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Then shall be said the Lord's Prayer, all kneeling.
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in 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.
Thon may the Minister conclude with eaten.porary
Reception of Members.
1483. FORM FOR RECEIVING PERSONS INTO THE CHURCH AFTER PROBATION.
Upon the day appointed, all that are to be receiva shall be called forward, and the Minister, aa dressing the congregation, shall say :-
DEARLY BELOVED BRETHREN: The Scriptures teacli us that the Churcn is the household of God, the body of wbich Christ is the Head, and that it is the design of the Gospel to bring together in one all who are in Christ. The fellow ship of the Church is the communion that its members enjoy one with another. The ends of this fellowship are, the maintenance of sound doctrine, and of the ordinances of Christian worslıip, and the exercise of that power of godly ad monition and discipline which Christ has committed to his Church for the promotion of holiness. It is the duty of all men to unite in this fellowship, for it is only those that “be planted in the house of the Lord, that shall flourish in the
courts of our God.” Its more particular duties are, to promote peace and unity; to bear one another's burdens; to prevent each other's stumbling; to seek the intimacy of friendly society among themselves; to continue steadfast in the faith and worship of the Gospel; and to pray and sympathize with each other. Among its privileges are, peculiar incitements to holiness from the hearing of God's word and sharing in Christ's ordinances; the being placed under the watchful care of pastors, and the enjoyment of the blessings which are promised only to those who are of the household of faith. Into this holy fellowship the persons before you, who have already received the sacrament of baptism, and have been under the care of proper leaders for six months on trial, come seeking admission. now propose, in the fear of God, to ques. tion them as to their faith and purposes, that you may know that they are proper persons to be admitted into the Church.
Then addressing the applicants for admission,
the Jinister shall say: Dearly beloved : You are come hither seeking the great privilege of union with
the Church our Saviour has purchased with his own blood. We rejoice in the grace of God vouchsafed unto you in that he has called you to be bis followers, and that thus far you have run well. You have heard how blessed are the privileges, and how solemn are the duties, of membership in Christ's Church'; and before you are fully admitted thereto, it is proper
you do here publicly renew your vows, confess your faith, and declare your purpose, by answering the following questions:
Do you here, in the presence of God and of this congregation, renew the solemn promise contained in the baptismal covenant, ratifying and confirming the same, and acknowledging yourselves bound faithfully to observe and keep that covenant ?
Answ. I do.
Have you saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ?
Answ. I trust I have.
Do you believe in the doctrinto of Holy Scripture, as set forth in the Arti. cles of Religion of the Methodist Episcopal Church?
Answ. I do.
Wil you cheerfully be governed by the rules of the Methodist Episcopal Church, hold sacred the ordinances of God, and endeavor, as much as in you lies, to promote the welfare of your brethren and the advancement of the Redeemer's kingdom?
Answ. I will.
Will you contribute of your earthly substance, according to your ability, to the support of the Gospel and the various benevolent enterprises of the Church?
Ansv. I will.
Then th Minister, addressing the Church, shall
say : Brethren, you have heard the responses given to our inquiries. Have any of you reason to allege why these persons should not be received into full membership in the Church ?
No objection being alleged, the Minister shall say
to the Candidates : We welcome you to the communion of the Church of God; and, in testimony of our Christian affection and the cordiality with which we receive you, I hereby extend to you the right hand of fellowship;