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Dost thou in this faith desire to be baptized into the death of Jesus, to be washed from thy sins, and to be embodied into the congregation of the faithful?

ANswer. This is my sincere desire.

Dost thou in this faith renounce the service of sin and Satan, and determine to live under Christ in his kingdom, and serve him in holiness and righteousness all the days of thy life?

ANswer. I do most heartily, in the strength of Jesus Christ, my Lord, and of his Holy Spirit.

T. 155. Unto him, O Lamb of God, Open thy salvation’s treasure
In rich measure;—Graciously his sins forgive,
Him receive, -Grant him peace and consolation;
Join him to thy congregation,-As the purchase of thy death.

T. 22. The water flowing from thy side,
Which by the spear was open'd wide,
Be now his bath; thy precious blood
Cleanse him, and bring him nigh to God.

(The candidate for baptism kneeling, the minister offers up a prayer.)

Ye who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye baptized?
Into his death.

N. N., into the death of Jesus I baptize thee, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

(During the imposition of hands the minister continues;)

Now art thou washed, justified, and sanctified by the blood of Chris therefore live, yet not thou, but Christ live in thee; and the life, whic thou now livest in the flesh, live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved thee, and gave himself for thee.

Amen, Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
Amen, Hallelujah.

(Then, the congregation kneeling, the following verses may be sung:

T. 22. May Christ thee sanctify and bless,
His Spirit's seal on thee impress,
His body, torn with many a wound,
Preserve thy soul and body sound

The blood-sweat trickling down his face,
Thy condemnation doth erase:
His cross, his sufferings, and his pain,
Thy everlasting strength remain.

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
Will thee protect, we humbly trust.

The Lord bless thee, &c.

BAPTISM OF ADULTS FROM THE HEATHEN.

OUR Lord Jesus Christ,
Be gracious unto us.

By thy divine presence,

Bless us, gracious Lord and God.

By all the merits of thy holy humanity, life, sufferings, death, and resurrection, Bless us, gracious Lord and God.

T. 22. Lord Jesus Christ, all praise to thee,
That thou didst deign a man to be,
And for each soul which thou hast made,
Hast an eternal ransom paid.

* T. 132. O Jesus Christ, enthron'd on high,
The Father's Son beloved,
By whom lost sinners are brought nigh,
And guilt and curse removed;
Thou Lamb once slain, our God and Lord,
To needy prayers thine ear afford,
And on us all have mercy.

T. 30. Lift up thy pierced hands, most gracious Saviour,
Now pour out on him [them] that grace and favour,
Which in thy loving—and kind heart for us is ever moving.

[After these or other verses suited to this transaction have been sung, and a short discourse delivered concerning the aim of baptism, and the grace imparted by it to those who receive it, the minister shall put the following questions to the candidate.]

Dost thou believe that thou art a sinful creature, and on account of thy sins deservest the wrath of God and eternal punishment?

ANswer. I do believe it.

Dost thou believe, that Jesus Christ became a man for us, and by his innocent life, sufferings, blood-shedding, and death, reconciled us sinners to God?

ANSWER. I verily believe it.

Dost thou believe that he hath purchased for thee, by his blood and death, remission of sins, life, and happiness?

ANSWER. I verily believe it.

Wilt thou in this faith be baptized into the death of Jesus, and be washed from thy sins in his blood ?

ANSWER. That is my sincere desire.

Dost thou also desire to be delivered from the power of sin, and of Satan, and to be received into the fellowship of Jesus Christ, and of those who believe in him ?

ANSWER. That is my sincere desire, and I renounce the devil and all his works and ways.

T, 22. Soul, body, spirit, Lord, are thine,

The purchase of thy blood divine;
O take him as thy property,

And keep him thine eternally. (During this verse the candidate for baptism kneels down, and the minister prays

that he may be cleansed from all his sins in the blood of Christ, delivered from guilt and punishment, and from the dominion of sin and Satan, buried by baptism into the death of Jesus, and raised together with him unto newness of life, and thus, together with all believers, received into, and made a partaker of, the fellowship of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.]

T. 22. The water flowing from thy side,

Which by the spear was open'd wide,
Be now his bath; thy precious blood

Cleanse him and bring him nigh to God.
(After the singing of this, or any other suitable verse, follows the baptism.)
N. N., I baptize thee into the death of Jesus, in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Now art thou buried with Christ by baptism into his death; therefore, from henceforth live, yet not thou, but Christ live in thee; and the life which thou now livest in the flesh, live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved thee, and gave himself for thee.

T. 14. With awe and heartfelt thankfulness

Him in the dust adore;
He who hath look'd on thee in grace,

Hath bliss for thee in store.

[The congregation now kneels down, during which may be sung. 1
T. 22. May Christ thee sanctify and bless,

His Spirit's seal on thee impress;
His body, torn with many a wound,
Preserve thy soul and body sound

on, T. 22. The Saviour's blood and righteousness
Thy beauty be, thy glorious dress;
Thus well array'd, thou need'st not fear,
When in his presence all appear.

on, T. 79, p. 2. His death and passion ever,
Till soul and body sever,
Shall in thy heart engrav'd remain.

T. 22. All power and glory doth pertain
Unto the Lamb, for he was slain,
And hath redeem'd us by his blood,
And made us kings and priests to God.

(The congregation rising, the minister pronounces the blessing:)

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee;

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unio thee;

The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace:

In the name of Jesus: Amen.

T. 11. Praise on earth to thee be giv'n
Never-eeasing praise in heaven;
Boundless wisdom, power divine,
Love unspeakable are thine.

CONFIRMATION.

AFTER a suitable discourse, the minister addresses the candidates for confirmation, putting some appropriate questions to them, to which they reply. They then kneel down, and the minister imparts to each the blessing of confirmation with imposition of hands, pronouncing at the same time a text of Scripture, such as:

“The very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thess. v. 23.)

Or, “New the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ.” (Heb. xiii. 20, 21.)

After this the minister adds:

The Lord bless thee, and keep thee;

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace:

In the name of Jesus: Amen.

All then kneel down, and the persons confirmed are commended in prayer to the Lord. The service is concluded with a hymn.

All candidates for confirmation are, previous to it, carefully instructed by the minister in the doctrines of Christianity, with a particular reference to the Lord’s supper, of which they are invited to partake at the next celebration of this holy ordinance, subsequent to their confirmation.

THE HOLY COMMUNION.

THE service is opened by singing verses expressive of penitence and contrition of heart, after which a prayer for absolution is offered up. The congregation rising, a verse is sung, and the bread is consecrated by pronouncing the words of institution:

“Our Lord Jesus Christ, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and gave it to his disciples, and said: ‘Take, eat: this is my body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of me.’”

The consecrated bread is then distributed by the minister and his assistants among the communicants, during the singing of hymns, treating principally of the sufferings and death of our Lord. After all the communicants have received the bread, the minister repeats the words:

Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Take, eat: this is my body, which is given for you.” The congregation partake all together at the same time, kneeling, either in silence or while a verse is sung, expressive of the solemn act. The congregation rising, verse of thanksgiving are sung, after which the minister consecrates the wine by pronouncin the words: “After the same manner also our Lord Jesus Christ took the cup, when he had supped, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: Drink ye all of it: this is my blood, the blood of the new testament, which is shed for you and for many, for the remission of sins. This do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.” The minister then partaking of the consecrated cup, delivers it to his assistants, by whom it is administered to the congregation; during which hymns are sung, treating of the remission of sins in the blood of Jesus, and of its healing and sanctifying power. The service is continued with hymns, treating of brotherly love, communion with

Christ, and thankfulness for his incarnation, passion, and death, and concluded with the blessing.

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