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7. Do you engage to be faithful, and diligent, in the exercise of all private and perfonal duties, which become you as a Christian and a minister of the gospel; as well as in all relative duties, and the public duties of your office, endeavouring to adorn the profession of the gospel by your conversation ; and walking, with exemplary piety, before the flock over which God shall make you overfeer?

When the candidate is to be ordained as the paftor of a particular congregation, the following question shall be added.

8. Are you now willing to take the charge of this congregation, agreeably to your declaration at accepting their call ? And do you promise to discharge the duties of a pastor to them, as God Thall give you strength'? Sect. XI. The candidate having answered

these questions in the affirmative, Engagements required of the the moderator shall demand of the People.

people : 1. Do you, the people of this congregation, continue to profess your readiness to receive

, whom you haye called, to be your minister?

2. Do you promise to receive the word of truth from his mouth, with meekness and love ;

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and to submit to him, with humility, in the due exercise of discipline" ?

3. Do you promise to encourage him in his arduous labour, and to aslift his endeavours for your instruction and spiritual edification" ?

4. And do you engage to continue to him, while he is your paftor, that competent worldly maintenance which you have promised ; and whatever else you may fee needful, for the ho. nour of religion, and his comfort among you"? Sect. XII. The people having answered

these questions, in the affirmative, by Mode of or- holding up their right hands, the

candidate shall kneel down, in the most convenient part of the church : Then the presiding bishop hall, by prayer', and with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery, according to the apostolic example, folemnly ordain him to the holy office of the gofpel ministry. Prayer being ended, he shall rise from his knees : and the minister who presides thall firit, and afterwards all the members of the presbytery in their order, take him by the right hand, saying, in words to this purpoi, * We give you the right hand of fellowibip, to take part of this mi

dination.

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Heb. 13. 17. ni Theff. 5. 12, 13. o1 Cor. 9. 7-15. p Ads 1 ?. 2. 3. 91 Tim 4. 14.

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After which the minister prefiding, or some other appointed for the purpose, fhall give a folemn charge in the name of God, to the newly ordained bishop', and to the people, to persevere in the discharge of their mutual duties; and shall then, by prayer, recommend them both to the grace of God, and his holy keeping; and finally, after Gnging a pialm, shall dismiss the congregation with the usual blessing. And the presbytery shall duly record the transaction.

CH A P. XV.

of Translation, or removing a

Minister from one Charge to another*.

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Seat. I.

bishop shall be translated

from one church to another,

nor shall he receive any call for that Trapilation to be made by the purpose, but by the permission of the Presbyterý presbytery.

r Gal. 2. 9. AA: 1. 25. [2 Tim. 4. 1, 2. t Mark s. 24. Heb. 1.-See also letters m, n, o. * See note a, at the beginning of the last chapter, page 402.

Sect. II. Any church, defiring to call a fete

tled minister from his present charge, Mode of Procedure in Trans- shall, by commissioners properly aulacions.

thorised, represent to the presbytery the ground on which they plead his removal. The presbytery, having maturely confidered their plea, may, according as it appears more or lefs reasonable, either recommend to them to defift from profecuting the call ; or may order it to be delivered to the minister to whom it is directed ; if the parties be not prepared to have the matter iflued, at that presbytery, a written citation shall be given to the Miniiter, and his congregation, to appear before the presbytery at their next meeting. This citation shall be read from the pulpit in that church, by a member of the presbytery appointed for that purpose, immediately after public worship; so that, at least, two fabbaths shall intervene, be. twixt the citation, and the meeting of the presbytery at which the cause of translation is to be considered. The presbytery, being met, and having heard the parties, shall, upon the whole view of the case, either continue him in his former charge, or translate him, as they shall deem to be most for the peace and edification of the church or refer the whole affair to the synod, at their next meeting, for their advice and direction.

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Sect. III. When the congregation, calling Mode of Pro- any settled minister, is within the cedure when limits of another presbytery, that the Minister is of another congrégation shall obtain leave, from Prefbytery.

the presbytery to which they belong, to apply to the presbytery of which he is a member: And that presbytery, having cited him and his congregation as before directed, shall proceed to hear and issue the cause. If they agree to the translation, they shall release him from his present charge ; and having given him proper testimonials, shall require him to repair to that presbytery, within the bounds of which the congregation calling him lies, that the proper steps may be taken for his regular settlement in that congregation: And the presbytery to which the congregation belongs, having received an authenticated certificate of his release, under the hånd of the clerk of that presbytery, fhall proceed to install him in the congregation, as soon as convenient. Provided always, that no bishop or paftor lhall be translated, without his own confent previously obtained. Sect. IV. When any minister is to be set

tled in a congregation, the instalInstalment conficutes the paf- ment, which conlists in constituttoral Relation, ing a pastoral relation between him

and the people of that particular church, may be performed, either by the prefe

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