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from death, and from the power of the devil, with his innocent suffering and dying, and with his holy and precious blood? ANSWER. I verily believe it. 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, IIim 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 fog baptism kneeling, the minister offers up a prayer.j 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 Christ: therefore 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. Amen, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Amen, Hallelujah. (Then, the congregation kneeling, the following verses may be sung : J 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,
The Lord bless thee, &c.
By all the merits of thy holy humanity, life, sufferings, death, and resurrection,
JBless us, gracious Lord and God.
T. 22. Lord Jesus Christ, all praise to thee,
T. 132. O Jesus Christ, thou Son belov'd
T. 127. O Lamb of God unspotted,—our crucified Saviour,
T. 30. Lift up thy pierced hands, most gracious Saviour,
(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.
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 thime,
(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 nervness of life, and thus, together with all believers, received into, and made a partaker of the fellonship of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.)
T. 75. Through thy atoning blood,
or, T. 22. The water flowing from thy side,
(After singing one of these, or any other suitable verses, follows
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. 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,
(The congregation now kneels down, and the person baptized falls prostrate
- during which may be sung:)
T. 22. May Christ thee sanctify and bless,
or, T. 22. The Saviour's blood and righteousness
or, T. 79, p. 2. His death and passion ever,
T. 22. All power and glory doth pertain
(The congregation rising, the minister pi the blessing :)
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.
T. 11. Praise on earth to thee be giv'n,
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, “Now 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 hetrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake