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THE Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America has sent out sugges tions for the observance of Labor Sunday, September 2nd. Here are some of the subjects suggested for sermons that day: "Such Regu lation of the Conditions of Toil for Women as Shall Safeguard the Physical and Moral Health of the Community"; "Abatement and Prevention of Poverty"; "Conservation of Health"; "Protection of the Worker from Dangerous Machinery, Occupational Diseases, Injuries and Mortality"; "Suitable Provision for the Old Age of the Workers and Those In capacitated by injury"; "Gradual and Reason able Reduction of Hours of Labor to the Low est Practicable Point, and for That Degree of Leisure for All Which Is a Condition of the Highest Human Life"; "A Living Wage as a Minimum in Every Industry and the Highest Wage That Each Industry Can Afford"; "The Most Equitable Division of the Product of In dustry That Can Ultimately be Devised." We cannot help contrasting this with Paul's pro gram: "I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ and him cruci fied." It should be borne in mind that our Church belongs to the Federal Council. Which program are we going to stand for, that of the Council or Paul's. We think we can an swer for the vast majority of our preachers, that Paul's program was theirs on Labor Sunday, as on other days, and that their choice met with the approval of the vast ma jority of their people. + ? + CORRESPONDENTS sometimes fail to sign their names to their communications. It is the rule of newspapers to throw into the wastebasket all unsigned communications re ceived. We dislike doing this, but we ought not to be expected to publish anything when we do not know from whom it comes. We ought to have the name of the writer for our own protection. It will not be published if the writer prefers that it shall not be. We will consider it a great favor if our correspond ents, whose help we so thoroughly appreciate, will comply with this request. + *5* + OBLIGATIONS of a very solemn nature are publicly assumed by the members of a church, including its officers, when a pastor whom they have called is installed. In the call the promise of a certain salary is made, in order that the pastor may "be free from worldly cares and avocations." Where the mu tual obligations of pastor and people are speci fied in the installation service, the people an swer this question in the affirmative: "Do you engage to continue to him, while he is your pastor, that competent worldly maintenance whieh you have promised, and to furnish him with whatever you may see needful for the honor of religion and for his comfort among you?" We have wondered sometimes whether i lie people stop to count the coat o? keeping awt'y "worldly cares." We are sura they will not agree to their pastor having any "worldly avocation" by which he may supplement a meagre salary. We have known country pas tors who have lost their influences with their churches, because they did some farming, with out which they and their families would suf fer hunger. But the congregation promises to do even more than pay the stipulated salary, when it sees need for doing so. Many a pas tor's work has been sadly handicapped because of his small salary. Of two things we are sure. If the officers of the churches will give this matter a few moments' thought, they will see it very much as we do. If the officers see the need of doing something, and will present it to the people in a business-like way the money will be provided in most cases for a liberal in crease in the pastor's salary. The average in crease ought to be not less than twenty-five per cent. + + + EDITORS do not always have to wait for the flowers to be put on their graves. Here are two that are fragrant with good will that have just come to us through the mail. One is from an elder, who is strong and active in one of the leading churches of the Valley of Vir ginia. He writes: "I do not see how I could get along without your good paper. I read it carefully and enjoy every bit of it. I have been a reader of it and its predecessors from childhood, and that means a good many years." Another comes from a pastor in far-off Mis souri. This is what he sends: "I would not think of stopping the Presbyterian. At first it was a luxury, but now it is a necessity." Wo can only hope that we may be worthy of such good opinions. + + + CANADIAN churches seem to go at the se curing of pastors in a very business-like way. In one of their leading Presbyterian papers we find these advertisements under the heading, "Minister Wanted": "The pastoral charge of Blind River is now vacant and de sirous of hearing candidates, the stipend is $1,200 and a free manse, no outside preaching stations. First-class public school and con tinuation school in the town. We are located within fourteen hours' travel from Toronto and Ottawa, right on the north shore of Lake Hu ron. Candidates wishing a hearing communi cate with Dr. J. M. Robb, Blind River, Ontario." "Minister Wanted. ? St James' Presbyterian Church, Melfort, Sask., requires a minister at once. There is one preaching station. Stipend, $1,500 per annum, with free manse and three week's vacation. Applicants will forward testimonials, references and photos to A. E. Cairns, Sec.-Treas., Melfort, Sask." We have been told that it is not necessary for a vacant church in our part of the world to advertise for applicants for its pastorate. SP^COND Similay*>ftK?>on^?mber is the day fixed for prayer for public schools. The enrollment in these schools is more than 19, 000,000 pupils, with 580,000 teachers. The citi zens of this country show their estimate of the value of these schools by paying $555,000,000 a year to run them. Another way in which to show their interest is to pray for God's bless ing npon them. The teachers are bearing a great responsibility in training this great host of boys and girls who in a few years will be in charge of the business, the government and the church of this country. They need help which only God can give. God has promised to answer united prayer. What wonderful re sults would follow, if all the Christians of this country would pray earnestly for the blessing that is so sadly needed. + + + TO-DAY the great call to the Christian peo ple of, this country is to repentance and prayer. The war, that has enveloped prac tically the whole Christian world, God has, no doubt, permitted because of the sins of the peo ple. It may be too late now for us to escape all the evils of the war, but if all the Chris tians of this country were to go humbly to God and confess all their sins and short comings, and promising Him that they will try to avoid them in the future, and that they will consecrate themselves and their all to His service, there is every reason to believe that even now we may be spared much of the evil of the war. This is to be done not so much by any public movement, as by the action of the individual. Let each one, on his knees before God, examine his life in the light of God's law and see wherein he has come short of making his life what God wanted it to be. Let him not try to conceal anything or offer excuses, but just make an honest confession before Him who knows us all together. Let us prove God as the king and people of Nineveh did, and see what will happen to us in forty days. + + + LOOKING ahead is a very profitable prac tice. A road overseer had a negro work ing a road machine. He told him to drag a% certain part for the road. Coming back after a little Avhile and seeing the man still looking at the road, he asked him why he had not begun the work. He replied : "Boss, I'se just trying to get into my mind how dis here road gwine look after I done got through wid it. .Tust as soon as I done satisfy myself how it gwine look, den I'se gwine start, and de rest won't be no trouble." The engineer said he made a fine job of that road. We wonder what would happen if some of us would just stop on the roadside of life and try to get into our minds how our lives will look when we get through with them. Are we going to make a fine job of them? We ought to re member that our lives are not likely to be any better than we plan them.