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The Prodigal Son

Today’s Bible story is one which almost everybody knows. If you were to ask a random sample of people to name just one of the parables of Jesus, the one story they would be most likely to name, would be … Continue reading

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A community of faith

Good morning, Friends! I hope you’re all doing well this week. I hope you all enjoyed a bit of corned beef and cabbage this week, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! Every now and then, I ask us to think … Continue reading

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Philip and Mary Glendenning Hoggatt
1687-1783, 1698-1780

Two of the first members of Springfield when it was started in the 1700’s were Philip and Mary Hoggatt. Philip was born in England in 1687 and emigrated to Pennsylvania. Mary Hoggatt was born in Scotland in 1698, and hers … Continue reading

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Honoring our super seniors

Good morning, Friends! Thank you all for coming today. This morning, as part of our 250th Anniversary celebration here at Springfield, we are honoring the older members of our meeting. The Bible has a lot to say about the elders … Continue reading

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The Christian Education wing

By the mid-1960s, Springfield Friends Meeting was bulging at the seams. The Baby Boom was in full swing, and under the pastoral leadership of Max Rees, attendance at worship was regularly topping 200 people. Facilities for meals were inadequate, and … Continue reading

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Knock, knock. . .

Good morning, Friends! I’m so glad to see you all here today. Last week, we had a really good time together, talking about prayer. The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray!” And Jesus taught them a prayer they … Continue reading

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The “New” Meetinghouse of 1927

Springfield worships today in the “new” meetinghouse, which was finished in 1927. We’ve been meeting here now for 96 years! This is actually the fourth meetinghouse to serve as home to Springfield Friends. The first two were log cabin-type buildings … Continue reading

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Lord, teach us to pray. . .

Good morning, Friends! Thank you all again for coming today. People often ask how Jesus was able to do all the things he did. You might say, “Well, he was the Son of God!” But one of the other things … Continue reading

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The Fire of 1942

On Sunday, February 22, 1942, 81 years ago, our meetinghouse was almost destroyed by fire. At 9:30 a.m., shortly before Sunday School was to start, Susan Millikan arrived and discovered “a tiny red flame licking its tongue hungrily under the … Continue reading

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My name is Legion. . .

Good morning, Friends! Thank you all for coming to worship today. I hope you’ve all had a great week. Today I want to read a story most of us have probably heard before. It’s a story about how Jesus met … Continue reading

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