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[p. 32] of the church, by A. J. Patterson, D. D.; the welcome of the society, by Rosewell B. Lawrence, chairman of the parish committee; the welcome of the Medford churches, by Rev. Henry C. De Long; the charge to the minister, by Charles H. Leonard, D. D.; the charge to the people, by Prof. Warren S. Woodbridge.

The act of ordination was deeply interesting, made so from the fact that a father was ordaining his son to the work of the Christian ministry.

His address was earnest and impressive, making clear the importance of the position this young servant of the Lord was about to assume, and no doubt was fully appreciated by the son.

History of the church of the first Universalist Society, Medford.

There appears on the first page of the Church Record Book this entry:

‘The church connected with the First Universalist Society in Medford was formed on Sunday, Jan. 19, 1834, and organized by choosing Messrs. Timothy Cotting and James O. Curtis deacons.’

It was publicly recognized Wednesday evening, January 29. The Lord's supper was first administered by Winslow W. Wright, pastor, on the last Sunday in February following. The following is the uniting compact:


We, whose names are hereunto subscribed, do unite ourselves together as members of the Christian church connected with the First Universalist Society in Medford.

By so doing we profess:

1st. To believe that “there is one God and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time.”

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