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FORWARD TO THE ALTAR, THE MINISTER MAY READ AS FOLLOWS:
By haptism in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, we are consecrated to the divino service, in that religion which came from God the Father, was published to the world by his Son, and confirmed by the operations of his Holy Spirit.
Let us who are here assembled, by the present administration of baptism, take occasion to establish in our minds a lively sense of our obligations to serve God, according to the gospel of his Son, in holiness and righteousness, all our days.
The minister may then say to the person to be baptized : In the profession of the Christian faith, you now present yourself to be baptized. You do hereby express a desire to receive the instructions of the Christian religion, and to govern your faith and practice by its doctrines and principles.
The minister may then baptize the person, saying: "I
BAPTIZE thee in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." Then may be used the following, or some other suitablc exhor
CHRISTIAN FRIEND,—You have now by this interesting
service, acknowledged before God, your faith in the Christian Religion, and have expressed your desire to be governed by its doctrines and precepts. To this end, may you diligently and honestly search the Scriptures, knowing that they contain everything necessary to eternal salvation ; and above all, may you carry out in your life the principles therein contained; and may the Heavenly Father bless you with great success in spiritual things, that you may constantly improve in Christian knowledge and in holiness of life, for the honor of religion, and the glory of his holy name, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
THE SERVICE IS TO BE READ, THE MINISTER MAY UTTER
In the midst of life, we are in death : of whom may we seek for snccor, but of thee, O Lord ?
Man, who is born of woman, is of few days and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.
All flesh is as grass, and all the goodness thereof is as the flower of the field. For what is our life? It is even as a vapor, which appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away.
We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain that we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ; blessed be the name of the Lord.
Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you; but rejoice, inasınuch as ye are made partakers of Christ's sufferings.
Despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him, for whom the Lord love eth he chasteneth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for he chastens us not for his plea
sure, but for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous ; nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to those who are exercised thereby.
The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us; for eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, the things which God hath prepared for thein that love him.
Thou knowest, O Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayers ; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Father, thou worthy Judge eternal, suffer us not at our last hour, for any pain of death, to fall from thee.
Then may be read the following Passages from the 39th and
90th Psalms :
LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.
Behold, thou hast made my days as it were a span long, and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living, is altogether vanity.
For man walketh in a vain shadow, and disquieteth himself in vain; he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
And now, Lord, what is my bope ? truly my hope is even in thee.
Hear my prayer, O Lord, and consider my calling ; hold not thy peace at my tears ;
For I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
O spare me a little, that I may recover my strength, before I go hence, and be no more seen:
LORD, thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or a watch in the night.
As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a dream, and fade away suddenly like the grass ;
In the morning it is green, and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
The days of our age are three score years and ten; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labor and sorrow ; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not even as others who have no hope ; for if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also who sleep in Jesus, will God bring with him.
I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord; he who believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall be live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in me, shall never die.