Stone Laid at Wilmette
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 26 Sep 1912, p. 1

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Pretty Ceremony Occurred Sunday Afternoon When Cornerstone of Presbyterian Church Was Laid [subtitle]

Dr Shaw Officiated [subtitle]

Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago Was in Charge of Service Attended by More Than 300 Residents [subtitle]

The services of the laying of the cornerstone of the new chapel of the Wilmette Presbyterian church, on Ninth street and Greenleaf avenue, were held on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Fully 300 people were in attendance, and it was one of our rare fall days - an ideal day for the open air services.

The order of services were as follows:
Scripture sentences.
Gloria Patri.
Invocation..Rev. G. B. Stafford, D.D.
Hymn...."How Firm a Foundation"
The Apostle's Creed.
Laying the Stone.............Rev. J. M. Wilson, D.D., and Robert K. Brown, chairman of the building committee.
Prayer of consecration..........Rev. Henry Hepburn, pastor of the Buena Memorial church, Chicago.
Address...............Rev. John Balcom Shaw, D. D., pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, Chicago.

The building committee are Messrs. R. K. Brown (chairman), James Crabb, F. R. Eager, S. R. Kerr, T. M. Knox, John Kleft, Gordon Hannah and R. H. Rice.

Dr. Shaw's Address. - In his address Dr. Shaw said, in part:
"I bring congratulations from the Chicago presbytery and the board of church extension upon the prosperity and prospects which lie before you. This great work is a testimony of those who believe in the success of the gospel. I think, dear friends, you are to be congratulated upon the spiritual cornerstone you are laying.
"Jesus called his disciples and asked them whom do man say I am, and he said, but whom say ye that I am? And Peter, answering said, "Thou art the Christ." Jesus then put his seal upon his reply and said, "Upon this rock will I build my church."

Millions Worship. - "There are, according to the World's Atlas, 500,000,000 people who now worship Christ and hope for salvation. This is the Golden Age; it is in the future, so turn your faces toward the east and not toward the west, and our face in the direction of God.
"The church must go on doing its work. We believe in the holy spirit; we believe in high heaven and in this faith we rest and in this expectation we repose our souls."

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26 Sep 1912
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First Presbyterian Church of Wilmette
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Stone Laid at Wilmette