Imatges de pÓgina

in token of cordial reception and affe&ionate regard.


of resigning a pastoral Charge.

Sect. I.

HEN any minifter shall 12

bour under such grievances The Congrega.

in his congregation, as that he tion must be cite shall delire leave to resign his pafted and beard.

toral charge, the presbytery shall cite the congregation to appear, by their coinmiffioners, at their next meeting, to fhew cause, if any they have, why the presbytery should not accept the resignation. If the congregation fail to appear, or if their reasons for retaining their pastor be deemed by the presbytery insufficient, he shall have leave granted to resign his pastoral charge; of which due record shall be made, and that church fhall be held to be vacant, till supplied again, in an orderly manner, with another minister: And if any congregation thall desire to be released from their pastor, a similar process, mutatis mutandis, thall be observed.

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HEN vacancies become so numerous

in any presbytery, that they cannot be fupplied with the frequent adminiftration of the word and ordinances, it shall be proper for such presbytery, or any vacant congregation within their bounds, with the leave of the presbytery, to apply to any other presbytery, or to any fynod, or to the general assembly, for such aslistance as they can afford. And, when any presby . tery fall send any of their ministers or probationers to distant vacancies, the missionary shall be ready to produce his credentials to the presbytery or presbyteries, through the bounds of which he may pass, or at least to a committee thereof, and obtain their approbati. on. And the general assembly may, of their own knowledge, send' missions to any part to plant churches, or to supply vacancies : And, for this purpofe, may direct any presbytery to ordain evangelifts, or ministers without relation to particular churches: Provided always, that such millions be made with the consent of the parties appointed; and that the judicatory sending them make the necessary provision for their support and reward in the performance of this service.

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Seet: I. T is equally necessary in the judi.

catories of the church, as in other A Moderator affemblies, that there should be a monecessary.

derator or president ; that the business may be conducted with order and dispatch.

Sect. II. The moderator is to be considered The Authority

as possessing, by delegation from and Duty of the the whole body, all authority necefModerator.

sary for the preservation of order; for convening and adjourning the judicatory; and directing its operations according to the rules of the church. He is to propose to the judica: tory every subject of deliberation that comes be fore them. He may propose what appears to him the most regular and speedy way of bringing any business to iffue. He shall prevent the memo bers from interrupting each other; and require them, in speaking, always to address the chair. He shall prevent a speaker from deviating from the subject ; and from using personal reflections. He shall filence those who refuse to obey order. He shall prevent members who attempt to leave the judicatory without leave obtained from him. He shall, at a proper feafon, when the delibera .

tions are ended, put the quellion and call the
votes. If the judicatory be equally divided he
fhall possess the casting vote. If he be not wil.
ling to decide, he fhall put the question a second
time: and if the judicatory be again equally di-
vided, and he decline to give his vote, the ques.
tion shall be lost. In all questions he shall give a
concise and clear state of the object of the vote ;
and the vote being taken, shall then declare how
the question is decided. And he shall likewise
be empowered on any extraordinary emergency,
to convene the judicatory, by his circular letter,
before the ordinary time of meeting.
Sect. III. The pastor of the congregation

shall always be the moderator of
The Minister
perpetual Mo- the church session ; except when,
derator of the for prudential reasons, it may ap-
Church Seffion.

pear adviseable that fome other minister should be invited to preside: in which case the pastor may, with the concurrence of the feffion, invite such other minister as they may see meet, belonging to the fame presbytery, to preside in that affair. In this judicatory, therefore, the moderator is continual: but, in the vacancy of any church, the moderator shall be the miniller sent to them by the presbytery; or invited by the session to preside on a particular occafion. In congregations, where there are colleagues, they shall, when present, alternately preside in the selfion.

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Sect. IV. The moderator of the presbytery

shall be chosen from year to year, The Moderators of the other Judi- or at every meeting of the presbycatories, how to be chosen.

tery, as the presbytery may think

beft. The moderator of the fynod, and of the general assembly, shall be chofen at each meeting of those judicatories : and the last moderator prefent shall open the meeting with a fermon, and shall hold the chair till a new moderator be chosen.


Of Privilege.

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T shall be the privilege of any member of a

judicatory to speak, in his proper order, to any question, with leave from the moderator. The moderator shall give leave to the person who first rises; but if two, or more members, are judged to have risen at the same time, the moderator shall determine which shall speak first. Any member shall have a right to propose any question, relative to the busness of the church, or to the interests of religion, and to have it put to vote : provided only, that his motion be seconded by another member. If any member conceive his privilege to be unjustly controuled by the . moderator, he may appeal to the judicatory,

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