Historical Sketch of the Congregational Church in Belchertown, Mass

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Hopkins, Bridgman & Company, 1852 - Belchertown (Mass.) - 282 pages
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Page 21 - Therefore, to promote their happiness and to secure the good order and preservation of their government, the people of this Commonwealth have a right to invest their legislature with power to authorize and require, and the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require, the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of GOD. an<1 for the support and maintenance...
Page 14 - Bay, where the said river falleth into the sea ; and on the north by the line of the Massachusetts plantation ; and on the south by the sea; and in longitude as the line of the Massachusetts colony, running from east to west, that is to say, from the said Narraganset Bay on the east, to the south sea on the west part, with the islands thereunto adjoining...
Page 20 - III. [As the happiness of a people, and the good order and preservation of civil government, essentially depend upon piety, religion and morality ; and as these cannot be generally diffused through a community, but by the institution of the public worship of God, and of public instructions in piety, religion and morality...
Page i - Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
Page 31 - Church members who are admitted in minority, understanding the doctrine of faith, and publicly professing their assent thereto ; not scandalous in life, and solemnly owning the covenant before the church, wherein they give up themselves and their children to the Lord, and subject themselves to the government of Christ in the church, their children are to be baptized.
Page 47 - Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations...
Page 13 - ... be kept at work, and to wear such bolts and irons as might hinder his escape, and was threatened with severer punishment in case of a repetition of his crime. The rest were confined to different towns, one in a town, upon the same conditions with Gorton.
Page 13 - ... the Earl of Warwick in 1630, and which the Earl soon assigned to Lord Say or Seal, Lord Brook and others, was very indefinite ; the territory conveyed was very imperfectly known. John Mason, as agent for the Colony of Connecticut, in 1661, bought of the Indians all lands which had not been before purchased by particular towns, and made a surrender of them to the Colony.
Page 21 - ... the legislature shall, from time to time, authorize and require the several towns, parishes, precincts, and other bodies politic, or religious societies, to make suitable provision, at their own expense, for the institution of the public worship of God, and for the support and maintenance of public Protestant teachers of piety, religion, and morality, in all cases where such Provision shall not be made voluntarily.
Page i - I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High. I will remember the works of the LORD : surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

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