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What Does Ebenezer Mean?

In 1 Samuel 7 we read of a great victory that God gave the people of Israel over the Philistines who had been oppressing them. To commemorate God's goodness, Israel's prophet, a godly man named Samuel, took a stone and set it up between the towns of Mizpah and Shen. It would serve as a constant reminder to the people of what God had done for them. And Samuel called the stone Ebenezer which in Hebrew means "stone of help", for "thus far" he said, "the Lord has helped us."

When this church was founded in 1785 just after the Revotionary War, its founders recognized God's good providence over them and His hand upon them. They knew that it was only by God's faithfulness that they had arrived at that point. Today, more than two centuries later, we can affirm what they knew to be true--according to His steadfast love He has faithfully brought this church family through seasons of both sorrow and celebration to where we are today. So we worship the God of Ebenezer and say, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." And by His grace we know He will continue to do so until our Savior returns.

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