This collection is made up of 31 sermons delivered by William A. Cope, who served as pastor to the Moravian Church at Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, from 1898 to 1908. These sermons were delivered at locations such as "South Bethlehem," "Riverside," and Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, between 1878 and 1908. The pastor wrote the locations where he delivered the sermons and the dates of the services. Many of these sermons were used on multiple occasions, often years apart.
Sixteen sermons are in English and 15 are in German. They vary in length, but most are 15-20 pages long. The pastor annotated, underlined, or otherwise highlighted key phrases and blocks of text. The sermons pertain to forgiveness, devotion, communion, and the life and role of Jesus Christ. Some mention political issues, history, and current events, such as slavery and the Civil War (May 20, 1894), the assassination of William McKinley (September 19, 1901), and the Spanish-American War (June 5, 1898).