Books by Mary Baker Eddy

CHAPTER VIII: Dedicatory Messsages to Branch Churches
page 666

       For the strength of the hills, we bless Thee,
       Our God, our fathers' God!

   The sons and daughters of the Granite State are rich in
signs and symbols, sermons in stones, refuge in mountains,

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and good universal.  The rocks, rills, mountains, meadows,
fountains, and forests of our native State should be
prophetic of the finger divine that writes in living characters
their lessons on our lives.  May God's little ones
cluster around this rock-ribbed church like tender nestlings
in the crannies of the rocks, and preen their thoughts for
upward flight.
   Though neither dome nor turret tells the tale of your
little church, its song and sermon will touch the heart,
point the path above the valley, up the mountain, and on
to the celestial hills, echoing the Word welling up from
the infinite and swelling the loud anthem of one FatherMother
God, o'er all victorious!  Rest assured that He
in whom dwelleth all life, health, and holiness, will supply
all your needs according to His riches in glory.


   First Church of Christ, Scientist, Duluth, Minn.: - May
our God make this church the fold of flocks, and may
those that plant the vineyard eat the fruit thereof.  Here
let His promise be verified: "Before they call, I will
answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear."


   Beloved Brethren: - Accept my thanks for your cordial
card inviting me to be with you on the day of your church
dedication.  It gives me great pleasure to know that
you have erected a Church of Christ, Scientist, in your

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city.  Surely, your fidelity, faith, and Christian zeal
fairly indicate that, spiritually as well as literally, the
church in Salt Lake City hath not lost its saltness.  I
may at some near future visit your city, but am too busy
to think of doing so at present.
   May the divine light of Christian Science that lighteth
every enlightened thought illumine your faith and understanding,
exclude all darkness or doubt, and signal the
perfect path wherein to walk, the perfect Principle whereby
to demonstrate the perfect man and the perfect law of
God.  In the words of St. Paul: "Now the end of the
commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a
good conscience, and of faith unfeigned;" and St. John
says: "For this is the message that ye heard from the
beginning, that we should love one another."
   May the grace and love of God be and abide with
you all.
\Pleasant View, Concord, N. H.,
\November 16, 1898


   My Beloved Brethren: - You have met to consecrate
your beautiful temple to the worship of the only
true God.  Since the day in which you were brought into
the light and liberty of His children, it has been in the
hearts of this people to build a house unto Him whose
name they would glorify in a new commandment -
"that ye love one another."  In this new recognition of
the riches of His love and the majesty of His might you
have built this house - laid its foundations on the rock

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of Christ, and the stone which the builders rejected you
have made the head of the corner.  This house is hallowed
by His promise: "I have hallowed this house, which thou
hast built, to put my name there forever; and mine eyes
and mine heart shall be there perpetually."  "Now mine
eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer

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