John H. A. Bomberger Library



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This 44 page ledger contains Dr. John H. A. Bomberger's handwritten notes about the sermons preached during his final four years as pastor of the First Reformed Church of Easton, Pennsylvania. Entries contain the date, time of day, place, Biblical text and theme for each sermon. Often, additional remarks are found about the occasion of the sermon (a Confirmation, Communion, funeral, Harvest sermon or cornerstone laying, for example), the weather, and attendance. Names and ages of the deceased (and sometimes the cause of death) are recorded for the funeral services. The death of a child is frequently noted as the occasion for the sermon.

The funeral of Reverend Thomas Pomp is recorded in the ledger as taking place on April 25, 1852. Pomp resigned as German pastor of the Reformed Church in Easton on April 19, 1850. Bomberger served with him as the English pastor.

Farewell sermons from Bomberger to the congregation at Easton are noted to have taken place on August 27th, 1854. A handwritten note reads in part: "Thus ended my ministerial labors among a people to whom my heart became increasingly attached from year to year." The ledger records the first eight sermons preached in September 1854 at Bomberger's new pastorate at the Race Street Church in Philadelphia.

A list of catechumens for the years 1852 to 1853 is also found within the book.

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Easton, Pennsylvania




John H. A. Bomberger, sermons, Reformed Church, Easton, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Christian Denominations and Sects | Liturgy and Worship | United States History


A volume from the private library of the Reverend John Henry Augustus Bomberger (1817-1890), founder and first President of Ursinus College.

Included as a supplemental file is a letter (dated November 1, 1963) from Ursinus College professor Gerald H. Hinkle to Dr. Calvin D. Yost concerning the ledger. The text reads:

"Dear Dr. Yost:

Late this afternoon I received from Dr. Helfferich the personal effects of Dr. Bomberger enclosed with this note. They have recently come into the College's possession, and are intended for your records at the library.

Of special interest (from my perspective at least) is the notation of September 3, 1854 in the 'record of sermons preached' booklet. Therein Bomberger notes his plans for the first sermon at the Race Street Church in Philadelphia: that it concern 'position defined.' This sermon, his last noteworthy apologetic on behalf of the Mercersburg theology, was so well-received that it was later printed by the denomination and re-delivered by Bomberger at the request of the Alumni Association of Franklin and Marshall College."

Record of Sermons Preached in Easton, Pennsylvania, etc., Commencing April 1, 1850



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