Sermon – George Washington’s Birthday – 1863

Sermon – George Washington’s Birthday – 1863


A SERMON Preached in the First Congregational Church, Litchfield, Conn., February 22, 1863 By George Richards.

“This is a transcript of a sermon commemorating George Washington’s Birthday. It was preached on February 22, 1863 in Connecticut by the pastor of the First Congregational Church, George Richards (1816-1869)….

“In very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to show in thee My power and that My name may be declared throughout all the earth.” Exodus ix. 16.

Thus spake Jehovah to the King of Egypt. God attains His own ends by His own instruments. When He has great and important results to bring to pass, He provides means adapted and adequate to their accomplishment.

Very bad men, actuated by very bad motives, may be used to promote the very best designs: Pharaoh was an instance. Very good men, actuated by very good motives, may be made instrumental of benefits far transcending their most sanguine expectations: Washington was an instance.

A hundred and thirty-one years ago today, in an ancient homestead in Virginia near the banks of the Potomac, was born the child destined to be looked up to by all parties and sections with singular unanimity as the father and founder of his country- the one man whose preeminent worth and unexampled services are deemed beyond dispute- the most discordant opinions claiming his sanction and seeking the shelter of his authority- war itself sheathing its sword and keeping truce about his sepulcher.

Do we not well at a time like this, when dissension and division are the order of the day, to recall (though [now] on the Sabbath and in the sanctuary) what manner of man he was, how Providence had endowed and disciplined him for his diversified trusts, and with what signal success he acquitted himself of so overwhelming responsibilities?


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Grumpy Note

Puma is right, it’s a good time to think about George Washington, he said a number of things in his Farewell Address that warned us about the situation we find ourselves in today. George Washington was opposed to political parties, he believed that over time party loyalty would become more important to some elected officials and patriotism. His farewell address is fairly long and is written in the language of the day, that doesn’t make it easy for a lot of Americans to read now but it’s worth the effort.

George Washington’s Farewell Address.



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