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9 When all have received the Bread and Wine, the Minister may deliver a suitable Exhortation ; then let a Hymn be fung, and the Minister cona clude with the following Prayers.
O GOD, the Father of lights, and the author of all good, by thy gracious providence we have been called to the knowledge and profession of the Christian Faith. We render unto thee our humble and hearty thanks for all the advantages we enjoy by thy great mercy. Accept, we befeech thee, the services we have now performed, in obedience to the authority of thy beloved Son, and in remembrance of him ; may his memory be ever blessed among us, and the same mind be in us, which was also in him; that being now heirs, through hope, of the everlasting kingdom, we may at length be made partakers with him of a blessed immortality, Amen.
ALMIGHTY and most merciful God, who wouldest have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of thy truth, regard in mercy, we beseech thee, thofe parts of the earth where the gospel is not known, and by bringing them to the knowledge of true religion, make them capable of higher degrees of virtue and happiness. More especially as members of the Church of Christ, founded in charity and love, we pray for the whole christian world, that all who profess the faith of the gospel, may hold it in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and holiness of life. Grant that the spirit and temper of Christ and his religion may overcome all discord, strife, and perfecution; that there may be no longer any schisın in his Church, and that all his difcisples and followers, however divided in opinion, may be united in love. We entreat thee, more particularly, to assist us to govern our hearts agreeably to the fentiments of benevolence we now express be
fore thee, that, together with all our fellow Christians, we may continually become here on earth more worthy of the glorious society in heaven, where charity never faileth.
Accept us, O Father of all mercies, in these our supplications, which we present unto thee in the name of Jesus Christ, in whom we rejoice, as the head of all things to the Church, and in whose words we conclude our devotions to thee.
OUR Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; Give us day by day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us: and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.
Heb. xiii, 20, 21.
THE God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do his will, working in us that which is well pleasing in his fight, through Jesus Christ: to him be glory for ever. Amen.
B A PTIS M.
I The Minister may begin the Service with the fol
lowing Observations, relating to the appointment, nature, and use of Baptism.
OUR blessed Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, having himself published his religion, for the salvation of the world, to the Jewish nation, commissioned his apostles to complete the work he had begun, by preaching his gospel to all nations, commanding them to make disciples, by baptising and instructing them in his doctrines and laws.
All power, faith he, is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore, and teach or disciple all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to