Horatio Gates Jones
Gavin Morton Walker
The Years Tell of Changes
Rev. War Memorial
Church Covenant - 1808
As confederating articles are necessary in the religious as well as in the political world, the following Covenant is declared to be the band of compact, assented to and subscribed by all persons forming the Church: We, whose names are underwritten, being desirous of being constituted a Church of Jesus Christ in this place, and believing each other to have experienced a work of grace in our hearts, having also due knowledge of each other's moral characters and religious principles, and being desirous of enjoying the privileges which appertain to the people of God in a Church relation, do, in the name of the Lord Jesus, voluntarily give ourselves up to the Lord, and to one another, according to His Word, to be one body, under one Head, jointly to exist and act by the rules of the Gospel, and do promise and engage to do all things by divine assistance in our different capacities and relations, that the Lord hath commanded us, and requires of us: particularly, to deny ourselves, take up the cross, follow Christ,
keep the faith, assemble ourselves together, love the brethren, submit one to another in the Lord, care for one another, bear one another's burdens, endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, and finally, to render due respect unto them that may have the rule over us in the Lord. This is the Covenant into which we do solemnly enter in the fear of God, humbly imploring the Divine assistance and blessing, that we may be built up and established to the glory of God, the advancement of the Redeemer's Kingdom, and the comfort and edification of our own souls, through the infinite riches of free grace, which is in Jesus Christ our Lord. And now to the only wise God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be worship, honor, power, glory, dominion, and obedience rendered, now and evermore. Amen.
Done at Lower Merion, in the County of Montgomery, and State of Pennsylvania, on the eleventh day of September, in the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and eight.
Rev. Horatio G. Jones,
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