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VOLUME XI.-NUMBER 1883.
CHARLESTON, THURSDAY MORNING, JANUARY 18, 1872.
EIGHT DOLLARS A
THE NEW GERM?N CHURCH.
THE FRUITION OF FIVE TEARS OF
FAITH AND ENERGY.
Solemn Dedication Services-The Re?
moval from the Old Church-A Well
Earned Ttstimonlal Presented to the
Architect-Description of the New
Yesterday was a day that will loDg be re?
membered by the German citizens of Charles?
ton, and especially by that large and influen?
tial body .composing the congregation of the
German Lutheran Church, as the day on
which was witnessed the result of their Indus?
trious efforls for the past Are years to provide
themselves with a commodious and appropri?
ate place of worship, the fruition of their
hopes, and the realization of their most san?
guine expectations In this direction. The
history of this enterprise, which has
at last culminated in the impressive
scene of yesterday, is a resord of patient en?
ergy and perseverance from the year 1867,
when the resolution to build a new church
was adopted, np to the present time when Ute
church stands completed and ready for occu?
pation. Every method has been resorted to
?by the Indefatigable workers wbo have had
the success of this scheme and the welfare of
the church at heart, and large sums of money
have been raised by means of fairs, picnics,
musical entertainments and periodical con?
tribution?, until now the society can boast of
as beautiful and appropriate a place of worship
as any in the city, and one which will with?
stand for years the. fury of the elements and
tbe effacing band of time, pointing its slender
finger toward the heavens, and Inviting with?
in its sacred walls the weary and heavy laden.
Farewell to the Old Church.
At an early hour of the bright, spring-like
morning, small boys in their holiday suits and
little girls tn gala costume might bave been
seen wending their way towards the scene of
action, and Hasel street grew lively and ani?
mated as lt began to fill and grow crowded.
On the sidewalks gathered thc boys and girls,
smiling and happy, while the older members of
the various organizations^ little later and more
leisurely, began to make their appearance.
The arrival of the Rev. L. Huller, the loved
and revered pastor ot the old German Luth?
eran Church, was the signal for the commence?
ment of the ceremonies, and the assembled
societies and guests began to enter the
This edifice is situated at the corner of Hasel
and Anson streets, and though substantially
and neatly built, bas but few pretensions of
architectural beaury. It ls also too small for
the large congregation which, bas hitherto
worshipped In lr, but Its worn and familiar ap
peapance excited a feeling akin to regret as
the congregation looked for the last time as a
body upon the old familiar walls. The pews
are arranged in unusual style, there belog
but two side aisles to the church and no cen?
tral aisle. These run the whole length of the
church, and upon them are the entrances to
the four division of pews. It bas also a neat
gallery upon each side, p ud a place for the
choir In the gallery at the bouth ead opposite
the chancel. The latter ls neatly railed off, and
?contains the reading desk and pulpit. Both are
handsomely furnished with crimson velvets,
hangings and cushions, but the latter ls most
peculiarly arranged. It is raised upon four
pillars to the height of six leet, and standing
against the wall ls entered from the vestry
room In the rear of the church proper. Thu
minister makes his appearance for the ser?
mon through a door high up In the wall, and
thuB attains the pulpit. The pews of the old
church were soon filled with a
consisting entlre'y of males, with the exception
Of the two female voices In the choir. The as?
semblage was composed of the various clubs
and companies who were to take part in the
procession, the congregation of the churo, the
invited guests of the ministry and c'ty gov?
ernment, <fcc. On the right of I?W chancel
were the visiting ministers-among whom
were the Rev. Messrs'. A. R. Rude, J. L.
Honour, W. H. Adams, E. T. Winkler. Smart,
Wightman, Bracke?, Dana, LaFar, and
others. To the left of the chancel were
Messrs. John H. Devereux and the other
builders. The societies filled the body of the
Church, and among, the Invited guests were
Mayor Wagener, and Aldermen Brown, John
eton, S we ega D, O'Neill, Michaels, Bowen and
Glover. After a hymn from the choir.
of the new church was presented by Mr. John
H. Devereux, the architect. It was a hand?
some sliver key, with a gold cross, enclosed
within the oval handle, made at Hayden's, and
upon the richly chased cross were the words:
"To the German Church, from Its architect,
John H. Devereux." Engraved by Mr. William
Fisher. The key was about six Inches In
length, and contained in a handsome case of
crimsoned morocco, with.a glass top. Tbe
building committee advanced to the space In
front of the chancel, and Mr. Devereux meet?
ing them there, the presentation was made by
bim In the following words:
Afr. Chairman and'Gentlemen of the Build?
ing Committee-It ls now nearly five years
since vre met for tba first time within these
walls to plan and determine the style and de?
sign for your new church, made necessary by
your Increasing numbers. Five years fraught
with so many changes to nations and individu?
als,: of sadness and joy, ot life and of death,
have lound no change In our lrlendshfp, ex?
cept by a most pleasant association in cement?
ing more firmly those feelings of mutual es?
teem wblch first brought us together. If
there ls a shadow of regret in my heart to-day
it is that our connections are about to be
severed, our labor3 together having drawn to
a close. Mr. Chairman, no man In this city
appreciated the peculiar position I occupied
before you more keenly than myself. Pre?
sented to you at the very threshhold of my
professional career, I had not only to over?
come your natural prejudice to my youth and
Inexperience, but also to satlsly you of my re?
sponsibility and financial skill to bandle so
T8st a work. Ia ancient times, when honest
purpose was not considered a weakness, the
architect, who was then the principal work?
man-for the Very name ls derived from the
-Greek "arkitektos"-was an office of high
trust, and when faithfully filled was rewarded
by high public honors; bat with tbe advance
of so-called civilization, it became neces?
sary to throw around the interest of
the owner additional safeguards. The
architect was no longer a fabricator,
but a mere designer and superintendent,
?whose duty in a g-eat measure consisted in
seeing that the ehlef workman did his duty.
We read that lu Yenice the law made the
architect responsible tor the cost of the build?
ing, deeming it an offence Ii the cost exceed?
ed the estimate, because the solvency of the
proprietor was endangered by the Incapacity
or cupidity of his architect, and hence the
statute to punish the' one aud protect the
?other. A great willer, I think Neskln, has
?aid that no man can be a great architect un?
less be is also a great builder, nor can a
builder be great unless he is a good architect,
because the ability to construct skilfully, and
to clothe such construction with the beautiful
in design, must always go hand In hand when
great results are to be achieved. In my hum?
ble way 1 have labored to Imitate my ancient
predecessors, and my great ambition has been
to approach, as near as my capacity would
admit, their idea of an architect.
Mr. Chairman, I have the honor to tran
to your keeping the key of thia, your
church. Wishlog to typify the feeling I er
tain towards you I have caused lt to be n
o? the most precious metals of silver and g
Accept lt, sir, and In doing BO permit m
convey to your committee, through you,
acknowledgment of their great kindness
courtesy extended during the progress of
work, and accept for yourself my most
found regard and esteem.
Mr. Geo. H. Llndstedt, the chairman of
building committee, received the key, an
response said :
As chairman of the building commit
I accept from your hands the keys ot
new church, and need I assure you
the high esteem and friendly disposition wt
we entertain for you. Associated toget
for nearly Ave years In close business r
tlons, but one motive seems to have posses
you-that of a fair and generous deall
Now that we have approached the end, ace
my assurance, and those ot my colleagues,
the lively and high consideration we eu
tain for your character as a gentleman j
your talents as an architect and builder.
Taking the key and turning to
THE BUILDING COMMITTEE,
Mr. Llndstedt added in German:
Mr. Toigt-To yo?, as president of
church corporation, I nave the honor, in
name of the building committee, to band 1
key, the symbol of the completion of
great work. May you preserve it well, i
be prepared whenever lt may be demani
of you fora good purpose to deliver it up.
Mr. C. Voigt, of the committee, received
key and said :
Mr. Lindstedt and Gentlemen of the Buildi
Committee-I am unable to express the leellt
that well up within my heart on receivi
this key. I will fay, however, that I recel
it with the gratest joy; for this key 1st
symbol of the victory of our labor. Just
the victorious general receives with pride a
satisfaction the key of a long beleaguered f
tress, so do I take the key of our new chm
with gladness and thanksgiving; for now '
can exclaim: We thank Thee, O God, for c
work ls done. For your trouble and persev
ance, gentlemen ol' the building committee
thank you sincerely In the name ot the vest?
In the name of the congregation, and In i
name of all good people. He only who h
observed you closely, can properly Judge
the willingness and self-abnpgaiion wi
which you discharged your trust; and lt w
my pleasure to be In your midst almost eve
day. When I consider the many difficult!
and diversities of opinion that bad to be cor
batted from time to time during the constru
tlon of this edifice; and when I see, that nc
withstanding all these, you have obtained tl
victory, I cannot but ask, who shall withho
the praise that ls so justly your due ?
I remember-I feel it even now ringing I
my ears-when, on the laying of the corn?
stone, the venerable Nestor of our church I
Charleston, Kev. Dr. John Bachman, pray?
that God would, In His gracious providenc
permit him to see inls church completed; ar
so prayed we all; and the Almighty was gn
clous and heard our prayer. You, gentlemei
did all that human hands could do towards ttl
completion of this church edifice. The thank
giving prayer to-day ol this venerable servar
of God. as also ours, rewards you and a
others who co-operated with you, for the to
you have endured. The means which wei
necessary from time to time to carry on th
building operations were husbanded by yo
with the greatest care; and speaking of thai
I must not omit saying, that lt Is almost mai
vellous to think how ft was possible that th
necessary funds were raised during these har
and troublous times by our faithful Germane
and by our good friends.
That we should have been able to do this li
proof that we HUH have men enough in ou
midst who are ready to contribute to ever
good work. But foremost on this roll c
Honor stand our German matrons and maid
ens. Theirs ls the crown of victory. W
have seen them work, day and night, earl
and late, knowing no fatigue; and thong
some men may have doubted the feasibility c
this great undertaking, these noble co-work
ers never entertained a doubt of our ultimat<
success. They were ever sure, knowing tba
their unceasing sell-sacrlflce must bring us ti
the goal. They have our heartfelt thanks ani
our prayer that God may reward them an?
Our architect and his faithful assistants alsc
merit our gratitude. I know from actual ob
servation and experience how ialthttilly the;
have done their duty. We have worked to
gether so long that I (eel almost as if a ira
ter nal relation had sprung up between us
and this can only be the natural consequent
ot thorough accord, and I hope that thel
fame as great architects and builders mai
soon resound in every part of the land, fo
nearly every one in this city already give,
them their meed of praise.
The Germans of Charleston may now loot
with pride upon this magnificent temple
whose cloud-piercing spire, glittering In th?
golden sunlight. Isa striking landmark to th<
stranger, as he approaches the shores, of oui
lime-honored city, proving to him that thi
countrymen of Luther still retain their ok
love for the church. And how must our Ger
1 man immigrants feel, who have left the ole
[ Fatherland lo seek a new home amonj
us; bow must the heart beat in their bosom
when some one shall tell them on the ship
"Do you see yon speck on the lar horizon ? I
is the first object visible that marks your des
tlnat!on. It ls the steeple of the Germat
Church of Charleston." And we all know
what confidence this will give them In oui
strength and in our faith. Theretore, gentle
men, I again repeat, I thank you In the name
of all good men; and we shall never forgel
that you have faithfully and conscientiously
discharged your duty.
Mr. N. Febrenbach, ot the committee, thei
took up from the altar a
HAND; OME SILVER SERVICE
which had been purchased by the building
committee and vest ry of the congregation, tc
present to the architect, Mr. Devereux, as s
testimonial of the occasion, and an assurance
o? the cordial and kindly leellngs entertained
by them. The service was a solid sliver tea
set, comprising a sliver teapot, sugar-dish,
cream pitcher and slop bowl, ail ol elaborate
design and beautiful workmanship. The ex?
quisite engraving upon each o? these articles
ls by Mr. William Fisher, corner King and
Hasel streets, aad their appearance reflects
great credit upon the artist, showing that even
the finest work in this line can be executed as
skilfully and beautifully in Charleston aa In
any ol the cities of tbe North. The inscription
upon the walter ls as follows :
. Presented to :
: John H. Devereux, Esq., :
; Architect, :
: by ihe :
: Eulldlng Committee and Vestry :
: or the :
: German Evangelical Lutheran Congregation :
: as a mark of their esteem :
: and recognition of bis ability. :
; Charlesti-n, S. C. :
: March 28, 1872. :
On each of the smaller pieces ls engraved
the following inscription :
: John H. Devereux, Esq, :
from the :
: Balldlng Committee and Vestry :
of the :
: German Evangelical Lutheran Church. :
: Charleston, S. C., March 28, 1872. ;
This he presented with the fellowing ad?
Mr. John H. Devereux-HY DEAR 8IR: I
have the honor and extreme pleasure of cre?
sent lng to you this beautiful gin. Accept lt,"slr,
on behalf of the building committee and con?
gregation of this church. We desire to con?
vey to you our appreciation of your character
in a form that will enable you to transmit to
your ohlldren the high esteem in which we
bold you. The trust confided In you bas been
nobly redeemed. The architect of the new
church, you have also been the contractor,
with no superintendent save your own honor,
and we are here to prove how unfaltering
and vigilant that sentinel has been. During
five years of close business relation with you,
and of a nature most peculiar, we have found
on your part the most high-toned, and. In?
deed, sensitive regard for jhe interest of the
church. Too much cannot be said on this
subject, in view ot the times In which we live,
when eo few men can be found in whom un?
limited trust can be placed. Ia the opinion o?
the building committee, your construction ol
the articles of agreement has been most libe?
ral, even to generosity. Indeed, we feel call?
ed upon to give public acknowledgment of
it, and to thank you particularly lor the
frescoing of the Inside and other Important
Improvements which are gifts from yon to the
congregation. I deem it my duty to say to the
congregation on this occasion, that not less
than fjf :een hundred dollars has thus been be?
stowed by you upon their church. In conclu?
sion, sir, "let me say to you here, you have this
day won a laurel-crown, and here the bright?
est j? wei In lt is the new German Church.
This scene, which was not down on the
programme, astonished Mr. Devereux, but
recovering during the above address, he re?
sponded as lollowe:
Mr. Fehrenbach, Gentlemen of the Building
Committee, Ladies and Gentlemen-To express
in words ibe feeling that overpowers me at
this moment, I feel, would be an Impossibility.
The full, generous and unstinted endorsement
of my conduct in the management of the
dulles entrusted to me far exceeds my most
sanguine hopes. The first Impulse of my
heart is ore of humble thanksgiving to
Almighty Ged, to whom I am Indebted for
those qualities which draw from you this
recognition. Tour magnificent present, ac?
companied by such eloquent and lorcible lan?
guage, leaves me but silence and Inexpressible
pleasure. The anxious days of care and anxiety
are forgotten, for In my attempt to revive the
ancient manner of conducting the business of
the archllect I necessarily made myself
responsible, not only for the symmetry
and architectural beauty of my building,
but also for Its cost. Ii oversight or Igno?
rance existed, I would find but cold comfort In
discovering lt at the door of the architect.
The comfortable poslilon ol the modern build?
er, when an error ls found in the plans and
specifications, ls denied to me. . No wonder
tbe Venetians made lt a matter ot so much
consequence,' lor, I assure you, lt ls nothing
to say I can pierce the clouds with my spire,
defy the force of the gale, and laugh at tbe
wild roar of the tempest; and another thing
to say, I will support my Judgment with my
fortune. To day 1 forget all except your ap?
proval and your magnificent manner of ex?
pressing it, for when your secretary kindly In?
timated to me that I might look for a set of res?
olutions expressing approval, 'he did not say
that they would have the suitable and substan?
tial form presented by the magnificent souve
ner before me. Permit me to acknowledge my
acceptance ot your beautiful ulft with feelings
ot the most profound gratification.
'.' The choir next sang a hymn, alter which the
Rev. L. Muller, standing In the front part of
the chancel, delivered the prayer commencing
"Thou art worthy, 0 Lord." The beautiful
hymn No. 344 was next sung, the whole con?
gregation joining In the air, and giving a last
and touching farewell to the old church. At
the conclusion the assemblage Sled out, and
FORMATION OF THE PROCESSION
In Hasel street began. This was done under
the direction or Messrs. D. Werner, A Mel
chere, J. Small and G. Blecke, and was effect?
ed with a skill and ease which reflected much
credit on the managers. The head of the line
rested on Meeting street, and In a few min?
utes the long procession began to move. At
the ? head marched the scholars of Mr. C. H.
Bergmann'8 .school, the tiniest o? damsels
being In the front and ' the boys
In the rear. The young ladles were
all arrayed In spotless white, with a
beautiful shoulder scarf of blue ribbon, and
mest of them wore on their heads wreaths of
white flowers and green 1 eaves. The boys
were dressed In equal taste, and the whole
school to the number of one hundred and five
wore the German cockades of.the red, white
and black. The rest of the teachers and pupils
of the German Lutheran Sunday-School, of
which Mr. Bergmann's pupils are members, fol?
lowed, making a curious and happy collection
ot children, all marching by twos, to the num?
ber of over three hundred and thirty. The
German societies moved next In line, all in
citizens dress, and wearing the badges of their
organization banging from the left breast of
their coats. These comprised the following
Wagener Artillery Club.
German Society of South Carolina.
Walhalla Lodge, A. F. M.
Schiller Lodge, 1. 0. 0. F.
Germania Lodge. K. of P.
German Fire Company.
German Fusilier Society.
German Friendly Society.
Owing to the fact that the members of one
of these societies are generally members of
half a dozen others, it would hardly be a fair
estimate of their respective strength to give
tho numbers paraded by each organization.
In the Une, however, were fully four hundred
men of the Teutonic race, whose manly form
and bearing would make any State of their
adoption proud to own them??.
The "Editors and Members ol the Press"
came next In the line.
The captains and crews of the German ves?
sels In port were allotted the next place In
the line, followed by the German consul and
suite, Mayor Wagener and a large delegation
from the Council, the vestry of the two Eng?
lish Lutheran Churches, the clergy of other
denominations, the building committee and
builders of the church, the vestry ot the Ger?
man Lutheran Church, the pastor of the
church, officers of the Lutheran Synod and
other Lutheran ministers, and lastly, the three
Lutheran congregations. The procession, num?
bering In all fully twelve hundred persons,
took up the
LINE OF MARCH
about a quarter past ten o'clock, and pro?
ceeded slowly through Hasel street to King
and up Sing street to the new German
Church opposite the Citadel Green. Along
the line thousands of spectators were gather?
ed, and at Meeting street the crowd was im?
mense. The procession moved along one
sidewalk while the other was occupied by the
crowd moving In the fame direction and in
still greater numbers. Arriving at the church
the procession halted for a while, and the
reception committee bad now an onerous task
before them. The ranks were opened, and
between these bright walls the socle iles and
visitors passed into the chu rah ia Invited
order, and were there welcomed and accom?
modated In the best manner possible by the
reception committee. The children of the
8unday school flied up into the gallery, and
along the floora could be heard the echoing
footsteps of hundreds of youthful feet as they
filled every seat and peered over the heavy
The scene in the new church when the vast
congregation had at last been seated, was a
most impressive one. The fine interior of the
sacred edifice was exhibited to the best ad?
vantage by the glorious sunlight streaming
through the rjchly decorated windows and
falling upon the crowded audience. The
chancel was occupied by the pastor, Rev. L.
Muller, the clergy of the other Lutheran
Churches In the city and visiting clergymen,
among them being the venerable Dr. John
Bachman, Dr. A. R. Rude, of Columbia; Dr.
Smeltzer, the president of the Lutheran Col?
lege at Walhalla; Rev. W. S. Bowman, presi?
dent of the Lutheran Synod of South Carolina,
and Rev. T. W. Doab, pastor of St. J
Lutheran Church, of this city.
The space between the chancel and
front pews was Ailed for the occasion
chairs for the invited guests, in which
seated the clergymen of other de nom I nal
including Rev. Dr. E. T. Wlnkler, Rev
John T. Wightman, and Revs. Messrs. Si
Brackelt, W. H. Adams, A. M. Chreltzber
X. Lafar, J. L. Honour and W. C. Dana.
Mayor, members of the City Council, men
ot the press, the architect and builders o
church, and the building committee and v
were also seated here. On the altar, v.
occupied the centre of the chaneel,
arranged a vase of beautiful flowers and fi
and a wreath ol evergreens and lmmort
surrounding the Holy Scriptures. At one
of the chancel stood the unfinished pulpit,
ered with thick garlands of evergreens
snow white blossoms, prepared by the thot
ful care of the ladles of the congregate
supply the deficiencies In the structure,
pews in the centre of the church were o
pied by the gentlemen composing the
cession. A large number of chairs had
been placed along the x aisles, and every
was occupied. The seats at the sides ol
church were crowded with ladies, man
whom had been In their places since i
o'clock. The galleries, were well filled i
the Juvenile representatives of the Sum
schools, the gallery on the north side bi
occupied by the girls, and that on the sc
side by the boys of the different schools,
together lt was a bright, pleasant, kv
scene, a sight which will live In the men
of those who witnessed lt, and one which i
well repay the care and labor and anz
which has been endured by thlsenerg
society in securing this beautiful place of v
The services of dedication were conduc
in German, and were begun while the pro
sion, headed by the pastor of the church
the other Lutheran clergymen, was passlna
the aisle. Hie Introit being repeated alterna:
by the pastor and other clergymen as folloi
Pastor. How amiable are Thy tabernac
O Lord of Hosts.
Clergy. My sou. longeth, yea fulnteth
the courts ol the Lord; my heart and my fl
crleth out for the living God. For a da:
thy courts ls better than a thousand.
Pastor. Lift up your heads, O ye gal
even Hit them up, ye everlasting doors.
Clergy. And the KInz of glory shall come
Pastor. Who ls this King of glory ?
Clergy. The Lord of Hosts, He ls the E
The ministers then having entered i
chancel, the whole congregation arose a
Joined with the choir in the Gloria Patrl:
Glory be to the Father and to tbe Son, a
to the Holy Ghost; as lt was In the beginnt!
ls now, and ever shall be, world without ei
Then followed the invocation by the past
"The Lord be with you;" and the response
the congregation, "And with thy spirit."
This was followed hy the service of dedl
tlon as. prescribed by the liturgy of, t
Lutheran Church, the Recitative and Gosp
(I Kings, viii, 22. 30, and 54, 58; Eph. ll, ll,
and Heb. x, 19, 20,) belog read In turn by t
pastor and the Rev. Dr. Rude.
The Apostles* Creed was then recited
unison by the pastor and congregation, a
this waa followed by the service of conseci
lion recited by the pastor.
Next came Luther's' hymn, "Elo feste Bu
Ist unser Gott," sung by the choir and t
congregation. Th? organ accompalnme
was by Professor H. E. Eckel. The choir, 1
by Mr. Heinemann, com prised Mrs. Eckel, i
pram ; Mrs. Henneker, alto; Mr. Senior, te
or, and Mr. Issertel, base, assisted by a stro
chorus of selected singers. The vocal mus
waa also accompained by a brass band und
the direction of Professor Beck.
The dedication sermon was then deliver
by the pastor, as follows:
Haggai, 2d chapter, loth verse: "The glory
thia tatter house shah be greater than or the r<
mer, saith tbe Lord of hons; and In this pla
w.n I give peace, saith the Lera or hosts."
Welcome In your new house of God, my t
loved congregation, ls my greeting from o
of an overflowing heart to you this day. Tl
day-day of rejoicing, O day of tears of gla
ness-flus us with pride and blessed net
With pride, because the ema!! number o? Ge
mans in this city have succeeded in cpmpletlt
a work, the fame of which will spread far ar
wide through this land, and even other natlo
alltles will noast o? lt. Only Germans cou
have undertaken and finished such a bulletin
yet, I think that I can read In your bear
what I feel in my own. that to day Joy abound
Yes, Cod has made us to rejoice, because d': C
cultles did not overwhelm us.. Firmly stahc
the noble pile. After five years of hard struj
gie ano labor the beautiful temple is unishet
and whoever aided In the work must rejolci
But we assuredly also feel that except tb
Lord build tbe house they labor in vain thc
build lt; and we humbly bow down before Hil
who alone has been our helper, and we, of on
own accord, exclaim: "Sit soli Deo gloria."
to God be all the glory.
It was not vanity that led us to build thl
house, but necessity; and that the glory ol thl
latter house ls greater than of the former, I
based on well established facts. Cburche
cannot be built too large. The Lord invite
all to come unto Him, and. therefore, mus
the house of God afford room to all who wi!
come lo Him. Nor can churches be bulit to
expensively. Do not men dwell lo expensive
houses ? Why, then, ought not the people o
God, the body of Christ, build a royal abod
tor Him ? We do not build such houses to ou
iionor, but to the honor of God. It ls tru
Christianity that needs not external pomp
and we have enjoyed blessed refresh mea
from on high In our old and plain little bousi
of prayer; but the saying of Lessing remain
neveihfless (rue: Only a mistaken religlot
can discard the beautiful, and lt ls an evldenci
ot true religion when lc always leads us bael
to the beautiful. An English poet says: A
thine of beauty is a Joy forever. The truly
beautiful always brings gladness. The golder
age would return when on earth all artaud al
science were the handmaids of the Kingdom
This building ls built according to the Ger?
man or usually termed Gothic style, not mere<
ly because we are Germans, but because ]
consider the Gothic style of architecture as
the really proper style of churchly architec?
ture. It was given the German people through
Hie grace of God to purify the true Church ol
Jesus from the rubbish of human maxims, and
German workmen have likewise found the
corresponding lorm lor the temples of God
on earth. All our Myles of architecture bear
the impression of earth with its latitudinal ian
chancier, but the Germans lollow the pat?
tern of the grand domes, which God himself
builds out of the giants of the forest, and Its
piling In Its upward tending aim cowers on
towers, in order to mount upwards, ls a sym?
bol of the Christian faith. When we stand In
such a temple we feel that this ls none other
but the house of God, and this the gate to
A Cnrlstlan temple is a sermon fashioned In
stone. The three lights or windows in the
chancel represent thefiuntaln of light, from
which all Illumination proceeds, and which is
revealed through the Apostolic word In which
ChriBt is the chief corner-stone. The centre
picture tells us that the cross ls the centre of
the divine revelation. The windows on each
side of the nave are seven, like the seven
lamps In the tabernacle, and the rosettes dis?
play In expressive symbols God's word in
man's redemption. He gave us the Holy
scriptures, the lamp to our feet and the light
to our paths, which are Indeed the preaching
of the cross, In that they point to Christ as the
Lamb of God who carries the sins of the
world; the Holy Trinity manifests chiefly its
love, lu that Christ shed his blood for us, like
the pelican who, according to the legend,
lacerates its own breast to quicken ks brood.
We have therefore an anchor of hope, even
though life's oaths lead us to the crown of
thorns. The Scriptures, also, teach us that m
enters Into a world in which sin ls meaaur
with the hour glass, and In which he comes
God at the baptismal font. But man must,
its symbol teaches, secure his election by tr
faith, and frequently strengthening his fal
by the sacrament of the altar, and drink t
cup of salvation. Then will the eye of Gi
watch over us, and at last grant us the ero*
of life which the star out of Jacob, the Virgil
son. will give us. Under the galleries a
twelve plain windows, commemorative of t
twelve Apostles, who broogbt us the Word
God; and in the windows to the right and t
left of the altar, portraits of Luther and
Melancthon, his fellow-laborer, the I wo i
formers who restored to us the Word of Go
The two monograms on the front windor
signify Alpha and Omega. Jesus Eeminu
Salvator-Jesus, the Saviour of the worl
must be our beginning and our ending. Th
does our new boute of God preach lo us,
symbols and picture?, the grand sermon
the Saviour of the world; and lt man s h ou
ever cease to mention His name here, thei
stones would testily ot Him.
And who has built this temple ?.. Tou t
know its history. It required years of dillgei
labor, and many a prayer ascended lrom lon;
lng hearts to the great Master Builder of tl
Universe that we might see Its completioi
Ii is not one man's work. A combination t
favorable circumstances and personalise
which were controlled by God, have brpugl
about the result which to-day we see with ot
eyes. It was a work of faith. We commence
with nothing, and God bas not suffered ot
faith to be put to an open shame. After yeai
of preparatory studies and six months'labt
and consultation With the architect, the pla
was matured, and beneath the hands ot tb
I talented aichltect arose the noble form whot
I embodiment to-day delights our eyes. Tb
congregation? co operated faithfully wish u
Under great difficulties, In the face of har
times, which fer years have crippled our cit;
were the large sums of money necessary t
the finishing of the building raised. The age
and the young, the etrong and the weak, liav
gathered with the iadustry of bees. With ui
wearied faithfulness and praiseworthy zei
have both the church council and the congn
gatlon worked; nobly have our moihei
and daughters put forth the greata
exertions and made heavy sacrifice
and a host of little children hav
often collected handsome contributions. Witl
un'Iring perseverance, and In almost Ire
ternal harmony, did tne building commute
and the architect work together. When w
this day, at our first worship of God In thl
newly consecrated house of God, meditate o
all these things, the heart overflows wit
gratitude to all of you, and to Him who melt
the beart, Yes, He bas done great things fo
us, whereof we are glad. And when we r<
member that this house f.tands as a shlnlni
monument for posterity, which wltnessetb !
to the children of the faith of the rainers
when each, one who bas contributed his mit
and cheerfully assisted at the work, can j oj
fully say : I, too, have helped to make tb
glory ot this latter house greater than the foi
mer. the great, joy of this ciolemn dedisatloo o
the bouse of God enters into the hearts, tbei
are we led to exclaim with Jacob : I am no
worthy of the least of all the mercies, ando
all the truth which thou bast showed not
thy servant. Tee, the Lord bas budded tbl
memorial Into our midst unto himself, 1
majorum dei glorium.
This house of God bears henceforth, by vii
tue of Ita consecration, the name, "The Ger
man Evangelical Lutheran St. Matthew'
Church." Why called German ? What ba
the Gospel to do with any distinct tongue
Did not the Lord Jesus Ci ri st send his disc!
pies to all nations and to all tongues ? Doe
not St. Paul say there ls neither Jew no
Greek ? We aevertbelesu hold fast to thl
name and to our language even because w
are and will also remain Germans; because wi
cannot surrender the rich treasures ot ou
language, and of our German spirit, wlthou
surrendering ourse: ves; because we can als
teach lt to our children if we are disposed; be
cause tb i German has a grand future beior
him ID thia country: because tbe only hope o
the regeneration of this country rests In th
German element; and because only the Ger
man tongue upholds the German.
We will never lorget, that during th
building of our church, the highest elevatloi
which the nation of Teutons has reached ba
been Inscribed on the pages ol the history o
the world. A united Germany unites us
Germany's strength and greatness aroused ou
self-consciousness. Those were strong auxin
aries In our work, and we will gratefully ren
der our obligations to these factors, and tbi
enthusiasm of our people in the falherlanc
shall be our monitor not to forget the worl
appointed us Germans to do. Why calle?
"Evang?lica ?" Evangelical ls the golden
brightly shining chain of graces which th
Lord in the sight of the whole world hangi
around our church. Who that but half i
Christian would not willingly be called Evan
gellen! ? And what ls Evangelical? It ls th?
burch with the Evangel-that ls, the Gospel
with Its grand tidings ot ]oy to the world
1 'For God BO loved the world, that He gave Hil
only begotten Son, that wboeoever believe:
In Him should not perish, but have everlasting
life." When the Word of God "ls preachec
according to Its pure Intent and meaning, ant
the sacraments administered In conformity
with the Word of God," there ls the true Evan
gellcal Church. This ls the real and origina
name of the Church of the Reformation.
And yet two names of men have been affix?
ed to our church-Luther and Matthew. Ac
regards the name of "Lutheran," we bear lt
In common with 40,000,000 of men; and
although lt almost ls similar to that of "Naza?
renes" In the infancy of the Christian Church,
we yet rejoice and esteem it nearly as highly
&i tue name of "evangelical." See here, my
beloved, at the time of the Reformation and
since, all who left Rome wanted to be called
Evangelical. The Iconoclasts and the Anabap?
tists, as well as the true orderly Christian who,
In ali things, observed the word of God, and
there were the latter compelled to add the
name of the man in whose footsteps they trod,
and to whose doctrine they were fully deter?
mined to adhere. As regards his faith, Luther
1B the normal personality in our church-the
type of a genuine Lutheran-and if it ls asked
why we love this name so much, I gladly testi?
ly of the superior excellency of our church.
Her superiority consists la this: That she ls
not Luther's, but the Lord's church, for no
one was more ready than Luther to declare:
"The cause and honor. Lord Jesus Christ, ls
not ours, but thine. Among the churches and
sects in Christendom she follows the golden
mean; she bas taken off tbe external character?
istics made up ol the leaven of human maxims,
the proud churchly materialism, and thu blub,
claims of the humanly historical succession as
regards the church, by which Rome is held
almost hopeles.-ly chained. But ehe also
keeps as far away from the arbitrary, spiritual?
istic ways of other churches and sects, which
so lightly sever the historical connection with
the old Apostolic Church. It is founded truly
and entirely on the Bible-on the whole
Bible-on a'living adheienceto Christ, the
crown and star of the Scriptures. In ber con?
fession is found an ideal purity of. doctrine,
such as has never .manifested iteelt since the
days of the Apostles in the Christian Church.
Her glorious, pure cultos is an organic whole,
with the constant and living participation of
the congregation, with the. preaching of the
Divine Word as its centre. The sacrament ls
exempt from superslliious additions and un?
believing subtractions. She gives, In tempo?
ral affair.?, to Caesar the things which are
Cavar's; she never aspires to be the mistress
of the State; yet she bravely battles with
every wordly power in defending man's most
cherished right-the liberty of religion and of
She opposes error In all its manifestations,
In tbe power of the Divine. Spirit, and with all
the resources of human learning. What shall
I say ot her wealth ot spiritual treasure, of the
thousands of grandly glorious hymns, her
many books of devotions and her collections
ol sermon?? You know yourselves that I
but speak of what ls trup, and that nowhere
on cann can anything be found to compare
with what she holds last. By their fruits shall ye
know them, says the Saviour; and we can con?
ti lently challenge the world and say, "come
and see," ll anywhere else are lound greater
faithfulness In the administration of the spiri?
tual office, more fervent, sober, simple piety
among the people, than are to be met with
among the Nazarenes of the present, that ie,
among us Lutherans.
But enough. Now you see why we greatly
love the name we bear In i he church militant.
It is a good battle cry for the soldiers ol the
cross, and when that name ls blazoned on the
banner unfurled, then follow boldly, fluhr.
manfully for it-the viciory is eenuin. The
Lutheran Church is the church of the future.
By and by and the kingdoms ot this world
I shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and
of his Christ. Then must they come unto us.
We seek DO other master than Jesus Chri
Throngh a living faith noto Him do we' co
tidlngl v commit our way..
Our real guardian ana keeper ls Christ, a
Matthew, yet we willingly write the name <
our church edifice. We honor' In this tran
lb? great Apostle and Evangelist, the di vii
Instrument, and declare by the adoption of th
name that we design to be disciples i
Matthew. That this gospel Is to he pr each t
In this church is Matthew's brightest gen
And the glory of this latter house shall t
greater than of the former. But thia ougl
not to apply to the external structure alon
As the promise of God given to the children i
Israel, who built the second temple after tt
Babylonian captivity, distinctly Implies, th<
Hs glory is to be so great because Christ th
Lord, the Angel of the Covenant, would com
to his temple, so can this Scripture only c
into fulfilment among as when we use th
house for the purpose for which lt was bull
namely, that eur congregation be built up o
the living foundation, which IB Christ, to
holy temple In the Lord. "Know ye not
says the Apostle, "that ye are the temple i
God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth I
you." Our text thus presents to us our en
ployment in this house of God: this coi
gregal lon shall become a temple of God; bi
where two or three are gathered together 1
His name, there He Is present In their mids
The more you seek Him here, the larger th
number of those who here receive the wor
and the sacrament believlngly, the great*
will the glory of this house be.
We build that we might be able to sa]
"And yet there is room." O German people
baptized Christians, who is to bear the blam
If this room here remains empty? Let thl
house be your mest cherished place; a nous
of prayer, a school ol. heavenly wisdom an
true godliness, a city of refuge for the wear
and the heavy laden, and thu gate of Heaver
"And in this place will I give peace." LU
ten. The Lord Sabaoth saysttt. The glorlou
Prince ot Peace calls to all. Thou whom tb
earea and the riches of the world ensnare, her
willi deliver thee from Its service of earth'
fleeting shows. Thou who art sorely trout
led, thou who art tormented by sin, beholi
this ls the Lamb of God, which taketh awa;
the sins of the world. Thou who art mourn
lng, come to me all ye who are weary ant
heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Thoo whi
are beset by fears and anxieties, call upon mi
In the day of trouble, I will deliver tbee, an?
thou shalt glorify me. And when the hour ap
proacb.es wbea we shall close our eyes to al
the glories of the world, when this beaufjfu
house ol praise and prayer-nay, when.all ou
beloved vanish from our sight, when th<
wings of death fan our cheeks, when the body
which ought to be the temple of the Hoi;
Ghost, ls carried the last time within thl
house of God, and then out to yon silent, tem
pie of nature, there to rear, awaiting theres
urrectlon-may it then be said of us too, thi
glory of this latter house shall be greater that
of the former, and I will also give you peace li
To this succeeded one ol the most lmpres
Bive scenes of the whole solemn ceremony
This was the recital o the Lord's Prayer b;
the venerable Dr. Bu .man, accompanied b.
the entire congregation. The aged pastor oe
cupled a cushioned arm-chair In the chancel
and at the conclusion of the sermon wa
wheeled to the front, and, H Lill retaining hi
seat, In consequence of the Infirmities of agc
j he lifted up bia hands and repeated In clea
and measured tones the Immortal suppUcatlo
bequeathed by Christ to his followers In th
Sermon on the Mount. The conzregatlo
devoutly Joined in the solemn prayer, wit
the impressiveness of the event portrayed o
every countenance, and at the conclusion c
the petition, as the Amen fell from the Hps c
the loved and venerated pastor, there wa
scarcely a dry eye In the congregation.
The Kev. Mr. Bowman, president of th
Lutheran Synod of South Carolina, then de
livered an address. He said:
Beloved Brethren in Ohnsl-At the earnesi
solicitation of the beloved pastor and the etu
clent committee ol' arrangements .of thl,
church I have consented to address you, brlel
ly, In the English language. Whilst the Jove
bear to the brethren ot this church and the ot
ficlal position I hold In our Synod Induced me ti
cept this position, I would much prefer tha
some of the older and wiser heads here pres
ent should have assumed the responsibility o
this hour. My embarrassment grows out o
the magnitude and the pre-eminent impor
tance of this occasion. For the space of well
nigh half a score of years I have been tin
quiet, yet deeply interested, witness of tb?
plans, purposes, Intentions, hopes, fears, anxl
etles, labors, conflicts, gift?, sacrifices and ul
Umate triumphs connected with this magma
cent temple, under whose ample shelter wi
are assembled to-day, and I am not unmlod
ful ol the (act that our notes of exultation
which resound for the first time through these
Gothic arches to-day. will be re-echoed, In pan
at least, over two continents. These consider
atlens render lt difficult to find words truly be
fliting the occasion. Standing In the newlj
consecrated church, let us look back for a mo
ment to the rock trom which we are hewn.
More than eighteen hundred years ago there
appeared In the Land ot Palestine tue Incar?
nate Son of God. In Him were centred all
the types and shadows of the ancient tempi?
worship. He came to fulfil the law and the
proph?te, and In His suffering, death, resur?
rection and mediation, the entire Levitlcal
code ls superseded and forever abolished.
By His teaching.*, doctrines, ordinances
and sacramanis, He has established "anew
and living way" ot access to God, and organ?
ized a visible church upon earth. I have not
time now to tell you the checkered history
and varied vicissitudes of that church for
eighteen hundred centuries past. How "the
kings of the earth set themselves, and the
rulers took counsel together against the Lord
and against bis anoolnted," saying. "Let us
break their bands asunder and cast away
their cords from us."
Time would tall to tell us how, In six great
and terrible persecutions, the alien armies ol
Idolatry and Infidelity sought to sweep the
Church of Jesus irom the face of the earth.
How at times they seemed to triumph as they
bathed their flashing clmetsrs in Christian
blood, and waded through rippling sireama o'
Christian gore, and then again were driven
back with shivered lance and broken blade to
learn how vain a thing it is to fight against
God. But this ls the grand historic tact which
we all glory In. The Church of Christ still
exista In all Its grandeur, beauty and excel?
lence, and to day Jesus of Nazareth has more
devoted followers and more loyal subjects
lhan any king, prince or potentate under the
canopy of heaven. And yonder blazing sun
will never set upon the limits of His visible
empire until be sets to rise no more forever.
And this Christian temple In which we are
assembled to-day, with its massive walls and
cloud-piercing spire, has been reared In Chris?
tian faith as a lasting monument to the di?
vinity ot the Saviour's person, the purity of
His doctrines, the holiness of His sacraments,
and the vicarious character of His death.
Long may this structure stand to shelter His
worshippers and to re-echo His praise !
But there ts another event in the distant
paar, with which this temple ls most intimately
connected, and which claims a share In the
paternity of the house and of those who shall
statedly worship lu it. We cast our eyes back
to ihe distance of some three or four centu?
ries and we behold-what claimed to be-the
Church of Christ wrapped in the mantle ol the
blackest night. The old Apostolic doctrine of
salvation by faith had been wholly superseded
by (he human doctrine of salvation by works,
and by the observance ol a ritualism more bur?
densome and less profitable than that of Levi.
The word of God-next to Jesus, God's best
and greatest gilt to man-was wrested from
the hands ol the people and locked ID the walls
o? the cloister. Superstition had taken the
place of piety; the snirit of persecution had
been substituted for "religious zeal, and the
liberty wherewith Christ had set His people
free had been succeeded by an appalling
tyranny over the consciences of men. Then
was "man's extremity made God's opportu?
nity," and in the exercise of His never-ialling
Providence, God raised up ihe immortal monk
Wlttemberg, the glorious Luther, ror the pur?
pose of reforming and purifying His Church.
To this end was he endowed with a sound
mind, with a capacious and highly cultivated
intellect,with the invincible panoply ot a brave
heart, with the heavenly adornments ol a
regenerated Dature, and with the rich endow?
ments of the Divine Spirit.
How well this man ot God and his coadju?
tors performed the work which the Head of
thc Church gave them to do, is evinced in ihe
fact that now, after the lapse ol more than
three hundred ?od fifty, years, forty .milHons"
of God's people are planted firmly, upon the
confessions and symbols of the great Church
of the Beformarlon. ' Th'e^'the??ogj?ns '?Pfcit
nations and tongues drink their most retresfc?
lag and, moat strengthening draughts at, the
fountains of our lore.. And the work of life la
restored to the hands and"the sacrament cup'
to the lips ol the Saviour's people.' ; ' -: - ?R
. This church, beloved,- which we dedicate to?
day, is but a continuation and .perpetua-'
(lon of the. great ' work bf the Befor
mation of the J6th- wnroiyV"' It:i-?: -?tte
among the. latest .and .most: precious
fruits of a restored Gospel.. This houee was
built for no other purpose than to preach and
reproach In it the great doctrines .ot the Holv
Scriptures as taught In the Augsburg Confes?
sion ol the Lutheran Cburph; and every^ teran
pest-tossed voyager who shall in after years
seek for repose in the quiet harbor or eut
grand old "City by tho Cliy," when he catchet
the first glimpse of thia lol ty:splre lo the hori?
zon, win be told that this, is the church la
which U proclaimed'what Luther taught three)
centuries ago: "The Just shall Live by Faith."
The Idea of building temples- and houses of
worship in which, to meet and perform suit?
able acts of devotion to God. ls not original
wiih mah. It ls an arrangement of the Deity,
who saw in the moral and social constitu? ion
of man an Imperative necessity tor such ft
plain. Not only did God dispose the hearts
of His people to erect these shrines
and gather around them, but He. gave
the most explicit commands that
such temples should be built,, and in
the first Instance condescended to be the
architect Himself-glvlog the most- explicit
directions with reference to the building and
every article ot furniture it contained.
In every age of the world-both in ' heathen
and Christian lands-the public shrines at
which men have worshipped have constituted
the great bonds ot their- social and national
union. . " '
Burn down the temple - at Mecca, destroy
the public worship of the followers of the false,
prophet, and la a short time Mohammedanism
would be numbered among the things that
were. It ls their temple and temple worship
that binds them together. And the mutual
encouragement they Impart to each other at.
i hf ir public altar does more than anything
else to perpetuate their blindness and super?
stition. ... uu .
Destroy tbe temple of Juggernaut,, break
up tbe public shrines of the Hindoo, .deprive
them ot this great bond of union and centre
of power, and you have done more for their
conversion than by sending them thousands
of Bibles and scores of missionaries.
Now I ask the question: If the shrine of a
false god-where there is no foil ne nee'of the
Holy Spirit, where there ls no Divine power,
where there Is ho Are from heaven, where
there ls no real blessing-ls a mighty engine.
Of power for the degradation of the -human
race, should not the temple and shrine of the
Living God be a mighty agency for. Ita eleva?
tion? At the altar of Idolatry man exhibit!
his depravity, bis.Ignorance, bis licentious?
ness, his carnality. In the Church of Jesus
Christ he stands forth in his moral grandeur
restored to what he was at first designed,
to be. j - .
But the moral, social and political power of
the heather temple, and the Influence exerted
by false worship, greal, fearful and destructive
as lt ia. Is all earthly, sensual and destructible^
It yields to light-to the power of truth-to'
vicissitude and change. But tbe power ot the
Christian temple worship, ls the power of God
unto salvation, and is a thing against which
the gates of hell cannot prevail.
Now, beloved; If lt ls here that you receive
the word and the sacraments on which your
hope depends; if lt ls here that you .receive,
that sacred Instruction which ls to make, voa
better citizens, better husbands, better wive?,
better children; If It is here that you aretJ.be
prepared for usefulness on earth ?,nd happi?
ness in heaven, as the experience of all ages
has proved lt ls, then do we become debtors to
the temple-to build It, to pay for lt, and to
keep ihe flame of a pure devotion burning on
Its altars. This we owe to God. This we owe
to ourselves, and to the generation!} that are '
to follow us. The whole economy of1 God,
from beginning to end, IB an economy of .sac?
rifice. The least God ever demanded under
the dispensations, preceding this one, waa the
tenth of all the believer possessed or made.
And at one time the legal sacrifices and offer?
ings demanded of His ancient people amount?
ed to thirty per cent. ****** All
these sacrifices looked forward to the one
great atoning sacrifice which Christ was going
to make of Himself upon the .cross3. . And ia
the new offerings which we this day lay upon
this new altar, let us keep before our eyes the
example of Him "who was rich, yet for our
sakes He became poor, that we through His
poverty might become rich." *****
The reverend sneaker continued his dis?
course, saying he bad. been asked to urge the
clsims of the new building upon the benevo?
lence of his hearers.. He Lau wished to be ex?
cused from this duty, but he had undertaken
it, and would discharge lt aa best be could.
But he would not ask the congregation to
bring their gifts without giving them reasons
why they should do so. First The religion ot
the blessed Saviour and his temple-worship add
to the value of every foot of property in'the
city. This fact could be shown in many ways,
but be could illustrate it by a circumstance
which, came under his notice while pastor of a
church in Madison. Virginia. In (hat county, *
under the same judges and laws, with the
same taxation, property near the church sold
for twice as much as that which, waa. several
miles distant, at a place where the Gospel was, .
not preached, and where the " people,
In consequence, gave themselves up to
sin. Second. Gifts to the church area
legacy to your children. You claim,
said tbe speaker, to be working tor them.'
Here Is an Investment from which they can
derive more benefit, fo. hundreds of years to
come, than from any other expenditure. Third,
The greater the sacrifice the greater the bless?
ing. Persons frequently said that they could
give such a sum and "not feel lt " He wanted
them to feel lt. Christ, when he died tor man,
felt lt. In His agonies and "bloody sweat He
felt lt. Under the old dispensation the Al?
mighty had required his people to give one
third of all they possessed to religion. And
there were instances in these days where as
much was done as In the centuries loog past,
A short time azo he, the speaker, visited an
aged German lady, living in a bouse of chari?
ty, in this city. She was infirm, crippled, des?
titute, without husband or child. Strengthen?
ed by her faith she bore all her trials without
a murmur, and entreated to be admitted to
the Lord's Supper at the Easter fee
llvltles. The speaker's multiplicity of
duties made it necessary to anticipate
the JoyouB time, and give the sacra*
ment to this afflicted lady on Sunday last.
This was not all.. The worthy sister, when she -.
could, did needlework, earning sometimes ten
cents and sometimes more. These fruits of
her labor she had gathered together, and be?
fore he left her, after administering the sacra?
ment, she told him (Mr. Bowman) that she
bad an offering to make to the New German
Church. We read In the Holy Book, said the
speaker, that a poor widow gave two mites,
two pence, all of ber living, to the Lord. And -
this poor widow of whom I speak gave two
dollars, all of her living. With this offer?
ing, with this widow's mite, I consecrate
the new altar of this beautiful church.
If ye do as much as the poor widow
has done, in proportion to your means,
this building will be free from debt before half
an hour Is past. [The reverend speaker handed
the widow's offering to the pastor, the Bev.
L. Muller, who solemnly laid it on the altar.j
In conclusion, Mr. Bowman said that In all his
ministrations to the dying be had never beard
any one say that he bad sacrificed too much or
given too much to the Lord.
After this address, the choir sang the chorus,
"Praise, oh ! Jerusalem, the Lord," with two
duetts, sustained respectively by Mrs. Eckel
and Kir. Senior, and Mrs. Eckel and Mr. Is
Another prayer was made by Bev. Mr.
Doab, and then came the hymn, "Now praise
all ye the Lord." This was followed by the
benediction, and the congregation slowly dis?
persed from the church. '
Description of the C h ure h.
The new church ls a triumph of the Inventive
genius and constructive ability of its architect
and builder, Mr. John H. Devereux. In ex?
ternal appearance it ls both Imposing and
graceful, the solidity and firmness ot the
structure being sufficiently apparent, while
the tasteful finish and delicate lines of the
design add a degree ol lightness which ls emi?
nently pleasing and appropriate. The style of
architecture la pure Gothic, and the church In
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