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Will you contribute of your substance as God may give ability for the relief of the needy and distressed of your brethren; the maintenance of the public worship of God in this place, and the extension of the Redeemer's kingdom in the earth?
This will you endeavor to do by the help of God?
Ans. I will.
HILE, then, the members of the church here present, rise and remain standing in token of their concurrence in this official act of their pastor, (the members having risen up) I now in their behalf extend to you the right hand of fellowship and of welcome to the Church of God, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost-one God, world without end. Amen.
The hand being given to each candidate severally, the ceremony should conclude with extemporaneous prayer suited to the oc
NOTE. In some churches all the officers of the church are invited into the chancel, and follow the pastor in giving the candidates the right hand of fellowship. If not done in this formal manner, it is highly proper that they thus greet the candidates at the close of the service, and that all members of the church extend to them a friendly personal greeting and welcome. Coldness and reserve could never be more out of place than upon such an occasion.
THE LORD'S SUPPER.
A full Service for the Lord's Supper.*
At the commencement of the sacramental services a collection shall be taken for the relief of the poor, or for any who may be necessitous in the church; during the taking of which one or more of the following Scriptures may be read:
LET your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.-Matt. v. 16.
Whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do you even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.—Matt. vii. 12.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.-Matt. vii. 21.
He that soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, nor of necessity for God loveth a cheerful giver.-2 Cor. ix. 6, 7.
This is the regular communion service of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.-Gal. vi. 10.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be ready to distribute, willingly to communicate, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.-1 Tim. vi. 17-19.
God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.-Heb. vi. 10.
To do good, and to communicate, forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.Heb. xiii. 16.
Whoso hath this world's goods, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?-1 John iii. 17.
He that hath pity upon the poor, lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.—Prov. xix. 17.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.-Psalm xli. 1.
¶ A hymn may then be sung, after which, the people remaining standing, the minister shall say:
E that do truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are in love and charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life,
following the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his holy ways; draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your comfort; and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees.
¶ Then shall this general confession and prayer be made by the minister in the name of all those who are minded to receive the Holy Communion, both he and all the people kneeling humbly upon their knees, and saying:
God, Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all men we acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majesty, provoking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us. Have mercy upon us; have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ALMIGHTY God, our Heavenly Father, who of thy great mercy hast promised forgiveness of sins to all them that with hearty repentance and true faith turn unto thee; have mercy upon us, pardon and deliver us from all our sins, confirm and strengthen us in all good
ness, and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
E do not presume to come to this thy table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table. But thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that our sinful souls and bodies may be made clean by his death, and washed through his most precious blood; and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
Then the minister shall offer the prayer of consecration, as follows:
who of thy tender mercy didst give thy only Son Jesus Christ to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there-by his oblation of himself once offered a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation, and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world; and did institute, and in his holy Gospel command us to continue, a perpetual memory of that, his precious death, until his coming again: hear us, O merciful Father, we humbly beseech thee; and grant that we, receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, according to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his most blessed body and blood,