Mohrsville holds vespers at historic meetinghouse

Stone meetinghouse
Pricetown meetinghouse about 2010. Courtesy of Brethren Historical Library and Archives.

Mohrsville (Pa.) Church of the Brethren held its annual Pricetown Vesper Service on Sunday, July 18, at 7 p.m. Fred Steinruck led the service with hymns and special music. “Visitors are welcome to worship in the oldest unaltered Church of the Brethren in America,” said an invitation. “Come and enjoy an evening in a peaceful setting just like it was long ago.”

Pricetown meetinghouse was built in the year 1777 by Brother Martin Gaube, who was born in 1742 and died in 1812. The announcement noted that Gaube was ordained to eldership in the church by Christopher Sauer Jr. on Aug. 12, 1780, two years after Sauer was released from prison for operating a printing press and refusing to serve in the Revolutionary War. The announcement described the meetinghouse as having walls of rough stone about 2 feet thick, and dimensions of 30 by 25 feet in its main building and 16 by 16 feet in an addition used for preparation of love feast.

Photo courtesy of Brethren Historical Library and Archives.
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