Church Covenant

The Form of Reception of Members

Dearly Beloved, you are here that you may enter into covenant relation with the Christian Church, and formally confess your religious faith. You wish publicly to acknowledge yourself a disciple of the Master, and to indicate your acceptance of Him as your Redeemer and Lord. You avow that it is your purpose to be loyal to Him in word and deed, and to endeavor to further His kingdom among men.

Response, I do.

(Addressing those who are to be baptized.)

You who are children of the covenant do accept for yourselves the seal of baptism into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to which faith and love brought you in childhood.

Response, I do.

(Addressing those who are to be baptized.)

You who have not been baptized do now confess your sins, and sincerely repent before the Father, and putting your trust in his covenants through Jesus Christ, our Lord, do now acknowledge this sacrament as the symbol of your intention to lead a pure and godly life.

Response, I do.

Here the sacrament of baptism is administered.)

Addressing those who are united with the Church by letter.)

Confessing the Lord whom we unitedly worship, you do now renew your self-consecration, and join with us cordially in this, our Christian faith and covenant.

Response, I do.

Addressing all who are to be received.

You then covenant with this Church to strive sincerely to lead a Christian life as God gives you light, to oppose all evil, to promote righteousness and brotherly love among men, to help in sustaining the worship, the activities, and the charities of this Church, and above all things, to set an example of godly living before all men.

Response, I do.

The members of the Church will rise in their places.

We, then, in the name of the Great Head of the Church, affectionately welcome you to fellowship with us; we gladly receive you to our own communion, and rejoice with you in all the privileges of the Fathers House, and we hereby pledge ourselves to give you that brotherly love and sympathy which is required by a common membership of the body of Christ. We will walk together in mutual confidence and dependence on our Lord, seeking to guide and strengthen each other in our common faith and hope.

Here the Right Hand of Fellowship may be given.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen.

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