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2.2 The Lord’s Supper

¶ A preparatory service is considered appropriate prior to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, and is to be held at the discretion of each church. ¶ After the sermon, the bread and the wine having been uncovered, the minister shall address the congregation, giving instruction about the institution and nature of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. BELOVED IN …

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2.1 Holy Baptism

A. The Baptism of Infants ¶ Before the administration of the sacrament of baptism, the minister shall give instruction about the institution and nature of this sacrament. BELOVED CONGREGATION IN THE LORD JESUS: Listen to the words of the institution of the sacrament of Holy Baptism: “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority has been given to …

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2. The Sacraments

Since the sacraments are ordinances of the visible church, they are not to be administered except under the oversight of the government of the church. Moreover, in ordinary circumstances they are properly administered only in a gathering of the congregation for the public worship of God. Baptism signifies solemn admission into the visible church, and the Lord’s Supper constitutes the …

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1.3 Suggested Order of Worship

The elements of worship set forth in the Scriptures may be used in the service of public worship in the order suggested here: Call to Worship Salutation Invocation Psalm or Hymn Scripture Prayer Psalm or Hymn Sermon Prayer Offering Psalm or Hymn Benediction Doxology These specific elements may also be used in the service of public worship when desired: the …

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1.2 Scriptural Elements of Worship

      1. Since a service of public worship is in its essence a meeting of God with his people, the parts of the service are of two kinds: those which are per­formed on behalf of God, and those which are performed by the congregation. In the former the worshippers are receptive, in the latter they are active. It …

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