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The Rights of the Congregational Churches of Massachusetts: The Result of an ...
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Page 28 - That the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, shall at all times, have the exclusive right of electing their public teachers, and of contracting with them for their support and maintenance."!
Page 42 - That the respective churches, connected and associated in public worship, with the several towns, parishes, precincts, districts, and other bodies politic, being religious societies, shall at all times have, use, exercise, and enjoy, all their accustomed privileges and liberties, respecting divine worship, church order, and discipline, not repugnant to the constitution."*
Page 11 - of a company of saints by calling, united into one body by a holy covenant, for the public worship of God, and the mutual edification of one another in the fellowship of the
Page 41 - and other bodies politic, being religious societies, shall at all times have the exclusive right of electing their public teachers,
Page 14 - who are not in a church way, and be Orthodox in judgment, and not scandalous in life, shall have full liberty to gather themselves into a church estate.
Page 11 - Officers are to be called by such churches whereunto they are to minister. Of such moment is the preservation of this power, that the churches exercised it in the presence of the Apostles. The
Page 11 - Magistrates have power to call a synod, by calling to the churches to send forth their elders and other messengers to counsel and assist them in matters of religion ; but yet the constituting of
Page 10 - not send, I cannot so affirm ; but this I can say, that at a common meeting I was desired by them all to publish what