December 27

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December 27 – 1706 = Second meeting of the Presbytery of Philadelphia

John 4:35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.

The Presbyterian Church here in America all traces its roots back to the Presbytery of Philadelphia.  Francis Makemie was largely responsible for getting this group together.  It was Makemie who erected the first Presbyterian churches in America and they were in Maryland: Rehobeth, Snow Hill, Princess Anne, and Salisbury.  Makemie was always writing back to Ireland for more men to come and minister in the American wilderness.  And at least 5 men came: John Hampton. Samuel Davis, George McNish, John Wilson, and Nathaniel Taylor.  These six men joined with American born minister in Philadelphia, Jedidiah Andrews, to form the Presbytery of Philadelphia.  Sadly, the first meeting minutes are mostly lost.  But we do have the second meeting that took place Dec 27, 1706 with Mackemie as moderator, Andrews as clerk, and John Hampton in attendance.  They examined and ordaining John Boyd to labor among them.  This was an example of the quick growth of the Presbyterian church as ministers were needed to minister to all those who stood in need of a good church and the word of God.  May the Lord always raise up laborers to bring in the harvest of his people.

You can read these minutes in “Minutes of the Presbytery of Philadelphia”.


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