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The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the First Parish Church of Stow Massachusetts

Excerpt from The Two Hundredth Anniversary of the First Parish Church of Stow Massachusetts: Sermons The first settlers of this town organized a Church Society which now, after a life of two centuries, has a firm hold upon their descendants. On July 27, a commemorative service was held, with many friends from neighboring towns and societies present. The church was well decorated with cut flowers and plants in honor of the event that had called them together. The Reception Committee, of which Mrs. F. W. Warren was Chairman, did well their part to make the social side a success, and many old friendships were renewed upon a formal introduction. Those who took part in the services held morning and evening were as follows: Rev. J. S. Moulton, Pastor; Samuel C. Beane, D. D., of Newburyport; Rev. J. P. Sheafe, of Harvard; Rev. J. N. Pardee, of Bolton; Rev. C. H. Washburn, of Maynard; Rev. J. R. Cushing, of Gleasondale; Rev. E. F. Hayward, of Marlboro; Rev. J. Baltzby, of Hudson; and Mr. W. H. Clark, of Stow. The music was under the direction of Mr. W. A. Wood, Chorister, and Miss Bertha F. Lawrence, Organist, with the following program: - Morning. Organ voluntary. Sentences. Original hymn. Responsive reading. Anthem, "The King of Glory Shall Come in." Prayer. Response, Choir. Scripture lesson. Anthem, "Great is the Lord." Sermon, Samuel C. Beane, D. D., on the "Religious Nurture and Progress of New England during the last Two Hundred Years, as seen in the Liberal Congregational Church of Stow." Hymn, "The House Our Fathers Built to God." Benediction. Evening. Organ voluntary. Anthem, "Sing Unto God." Scripture reading, Rev. J. P. Sheafe. Response, Choir. Addresses: Rev. J. Baltzby, "Religious Gains"; Mr. W. H. Clark, "What the Church stands for To-day"; Rev. E. F. Hayward, "The Unitarian Church of To-day"; Rev. J. R. Cushing, "The Methodist Church of To-day. Anthem, "God of Our Fathers." Addresses: Rev. C. H. Washburn, "The Orthodox Church of To-day"; Rev. J. N. Pardee, "The Outlook for the Country Church"; Rev. J. P. Sheafe, "The Church of To-morrow." Summary and benediction, Samuel C. Beane, D. D. This was an event long to be remembered in the annals of the Society. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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