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THE

UNIVERSALIST

CHURCH COMPANION.

PREPARED BY

THE MERRIMAC RIVER MINISTERIAL CIRCLE,

FOR

THE USE OF ITS MEMBERS AND OTHERS ;

AND

BY ORDER OF SAID CIRCLE

REVISED AND ENLARGED.

BY I. D. WILLIAMSON.

BOSTON:
PUBLISHED BY A. TOMPKINS.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1850,

BY A. TOMPKINS, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of Massachusetts.

Stereotyped by

HOBART & ROBBINS;
New England Type and Stereotype Foundery,

BOSTON

54-7822

766.9 Uno 1855 m

GENERAL INDEX.

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Admission of Members
Book of Forms
Business, order of
Baptism, adult

by immersion

of children Constitution Certificate of Dismission Church Meetings, opening, in time of prosperity

" affliction
charitable occasions
election of officers

closing
Communion.
Clerk, induction of
Declaration of Faith, &c. .
Dedication of Children.
Deacons, induction of
Elders, induction of
Funeral Service.
General Epistle
Letter of Recommendation
Marriage Ceremony

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Sec. 1. Qualifications for Members. 2. Application
for Membership. 3. Reference of Application to Elders.
4. Procedure on Report. 5. Members sign Constitution.

ARTICLE II.

PRIVILEGES AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS.

Sec. 1. Must attend Meetings. 2. Watch with Sick.
3. Attend Funerals. 4. Report Cases of Sickness or
Want. 5. May withdraw, and how. 6. Objections, how
made and disposed of. 7. Entitled to Letter.

ARTICLE III.

OF CONTRIBUTIONS AND CHARITIES.
Sec. 1. Contribution to Funds. 2. Register of Names
and Sum to be paid monthly. 2. Entitled to Aid. 4.
Deacons must visit the Sick. 5. Watchers provided. 7.
Widows and Orphans provided for. 8." Orphans in
charge of Elders.

ARTICLE IV.

OF DISCIPLINE AND TRIALS.
Sec. 1. Members entitled to a Hearing. 2. First Steps
with the erring. 3. Charges, how made and referred.

4. Proceedings of Elders thereon. 5. Must investigate
and report. 6. How report is disposed of. 7. Offices
may be vacated, and how. 8. Penalties for unworthy
Conduct. 9. Difficulty with Pastor, how settled. 10.
Officers, how deposed.

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Sec. 1. Time of holding. 2. How opened and closed.
3. The Lord's Supper. 4. Dedication of Children. 6.
Who to preside. 6. Officers' Reports, when made. 7.
Funds, how expended.

ARTICLE VI.

OF RELATIONS TO OTHER CHURCHES.

ARTICLE VII.

OFFICERS, AND THEIR DUTIES.

Sec. 1. Officers enumerated. 2. Pastor, how elected
and dismissed. 3. Elders and Deacons, how elected.
4. Clerk and Steward, how elected. 5. Duties of Pas-
tor. 6. Duties of Elders. 7. Duties of Deacons. 8.
Duty of Clerk. 9. Duty of Steward.

INDEX OF HYMNS.

Affliction is a stormy deep
Affliction's faded form draws nigh
Approach, thou blessed of the Lord
At thy command, our dearest Lord
Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve
Baptized into a Saviour's death
Before Jehovah's awful throne
Behold, on Zion's heavenly shore

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