Weir's primary aim in Early New England: A Covenanted
Society is, however, to catalogue and survey the vast number of both civil and church covenants generated in seventeenth-century New England.
Of the documentation and liturgies assembled during these discussions, only the "Covenanted Communion Service"--a rite for the concelebration of the Eucharist by ministers of the signatory-churches--has gained currency, although it may now have been superseded.
(13) It was perceived that such an "ecumenical bishop" would create an experimental paradigm that was both unprecedented (14) and organic, (15) It was hoped that the resultant evolution of the model would aid the covenanted relationship by producing a methodology applicable in other (possibly national) contexts where Episcopal, Presbyterian/connexional and congregational polities were to be bridged.
In the former, all things must return directly to the glory of God; in the latter, directly t o the use and welfare of the people associated in one body."  This is an echo of Bullinger's insistence that the conditions of the covenant cover all aspects of life--both civil and religious--in the covenanted community.
The Constitution itself is the basic law under which this covenanted community exists.
Jacob begets a covenanted
people, who have then "a proper federal structure" (1: 155).
Covenants bind for the purpose of enlarging our capacities; unite us, without dissolving our boundaries; and at least in the exercise of consent, engage us as equals who may choose to maintain or create differences and asymmetries in covenanted