XXIII. Of Ministering in the Congregation
It is not lawful for any man to take upon him the office of public preaching, or ministering the Sacraments in the Congregation, before he be lawfully called, and sent to execute the same. And those we ought to judge lawfully called and sent, which be chosen and called to this work by men who have public authority given unto them in the Congregation, to call and send Ministers into the Lord's vineyard.
These are getting tricky. I can't think of a hymn to match with the lawfulness of a "man" preaching and ministering the Sacraments. Nor would I want to.
It seems the "rules" have loosened considerably since we have female priests and occasional lay preaching.
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