Formularies

The liturgical forms are formulations that the churches have agreed to use in the rituals that take place; such as the two sacraments of baptism and communion, as well as in acts of discipline, confession, and confirmation of ministers, elders, and deacons. With that, the churches confirm that they are one in service, teaching and discipline. The forms have a long history and have been tried in the churches for many years. Sometimes small changes were made and the form for the celebration of communion was shortened. These amendments can only be made by a decision of the General Synod.

The forms are an explanation of the action that will take place and therefore have a learning function. If each group wanted to perform the liturgical acts without the form, errors can occur and history teaches that it has indeed already happened. The form explains the principle of baptism, communion, the confession, discipline and function of the three services in the church.

Then certain questions are asked of those involved, prayers are offered before the action, the action takes place in the presence of the congregation and thanks are given. The form for confirming marriages is also part of the series of forms of the churches. There are two interesting forms, one for cutting off a member who is cut off for a long time and after many admonitions and acts of discipline, and one for such a person who is readmitted after repentance and conversion.