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An Appendix touching days and places for pula

lick Worship

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Here is no day commanded in fcripture to be kept holy una

der the gospel, but the Lord's day, which is the Christjan Sabbatb.

Festival-days, valgarly called holy-days, having no warrant in the word of God, are not to be continued..

Nevertheless, it is lawful and neceffary, upon special emergent occasions, to seperate a day or days for puplic fasting or thanksgiving as the several eminent and extraordinary disþen sations of God's providence shall administer cause and opportunity to his people.

As no place is capable of any holiness,under pretence of whatFoever dedication or confecration; fo neither is it subject to fuch pollution by any superstition formerly used, and now laid åside, as may render it unlawful or inconvenient for Christians to meet together therein for the public worship of God. And therefore we hold it requisite, that the places of public assembling for worship among us, should be continued, and imployed to that Ule.

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FORM

OF PRESBYTERIAL -
CHURCH-GOVERNMENT;

AND OF

Ordination of Ministers;

Agreed upon by the
ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES

AT

WESTMINSTER,

With the affistance of

COMMISSIONERS

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FROM THE
Church of ŞCOTLAND,

AS
A part of the covenanted uniformity in religion betwixt the
Churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England,
and Ireland,

WITH
An act of the general assembly, Anno 1645, Approving the

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same.

Ezek. xliii. 11. And if they be ashamed of all that they have done,

thew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and
thegoings out thereof, and the comings in thereof,and all the forms
thereof, and all the laws thereof; and write it in their sight, that
they may keep the whole form thereuf,and all the ordinances there.
of and do them,

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Assemy at Edinburgh, February 10.; 1645. Sell. 16 Act of the general assembly of the kirk of

Scotland, approving the propositions concerning kirk government, and ordination of ministers,

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THE generalassembly being mofi desirous and solicitous not only vernment in this kingdom, according to the word of God, books of discipline, acts of general affemblies, and national covenant; but also of an uniformity in kirk government betwịxt these kingdoms, now more ftraitly and strongly united by the late folemn league and covenant: and considering, that as in former times there did, fo hereafter there may arise, through the nearness of contagion, manifold mischiefs to this kirk from a corrupt forni of government in the kirk of England : likcas, the precious opportunity of bringing the kirk's of Christ in all the three kingdoms to an uniformity in kirk gover) ment, being the happiness of the prefeat times above the former: which may also, by the blessing of God,prove an effectual mean,and a good foundation to prepare for a safe and well-grounded pacification, by removing the cause from which the present pressures and bloody wars did originaly proceed: and now the assembly having thrice read,and diligentlyexamined the propositions (hereunto annex ed) concerning the officers, Afsemblies, and government of the kirk and concerning the ordination of ministers, brought unto us, as the results of the long and learned debates of the affembly of divines sitting at Westminster, and of the treaty of uniformity with the coni. missioners of this kirk' there residing, after niature deliberation, and after timeous calling upon and warning of all, who have any excepta ions against the fame, to make them known, that they may receive fatisfaction: doth agree to and approve the propofitions, aforementioned, touching kirk government, and ordination ; and doth hereby authorize the commillioners of this assembly: who are to meet at Edinburgh, to agree to and conclude in the name of this assembly, an uniformity betwixt the kirksin both kingdoms in the aforementioned particulars, fo foon as the same shall be ratified, without any fubftantial alteration, by an ordinance of the honourable houses of the Parliament of England, which ratification fhall be timely intimate and made known by the commissioners of the kirk residing at London provided always, that this act be no ways prejudicial to the furtherdifcussion and examination of that article which holds forth, that the doctor or teacher hath power of the administration of the Sacraments as well as the paltors: as also of the distinct right and interests of prel byteries and people in the calling of ministers: but that it shall be free to debate and discuss these points as God shall be pleased to give further Light.

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The CONTENTS.

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HE preface.

Of the Church,

Of the officers of the Churche Pastors. Other church-governors, Deacons. of particular Congregations. of the officers of a particular Congregation. of the ordinances in a particular Congregation, of church-government, and the several sorts of afsembliesforthe

James of the power in common of all these assemblies. of Congregational assemblies, that is the meeting of the ruling

Officers of a particular congregation, for the government

thereof. Of claffical assemblies: Of Synodical assembliesa of ordination of ministers. Touching the doctrine of ordination. Touching the power of ordination. Goncerning the doctrinal part of the ordination of ministers. The directory for the ordination of ministers.

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