Sunday Services on July Fourth

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         The great theme so deeply and solemnly expounded
         by the preacher, has been exemplified in all ages, but
         chiefly in the great crises of nations or of the human race.
         It is then that supreme devotion to Principle has espe-
10    cially been called for and manifested. It is then that we
         learn a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more
         of the divine energies of good, and strive valiantly for the
         liberty of the sons of God.

         The day we celebrate reminds us of the heroes and
15    heroines who counted not their own lives dear to them,
         when they sought the New England shores, not as the
         flying nor as conquerors, but, steadfast in faith and love,
         to build upon the rock of Christ, the true idea of God—
         the supremacy of Spirit and the nothingness of matter.
20    When first the Pilgrims planted their feet on Plymouth
         Rock, frozen ritual and creed should forever have melted
         away in the fire of love which came down from heaven.
         The Pilgrims came to establish a nation in true freedom,
         in the rights of conscience.

25    But what of ourselves, and our times and obligations?
         Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and
         responsibilities? Are we prepared to meet and improve
         them, to act up to the acme of divine energy wherewith
         we are armored?

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1      Never was there a more solemn and imperious call
         than God makes to us all, right here, for fervent de-
         votion and an absolute consecration to the greatest and
         holiest of all causes. The hour is come. The great
5      battle of Armageddon is upon us. The powers of evil
         are leagued together in secret conspiracy against the
         Lord and against His Christ, as expressed and opera-
         tive in Christian Science. Large numbers, in desperate
         malice, are engaged day and night in organizing action
10    against us. Their feeling and purpose are deadly, and
         they have sworn enmity against the lives of our standard-

         What will you do about it? Will you be equally in
         earnest for the truth? Will you doff your lavender-kid
15    zeal, and become real and consecrated warriors? Will
         you give yourselves wholly and irrevocably to the great
         work of establishing the truth, the gospel, and the Science
         which are necessary to the salvation of the world from
         error, sin, disease, and death? Answer at once and practi-
20    cally, and answer aright!

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