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LORD, thou hast been our refuge from one generation to another.
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past, or a watch in the night.
As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a dream, and fade away suddenly like the grass ;
In the morning it is green, and groweth up; but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labor and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
I am the Resurrection and the Life, saith the Lord; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whoso liveth and believeth in me shall never die.
Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ, shall all be made alive.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Thanks be to God, who hath given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I reckon that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed to us. For eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
We know, in part, and we prophecy in part; but when that which is perfect shall come, then that which is in part shall be done away. Now, we see through a glass, darkly; but then, face to face; now, I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, From henceforth blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; even so, saith the Spirit; for they rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
And there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, nor pain: for the former things are passed away.
Then shall follow an Extempore Prayer.
The following may be read at the grave.
I would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope; for if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
For he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men.
We must work the work of him that sent us, while it is day; the night cometh, in which no man can work.
There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary are at rest.
If our earthly house of this tabernacle be dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. We are willing therefore to be absent from the body and present with the Lord; who shall change our vile body, that it may
be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working whereby he is able to subdue all things unto himself.
There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
A prayer and a hymn may be added here.
The Peace of God, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost, be with your spirits. Amen.
ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION
Church of the Disciples.
(Adopted on Sunday, April 21st, 1844.)
ARTICLE 1. The name of this Religious Association shall be “the Church of the Disciples.”
Art. 2. — The object of this Church shall be united thought and action in the study and practice of Christianity.
Art. 3. — The organization of this Church shall be as follows:
First. A Pastor and Pastoral Committee.
ART. 4. The Pastoral Committee shall consist of the Pastor of the Society, five brethren and five sisters.
The lay members of the Committee shall be chosen annually, and two of them shall go out of office every year, in rotation.