Welcome of New Members

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Welcome of New Members

Pastor:   Believing you have been led by the Spirit of God, do you hereby seek membership in this church, and in so doing, covenant with this congregation to walk together in Christian love, sustaining its worship, promoting its spiritual life, striving for its growth in knowledge of the truth and in Christian character, contributing cheerfully and regularly to the support of its ministries here and around the world?  If so, answer:  “I do.”

[New Members:  “I do.”]

Do you promise to maintain a life of daily devotion, to walk circumspectly in the world, to be just in your dealings, faithful to your commitments, and exemplary in your manner of life, seeking the salvation of others, and avoiding practices that could bring harm to yourself or jeopardize your own or another’s faith?  If so, answer:  “I do.”

[New Members:  “I do.”]

Furthermore, do you covenant to exercise mutual care for the members of this body in brotherly love, to remember one another in prayer, to aid and comfort one another in sickness and distress, intending always to be agents of reconciliation, desiring to live in harmony with the ideals and principles of the Covenant of _____, and seeking to spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ, to the Glory of God?  If so, answer:  “I do.”

[New Members:  “I do.”]

Pastor (addressing the congregation):

And do you, the members of this congregation, covenant this day to welcome these new members into your full fellowship, to surround them with your love, to support them in your prayers, to minister to their needs, to affirm them in their service and to walk with them in their journey as together, we seek to live to the praise of God’s glory?  If so, answer, “We do.”

Related:  Service Based on Psalm 31

[Congregation:  “We do.”]

Pastor: Invite families to join for prayer:

Dear Father,

We thank you that you delight to seek and find and restore lost sheep unto your fold.  And so today we thank you for your grace in drawing ________ unto yourself, and for moving their hearts to respond to your grace with obedience in Baptism.  We thank you for their testimony to follow you with new lives, and we ask only that by your Spirit, you would sanctify them and stir them to live lives worthy of the high calling they have been given in Christ.  And now,  May the blessing of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—be upon each of you.  Amen.

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