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Admission to Membership: Second Order

Admission to the Lord's Supper of Baptised Persons, Upon the Public Profession of Their faith

Second Order

The minister shall say:

Brothers and sisters in Christ, these people are about to confirm their baptismal vows and join us in the Lord's Supper.

Then their names shall be read out and they shall stand before the communion table. The minister shall address them:

In the sacrament of baptism you received the sign and seal of ingrafting into Christ, the true vine; you were adopted into God's family and you were admitted as members of his church and committed to be his.

You now come, before God and his church to profess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to consecrate yourselves anew to his service. I ask you therefore to make confession of your faith and to answer in all sincerity the questions I put to you.

Then, the congregation standing, the minister shall say:

Do you believe in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?

Response: I do.

Do you repent of your sin, and with a humble and grateful heart put your trust in the mercy and grace of God and in Jesus Christ whose sacrifice on the cross takes away your sin?

Response: I do.

Do you promise to share regularly with your fellow Christians in worship on the Lord's Day?

Response: I do.

Do you promise to be faithful in reading the Bible, and in prayer?

Response: I do.

Do you promise to love God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength and to give a God-honouring proportion of your time, talents and money for the Church's work in the world?

Response: I do.

Do you promise to confess Christ before others, to serve him in your daily work, and to walk in his ways all the days of your life?

Response: I do.

Do you acknowledge your dependence upon the Holy Spirit to equip you and to enable you to be faithful to this your confession?

Response: I do.

Do you promise to submit to the authority of the Session as they exercise pastoral oversight of the congregation?

Response: I do.

Let us pray:

Almighty and ever living God, who has sealed these your servants with your Holy Spirit, daily increase in them your gracious gifts and keep them in your mercy forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The minister, the session gathered about him, shall say:

The God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory, confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he shall say:

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only King and Head of the Church, we admit you to the fellowship of the Lord's Table and to all the privileges of membership in the church. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit bless, preserve and keep you now and for evermore. Amen.

Then may be sung the Aaronic Blessing (Rejoice! 352).

Then he shall say:

Now that you have been received into the fellowship of the Lord's Table we give you the right hand of fellowship.

In this action the minister shall be joined by the session.

The minister shall then say:

Let us pray:

Almighty God you founded your church on earth and promised to preserve her to the end; we thank you for your great mercy to these your servants, and to your church, to which you have given the joy of receiving them into full communion.

We thank you for their Christian training and for every good influence in their lives, and that you have granted them the assurance of your blessing and favour; through Jesus Christ our Lord, in whose words we pray:

The Lord's Prayer.

An exhortation may be given.

Then the minister shall say:

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.

(2 Corinthians 13:14)