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of Israel from Mount
A. Remember, that thou keep holy the sabQ. Which is the first bath day. Six days shalt commandment? thou labor, and do all that thou hast to do; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God. In it thou shalt do no manner of work, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter; thy man servant, and thy maid servant; thy cattle, and the stranger who is within thy gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day; wherefore the Lord. blessed the seventh day, and hallowed it.
Q. Which is the fifth commandment?
A. Thou shalt have no other gods but me.
Q. Which is the second commandment?
Thou shalt not make to thyself any graven image, nor the likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth; thou shalt not bow down to them, nor worship them; for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, and visit the sins of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of those who hate me; and show mercy unto thousands of those who love me, and keep my commandments.
Q. Which is the third commandment?
A. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who taketh his name in vain.
A. Honor thy father and thy mother; that thy days may be long in the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Q. Which is the sixth commandment?
A. Thou shalt do no murder.
Q. Which is the seventh commandment?
A. Thou shalt not com
Q. Which is the fourth mit adultery. commandment?
Q. Which is the eighth commandment?
A. Thou shalt not
Q. Which is the ninth commandment?
A. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Q. Which is the tenth commandment?
A. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; nor his servant, nor his maid, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is his.
Q. What are those principles which most effectually lead to the observance of these, and all other of God's commandments?
A. A high reverence of God, and a sincere good will to our fellow creatures, joined with a just regard to our own real interest.
Q. What is the best method we can take, to guard ourselves from all vice and wickedness?
A. By being careful not to indulge sinful thoughts; and by correcting every thing which is amiss in the beginning, before we
have become accustomed to it, and have formed a habit which cannot easily be broken; particularly by avoiding the company of wicked persons, who would soon make us like themselves; and by being, in a more especial manner, upon our guard against those vices, to which our situation and circumstances make us peculiarly prone.
Q. Is any man able to fulfil all the commands of God, so as to live entirely without sin?
A. No. Our merciful God and Father knows that we are not able to do this, and therefore doth not expect it from us. He only requires that we repent of the sins we commit, and endeavor to live better lives for the future.
Q. What should a sense of our frailty and prone
ness to sin teach us?
A. Humility and watchfulness, and earnestness in our prayers to God, to enable us to resist temptation, and to strengthen and confirm our good dispositions.
Q. Did Christ appoint any outward ordinances as means of promoting his religion?
A. He commanded his disciples to go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost; and he also commanded them to eat bread and drink wine in remembrance of him. This rite is called the Lord's Supper.
Q. What is the meaning of baptism?
our resolutions to live as becomes his disciples.
Q. Had Christ no particular reward on account of what he did and suffered for the good of men?
A. Because he humbled himself to death, God has highly exalted him, and made him head over all things to his church; and at the end of the world he will come to judge the living and the dead. For this hope which was set before him, he endured the cross, and despised the shame of that ignominious death.
Q. What do the scriptures say concerning the day of judgment?
A. The washing of water in baptism probably represents the purity of heart and life, required from all who become the disciples of Christ.
Q. What is the nature and use of the Lord's Supper?
A. By eating bread and drinking wine in remembrance of Christ, we keep alive the memory of his death and resurrection; we acknowledge ourselves to be Christians; we cherish a grateful sense of the blessings of the gospel of Christ; and strengthen
A. That Christ will come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, when every eye shall see him; that he will separate the wicked from the good; that he will send the wicked into a place of punishment, and take the righteous to a place of happiness where they shall live for ever with himself.
END OF THE CATECHISM.
SERVICES FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS
The Instructer shall begin with the following Exhor tation in the words of Scripture.
COME, ye children, hearken unto me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; but the wicked despise wisdom and instruction. My children, if sinners entice you, consent ye not. If they say, Come with us, cast in your lot among us, - my children, walk not in the way with them; refrain your feet from their path; for their feet run to evil. When wisdom entereth into your hearts, and knowledge is pleasant unto your souls, discretion shall preserve you, understanding shall keep you; to deliver you from the way of those who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness.
My children, forget not the law of God; but let your hearts keep his commandments. For length of days, and years of life, and peace, shall they add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you. Bind them about your necks; write them upon the tables of your hearts. So shall you find favor in the sight of God and man.
Then shall the Children say;
WE call with our whole hearts; hear us, O Lord; we will keep thy statutes.
Instructer. Let us pray.
Then the Children shall say, after the Instructer, the following Prayer.
O LORD, our heavenly Father, Give us wisdom, give us understanding. May we fear to do evil, and learn to do well. May we love the
truth, And love goodness, And love thee, our God, And Jesus Christ, our Saviour. We thank thee, O Lord, for the gift of thy Son; Who came to teach us what is true and good, And died that we might live. We thank thee, that when he was on earth, He suffered little children to come to him, And took them in his arms and blessed them. May we be worthy of his blessing; May our souls rest in his arms. May we be gentle and kind; May we be patient and meek; May we love each other with pure hearts; So that our heavenly Father love us, may And
The Instructer shall begin with the following Address.
MY dear children, — God our Father has preserved us since we last met together; he has been mindful of us, and has blessed us. We can say, How dear are thy thoughts unto us, O God! how great is the sum of them! If we should count
take us to heaven when we die.
We pray thee, O God, to bless our parents and our kindred, Our teachers and our friends. O guard them from danger, And comfort them in trouble, And heal them in sickness, And deliver them from evil. Bless all mankind. Pardon our offences; Help our infirmities; And accept our prayers; Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen
Instructer. The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord be gracious unto you, and give you peace, now and evermore. Amen.
them, they are more in number than the sand. He feeds us; he clothes us ; he gives us friends. He gives us every good and perfect gift. We cannot repay him for all his loving kindness; but he has graciously assured us, that he will accept Our praises and thanksgivings, if we offer them purely and sincerely. Let us join in offering praise to God with