Christ bore our burden at the cross. Let us bear one another’s burdens.
Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world (John 1:29).
On this Martin Luther King weekend, I share an excerpt from a 1783 sermon by Minister Jupiter Hammon. Hammon was born in 1711 as a slave on the estate of Henry Lloyd, Long Island, New York. During childhood, Hammon had access to the manor library and was educated with Lloyd’s children.
A religious poet, Hammon often preached to slaves on the Lloyd estate. He was a prominent member of the African American community, best known for his 1787 speech, An Address to the Negroes in the State of New York. It is available on the Internet and is worth reading. Hammon died no later than 1806 and was buried in an unmarked grave on the Lloyd estate.
The excerpt is taken from a sermon delivered toward the end of the Revolutionary War. Its short title is, Beholding the Lamb of God:
My dear brethren, let us consider how many hundreds of our nation and how many thousands of other nations have been sent out of time into eternity by the force of the cannon and the point of the sword. Have we not great reason to be thankful that God in this time of his judgments has remembered mercy, so that we have the preaching of the gospel and the use of our Bibles? And when these things make us more humble and holy, then we may be said to behold the Lamb of God.
Let us behold the Lamb of God as taking away the sin of the world. Let us behold the Lamb of God with faith and repentance, to come weary and heavy laden with our sin. How necessary it is that we behold the Lamb of God, not having our own righteousness, but clothed upon with the unspotted robes of the Lamb. Let us cast off self-dependence and rely on a crucified savior, whose blood was shed for all that come unto him by faith. Let us strive to be prepared for death by the grace of God, so that when the time shall come when we are passing through the valley of the shadow of death, O may we then be enabled to say, “Come, Lord Jesus, for you are the Lamb of God in whom my soul delights.”
Stone Hill Annual Meeting: All are welcome to attend the annual meeting held on January 27 at 7 p.m. in Harris Hall. We will hear financial reports for 2018 and vote on the budget for 2019. There will be an opportunity for Q & A. Members will vote on officers and the budget at that time. Childcare provided. Absentee Ballots are available in the Westerly Prayer Chapel.
Elder Nominees, Class of 2022:
Deacon Nominees, Class of 2022:
Stone Hill Arts Series presents Colin Howland, Organist: The program will have something for everyone! Enjoy organ masterworks such as Toccata and Fugue in d minor by J.S. Bach, Fantasy in F minor by W.A. Mozart, and Final to Symphony No. 1 by Louis Vierne. It will also include some novelty pieces such as Fantasy on Nursery Tunes by Robert Elmore, as well as hymn arrangements. Join us on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Invite a friend!
Men’s Choir: There will be a men's chorus singing at the offertory on Sunday, Feb 10. If you read music and are interested in participating, see Bob Doll or email him at email@example.com.
Adult Ed Class: Theological Thought in the Life of the Church has begun and is led by Jacob Zeller in the Library at 9:30 a.m. The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to systematic theology, discussing core doctrines of the Christian faith and what they mean for our spiritual lives.
Adult Ed Class: Mark Catlin is teaching on The Book of Malachi in Harris Hall at 9:30 a.m. Join us to discover how you fit into God's story through the words of Malachi.
DivorceCare: The breakup of a marriage is devastating. If you’re experiencing separation/divorce or know someone traveling this difficult road, please consider attending or recommending DivorceCare. This 13-session, Christ-centered, recovery and support group is being offered at Stone Hill Church Saturday mornings February 2 – May 11. For details, contact Amy Hellesen Tumminelli at 201-317-5629 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register online, visit www.stonehillprinceton.org/outreach/divorcecare.
Habitat for Humanity: Prayers, Pancakes, and Partnerships – We are excited to share that Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent, and our local Faith community will be partnering together to build a home for a well deserving family this Winter and Spring in Ewing, New Jersey! Come join this kick-off breakfast (pancakes included) to learn how our congregation can put faith into action by partnering with Habitat for Humanity and other local churches in this effort.
When: Thursday, January 31 at 8:30 a.m.
Where: The Nassau Inn, Princeton, New Jersey
This breakfast is open to all! Please let us know if you’ll be able to join by emailing email@example.com.
FAQs: The Succession Team has now posted the first set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). We apologize for not getting these out sooner. We will have further information in the coming months as we work through our process of succession. For more info please visit www.stonehillprinceton.org/succession
MLK Day: The office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.