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you go to church or not if you go to do. At rare intervals he will ask to Sabbath school," there, by a slow stay at home, or to wander away, but sure process, the young are being but persuasion will usually suffice. It alienated from the church. It is im- is to be doubted if a serious opposiportant that parents should take chil. tion will arise in a family where the dren regularly to church, and never child has been trained from the earli. let the thought enter their minds that est development of mental power to they should or could stay at home attend the house of God. But when unless sick. Is it asked whether the young people are permitted to they should be compelled to go ? stay away, or left to go at their own whether that is not a sure way of option, they will resist when asked alienating them ?-we answer, that it to go; if, however, they are comdepends upon how it is done. At first pelled, they regard it as an imposithe child wishes to go, and the habit tion, and come to dislike the church is easily formed; by slow degrees he and all connected with it. - American comes to feel that it is the thing to ' Paper.
GLASGOW SABBATH SCHOOL UNION. , last year. The Music Committee -The monthly meeting of the Union reported that the Concert held at the was held in the Christian Institute close of the winter session of the on Monday evening, 10th March, Musical Training Classes was very -Mr. James Howatt, one of the successful,—the large Hall of the vice-presidents, occupied the chair. Christian Institute being quite filled.
Eastern, Southern, and North had been received to date on behalf Eastern District Únions. It was of the Children's Day Refuges. It reported that the Annual Public was stated that the collection from Meeting of the Union would be held the Sabbath schools of the Union on Thursday, 17th April. The Day on behalf of the Children's Day Meeting, for the transaction of busi- Refuges, had been received at a most ness, would take place at 2.30 p.m.; opportune time. Owing to certain the Conversazione from 6.45 till circumstances which had occurred, 7.45 p.m.; and the Evening Public it would have been necessary for the Meeting would commence at 8 committee to limit considerably their o'clock. Sir William Collins, presi. assistance to needy children, but this dent of the Union, would occupy would be overcome through the the chair; and addresses would be money so liberally contributed by delivered by Rev. Albert Goodrich, the Sabbath scholars. The Joint Elgin Place Congregational Church; Evangelistic Committee, in reporting Rev. A. Henderson, Abbey Close regarding the special services for United Presbyterian Church, Paisley; children which they have been Rev. D. P. M'Pherson, Adelaide carrying on, stated that they had Place Baptist Church, and others. recently held meetings in several The Committee on Teachers' Ex- of the churches in the Western aminations reported regarding the district of the city. They had also Examinations and the preparatory been at Kirkintilloch, and were now classes which had been held in con- engaged at Govan. By special invinection with them. The number of tation they had visited Edinburgh, candidates enrolled, and the attend. and conducted a series of meetings ance at the classes, were larger than in the Free Assembly Hall there. These services had all been well schools of the Union. At the conattended, and the work was most clusion a hearty vote of thanks was encouraging. The local Union's accorded the Festival Committee for Committee reported with reference their labours, special mention being to the formation of local Unions in made of Mr. A. Grant Ingram, to country towns, and several of the whose enthusiastic efforts may be directors were appointed to assist traced, in a large measure, the great in this work. Several of the other success of the Festival. committees having reported progress, NORTH-WESTERN DISTRICT SABthe meeting was closed with prayer. BATH SCHOOL UNION.--This Union
MIDDLE DISTRICT SABBATH met on Tuesday, 15th JanuarySCHOOL UNION.—The Festival Choir present, 28 directors. Mr J. R. of the Middle District Union-num-Kidd, president, presided. It was bering some 600 voices-gave a concert reported that arrangements had been of sacred music in the City Hall on made with the Western District the evening of Friday, 29th February. Union to hold a series of joint Model John Morison, Esq., president of the Class meetings in the hall of WoodUnion, presided, and was accom- lands Road U. P. Church, on Saturpanied to the platform by Sir William day afternoons. Collins, the Rev. W. Tainsh, James NORTH-EASTERN DISTRICT SABMillar, Esq., and other gentlemen. BATH SCHOOL UNION.—The directors At the outset the chairman intima- of this Union met on 21st February, ted that the object of the Festival 30 being present. Mr. John Stuart, was to improve the singing in the president, in opening, referred to the different schools; and, if possible, to loss the Union had sustained in the encourage the desire for sacred music removal, by death, of Mr. Matthew of a higher class than is usually found Wotherspoon, who, as an officein Sabbath school hymnals. The bearer and director, had taken an Festival Committee, in selecting the active part in all the Union's operapieces to be presented, kept this tions since its formation in 1845. object steadily in view; and selec. His great love for the Master's work tions were made from the works of among the young, his deep interest eminent composers, such as Mendels- in the Union's affairs, and his fine sohn, Bradbury, Dykes, Root, Smart, Christian spirit, had endeared him to &c.; and it will be admitted by all all; and while the directors would who were present on the occasion of greatly miss his friendly counsel, the Concert that their aim had met they would fondly cherish his with signal success. The freshness memory. The secretary was inand accuracy which characterized structed to send to Miss Wotherthe singing evoked the warm applause spoon an extract of minute expressive of the large audience that had been of the directors' sympathy. The gathered together, notwithstanding conveners of the respective comthe inclement state of the weather, mittees reported the progress made and spoke volumes as to the able with respect to the visitation of conductorship of Mr. Wm. Moodie. schools and their arrangements for An interesting feature of the evening's a teachers' conference. enjoyment was the rendering, in SOUTH-EASTERN SABBATH SCHOOL capital style, by several ladies and UNION.--This Union met on Tuesgentlemen, of sacred solos. Alto-day, 26th February, Mr. William gether, the concert was a complete Souter in the chair. Reports were success, and encourages the hope read of a large number of schools that the high musical acquirements visited during the month. The evidenced by the children will, hence- teachers' training class on the forth, be made manifest within the Fridays was still largely attended
Arrangements were made to hold sum of £222 16s. 44d. had been next annual meeting in April. collected for missionary and benevo
SOUTHERN DISTRICT SABBATH lent purposes. The report also SCHOOL UNION.--The annual social mentioned the retiral of Mr. M. meeting of this Union was held on Paterson from the office of president, Tuesday, the 4th March, in the hall of Mr. S. M'Ilwain from that of of Eglinton Street Congregational secretary; and the thanks of the Church. There was a good attend- Union were accorded to them for ance. Mr. R. B. Smith, president their services. The treasurer's reof the Union, occupied the chair. port shewed a balance in hand. Dr. Satisfactory reports were read by M‘Kenzie moved the adoption of the the secretary and treasurer, shewing reports, and that the office-bearers a decided increase in all departments for the ensuing year be - John over last year. Addresses of an Stephen, Esq., honorary president; earnest, practical, and encouraging Mr. David Fullarton, president; Mr. nature were delivered by the chair- Robert Kilgour, vice-president; Mr. man, Provost Hamilton, Rev. Joseph Archibald Taylor, treasurer; Mr. Corbett, and Mr. Andrew Aird. Thomas Paterson, secretary ; Messrs. The choir of Eglinton Street Congre- J. M‘Leod, W. Beatson, A. M'Aulay, gational Church, under the leader. J. Wyllie, J. Forsyth, and J. Clark, ship of Mr. William M‘Laren, sang directors. The motion was adopted several anthems, adding much to the upon being seconded by Mr. Henry enjoyment of the meeting. Office - Taylor, who spoke of the advantage bearers for 1884-5 were appointed, of reading the lesson every day dur-viz., honorary president, A. Aird, ing the week. The meeting was also Esq.; president, Mr. R. B. Smith; addressed by the Rev. Allan Cameron vice-president, Mr. James Paterson; and Mr. Thomas Wilson, the former treasurer, Mr. James Lyle ; secre- basing his remarks chiefly on the taries, Mr. William Harrison and Govan motto, "Nothing without Mr. James C. Leechman. On the labour;" and the latter on the words, motion of Mr. William Fife, cordial “Remember the Sabbath day.” A votes of thanks were given to the vote of thanks was moved by Mr. choir, speakers, and chairman. M. Paterson to the speakers, to the
Govan DISTRICT SABBATH SCHOOL choir of St. Columba Free Church, UNION.—The annual meeting of this as also to the secretary and treasurer Union was held on Thursday, 13th for their reports. A vote of thanks Marcb. John Stephen, Esq., hon. to the chairman was moved by Mr. president, occupied the chair, and R. B. Smith, who also took the gave a short address containing much opportunity of saying that teachers practical wisdom. He spoke of the should have an aim in their work. great importance of the work of the After a few remarks from the chairteacher, and specially pressed upon man, the meeting was brought to a them the need of teaching by con- close. sistent lives as well as by speaking, CHURCH OF SCOTLAND SABBATH reminding them of the reward—“He SchooL ASSOCIATION.- The annual that waters others shall be watered meeting of the Glasgow Sabbath also himself.” The report submitted School Association in connection stated that, in connection with the with the Church of Scotland was held 16 Societies forming the Union, there in the Christian Institute, Bothwell were 668 teachers on the roll, 6958 Street, on Thursday, March 6th. scholars, with 5175 in average at- Lieutenant-Colonel J. N. Smith, the tendance. 351 scholars were re-president, occupied the chair, and ported as attending other Sabbath among the others present were-Rev. schools; and in 15 Societies the Dr. G. S. Burns, Rev. Messrs. R. M‘Millan, Douglas, Pryde, and Hay ;, scholars, and an average attendance Messrs. J. N. Cuthbertson, F. W. of 17, 292, against 74 societies, with Allan, John Ingram, R. Calder, 2272 teachers, and 22,159 scholars, Hugh Herron, Robert Brown, Robert and an average attendance of 16,723 Moyar, &c. The chairman said in 1882. The amount collected had the report to be presented would be been £796 Os. 8 d.-an increase of a record of progress alike in efficiency £87 158. 10d. over last year. There of teachers and number of scholars. were 18 Bands of Hope, with 15 In the course of his address he con- savings banks, 16 Sabbath forenoon sidered the position of the teachers as services, 15 preparatory meetings, religious instructors of the young and 29 prayer meetings. There were He took it for granted that the 26 advanced classes, having 1193 on primary idea of Sabbath schools was the roll. The ages at which the to provide instruction of a religious scholars were drafted into the adkind to those whose circumstances vanced classes were from 13 to 15. prevented them from obtaining it Mr. R. Brown read the visitors' reotherwise than by attendance at port, and Mr. H. Herron read the such institutions, and that these treasurer's. Rev. Dr. Burns moved schools were in no sense to occupy the approval of the reports. The the place which properly belonged to Rev. Ř. M‘Millan seconded the the parents, who could competently motion, which was agreed to. On convey the knowledge of divine the motion of Mr. J. N. Cuthberttruth to the young souls entrusted son, seconded by Mr. John Ingram, to their care. The secretary (Mr. the office-bearers for the year were W. V. Jackson) read the annual re-appointed. A conference was afterport, which stated that the returns wards held on “Scholars' Examina. for last year shewed that there were 76 tions," the subject being introduced societies, with 2215 teachers, 22,878 | by Mr. Calder.
Notes on the Union's Lesson Scheme for 1884. [These Notes are intended to aid Teachers in their studies at home, and
not to be used in the school while teaching.]
Lesson 67.—April 13. THE BAPTIST'S MESSAGE-Christ's TESTIMONY.-Luke vii. 18-35. I.- John's Message, (ver. 18, 19.)—John was in prison. He was prevented irom carrying on his great work of reformation at the very moment when he seemed on the point of success. Even Herod heard him gladly, (Mark vi. 26 ;) and the people had flocked to him from far and near, and had shewn signs of true penitence, (Matt. iii. 5, 6.) But all this was changed. The voice that had sounded like a trumpet-call through every corner of the land was silenced, and John was a prisoner. Whispers of the rising fame of Jesus had reached him in his dungeon. His disciples had access to him, and told him of the marvellous works of Jesus. John had borne testimony to Him as the Messiah, (John i. 25-34.) But strange doubts now seize him. If He is the Messiah, would He leave me here? If He has power to do all these mighty works, would He not open the prison doors and set me free ? John's faith had for the time given way. Nor need we wonder. Remember Abraham's gave way, (Gen. xv. 2;) that of Moses gave way, (Numbers xi. 21, 22;) that of David gave way, (1 Sam. xxvii. 1.) They were but men. This failure of faith explains John's message.
II.-The Answer of Jesus, (ver. 20-23.) Examine the answer, and then note that it amounted to this—“Though ye believe not me, believe the works; that ye may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in Him," (John x. 38.) Jesus thus constantly appealed to His works as the test of the truth of His claim to be Divine. He said, “By their fruits ye shall know them,” (Matt. vii. 20;) and He was quite willing to submit himself to this test. “Judge me," as if He said, " by what ye see me do.” This is the best evidence of Christianity. A consistent holy life will tell more than volumes of arguments. Now, every one, young and old, can furnish this evidence. Every one can be an "epistle" of Christ, which all may read, (2 Cor. iii. 2, 3.) Every one can, like Paul, be a vessel to carry about the name of Jesus, (Acts ix. 15.) “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth ?”-“Come and see." No arguments. He came and saw, and cried out, “Rabbi, thou art the Son of God !” (John i. 45-49.) Seeing was believing. Press this great truth home on the children.
But note carefully verse 23. Make clear first the meaning of offended. The word is not used at all in its present meaning. It signifies scandalized or ashamed of me. He was a common man, a carpenter, whose father and mother they knew, (John vi. 42,) and they were ashamed of being indebted to Him. They were offended when He told them that they must eat His flesh, (John yi. 61.) They stumbled at that saying, and left Him. Now, so is it still. Many are ashamed of confessing Him. But here Jesus warns them that they alone are blessed who are not offended in Him, who accept Him as He is, and who confess Him before men. Remember the blessing on those who so confess Him, and the terrible doom of those who deny Him, (Matt. x. 32, 33.) In this connection, point out various ways in which boys may deny Him-being afraid of being laughed at-refusing to say a word for Him when His name is blasphemed, &c.
III. Jesus' Testimony to John, (ver. 24-30.)-God has a high regard for the character of His servants. He will bring forth their judgment as the noonday, (Psalm xxxvii. 6;) and so Jesus proceeds to vindicate John's character, notwithstanding the want of faith shewn in his message. John was not a reed shaken in the wind; he was no weak
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octrine. He was not perfect, but he was not a reed. He was no courtier, no mere timeserver. His imprisonment was proof of his fidelity to truth and righteousness. What was he then ? A prophet?-Yea; and a greater man than all the prophets. How so?-Because it had been given him (ver. 27) to see what many prophets and righteous men had desired to see and yet had not seen, (Matt. xiii. 17.) He was the link that bound on the old to the new. He was the friend of the Bridegroom, whose joy was fulfilled in hearing the Bridegroom's voice, (John iii. 29.) And yet every Christian has greater privileges than John, (ver. 28.) John asked, " Art thou He that should come ?” Every Christian can say, “Thou hast come, and hast redeemed us with thy blood.” The people and the publicans acknowledged that John was a messenger from God, for they accepted baptism at his hands, (ver. 29 ;) but the Pharisees declined his baptism, which was a baptism of repentance, (ver. 30,) thereby declaring that they did not stand in need of repentance, and that they were good enough. The same self-righteous spirit led them to reject and crucify Jesus. Humility is essential to the acceptance of the Gospel.
IV. The Fickleness of the Jews, (ver. 31-35.)-Go over the comparison-wayward, thoughtless children, whom nothing will please. What consolation is there? See verse 35. The wise will justify John, and they will also justify Jesus. Don't expect that every Christian is to be an exact fac-simile of you. There are diversities of gifts, and that church is wise which utilizes all the gifts with which God endows His people. Luther and Melancthon are both needed.
Memory Exercise-Shorter Catechism 67, 68.-Romans ii. 6.
Subject to be proved—We are Known by our Deeds.