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and helpless age, to train the doctrines and inventhem up as his disciples tions of men. and the children of God; Check the first risings that as they have been the of envy and pride in his instruments of bringing breast, by teaching him them into this mortal life, humility and a just knowthey may have the comfort ledge of himself; that all of contributing to their fu- he possesses or hopes for, ture happiness in a life is from God, whose free which will never end. bounty alone maketh the
Remember then that this difference between his child belongs to God who creatures. But at the same gave
it to you, that it may time inform him of the digbe educated and fitted for nity of his nature; of the himself; and if through importance of reason, the your criminal neglect or light of God within him, bad example, his reasona- by which he is to govern ble creature be lost, he will himself, to restrain his aprequire it at your hands. petites and passions, mod
İnstil therefore into his erate his affections, to know tender mind the know- the God who made him, to ledge, reverence, and love learn his will, to become of God, the heavenly Fa- like unto him, holy, just, ther, and Maker of all; and and good. Teach him above a deep sense of the duty all things to abhor falsewhich he owes
to him. hood and lies; and to love Acquaint him with his be- and cultivate truth and innevolent designs from the tegrity, which will make beginning, for the recovery him amiable in the eyes of of a degenerate and per- all, and acceptable to God. ishing world, to their duty Tell him that he is to love and happiness; and lead and to do good to all men, him to learn the mind and because all are equally the will of God for his salva children of God with himtion, from that inestimable self
, and the objects of his treasure of wisdom, the fatherly kindness and care; holy scriptures, especially that he is not born only for the words of Christ and himself, but for others; to his apostles; and not from serve his country and man.
kind by promoting truth joy of leaving behind you and virtue, and the public those who may live and do good. Sow in him betimes good in the world, when these seeds of piety, chari- ye shall be no more in it. ty, sincerity, and all good And
may ness; for otherwise the Father and Governor of weeds of evil will spring all things direct and bless up in his heart, which ye you in the faithful dismay never afterward be charge of your duty, for able to root out. And al- his glory, the good of manthough no pains which ye kind, and the advancement can take, can ensure suc of the gospel of our Lord cess, yet whatever hap- Jesus Christ. Amen. pens, ye will have dis
Where there are other Sponcharged your duty, and not
sors who present the Child have the guilt and morti
to be baptized, and not fying reflection of having
the Parents, the Minister contributed to the ruin and
may thus begin the Exmisery of those you love.
YE who have now un
ир child in the way he should dertaken the care of this go, and when he is old, he child who naturally belongs will not depart from it. If to the parents, must take your labours should be suc heed and remember that it cessful, it will be a source
is also a child of God, for of the highest and purest whom it is to be educated pleasure and satisfaction to
and fitted ; and if through you; and ye will have the your, &c.
END OF BAPTISM OF INFANTS.
OF THOSE WHO ARE OF RIPER YEARS.
The Minister may begin the Service with the following
Observations, relating to the Appointment, Nature, and Use of Baptism.
OUR blessed Saviour, soever I commanded you; the Lord Jesus Christ, hav- and lo, I am with you aling himself published his way, even to the end of religion for the salvation the world. of the world, to the Jewish
By this direction of our nation, commissioned his Saviour, all persons are to apostles to complete the be acknowledged as memwork he had begun, bybers of his church, by bappreaching his gospel to all tism in the name of the nations; commanding them Father, and of the Son, to make disciples, by bap- and of the Holy Ghost. tizing, and instructing them They are then consecrated in his doctrines and laws. to the divine service, in
All power, said he, is that religion which came given unto me in heaven from God the Father, was and in earth. Go ye, there- published to the world by fore, and make disciples of his Son, and confirmed by all nations, baptizing them the operations of his holy in the name of the Father, Spirit. Water is employand of the Son, and of the ed as an emblem of purity, Holy Ghost; teaching them or of that moral and relito observe all things what- gious improvement,
which all our christian ad- and of the Son, and of the vantages should terminate. Holy Ghost.
Let us, therefore, as many as are here assembled, by
Min. Let us pray. the present administration of baptism, take occasion ALMIGHTY God, the to establish in our minds a Father of our Lord Jesus lively sense of our obliga- Christ, regard in mercy tions to serve God, accord the prayers of thy people; ing to the gospel of his Son, and bless thy servant, who in holiness and righteous- hath now been acknowness all our days.
ledged as a member of the Then shall the Minister
christian church, by bap
tism. Incline his heart to say to the Person desir
receive with all readiness ing to be baptized,
the doctrines and instrucOUR Lord Jesus com tions of Christ, and to submanded, that all persons mit faithfully to the authoribaptized should be instruct ty of his laws. Give him ed in his holy gospel. strength to triumph over You, in the profession of the temptations of vice, the christian faith, present and to be steadfast in the yourself to be baptized ac practice of that holiness cording to his institution. which baptism is designed Do you now promise, that to represent; that, living you will receive the in as becometh a good and structions of the christian faithful member of the religion, and govern your
christian church here faith and practice by its
earth, he may at length pardoctrines and laws?
take in heaven of that eterAnsw. This I now pro
nal kingdom which thou mise, and by the help of hast revealed to us by God, will endeavour to Jesus Christ our Lord. perform.
Amen. The Minister shall then baptize the Person, say
WE give thee humble ing,
thanks, ( heavenly Father.
that thou hast vouchsafed I BAPTIZE thee in to call us to the knowledge the name of the Father, of thy grace, and faith in
thee; increase this know govern your faith and pracledge, and confirm this tice by its doctrines and faith in us evermore, that laws. May you carefully we may be enabled to mor keep in mind this promise, tify all our evil and cor and perform it faithfully. rupt affections, and daily to To this end, you are diliproceed in all virtue and gently and honestly to godliness of living, till we
search the scriptures. come to that eternal king
These contain every thing dom, which thou hast pro
necessary to eternal salvamised by Jesus Christ our tion; and from these you Lord. Amen.
may obtain all that informa
tion which is requisite to NOW unto him who is improve your understandable to keep us from fall- ing and confirm your faith. ing, and to present us fault
Above all, you are carefully less before the presence of to obey the precepts of the his glory, with exceeding gospel, and to cultivate that joy, to the only wise God purity of heart and affecour Saviour, be glory and tions, which all its laws, majesty, dominion and pow
ordinances, and doctrines er, through Jesus Christ,
are designed to promote. for ever and ever. Amen. Having the fear of God
before your eyes, be you THE EXHORTATION.
now exhorted to discharge, with fidelity and exactness the duty you
have now acChristian Brother,
knowledged. To the due IN obedience to the observance of it may God command of our Lord Je incline your heart; and sus Christ, that all persons
you baptized be instructed in cess, for your improvement his holy religion; you have in christian knowledge, and now engaged, by a solemn holiness of life, for the hopromise before God and nour of religion, and the this assembly, that you will glory of his holy name, receive the instructions of through Jesus Christ our the christian religion, and Lord. Amen.
may he bless
END OF BAPTISM OF THOSE OF