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bytery, or by a committee appointed for that purpose, as may appear most expedient: and the following order fhall be observed therein,

Sect. V. A day thall be appointed for the Notice of the instalment, at such time as may Day must be gi- appear most convenient, and due

notice thereof given to the congregation.

Sect. VI. When the presbytery, or commitA Sermon shall tee, shall be convened and conftibe delivered, tuted, on the day appointed, a fer&c.

mon fhall be delivered, by some one of the members previously appointed thereto ; immediately after which, the bishop who is to prefide, shall ftate to the congregation the design of their meeting, and briefly recite the proceedings of the presbytery relative thereto. And then, addressing himself to the minister to be installed, shall propose to him the following or similar questions :

1. Are you now willing to take the charge Instalment con- of this congregation, as their pafEngagements of tor, agreeably to your declaration Minister and at excepting their call? People.

2. Do you conscientiously believe and declare, as far as you know your own heart, that in tak. ing upon you this charge, you are influenced by

a fincere desire to promote the glory of God, and the good of his church?

3. Do you solemnly promise, that, by the allistance of the grace of God, you will endea. vour faithfully to discharge all the duties of a pastor to this congregation, and will be careful to maintain a deportment, in all respects become ing a minister of the gospel of Christ, agreeably to your ordination engagements ? To all these having received fatisfactory answers, he shall propose to the people the same or like questions, as those directed under the head of ordination; which having been also satisfactorily answered, by holding up the right hand, in testimony of affent, he shall solemnly pronounce and declare the said minister to be regularly constituted the paltor of that congregation. A charge shall then be given to both parties, as directed in the affair of ordination; and, after prayer, and singing a pfalm adapted to the transaction, the con. gregation shall be dismissed with the usual bene. diction.

Sect. VH. It is highly becoming, that, afElders and Heads ter the folemnity of the instala of Families shall

ment, the heads of families of give their right Handtotheir Mi- that congregation who are then nifter.

present, or at least the elders, and those appointed to take care of the temporal concerns of that church, should come forward to their paftor, and give him their right hand, in token of cordial reception and affectionate regard.

c H A P. XVI.

ted and heard.

Of resigning a pastoral Charge.
Sect. I.

HEN any minister shall la

bour under such grievances The Congrega.

in his congregation, as that he tion must be cit

. shall desire leave to refign his paf

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 deenied by the presbytery insuffici. ent, he shall have leave granted to resign his pa. storal charge; of which due record shall be made, and that church shall be held to be vacant, till supplied again, in an orderly manner, with an. other 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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Of Missions. HEN vacancies become so numerous WHEN


any presbytery, that they cannot be supplied 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 assistance as they can afford. And, when any presby. tery shall send any of their ministers or probationers to diftant 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.

And the general afsembly 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 evangelists, or ministers without relation to particular churches: Provided always, that such missions 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.




Of M derators.
Seet: I.

T is equally necessary in the judi.

catories of the church, as in other A Moderator afsemblies, 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 Ducy 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 before them. He may propose what appears to him the most regular and speedy way of bringing any business to iffue. He shall prevent the members 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 Glence 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 feason, when the delibera.

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