endeavor to abstain from every vice, and faithfully to practice all the virtues of the Christian Religion. As far as in us lieth, we will live peaceably with all men.
And now, commending ourselves and all mankind unto God, to whom we are responsible, and on whom we are entirely dependent, for all that light, wisdom, and direction which we need, we pray that he would be pleased to make additions to the Church of such as shall be saved from the evil that is in the world, by believing and obeying the truth as it is in Jesus; and that, by his grace, he would enable us, in all things, to conduct according to our Christian profession.
ORDER FOR RECEIVING MEMBERS.
Dearly Beloved: On profession of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, your desire to learn of Him, and to co-operate with us in the study and practice of religion, we gladly receive you into our number. We welcome you to this communion of Christian souls. We earnestly desire to sympathize with you, and will endeavor to watch over and support you in the trials of life, and the work of duty. And may God our Father grant, that this union formed on earth, may continue in heaven, and fit us for the fellowship of the saints in light.
I baptize thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. A men.
LAYING ON OF HANDS.
Defend, O Lord, this thy child, with thy heavenly grace; that he may continue thine for ever, and daily increase in thy Holy Spirit, more and more, until he come into thy everlasting kingdom. Amen.
Minister.-The Lord be with you;
Answer. And with thy spirit.
Minister. Our help is in the name of the Lord;
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
THE HOLY COMMUNION.
Dearly Beloved: We come to this table to testify, not that we are righteous, but that we sincerely love the Lord Jesus Christ, and that we desre to be his true disciples. We come to receive, not only the mercy of an hour, but that which may spring up to endless joy. We come, not only to do the duty of an hour, but to promise that which we must perform while we live on earth. If, therefore, you do earnestly desire to learn of the Saviour, and to co-operate in the study and practice of his religion; if you would live in love and charity with your neighbor, and would grow in the graces of Christian character, draw near with faith, and take this Holy Ordinance to your comfort, and make your humble Confession to Almighty God.
Confession to be made by Minister and People, all humbly bowing or devoutly kneeling.
Our Father who art in Heaven; we humbly acknowledge our weakness, and the sins which we from time to time have grievously committed by thought, word, and deed, against thy great goodness, against our Master, Jesus Christ, against our own souls, and against our brethren. Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. Comfort and help us. Raise our hearts to thee in heaven, and suffer us no more to wander upon earth. In the name of Thy beloved Son, we beseech Thee to forgive all that is past, and grant that hereafter we may serve and please thee in newness of life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Minister-Christ our Passover, is sacrificed for us.
People. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Min.-Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
P.-My father giveth you the true bread from Heaven. For the bread of God is He that cometh down from Heaven, and giveth life unto the world.
Min.-Ho! every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money: come ye, buy and eat; yea come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
P.-The Spirit and the Bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him come and take the
water of Life freely.
Min.-God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.
P.—If we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; and He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Min.-Lift up your hearts.
P.-We lift them up unto the Lord.
Min.-Let us give thanks unto our God.
P. It is meet and right so to do.
M.-It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, that we at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O Lord, Holy Father, Almighty, Everlasting God.
Min. and P.-Therefore with angels and archangels, and all the company of heaven, we laud and magnify thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty! Heaven and earth are full of the majesty of Thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High.
Min.-I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
Min.-The Lord be with you.
P.-And with thy spirit. Amen.
Min. Let us pray.-Our Father who art in Heaven: mindful of Christ's life and teachings, his death upon the cross, his resurrection and ascension, and his seat at thy right hand, we come to partake of this bread and this cup in remembrance of him. We beseech thee to sanctify them and us; and may we who thus eat of one bread and drink of one cup, be made one with each other in the fellowship of the same Holy Spirit, and one with Thee and Thy dear Son.
In this our Communion, we desire to remember, and beseech Thee to remember and bless, the multitudes of every name, who are joined with us in one household of faith, our brethren and sisters in Christ throughout the world.
We remember the fathers from the beginning of the world; the patriarchs, prophets, apostles, martyrs, and all who have wrought righteousness.
We remember all who journey, all who are absent, all who are in sickness or distress: and we would forgive our enemies, and we pray thee to forgive them, if there be any who have wished or done us ill.
We remember those who have fallen asleep in Christ, in the joyful hope of resurrection unto eternal life.
We remember the whole family of man; beseeching thee that the spirits of all flesh may taste of thy grace, and that the ends of the earth may see the salvation of God.
Unto us, O Lord, vouchsafe such guidance, that as Christians and blameless we may spend the remainder of our lives.
Accept, O Holy and ever blessed Father, these our supplications, and may our offerings find favor in thy sight, we humbly pray, in the name and as the disciples of Jesus. Amen.
As the bread is broken let a Hymn be sung.
In delivering the bread.
As a solemn testimony, in the presence of each other and before God, of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us take and eat of this bread in remembrance of him.
In delivering the cup.
As a solemn testimony, in the presence of each other and before God, of our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, let us take and drink of this cup in remembrance of him.
GLORIA IN EXCELSIS.
To be said or sung, all standing.
Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give thanks unto thee, for thy great glory, O Lord God, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty.
O God, through thy only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that taketh away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.
Through him that taketh away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us. Through him that taketh away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. Through him that sitteth at the right hand of the Father, have mercy upon us.
For thou art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, in Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in thy glory, O God, our Father. Amen.