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EASTER AT THE CHURCHES
oF NEWBERRY COUNTY.
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Newberry, supplied them as pastor.
When Rev. H. P. Counts became
pastor, December, 1896, Macedonia
was admitted into the charge, which
arrangement continues to the present.
Rev. S. L. Nease was again called
to succeed. Rev. H. P. Counts and
served th'e congregation from 1899 to
Rev. J. K. Efird, also called the sec
ond time succeeded Rev. S. L. Naase
a.nd served from Dec., 1901, until
May, 1905. The present pastor, Rev.
0. B. Shearouse, assamed the work
July 15, 1905.
0. B. Shearouse.
March 23, 1909.
* MAYER MEMORIAL.
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Maver Memorial Lutheran church
will observe Easter Sunday with ap
propriate services. At the morning
service theige will be a special sermon
preached by the pastor, followed
with the Holy Communion. At 7.30
o'clock p. m. there will be a special
service rendered by the Sunday
school.'' At this service offerings will
be takin for the Orphan Home.
Everybody invited to all the ser
vices of the echurch.
-J. D. Shealy, Pastor.
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* EASTER AT THE LUTHERAN
* CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
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Easter was the first of the whole
evele of church festivals to be observ
ed. and since it commemorates the
central fact of the Christian religion,
the Resurrection of Christ from the
dead, it is the chief festival of t.he
Lutheran church. "The Lutheran
constitutions at first ordained a three
days' celebration, abolished all the
superstitious practices to which the
Middle Ages had given rise, and made
.the proper observance of the festival
to consist in the faithful setting forth
of the steat central fact of Redemp
tion. in wvord and song.'' The Luth
erani church not only celebrates this
great festival in word and song, but
in deeds. It is the season of the in
gathering of souls. The time when
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ered in, and, hence, a time of great
rejoicing. All over the world church
es will be decorated-the story of the
Cross and Resourrection will be told,
and great songs of praise will ascend
We find the thought of the joyous
season beautifully expressed in the
words of Rev. W. J. Miller, D. D.:
"How the word Easter thrills our
souls! It fills us with thoughts and
feelings the highest and the noblest.
At 'tht word Easter, the whole
earthly life of Jesus Christ comes be
fore us. We see Him once more in!
the stable a babe in Mary's arms;
we see Him the boy in the midst of
the doctors; we see Him the carpenter
of Nazareti; 'we behold Him .the
Preacher ~of R,ighteousness, telling
the story which the world would not
receive; we see Him buffeted, spit up
on, and revile'd: we see the Cross and
then the tomb, with the stone and
seal and watch; and then Easter wvith
'its glory and triumph, and hallelu
jalh,.a' glorious crown to a still mor~e
glorious life. Let us have our mis
re, for it dissolves into' the hallelu
jah. Let us have the cross and thre
crown of thorns an'd the tomb, for af
ter them comes Easter."
The significance of Easter is being
more and more recognized. Its im
portance in the scheme of Redemp
tion and in the uplift of humanity is
being more and more appreciated.
From Cathedral and humble chapel
peal forth Easter anthems. Ever
greens and flowers decorate the altar
in church buildings -of almost all de
nominations. The business world
puts on a new Easter dress and the
whole world keeps holiday. We know
that- all this Easter display is not
always an indication that the heart
is in full accord with the great Eas
Iter thoughts; but it does show that
the whole world, whether, of the fact
or not, is going forth to meet its
To us as Christians what a wealth
of blessedness -does Easter bring!
Christ is the Victor. He has conquer
ed all the foes that have conquered
man. In the light of the risen Christ,
we rejoice with joy unspeakable, for
sin, death, the grave and hell have no
longer dominipn over us. Through
Him who -rose on Easter day we are
conquerors and more than conquer
ors. Wh.at joy fills orhearts as we
pneover these glorious truths.
Christ is risen and Christians must
rise too. They must rise at the last
day. "When Christ who is our life
shall appear, then shall ye also ap
pea with HiTm in zlrver'' "'Christ is
risen from the dead and become the
first fruits of them that slept.'' ''For
since by man came death, by man also
came the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in
Christ shall all be made alive.'' ''But
every man in his own order; Christ,
the first fruits, afterwards they that
are Christ's at His eoming."
.Christ's Resurection is the pledge
and assurance of our resureetion. If
he ..first fruits are gathered in, the
harvest will follow after. If t.he
Head has risen, the body will rise al
so. The resureetion of the Christian
is a rising into a glorious life with
Christ. It is meeting the Lord in
the air 'and so being 'ever with the
There is another resurrection for
Christians, a rising again here in this
world, a rising to a new life. ''If ye
be risen with Christ,'' writes Paul,
''seek those things which are above
where Christ sitteth on the right
hand of God.'' If we would rise wiLh
Christ at the last day we must rise
with Him now. ''Likewise reckon ye
also yourselves to be dead indeed un
to sin, but alive unto God through
Jesus Christ our Lord.'' -
In the light of Easter let as ask
ourselves the question, has this light
shone into our hearts and minds I
Are we leading a new and risen life'?
Are our affections set on things
above'? Do we feel within us the heart
trobs of that ''life which is hid with
Christ in God ''"
In this spirit will Easter be c-ele
brated in the Lutheran Chur&h of the
Program Easter Sunday.
11 a. m.--Regular morning s'r
vice. Reception of new members.
Celebration of- the Lord 's Sapper.
Singing of Easter hymns. The choir
will render the following beautiful
''Now is Christ Rison ''-F. C.
''Why Seek ve the Livingc?''-J.
At 4 p. m.-Sunday school.
At 7,30 p. m. there will be a spe
ial service rendered by the Sunday
school, consisting chiefly of soagp by
the main school and primary depart
ment. At this service President J.
Henry Harms of the college will make
A cordial invitation to a:1 sE'rvices
is extended the public.
''An Ohio preacher says a kiss is
a worse intoxicant .that drink.
''What do you think of that?''
''T think he's heen kiesin<r ''
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EASTER ED'ITION-H&N .. ....
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* EASTER TIDE *
* What Easter Signifies, and the *
* Customs of Various Countries. *
* By Rev. J. W. Wolling,' D). D. *
The whole Christian world now eel
ebrates Easter, w~~hich is the joyful
festival in memory -of the resurree
tion of our Lord, Christ. Thiis is the
great movable feast of the church and
to many it is perplexing to tell julst
when it is due. It can- never in any
year come earlier than March 22nd,
or later thaa April 25th, but the rtt-le
by which its coming is determined is
the following: It must fall on the
first Sunday after the first full moon
following tihie vernal equinox. which.
of course, gives us the 21st of March
as the fixed point.
The name of this feast, Easter, is
by many supposed to come from the
name of the Saxon goddess, Eastre,
whose festival among those rude peo
pIe was snpposed to come at this sea
son, and as some claim w-as trans
ferred by the church into the Chris
tion calendar. This may have been.
Howev-er, it is a notable fact tha.t
none of the customs of that wanton
goddess are joined to our solemn,
%eautiful feast, and hence for this and
other reasons I am disposed to think
of its origin as another, -and very dif
ferent. After examining many opin
ions my thought is that the word Eas
tern was by the Anglo-Saxons chang
ed by dropping one letter from Eas
tern to our Easter. It is reasonable
thus to conctluide, for they looked to
the East for our Lord 's coming, and
as the sun bursts forth in the East
bringing to life a new day, a resur
rection from the dark, cold night, so
His rising was to them the Easter, or
the festival of the Eastern light, the
rising of our Lord, the 'Sun of right
eousness. ~And hence the name. In all
of Northern Europe as also among
the Latin races the word used for
Easter is Paschoa, which is the word
for Passover, tie old Jewish feast.
And indeed the d;ate of that ancient
feast a-nd of our Easter is nearly iden
tical. The word Easter is used in our
Bible by the English translators but
Many interesting -customs are in
use in various nations. One of the
most ancient as also extensive was
the giving of an egg. On Easter
morina s the believers met they
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handed one to the other an egg and
used the salutation, "The Lord is
risen,'' to which came the reply, "He
is risen, indeed.'' Of course we un
derstand that tihe egg represents the
resurrection; as a new life after three
weeks of incubation 'bursts from that
covering, so Christ after three days
burts t'he confines of the totrnb.
Easter has always been a joyful
feast, and in the early chui-ch it was
a -time of floral decorations, to the
poor alms were given, slaves were of
ten set free, the prisoners released,
and on Easter morning the believers
in Christ greeted each other with a
"iholy kiss.'' In Brazil I once at
tended an assembly of Christians, all
of whom had come from Southern
Europe, who thus greeted eaeh other
with a 'kiss and that without distinc
tion of age or sex. In all Latin coun
tries the church festivities are observ
.d with much pomp and circumstane
es. However, Easter which covers
tihree days. from Good Friday to Eas
ter Sunday, 'has for the first two days
a note of sadness which dominates all
business and industrial aetivities.
Only what is necessary can be bought;
all signs of sayety must be put aside
and hundreds repair to the churhes
all dressed in deep mourning and view
what is said to be the figure of Christ
lying in the tomb. In the outside
world all noises are hushed. All the
whistles of railroads and factories
give no sign or segnzal; on the street
ears no bell or gong is struck, and
even the tinkle of cowbells and those
on horses are all muffled. Christ is
in the tomb. they say. hence all this
sadness. And so it continues until be
fore day on Easter morning when all
the chureh bells break forth in a glad
haleluiah. and by daybreak the
churdes are full of gaily dressed
thrngs eh anting praises and eonerat
ating each other on the newv found
j(ov that the Lord is risen.
In our country Easter festivities
are adorned with a great profusion of
natura.l flowers. 'but the flower which
stands for Easter joy is the lily. and
of the two hundred varieties of this
plant the Easter-lily is at this season
the queen. This plant is not a native
of our country but was brought from
Bermuda and in our South land
boom's just at the Easter tide. This
beautiful bloom, which represents
urity, is no doubt applied to Christ
bee:anse of the exnression in thre book
of C'anticles where it says: "'I am thre
rose of Sharon and the lily of the
vallev.'' In his vivid imagination no
doubt the writer foresaw our Lord
a with proicn vision beheld the
joy of Easter.
.Once more this joyful season is up
on us. T.he flowers, full of beauty
and of fragrance, will adorn the al
tars of our Lord, and should repre
sent the fragrance of a holy love in
the hearts of the worshippers. The
joy-bells will ring and every tongue
should repeat the joyful refrain:
''The Lord is risen,'' and a glad re
sponse come back: ''He is risen, in
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* WEST END BAPTIST *
* CHURCH. - *
Newberry, S. C., March 26, 1909.
Mr. E. H. Aull,
*Dear Sir: You lettei- received and
will say that our young people are
planning exercises for Easter Sunday
night in which there will be speaking,
singing and recita'tions.
J. F. McGill,
Pastor West End Baptist Church.
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* FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH. *
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Col. E. H. Aull,
Newberry, S. C.
.Yours requesting an article on Eas
ter celebraxtion to hand. I haven't
t.he time that would be necessary to
prepare an article for publication. As
a church we do not celebrate Easter;
our order of service is the same as on
other Sundays. I do not know just
what I am going to preach that day
and cannot flow give an outline.
'. Yours truly,
G. A. Wright.
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* ST. LUKE'S LUTHERAN *
* CHURCH. *
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We regard th-e Easter festival as
the most, inportairt festival of th
enlire Church year. It comnmemnora
es the res.urrection of Christ, and Vh
chureh will ever stand with the res
urrection of Christ. If Christ r
from the dead, all 'his miracles ar
sure, he is all that he claims to b
and our faith is impregnable.
Christ did rise from the dead as
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