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Full text of "Program of the one hundredth anniversary of the North Congregational Church in New Bedford, Mass. : held October 13th, 14th, and 15th, 1907"



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9 A. M. CELEBRATION OF THE HOLY COMMUNION 



The plates used are made from the l)iil]ion nhtiiiucd l)y melting Ihe 
communion goblets given to the church by Rev. Sylvester Holmes and 
eleven prominent members of the church. 

The gift of Mr. Holmes was made in 1822, and the inscri])tion reads as 
follows, "A token of affection fi-om Sylvester Holmes to the church under 
his pastoral care, 1822." The others were inscril)ed, "Presented to the 
North Congregational church in 1837 by," and were the gifts of Mrs. David 
IJriggs, Mrs. Rel)ekah Nickersou, Mrs. .John A. Parker, Mrs. Haydon 
Coggeshall, Miss Elizabeth Crocker, Mrs. Eli Haskell. Mrs. .Joshua l^arker, 
Mrs. A. H. Seabury, .Mrs. E!)enezer Hathaway, Mrs. Henry P. Willis, Mrs. 
William Hlackmer. 




REV. FRANK E. RAMSDELL 

Present Pcstor, Installed Dec 29, 1903 



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10 A. M. HISTORICAL SERVICE 



Special music Ijy tlie church choir, assisted by Louis W. Walker, of 
Taunton, tenor soloist, and Frank Whittaker, violinist. 

Historical sermon by the pastoi' of the church. Rev. Frank Ellsworth 
Ramsdell. 

Tribute to the members of the church who have died since the 75th 
anniversary in 1882. The roll will ])e read by the pastor, and as each name 
is read a flower will be dropped into the liasket Ijy the two youngest mem- 
bers of the church, Evelyn Hersey and Ada Squires. 

Social greetings and renewal of old acquaintance. 



3 P. M. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICE 



Organ Voluntary. 

Anthem, Quartet 

Prayer. 

Address to the Itoys and girls, Mrs. Florence S. Ware of Worcester. 

Violin Solo. Frank Whittaker 

Hymn, Congregation 

Historical Sketch of the Sunday School, written I)y Ezra Holmes 

and read l)y Miss Marion Harrington. 

Violin Solo. Mr. Whittaker 

Paper — "The work of the Young People for the past twenty-five 

years," Miss Mary E. L. Theaker 

Selection, Quartet 

Paper — "Reminiscences of Long Ago," Miss Clarissa Staples 

Hymn, Congregation 
Postlude. 




REV. JOHN A. MACCOLL 

Pastor from January 16, 1890 to August 31, 1903 



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7 p. M. VESPER SERVICE 



Organ Voluntary. 

Lord's Prayer. Quartet 

Respoubive Reading-, led by the pastor, Rev. Frank E. Ramsdell. 



Anthem, 

Ten Commandments. 

Duet, 

Scripture Reading, 1st Cor. 13; 1-13 

Anthem, 

Beatitudes, with responses. 

Anthem, 

Hymn — '-O God of Bethel." 

Prayer, with response. 

Selection, 

Address. 

Anthem, 



Dennison Quartet 

Responses by Quartet 

Mrs. Dudgeon and Mr. Bassett 

Dennison Quartet 

Angelus Quartet 



Mr. Bassett 

Rev. John A. MacColl of Providence 

Doul)le Quartet 



Benediction followed by Nunc Dimittis. 




FIVE OF THE FORMER PASTORS 

REV. AZARIAH ELDRICGE REV. ALONZO H QUINT 

September 15, 1847 to April 22, 1856 July 2 I, .1864 to June 10, 1875 

REV. SYLVESTER HOLMES 
July 30, 18 11 to March I 5, I 843 ; (Feb. 2 1, I 839, granted five years' leave of absence) 
REV. HENRY W. PARKER REV. ALBERT H. HEATH 

August 8, 1856, to July 27, 1863 ' October 19, 1876 to March 9, 1889 



REV THOMAS SMITH served from July 24, 1839 to Aug. 31, 1842 
REV. ROBERT S. HITCHCOCK served from July 19, 1843 to Dec. 9, 1845 



^'Other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors." 

John 4 :3f 



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1807 - 1932 



PURCHASE AND ELM STREETS 
NEW BEDFORD, MASS. 




The 
One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Anniversary 

OCTOBER 9-16, 1932. 



"Other men labored, and ye are entered into their labors.'^ 

John 4:38 



A BRIEF HISTORICAL SKETCH 



One hundred and twenty-five years have come and gone since the North 
Congregational Church had its beginning in the council assembled in the pre- 
cinct meeting house October 15, 1807. Almost one hundred years have passed 
over the roof of the present building. The leadership of nine beloved spiritual 
leaders has already passed into its history. With an earnest, serious, truth-seek- 
ing people it has maintained its life throughout these years close to the heart 
of a growing city. 

The Church was the outgrowth of a demand for a place of worship in this 
then growing section of the town. It was formed from members of the First 
Church and by those who had no Church, forty in all. The Second Church 
had already been organized in Fairhaven. 

Soon after the organization of the Third Church, disturbances crept in over 
the theological controversy waged so strongly at the beginning of the 19th 
century. This resulted in the majority of the members of the Church with- 
drawing to another place of worship and eventually becoming an independent 
group. This group held the records and became known soon after as the North 
Congregational Church. The property, by legal right, was held by the society. 
The minority group of the Church and the society is perpetuated by the First 
Congregational Society (Unitarian). 

In spite of the discouraging experiences of early years, the Church has 
moved steadily forward. Its first meeting place was the North Purchase Street 
School House, a school house on Third and Walnut, and a hall at Second and 
Mill Streets. The first building was erected at Second and Elm Streets. About 
1816 another building was erected on a site which has proved to be permanent, 
Purchase and Elm Streets. Because of the growth of the Church and the con- 
stant need for enlargement, this building was moved back and the present stone 
structure erected in 1836. 

The spiritual zeal of each generation has left its trace on the place of wor- 
ship. In 1857 the chapel was erected. Improvements were made in the audi- 
tormm in 1881 and again in 1888. By the generous gift of one of the members 
in 1905 the Church was refitted and new pews were installed. With the growth 
of the city and the widening of Purchase Street the tower was removed, the 
chapel and vestry floors leveled and other alterations made in 1916. 

Three missions grew out from the leadership of this Church which have 
since become strong: The City Mission, the Immanuel Baptist Church, and the 
present St. Paul's Methodist. From time to time trust funds have been left to 
the Church by those who have had faith in its future. 

The magnitude of the labors of this Church cannot be measured by the 
material resources, great as they are. The real worth is to be found in the 
spiritual foundations laid in the homes, the schools and the community life. 

It is a notable fact that in the 125 years' existence of this church that there 
have been but ten regular pastors, the Rev. Sylvester Holmes, active pastor for 
28 years; the Rev. Thomas Smith; the Rev. Robert H. Hitchcock; the Rev. 
Azariah Eldridge ; the Rev. Henry W. Parker, the Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, D. D. ; 
the Rev. Albert H. Heath; the Rev. John A. MacColl, the only living ex-pastor; 
the Rev. Frank E. Ramsdell, who preached and ministered here for nearly 26 
years; and the present minister, the Rev. William B. Mathews. 



'Arise, let us be going." — jESUS. 



Sunday Morning, October 9th, 1932 

A SERVICE OF WORSHIP 

at 11:00 o'clock 

The Order of Worship 



Organ Prelude 

Processional Hymn 

Chora! Call to Worship 

The Doxology 

Invocation and Lord's Prayer 

Anthem 

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Responsive Reading 
The Gloria Patri 

Prayer of Humility 



A Prayer Hymn 
Silent Prayer 
Prayer for the People 
Choral Response 

Offertory 

Anthem 

The Scripture Lesson 

Hymn 

Sermon 

Closing Hymn 

Benediction 

Choral Response 

Organ Postlude 



Prcliuie to Act III (from Kunibild) Kistler 

No. 1, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" 



Rejoice in the Lord 
Selection 1 



Parker 



Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy 

loving kindness. 
According to the multitude of Thy tender 

mercies blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, 
And cleanse me from my sin. 
For I know my transgressions ; 
And my sin is ever before me. 
Create in me a clean heart, O God; 
And renew a right spirit within me. (Ps. 51) 

No. 350, "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" 



Keep Me Savior Near Thy Side 



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Andante Religioso (from Sonata IV) 

Mendelssohn 
Sweet Is Thy Mercy Rarnby 

No. 556, "The Church's One Foutidation" 
A Spiritual Interpretation of Our Past 

Mr. Mathews 
No. 415, "How Firm a Foundation" 



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^Indicates when late comers will be seated. 



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'^Suffer little children to come unto me." 



Sunday, October 9th, 1932 

CHURCH SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY SERVICE 

at 10:00 o'clock 

ASSEMBLY IN THE CHAPEL 

Processional Hymn No. 191 Led by the Junior Vested Chou" 

Hyrnn No. 202, "Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus" 

Scripture Reading — The 48th Psalm 

Prayer 

Anthem — "Holy, Holy" The Young People's Vested Choir 

"The Story of the Beginnings of the Church School" Mr. John Q. Ryder 

Greetings from Past Superintendents 

"Our School Today" Superintendent Fredrick C. Brown 

"A Look Forward" Our Pastor, Rev. William B. Mathews 

Hymn No. 230, "There's a Light Upon the Alountains" 

Benediction 



''Remetnher now thy Creator in the days of thy youth." 

THE YOUNG PEOPLE'S ANNIVERSARY SERVICE 

6:00-8:45 P.M. 



0:00 
6:30 



M. 
M. 



8:00 P.M. 



"Organ Prelude 

Processional Hymn 
Scripture Lesson 



Social Hour in the Chapel 
Fellowship Supper in the Vestry 

PROGRAM 
Greetings by the President, Air. Brooks Walker. 
The Beginnings of the Young People's Group. 

Mrs. Sarah M. Sherman, Mr. William R. Chase 
Greetings from past Presidents. 

Anniversary Address and Installation Service. 

ORUER OF WORSHIP 

I Evening Shadows { DeLaunay 

I Berceuse ) 

No. 269, "Faith of Our Fathers" 
(John 1:1-9; 3:19-21; Matt. 5:14-16) 

Airs. Dexter B. Goodwin 
No. 131, "Just as I am Thine Own to be" 

i\[r. Fredrick C. Brown 



Hymn 

Prayer 

The Lord's Prayer 

Offertory 

Address 

Anthem 

The Transfer of Duty 

The Charge 
The Commission 
The Pledge to Duty 
Receiving the Light 
Prayer of Consecration 
Hymn of Consecration 
Passing the Torch 
Processional Hymn 
Benediction 
Postlude 



To a Wild Rose MacDowell 

"Beauty" Rev. Paul B. Myers 

"My Task" The Young People's Choir 

The Moderator, Mr. Wilfred H. Chapin and the 
retiring president. Miss Helen Bryant 

The Installation 

By the Minister, Re\ . William B. Mathews 
By the newly elected officers. 

No. 170, "I Would Be True" 
Follow the Gleam 



Jubilate Deo 



Silver 



*The Organ Prelude will begin at 7:45 P. M. 



''Lest We Forget." 



Thursday, October 13th, 1932 

ANN] VERSARY BANQUET 

5:00-6:00 P. M. Ini'ormal Reception in the Chapel. 
6:00 P. M. The Banquet in the Vestry. 

Toastmaster : ^^foderator Wilfred H. Chapin 

PROGRAM 

Songs and Hymns of the Church. 
Greetings to Members and Ciucsts. 
"Toasts of Appreciation" : 

"To our Spiritual Leaders." Mr. .'\llen P. Keith 

"To the Women who have Mothered the Church." Mrs. Willis E. Lougee 
"To the Laymen whose Efforts have been Blessed." Mr. Clinton I. Walker 
"To the North Church from Sister Churches." Rev. C. Donald Plomer 

Address, "The Church in an Age of Confusion." Rev. Clarence E. Hellens 

"Message" from the Rev. John A. MacColl, only living ex-pastor. 

Read by Mrs. Dexter B. Goodwin 
"Greetings" from Absent Friends. 

Read by Miss Charlotte B. Chase and Mr. William R. Chase 
"Blest Be the Tie That Binds." 



"The Challenge of Past Years." 
Friday Evening, October 14th, 1932 

HISTORICAL NIGHT 
at 7 :30 o'clock 

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH IN READINGS AND DRAMATIZATION 

Readers: Mr. John Northcott, Mr. Fredrick C. Brown, Miss Sarah Isherwood, 

Airs. Charles E. Benton, Mr. Henry Whalley, Miss Annie S. Ray. 
Dramatization of the Forming of the Church : 

Rev. Isaiah Weston, Mr. William R. Chase; Joseph Bates, Air. Clinton I. 

Walker; Rev. Oliver Cobb, Mr. Clifton H. Cornish; Jesse Haskell, Mr. 

Carson Axtell ; Cephas Cushman, Mr. Charles E. Benton. 

Meeting of the Ladies' Benevolent Committee: 

Airs. Hastings, Airs. Wilfred H. Chapin; Airs. Buckley, Mrs. Fredrick C. 
Brown; Airs. Sisson, Airs. Walter S. Dillingham; Airs. Sawyer, Aliss 
Theresa Thacker ; Aliss Staples, Aliss Sarah N. Ruggles. 

Songs bv the Church Quartette : 

Airs. Earle C. Aliller, Airs. Alice Healy Bolton, Air. Philip D. Drew, Air. 

Louis W. Macy. Air. John W. Ranisbottom, organist and director. 

The historical sketch has been prepared by Air. J. William Webber, Aliss 
Alary A. Chase, and Aliss Aladeline E. Almy. 



"One soweth, and another reapeth." — Jesus. 

Sunday Morning, October 16th 

THE ANNIVERSARY SERVICE OF THE CHURCH 
at 11:00 o'clock 



THE ORDER OF WORSHIP 



fOrgan Prelude 
Processional Hymn 
Choral Call to Worship 
The Doxology 
Invocation and Lord's Prayer 



a. Meditation 

b. Melody in C 

No. 9, "Ancient of Days" 



Lang 
Hanforth 



Anthem 

Responsive Reading 
The Gloria Patri 
Prayer of Humility 



A Prayer Hymn 
Silent Prayer 
Prayer for the People 
Choral Response 

Offertory 

Anthem 

The Scripture Lesson 

Hymn 

Sermon 

Closing Hymn 
The Closing Prayer 
Choral Response 
Organ Postlude 



I Will Alagnify Thee, O God 
Selection 16, The Grace of God 



Shackley 



Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy 

loving kindness. 
According to the multitude of Thy tender 

mercies blot out my transgressions. 
Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity. 
And cleanse me from my sin. 
For I know my transgressions; 
And my sin is ever before me. 
Create in me a clean heart, O God; 
And renew a right spirit within me. (Ps. 51) 

No. 360, "O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go" 



O That I Had Wings 

Supplication 

He Sendeth the Springs 



Hanscoin 

Frysinger 
W^areing 



No. 479, "Faith of Our Fathers" 
The Anniversary Sermon 

Dr. Charles E. Jefiferson, New York 
No. 547, "The Church that to our Fathers" 



Phantasie (from Sonata in D flat) Rheinbergcr 



tThe Organ Prelude will begin at 10:45 A.M. 
*Indicates when late comers will be seated. 



"Rejoice with them who do rejoice." 



Sunday Afternoon and Evening, October 16th, 1932 

A PILGRIMAGE 
at 3 :00 P. M. 

Memorial Service at the graves of the Rev. Sylvester Holmes and the Rev. 
Frank E. Ramsdcll. (If stormy the service will be held in Chapel.) 



AN INFORMAL RECEPTION 

at 4:00 P. M. 

Tea served by the ladies. 
Reminiscence. 

Young People's Fellowship Supper at 6 :00 o'clock. All cordially invited. 
(Kindly make reservations. Tickets 25 cents.) 



AN ANNIVERSARY COMMUNITY SERVICE 

at 7 :30 P. M. 
William B. Mathews, Minister, Presiding 



Organ Prelude 

Hymn 

Responsive Reading 

Prayer 

Choral Response 

Offertory 

Anthem 

Hymn 

Greetings 



a. Dawn 

b. Night 

No. 578, "Hark, Hark, \\y Soul" 
Selection 3, Evening Prayer 



Jenkins 
Jenkins 



Incline Thine Ear Hanscom 

Evensong Johnston 

Magnificat in C Buck 

No. 555, "Glorious Things Are Spoken" 

From the 1st Congregational Society (Unitarian) 
Rev. E. Stanton Hodgin 

From the New Bedford Churches 
Rev. Leonard C. Harris 



Anthem 
Greetings 

Hymn 
Benediction 
Organ Postlude 



O For a Closer Walk with God Foster 

From the Alassachusetts Congregational Con- 
ference and Missionary Society 

President Frederick H. Page 

No. 250, "Crown Him with Many Crowns" 



Toccato in G 



Dubois 



"Where there is. no vision, the people perish.*' 



A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE 

A worthy past is a challenge to the present for the increasing worth in 
the future. 

A great Church in the heart of a growing city meeting the rieeds of hun- 
dreds in and out of its parish. Reaching out into the avenues of our community 
life with a program of activities interesting and appealing to both young and 
old. The North Congregational Church, with leaders of vision, zealous workers 
and a consecrated membership, has already and will continue to write its name 
in the history of accomplishments. 



OUR AIMS 

Spiritual and Evangelistic^ — Above all, upon these depends our success. Our 
Church known increasingly as a spiritual and a progressive Church. A 
Church setting forth the principles and spirit of Jesus as the way out of 
the perplexities of personal problems and the problems of lawlessness, war. 
industrial strife and morality. 

Educational — A Church Schot-l second to none, consecrated in the task of lead- 
ing young people into ;he richest meaning of life. A well-defined pro- 
gram of religious education earnestly applying the wisest methods of 
psychology and pedagogy to the task of leading youth into Jesus' way 
of life. 

Church Membership — A serious and concerted effort through personal evangelisni 
to gain at least an inert 'isc of ten per cent yearly. 

Organization — A Church teaming with worthy, vital and wide-awake activities. 
Every woman of the Church a member of the Woman's Guild. Every 
man of the Church a member of the Brotherhood. Every young person 
active in the department for youth. 

Church Cooperation — A Church cooperating with and touching every worthy and 
forward-looking comnmnity enterprise. 

Welfare — A welfare department adequate to aid the needy of the parish in 
time of economic stress. 

World Service and Benevolences — An awareness of an interdependent world and 
our responsibility in the spread of the gospel of Jesus. A time when we 
shall give more to others than for ourselves. 

Building and Equipment — A beautiful annex over a part or all of the present 
building fitted to serve and fill a great need in the heart of the city, giving 
facilities for a Church School with up-to-date equipment for the proper 
housing and directing of a worthy school and program appealing to youth. 

Finance — The Current expenses paid in full each year. A Church free from 
debt by 1936. 

Endowment — Our present endowment substantially increased to provide for in- 
creased world service, welfare and adequate program of activities of youth. 



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3 P. M. FELLOWSHIP MEETING 



Organ Prelude. 

Singing l^y Congregation, Old Hundred. 

Prayer, Rev. Matthew C. Julien 

Selection, Angelus Quartet 

Three-minute Address of Welcome, Rev. Frank E. Ramsdell 

Response, Rev. Clarence M. Gallui), First Baptist Church 

Selection, Angelus Quartet 

Scripture Reading, Rev. .John J. Phelan of Immanuel Baptist Church 

Prayer, Rev. James McAllister of First Christian Church 

Hymn — Three verses of How Firm a Foundation. 

Read by William Wade Ryan of the Union Baptist Church 

A five-minute talk from other clergymen as follows: 

Rev. W. B. Geoghegan, Unitarian; William Thompson, Friends; 
Rev. .7. I. Bartholomew, Methodist; Rev. E. H. Cleveland, Episcopalian. 

Prayer and Benediction, 

Rev. T. M. Bateman of the North Primitive Methodist Church 

Reception in the chapel to follow; orchestral music and refreshments 




CHURCH ERECTED ON PRESENT SITE IN 1816 



(Drawn from sketch by Oliver H. Gardner, from remembrance of Stephen P. Sawyer, John A. Ruggles 
and Edwin Tilton) 



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7.30 p. M. DENOMINATIONAL MEETING 



Organ Voluntary. 

Anthem — "The Breaking Waves Dashed High," Choir 

Reading of Scriptures, Rev. W. C. Martyn, First Congregational Cliurcli 

Prayer, Rev. M. C. Julien, Trinitarian Church 

Response — "My God, My Father." Louis W. Walker 

Hymn — "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," Congregation 

Sermon, Rev. Ruen Tliomas, D. D., of Harvard Church, Brookline 

Solo — "Guide Us with the Heavenly Light." Louis W. Walker 

Doxology. 

Benediction by the pastor. 




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HOME DAY 



Church open all day. Members of the chnreh will he ])resent to 
greet all who come. 

3 TO 5 P. M. 

Reception by pastor and wife and the deacons and their wives. 

7 P. M. 

l>an(|net for church memliers and sui)porters. Admission by ticket. 

Speaking after the banquet by the following: 

Toastmaster, Rev. Frank E. Ramsdell: Rev. Rufus B. Tobey, Rev. 
Charles F. Hersey, James W. Hervey, Miss Clarissa Staples, Ferdinand S. 
Read. William C. Parkei', David A. Corey, Charles E. Benton, 

Reading of letters from absent members, John Q. Ryder