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A sermon by Albertus C. Van Raalte on Colossians 3.1, was written on twelve small pages in Van Raalte's very small handwriting as is so typical of his manuscripts. Van Raalte labeled it a "Preparatory Sermon." In contrast to many of his sermons which mentioned where he has preached the sermon, there is no indication on this manuscript that he preached it elsewhere. It can be assumed that this was a fresh sermon for his Holland congregation, First Reformed Church, on this date.




Holland, Mich[igan]


In Dutch; original translation by Rev. Seth Vander Werf. A transcription and new translation by Nella Kennedy, April and May, 2007.

Description of the document and reference to the Holland Museum by Dr. Elton J. Bruins.

About the collection:

Elton J. Bruins, long-time professor in the Department of Religion at Hope College, spent years collecting documents by and about Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of Holland, Michigan and early patron of Hope College. Documents were gathered from dozens of public and private collections, making a nearly exhaustive collection of Van Raalte's writings and reflections. It is these documents that make up the "Van Raalte Papers."

Digitizing the Van Raalte papers was supported by the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. The project was done in partnership with Heritage Hall at Calvin University, which also digitized its Van Raalte collections.


The original documents are held in the Holland Museum.


This digitized material is intended for personal research/study only. The original documents may not be reproduced for commercial use in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the Holland Museum.

A Sermon by Albertus C. Van Raalte on Colossians 3.1