Rev. Aukerman delivered sermons at Congregational, Presbyterian, Friends Meeting House, Jewish Centers, and numerous other Baptist churches stretching from Long Island to upstate New York, including the cities and towns of Batavia, Rochester, Mount Morris, Canaseraga, Honeyville, Ontario, East Henrietta, and South Rutland.
The title pages (numbered between 2-70), usually typed, identify the name of the sermon, the referenced Scripture, and dates and places delivered. Sermons are mostly handwritten with portions typed on 6.25” x 10” heavy stock pages; most are string-tied and contain the working notes and outlines of his sermons, with numerous annotations and stories and quotes pasted in. Chipping and soiling, but overall VG+.
Many photomechanically reproduced Sunday church programs included, inserted into particular sermons. Also included are 17 anonymous sermon response/suggestion sheets that offer some biting commentary (“Sermon not inspiring,” “Too many generalities,” “Voice and manner somewhat sentimental…Voice particularly lacking in vigor,” “More passion and variety in pausing and speed of delivery would add greatly to the effectiveness of the message,” “This sermon wouldn’t persuade me to increase my pledge,” and “interest in your sermon was lessened thru your use of abstract terminology, almost theological language”). Sermon titles include, “Today’s Family in Tomorrow’s World,” “Counting the Cost,” “Criticism Criticized,” “Sermon on World Unity or World Christianity,” “A Christian Interpretation of Suffering,” “The Challenge of the Open Door,” “Our Hope For Peace,” “Prayerless Weaklings,” “The Peace of Christ,” “Life is What You Make It,” “Building a Christian Home,” “Confusing Good and Evil,” and “Boys + the Kingdom of God.” Some sermons often reflect the ongoing crises of World War II; in one sermon, “The Power of Xity [Christianity]” preached in 1943, he writes, “Xity has always been associated with the word light….How Hitler + his puppets have laughed at the idea of Xity. What fun they have poked at its meanings. It is soft! It is feminine! It is puerile! Xity is a myth and a Jewish lie!”
A wonderful collection of sermons that present a unique snapshot of one New York pastor’s life work in the early 1940s. Item #543