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body, through brotherly love, for Christ's sake, our beloved Saviour, who hath so exceedingly loved us; and not only show this in word, but also in very deed towards one another.
Hereto assist us, the Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, through his holy spirit. Amen.
That we may obtain all this, let us humble ourselves before God, and with true faith implore his grace. O
pleased in this supper (in which we celebrate the glorious remembrance of the bitter death of thy beloved Son Jesus Christ) to work in our hearts through the holy spirit, that we may daily more and more with true confidence, give ourselves up unto thy Son Jesus Christ, that our afflicted and contrite hearts, through the power of the Holy Ghost, may be fed and comforted with his true body and blood; yea, with him, true God and man, that only heavenly bread: and that we may no longer live in our sins, but he in us, and we in him, and thus truly be made partakers of the new and everlasting testament, and of the covenant of grace. That we may not doubt but thou wilt forever be our gracious Father, never more imputing our sins unto us, and providing us with all things necessary, as well for the body as the soul, as thy beloved children and heirs ; grant us also thy grace, that we may take upon us our cross cheerfully, deny ourselves, confess our Saviour, and in all tribulations, with uplifted heads expect our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, where he will make our mortal bodies like unto his most glorious body, and take us unto him in eternity. Amen. OUR FATHER, &c.
Strengthen us also by this holy supper in the Catholick undoubted Christian faith, whereof we make confession with our mouths and hearts, saying,
I BELIEVE in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth : and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buricd, he descended into hell : the third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost ; the holy Catholick church ; the communion of saints ; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
That we may be now fed with the true heavenly bread, Christ Jesus, let us not cleave with our hearts unto the external bread and wine, but lift them up on high in heaven, where Christ Jesus is our advocate, at the right band of his heavenly Father, whither all the articles of our faith lead wa; not doubting, but we shall as certainly be fed and refreshed in our souls through the working of the Holy Ghost, with his body and blood, as we receive the holy bread and wine in remembrance of him.
In breaking and distributing the bread, the minister shall say, The bread which we break, is the communion of the body of Christ.
And when he giveth the cup,
some chapter read, in remembrance of the death of Christ, as the 53d chap
After the communion the minister shall say, BELOVED in the Lord, since the Lord hath now fed our souls at his table, let us therefore jointly pratse bis holy name with thanksgiving, and every one say in his heart, thus,
Bless the Lord, O my soul ; and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
. Who forgiveth all thine iniquities : who healeth all thy diseases.
Wio redeemeth thy life from destruction, who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy towards them that fear him.
As far as the East is from the West, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that feur him.
Who hath not spared his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, and given us all things with him. Therefore God commendeth therewith his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us; much more then, being now justified in his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him : for, if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son; much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Therefore sball my mouth and heart show forth the praise of the Lord from this time forth forever more. Angen.
Let every one say with an attentive heart, ! ALMIGHTY, merciful God and Father, we render thee most humble only begotten Son, for a Mediator and a sacrifice for our sins, and to be our meat and drink unto life eternal, and that thou givest us a lively faith,
whereby we are made partakers of such thy benefits-thou hast also been pleased, that thy beloved Son Jesus Christ should institute and ordain his boly supper for the confirmation of the same. Grant, we beseech thee, O faitliful God and Father, that through the operation of thy holy Spirit, the cominemoration of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ may tend to the daily increase of our faith, and saving fellowship with him, through Jesus Christ thy Son, in whose name we conclude our prayers, saying-OUR FATHER, &ç.
methods declared unto you the great sin committed, and the heinous offence given by our fellow-member N. to the end that he, by your christian admonition, and prayers to God might be brought to repentance, and so be freed from the bonds of the devil, (by whom he is held captive) and recovered by the will of the Lord; but we cannot conceal from you, with great sorrow, that no one has as yet appeared before us, who hath in the least given us to understand that he, by the frequent admonitions given him, (as well in private as before witnesses, and in the presence of many) is come to any remorse for his sins, or hath shown the least token of true repentance; since then he daily aggravates his sin (which in itself is not small) by his stubbornness, and since we have signified unto you the last time, that in case he did not repent, after such patience shown him by the church, we should be under the disagreeable necessity of being further grieved for him, and come to the last remedy: wherefore we at this present are nenessitated to proceed to this excommunication according to the command and charge given us by God in his holy word; to the end that he may herehy be made (if possible) ashamed of his sins, and likewise that we may not by this rotten and as yet incurable member, put the whole body of the church in danger, and that God's name may not be blasphemed.
Therefore we, the ministers and rulers of the church of God, being here assembled in the name and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, declare before you all, that for the aforesaid reasons we have excommunicated, and by these, do excommunicate N. from the church of God, and from fellowship with Christ, and the holy sacraments, and from all the spiritual blessings and benefits, which God promiseth to and bestows upon his church, so long as he obsti
nately and impenitently persists in his sins, and is there: fore to be accounted by you as a heathen man and a puhlican, according to the command of Christ, Mat. 18. who saith, that whatsoever his ministers shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven.
Further we exhort you beloved christians, to keep no company with him, that he may be ashamed; yet count him not as an enemy, but at all times admonish him as you would a brother. In the mean time let every one take warning by this and such like examples, to fear the Lord
, and diligently take heed unto himself, If he thinketh he standeth, lest he fall ; but having true fellowship with the Father and his Son Jesus Christ, together with all faithful christians, remain stedfast therein to the end, and so obtain eternal salvation. You have seen, beloved brethren and sisters, in what manner this our excommunicated brother has begun to fall, and by degrees is come to ruin; observe therefore, how subtle satan is, to bring man to destruction, and to withdraw him from all salutary means of salvation: guard then, against the least beginnings of evil, “ and laying aside,” according to the exhortation of the apostle, every weight and the sin which does so easily beset us, let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; be sober, watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. To-day, if you will hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts, but work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;" and every one repent of his sins, lest our God humble us again, and that we be obliged to bewail some one of you; but that you may with one accord, living in all godliness, be our crown and joy in the Lord.
Since it is God who worketh in us, both to will and to do of his good pleasure, let us call upon his holy name with confession of our sins, saying, 01
! RIGHTEOUS God and merciful Father, we bewail our sins before thy
high majesty, and acknowledge that we have deserved the grief and sorrow caused unto us by the cutting off of this our late fellow-member: yea, we all deserve, shouldst thou enter into judgment with us, by reason of our great transgressions, to be cut off and banished from thy presence. But, O Lord, thou art merciful unto us for Christ's sake, forgive us our trespasses, for we heartily repent of them, and daily work in our hearts a greater measure of sorrow for them; that we may, fearing thy judgments, which thou executest againt the stiff necked, endeavour to please thee: grant us to avoid all pollution of the world, and those who are cut off from the commution of the church, that we may not make ourselves partakers of their sins : od that he, who is excommunicated, may become ashamed of bis sins :
since thou desirest not the death of a sivner, hut that he may repent and
live, and the hosom of thy church is always open for those, who turn away s sins
, and from their wickedness we therefore humbly beseech thee, to kindle in our ben mag ng
hearts a pious zeal, that we may labour, with good christian admonitions and examples, to bring again this excommunicated person on the right way, together with all those, who, through unbelief or dissoluteness of life, go astray.
Give thy blessing to our admonitions, that we may have reason thereby to rejoice again in hin, for whom we must now mourn: and that thy holy name
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some time ago our fellow-member N. was cut off from the church of Christ: we cannot now conceal from you, that he, by the above-mentioned remedy, as also by the means of good admonitions and your
christian prayers, is come so far, that he is ashamed of his sins, praying us to be re-admitted into the communion of the church.
Since we then by the virtue of the command of God, are in duty bound to receive such persons with joy, and it being necessary that good order should be used therein, we therefore give you to understand hereby, that we purpose to loose again the aforementioned excommunicated person froin the hond of excommunication, the next time when by the
grace of God we celebrate the supper of the Lord, and receive him again into the communion of the church; except any one of you, in the mean time, shall show just cause why this ought not to be done, of which you must give notice to us in due time. In the mean time, let every one thank the Lord, for the mercy shown this poor sinner, beseeching him to perfect his work in him to his eternal salvation. Amen. Afterwards, if no impediment be alleged, the Minister shall proceed to the re
admission of the excommunicated sinner, in the following manner : ELOVED christians, we have the last time informed
the end that he might with your fore-knowledge be again received into the church of Christ : and whereas no one has alleged any thing why his re-admission ought not to take place, we therefore at present purpose to proceed to
Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mat. 18, having confirmed the sentence of his church, in the excommunicating of impen