Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks - Vol. 2

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Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks - Vol. 2

Life and Letters of Phillips Brooks - Vol. 2

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TRINITY CHURCH. THE RECEPTION IN BOSTON. CONTEMPO-
RANEOUS COMMENTS ON PHILLIPS BROOKS'S PREACHING.
RECORD OF WORK IN THE FIRST THREE YEARS

PHILLIPS BROOKS began his ministry in Trinity Church, Boston, on Sunday, October 31, preaching in the morning from the text, St. John ix. 4, 5: "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work;" and in the afternoon from St. John iv. 34: "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." From this moment began the long period of twenty-two years until he resigned his rectorship. During these years he knew himself and thought of himself primarily and almost solely as the rector of Trinity Church. He concentrated his energies in making the church united and strong. He lavished upon it the wealth of his affection. He believed strongly in the corporate life of a parish, an organism of which he himself was a vital part. Trinity Church he believed had a great future before it, as it had also a great past behind it. To help it to realize its possibilities was the single task to which he devoted his powers. A few words about its situation and its history will make more clear the picture of the work he was to do.

The church edifice then stood on Summer Street, near . . .

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