Fifty Years of the First Unitarian Church of San Francisco, October 20, 1850-October 21, 1900


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Página 8 - From all that dwell below the skies, Let the Creator's praise arise ; Let the Redeemer's name be sung, Through every land, by every tongue. 2. Eternal are thy mercies, Lord ; Eternal truth attends thy word : Thy praise shall sound from shore to shore, Till suns shall rise and set no more.
Página 8 - WAS glad when my companions said unto me: Come, it is our holy day ; Let us go into the house of the Lord : let us take sweet counsel together ; Let our feet stand within his gates : and heart and voice give thanks unto him. Blessed be the temple hallowed by his name : pray for peace within its walls, Peace to young and old that enter there : peace to every soul abiding therein. For friends...
Página 9 - And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength. God is love. And he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Página 9 - Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord : And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength : this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Página 60 - Happy soul! himself a benediction wherever he goes, benignly dispensing the graces of his life wherever he carries the wisdom of his word.
Página 11 - THOU, whose liberal sun and rain Come not upon the earth in vain, Now let Thy quickening word come down The worship of this hour to crown...
Página 10 - O lovely Peace, with plenty crown'd, Come spread thy blessings all around, Let fleecy flocks the hills adorn, And valleys smile with wavy corn, Let the shrill trumpet cease, nor other sound But Nature's songsters wake the cheerful morn.
Página 28 - ... began lecturing and preaching on subjects intended to warm the love of country in the hearts of the people. After the fall of Sumter he announced his position to his congregation in a stirring sermon on their patriotic duties; his people sustained him with all their hearts; the flag was raised upon the church; and Mr. King during the summer canvassed the State from end to end in an earnest fight against secession. You will not expect me to enter into details of this arduous, untiring campaign...
Página 37 - ... Stebbins's greatest power was in the pulpit; and his preaching was always to the individual, to you and me. Each of us remembers with satisfaction some peculiar phase of his preaching, but he impressed me most when speaking of the eternal verities of the spirit. God and the human soul were realities to him, more real than the rocks and hills around us. I gratefully acknowledge my debt to him, — a debt greater than I owe to any man, greater than any service of mine can pay.
Página 26 - ... entered it. The pews were all taken, the debt that had accumulated was all paid off", and our hopes of prosperity were more than realized. Outside of the church his brilliant lectures drew full houses, and his genial manners and happy disposition endeared him to all who came in personal contact with him. Such was the character of his first year's work, — to fill the church, to pay the debt, and knit the parish together into a strong organization, loyal to him, buoyant with hope, and elastic...

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