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M. Baptism is the answer of a good conscience towards

God, the washing of regeneration and renewing of • the Holy Ghost, which is shed on us abundantly

through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Children may also be made partakers of this grace, For Christ hath said, “ Suffer little children to come

unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the

kingdom of heaven.” (Then the child which is to be baptized, is brought in, and the minister offers up a suitable prayer ; or sings an appropriate verse; for example:) T. 14. a. M. Be present, Lord! tho' water fails

To cleanse a soul from sin,
Yet while we pour it, let thy blood

Now make this infant clean.
M. Ye, who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye

baptized ? , C. Into his death. M. Into the death of Jesus I baptize thee N. N. 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 buried with him, by baptism, into his death; C. In the name of Jesus, Amen. T. 79. p. 2. His death and passion ever,—Till soul and body sever,

Shall in thy heart engray'd remain. M. Now 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.
T. 132. a, p. 2. C. This grant according to thy word,

Thro Jesus Christ, our only Lord,

O Father, Son, and Spirit. M. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee!.

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gra

unto thee! The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give

thee peace! C. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

(Questions which may be put to the children, and answered by them.)
What is baptism?
May children also be made partakers of this grace ?
What is the ground of this hope ? ç 2

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BAPTISM OF CHILDREN. No. 2. (After the singing of some suitable verses, and a short discourse :) Min. M THOU Lamb of God, which takest away the

sin of the world, Cong. Have mercy upon us, and give us thy pea M. By all the merits of thy life, sufferings, death and

resurrection, C. Bless us, gracious Lord and God ! M. Baptism was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, who

said unto his disciples, “Go ye, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost : teaching them to observe

all things, whatsoever I have commanded you.” He'annexed this proinise to it, “ He that believeth

and is baptized, shall be saved.” By baptism we are made partakers of the forgiveness

of and cleansing from sin, by the blood of Jesus

Christ, who loved the church, and gave himself for · it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the

washing of water by the word.
As many of us as have been baptized, have put on Christ
7. 22 a. C. The Saviour's blood and righteousness

Our beauty is, our glorious dress;
Thus well array'd we need not fear,

When in his presence we appear.
T. 83, d. M. Are the children heirs of Heav'n ?

Have they part in Christ our Saviour ?
C. Yea, this grace to them is giv'n,

They are objects of his favor;
For he saith: Bring them to me",

Heav'n is theirs assuredly. p* Here the child is brought in, and the minister either offers up a suitable prayer, or sings an appropriate verse, for example :) T. 1. M. Thou Friend of children, in thy arms of love

Receive this child, let it thy mercy prove;
And cleanse it with thy blood, that it may share

In all thy merits: Jesus, hear our pray'r!
(Questions which may be put to children, and answered by them.)
Who instituted baptism?
What promise did he annex thereto?
What are the benefits whereof we are made partakers by baptism?

M. Ye who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye.

. baptized ? C. Into his death. M. Into the death of Jesus I baptize thee N. N. 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 buried with him, by baptism, into his death;
C. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
T. 184. p. 2. C. May his atoning death and passion,

His agony and bitter pain,
Until thy final consummation

Deep in thy heart engravid remain!
M. Now 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.
7. 58. C. That our Lord's views with thee may be attain's,

We recommend thee now, with faith unfeign'd,
To the Father's blessing, to the Son's favor,
The Holy Spirit's guidance, now and ever,

The angels' guard.
M. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee!
The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gra-

cious unto thee ! The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give

thee peace! C. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

BAPTISM OF ADULTS.

T. 22. Cong.

UHRIST, the almighty Son of God,
Took on him human flesh and blood,
And willingly gave up his breath
To save us from eternal death.
Praise to the Father, and the Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One,
That we're from condemnation freed,
Since Christ our ransom fully paid.
( After a short discourse follow these petitions:)

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Min. Lord God, our Father, which art in heaven !
C. Hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will

be done on earth, as it is in heaven; give us this day
our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we
forgive them that trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For
thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. . Amen.
M. Lord God, Son, thou Saviour of the world!
C. Be gracious unto us! .
M. Lord God, Holy Ghost !
C. Abide with us for ever!
T. 132. a. p. 2. C. Thou slaughter'd Lamb, our God and Lord;

To needy pray’rs thine ear afford,

And on us all have mercy!.
M. By thy divine presence,

By thy holy sacraments,
C. Bless us, gracious Lord and God !

(Questions put to the candidate for baptism) M. Dost thou believe in Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son

of God, by whom are all things and we through him ? Answer. I do. M. Dost thou believe, that he is thy Lord, who redeemed

thee, a lost and undone human creature, purchased and gained thee from all sin, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood, and with his innocent

suffering and dying? - Answer. I verily believe it. M. Dost thou desire to be cleansed from sin in the blood of

Jesus Christ, and to be buried into his death by

holy baptism? Answer. That is my sincere desire. M. Dost thou desire to be embodied into the congregation

of Christ, by holy baptism, which is the laver of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost, and in his kingdoni to live under him and serve him, in

eternal righteousness, innocence, and happiness? Answer. That is my sincere desire.

T. 155. C. 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. a. 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.

(During the last verse the candidate for baptism kneels down, and the fols

lowing question is put to the Congregation :) M. Ye who are baptized into Christ Jesus, how were ye

baptized.? C. Into his death. M. Into the death of Jesus I baptize thee N. N. 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.

C. Amen, Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Amen, Hallelujah! (Then, the Congregation kneeling, and the person baptized falling prostrate, the following verses may be sung :) T. 22. C. 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 suff'rings, and his pain,
Thy everlasting strength remain.
The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, ..

Will thee protect, we humbly trust. (During the last, or any other suitable verse, the Congregation rises, and

the minister pronounces the blessing :

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