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affiftant with their good counsel and advice to the ministers of the word, yea, also to serve all christians with advice and confolation,

Thirdly. It is also their duty particularly to have regard unto the doctrine and conversation of the ini. nisters of the word, to the end that all things may be directed to the edification of the church ; and that no ftrange doctrine be taught, accurding to that which we read; Acts 20, where the apolle ex. horteth to watch: diligently against the wolves who might come into the fheep.fold of Chrift; for the performance of which, the elders are in duiy bound diligently to search the word of God, and continually to be meditating on the mysteries of faith.

Concerning the deacons ; of the origin and insti. rution of their office we may read, Asts 6. where we find that the apostles themselves did in the beginning ferve the poor, “ At whose feet was brought the “ price of the things that were sold : and distribution « was made unto every man according as he had “ need. Bat afterwards when a murmuring arose, " because the widows of the Grecians were veglected “in the daily ministration;" men were chosen (by: the advice of the apostles) who should make the fere vice of the poor their peculiar business, to the end that the apostles " might continually give them .. selves to prayer, and the ministry of the word. And this has been continued from that time forward ia

maintained in the church of God. And ye deacens: be diligent in collecting the alms, prudent and cheer. ful in the distribution of the fame : aflilt the oppresfed, provide for the true widows and orphans, thew liberality unto all men, but especially to the hon fhold: of faith,

Be ye all with one accord faithful in your offices, and: “ hold the mystery of the faith in a pere conscience," being good examples unto all the people.In so doing you will “purchase to yourselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus, and hereafter enter into the joy of your Lord.” On the other hand, beloved christians, rcceive these men as servants of God ;, count the el. ders that rule well, worthy of double honour, give. yourselves willingly to their inspection and government.. Provide the deacons, with good means to allift the indigent. Be charitable, ye rich, give li. berally, and contribute willingly. And ye poor, be: poor in fpirit, and depore yourselves refpe&fully towards your benefactors, be thankful to them and avoid murmuring; follow Christ for the food of your fouls, but not for bread. “Let him that hath stole" (or who hath been burthensome to his neighbours). “ steal no more; but rather let him labour, working with his hands the things which are good, that he may give to him that needeth.” Each of you doing these things in your respective callings, fhall receive of the Lord,“ the reward of righteousness." Bug. fince we are unable of ourselves, let us call upon the name of the Lord, saying,

Lord God and heavenly Father, we thank

thee that it hath pleased thee, for the betler edification of thy church, to ordain in it, belides she ministers of the word, rulers and assistanis, by whom thy church may be preserved in peace and porfperiiy, and the indigent aslifted ; and that thou bast at present granted us in this place, men who are of good testimony, and we hope endowed with thy {pirit. We beseech thce replenish them more and more with such gifts, as are necessary for them in their ministration : with the gifts of wisdom, courage discretion, and benevolence, 10 the end that every one may in his respective office, acquit bimself as is becoming ; the elders in taking diligent heed unto the do&rine and conversation, in keeping out the wolves from the sheep-fold of thy he. loved Son ; and in admonishing and reproving dil. orderly persons. In like manner, the deacons in carefully receiving and liberally,and prudently distribute ing of the alms to the poor, and in comforting them with thy holy word. Give grace both to the elders and deacons, that they may persevere in their faith. ful labour, and never become weary by reason of any trouble pain or persecuticn of the world. Grant also especially thy divine grace to this people,over whom they are placed, that they may willingly submia

themselves to the good exhortations of the elders, counting them worthy of honor for their work’ssake; give also unto the rich, liberal hearts towards the poor, and in the poor grateful hearts iowards those who help and serve them ; to the end that every one acquitting himself of his dury, thy holy name may thereby be magnified, and the kingdom of thy Son Jesus Christ, enlarged, in whose name we cone clude our prayers, &c.

The Form for the Confirmation of Mar

riage, before the Church.

WATHEREAS married persons are generally, by

V reason of sin, subject to many troubles and afflictions; to the end that you N, and N. (who desire to bave your marriage bond publicly confirmed, here in the name of God, before this church) may also be assured in your hearts of the certain affittance of God in your afflictions, hcar therefore from the word of God, how honourable the married state is, and that it is an institution of God, which is pleasing 10 him. Wherefore he also will (as he hath promifed) bless and assist the married persons, and on the contrary judge and punish whoremongers and adul. terers.

In the first place you are to know, that God our Father, (after he had created heaven and earth,

and all that in them is) made man“ in his own image and likeness,” that he should have dominion over the beasts of the field, over the fish of the sea, and over the fowls of the air. And after he had created man, he said, “It is not good that man Mould be alone, I will make him an help meet for him.And the Lord caused a deep fleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept, and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam faid, this is now bone of my bore, and flesh of my flesh: he shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man. Therefore shall a man leave his father, and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. Therefore ye are not to doubt but that the married state is pleasing to the Lord, since he made unto Adam his wife, brought and gave her himself to him to be his wife ; wit. nessing thereby that he doth yet as with his hand bring unto every man his wife. For this reason the Lord Jesus Christ did also highly honour it with his presence, gifts and miracles in Cana of Galilee, to thew thereby, that this holy state ought to be kept honourable by all, and that he will aid and aslift the married persons even when they are least expecting it.

But that ye may live godly in this state, you must know the reasons wherefore God hath instituced the

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