Let the minister then give the following invitation:. The Communion Supper, instituted by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is a sacrament, which proclaims His life, His sufferings, His sacrificial death, and resurrection, and the hope of His coming again.
The Supper is a means of grace in which Christ is present by the Spirit.
It is to be received in reverent appreciation and gratefulness for the work of Christ. All those who are truly repentant, forsaking their sins, and believing in Christ for salvation are invited to participate in the death and resurrection of Christ. We come to the table that we may be renewed in life and salvation and be made one by the Spirit. In unity with the Church, we confess our faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.
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And so we pray:. The minister may offer a prayer of confession and supplication, concluding with the following prayer of consecration:. We gather at this, your table, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ, who by your Spirit was anointed to preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives, set at liberty those who are oppressed. Christ healed the sick, fed the hungry, ate with sinners, and established the new covenant for forgiveness of sins.
We live in the hope of His coming again. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this in remembrance of me. Matthew —29, Luke And so, we gather as the Body of Christ to offer ourselves to you in praise and thanksgiving.
Pour out your Holy Spirit on us and on these your gifts. Make them by the power of your Spirit to be for us the body and blood of Christ, that we may be for the world the Body of Christ, redeemed by His blood. By your Spirit make us one in Christ, one with each other, and one in the ministry of Christ to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. The body of our Lord Jesus Christ, broken for you, preserve you blameless, unto everlasting life. Eat this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and be thankful. The blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, shed for you, preserve you blameless unto everlasting life. Drink this in remembrance that Christ died for you, and be thankful.
After all have partaken, the minister may then offer a concluding prayer of thanksgiving and commitment. Dearly Beloved: Christian baptism is a sacrament signifying participation by faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and incorporation into His Body, the Church. It is a means of grace proclaiming Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
We are buried with Him through baptism so that just as Christ was raised from the dead, we too are raised to walk in newness of life. As we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be united with Him in His resurrection. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, will you follow Him all the days of your life, growing in grace and the love of God and neighbor?
The minister, giving the full name of the person and using the preferred form of baptism—sprinkling, pouring, or immersion—shall say:. When the sponsors shall have presented themselves with the child or children the minister shall say:.
Dearly Beloved: The sacrament of baptism is the sign and seal of the new covenant of grace. It anticipates his her personal confession of faith in Jesus Christ.
In presenting this child for baptism you are hereby witnessing to your own personal Christian faith and to your purpose to guide him her early in life to a knowledge of Christ as Savior. To this end it is your duty to teach him her , as soon as he she shall be able to learn, the nature and end of this holy sacrament; to watch over his her education, that he she may not be led astray; to direct his her feet to the sanctuary; to restrain him her from evil associates and habits; and as much as in you lies, to bring him her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
The minister may then ask the parents or guardians to name the child, and shall then baptize the child, repeating his her full name and saying:. Pastor: Baptism also signifies the acceptance of this child into the community of Christian faith. I now ask you, the congregation; will you commit yourself as the Body of Christ to support and encourage these parents as they endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities to this child and to assist by nurturing his her growth toward spiritual maturity?
Heavenly Father, we humbly pray that You will take this child into Your loving care. Abundantly enrich him her with Your heavenly grace; bring him her safely through the perils of childhood; deliver him her from the temptations of youth; lead him her to a personal knowledge of Christ as Savior; help him her to grow in wisdom, and in stature, and in favor with God and all people, and to persevere therein to the end.
Uphold the parents with loving care, that with wise counsel and holy example they may faithfully discharge their responsibilities to both this child and to You. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
When the parents or guardians have presented themselves with the child or children the minister shall say:. But the disciples rebuked them. In presenting this child for dedication you signify not only your faith in the Christian religion but also your desire that he she may early know and follow the will of God, may live and die a Christian, and come unto everlasting blessedness. In order to attain this holy end, it will be your duty, as parents guardians , to teach him her early the fear of the Lord, to watch over his her education, that he she be not led astray; to direct his her youthful mind to the Holy Scriptures, and his her feet to the sanctuary; to restrain him her from evil associates and habits; and, as much as in you lies, to bring him her up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
Pastor: I now ask you, the congregation; will you commit yourself as the Body of Christ to support and encourage these parents as they endeavor to fulfill their responsibilities to this child and to assist by nurturing his her growth toward spiritual maturity? Uphold the parents with loving care, that with wise counsel and holy example they may faithfully discharge their responsibilities both to this child and to You.
It is expected that prospective members have professed the Christian faith and been instructed in the doctrine and practices of the Church of the Nazarene.
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They may come forward to stand before the congregation and the pastor shall address them as follows:. Dearly Beloved: The privileges and blessings that we have in community together in the Church of Jesus Christ are sacred and precious. There is in it such hallowed fellowship, care, and counsel as cannot otherwise be known apart from the family of God. There is the godly care of pastors, with the teachings of the Word and the inspiration of corporate worship.
And there is cooperation in service, accomplishing that which cannot otherwise be done. We believe that human beings are born in sin; that they need the work of forgiveness through Christ and the new birth by the Holy Spirit; that subsequent to this there is the deeper work of heart cleansing or entire sanctification through the infilling of the Holy Spirit, and that to each of these works of grace the Holy Spirit gives witness.
We believe that our Lord will return, the dead shall be raised, and that all shall come to final judgment with its rewards and punishments. Desiring to unite with the Church of the Nazarene, do you commit to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself as expressed by the Covenants of Christian Character and Conduct?
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Do you commit to the mission of God as expressed in the doctrine, fellowship, and work of the Church of the Nazarene? Will you endeavor in every way to glorify God, by a humble walk, godly conversation, and holy service; by devotedly giving of your resources; and by faithfully participating in the means of grace?
Will you follow Jesus Christ all the days of your life, abstain from all evil, and seek earnestly to perfect holiness of heart and life in the fear of the Lord? I welcome you into the Church of the Nazarene and the fellowship of this local congregation with its benefits and responsibilities.
May the great Head of the Church bless and keep you, and enable you to be faithful in all good works, that your life and witness may be effective in care for the poor and oppressed and in leading others to Christ. Recognizing the varied global and cultural contexts regarding marriage, the Church of the Nazarene suggests the following principles:. At the day and time appointed for the solemnization of matrimony, the persons to be married—having been qualified according to law and by careful counsel and guidance by the minister—standing together, the couple shall face the minister, and the minister shall address the congregation as follows:.
Dearly Beloved: We are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the presence of these witnesses, to join together Name of Groom and Name of Bride in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate, instituted of God in the innocence of Eden, symbolizing the mystical union between Christ and His Church.
This holy estate Christ adorned and sanctified with His presence and first miracle that He performed, in Cana of Galilee, and the writer to the Hebrews commended as being honorable among allpeople. It is, therefore, not to be entered into unadvisedly, but reverently, discreetly, and in the fear of God. It is the intent of God that your marriage will be for life, and that only death will separate you. If the vows you exchange today be kept without violation, and if you seek always to know and do the will of God, your lives will be blessed with His presence, and your home will abide in His peace.
Will you love, comfort, honor, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto her, so long as you both shall live? Will you love, comfort, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep yourself only unto him, so long as you both shall live?
If desired, a ring ceremony may be inserted at this point. The minister receives the ring from the groomsman and, in turn, passes it to the groom. Eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all, Giver of all spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life, send Your blessing upon these Your servants, Name of Groom and Name of Bride , whom we now bless in Your name; so they may keep the vow and covenant made between them this hour and may ever remain in love and peace together, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Forasmuch as this man and woman have consented together in holy wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, and have declared the same by joining of hands, I pronounce that they are husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder.
God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep you; the Lord mercifully with His favor look upon you, and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace. May you so live together in this life that in the world to come you may have life everlasting. Dearly Beloved: We are gathered today to pay our final tribute of respect to that which was mortal of our deceased loved one and friend.
To you members of the family who mourn your loss, we especially offer our deep and sincere sympathy.
You believe in God; believe also in me. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
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The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, we come into this sanctuary of sorrow, realizing our utter dependence upon You.
We know You do love us and can turn even the shadow of death into the light of morning. Help us now to wait before You with reverent and submissive hearts. Grant unto us Your abundant mercy. May those who mourn today find comfort and healing balm in Your sustaining grace.
We humbly bring these petitions in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Other passages that might be used are: Matthew —4, 6, 8; Psalms —5, 11, 13—14; —6, 10— Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? But thanks be to God!
He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.