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(Continued from page 7) ing lequest that they should observe this simple ceremony in order that they might be reminded of Him. A simple ceremony is much more suit able as a reminder than a more elab orate one. The thoughts will not bo taken up with the ceremony itself, but will turn to what it represents. As we partake of the bread we are reminded of Christ's body which hung on the cross. As wo drink the wine we are reminded of the blood that Mowed from His wounds. There are several things well worth considering about the Lord's Supper. (1) It is a memorial. Just as the 1'assover reminded the Israelites of the slaying of the lamb connected with their deliverance from Egypt, so the Lord's Supper reminds us of the death of Christ, the Lamb of God, on the cross, that we might be saved. We are reminded of llis sufferings, and of what lie gave for sinners, even His own life. We are reminded of His purpose in enduring suffering unto death for the purpose of providing salvation for lost sinners. We are reminded that all this was prompted by His love for us. (2). Ihe Lord s Supper is a cove nanting ordinance. it is the seal which we place upon the covenant which in our hearts we have made with our Saviour. When a Roman sol dier enlisted in the army of his coun tiy he took an oath of allegiance to his government and to his comman der. And whenever the army was about to go into battle he was re quired to renew his oath of allegiance. When we gave our hearts to Jesus we covenant to be the Lord's, and when we partake of this Supper, we renew our covenant. (3). It is a thanksgiving service. It may seem strange to celebrate the death of any one with thanksgiving. We usually celebrate birthdays with thanksgiving and the days of deatn with mourning. The reason for this is that man is born into the world that he may during his lifetime accomplish the purpose of his coming into the world. Christ accomplished His pur pose by His death. (4). it teaches us what Jesus did for us. "Some time after the Civil War, Henry Ward Beecher visited the Soldiers' Cemetery at Nashville Here,' he says, 'I observed a man planting a flower over a grave. I ap proached him and asked if his son were buried there. "No." "A rela tive?" "No." "Whose memory, then, do you cherish?" I ventured to ask. After delaying a moment, and putting down a small board which he had in his hand, he replied, "Well, I will tell you. When the war broke out I lived in Illinois. I wanted to enlist, but I was poor, and a large family of chil dren depended upon me for their dally bread. Finally, as the war continued, I. was drafted. No draft money was given me; I was unable to procure a substitute, and made up my mind to go. After I had got everything in readiness nnd was just going to re port for duty at the conscription camp a young man whom I had known came up to me and said, 'You have a large family which your wife cannot support while you are gone. I will go for you.' In the battle of Chickamauga the poor fellow was dangerously wounded, and lie, along with others, was taken back to a hospital at Nashville. After a lingering illness he died and was buried here. Ever since hearing of his death I have been desirous of com ing to Nashville nnd seeing that his remains were properly buried. Hav ing saved sufficient funds I came on yesterday, and hero today found the poor fellow's grave." On completing his story the man took up tho small board and inserted it at the foot of tho grave. Turning to look at It, 1 saw this simple inscription, and noth ing more: 'lie died for me.' " ? Tabell. (5). How shall I come to tho Lord's Supper? There are many who are kept away, because they feel that they are not worthy to comc. "All the fitness Ife requireth is to feel our need* of Him." We arc to feel that we are sinners needing a Saviour and tak ing the crucified Jesus as our Saviour. "Just as I am without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bid'st me come, O Lamb of God, I come. "Just as I am waiting not To rid my soul of one dark blot, To Thoo whose blood can cleanse each spot, O Lamb of God, I comc." THE PRAYER MEETING I THE DUTY OF I'PLIFTING OTHERS Week Beginning July 13, 1919. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. There is scarcely any relationship in life where it is not true that "two are better than one." The Wise Man has here been speaking of the oppres sions and trials and burdens under which men live and labor. He seems to picture to himself a lone man pass ing through these trying experiences, and sympathizes with him in his lone liness. In these verses he gives four rea sons why "two are better than one," or four occasions on which this is true. The first is when work is to be done. Two working together can usu ally accomplish far more than if they work separately. We knew once of a boat builder who was working on a small sailboat. It was necessary for him to work sometimes on one side of the boat and sometimes on the other. He had many tools to use and often the one he wanted was on the other side of the boat and he had to walk around to get it. He complained that he had to walk in this way miles every day. It was suggested that he might have a boy to help him by hand ing the tools to him across the boat, and thus save him many unnecessary steps and much time. Jesus, the great Builder of this world, we may say it will all rever ence, can accomplish much more ac cording to His plan of building, if He has us to work with Him, than He can without us. How much more, then, can wo accomplish with Him than we can alone. The next point is that if one falls, the other can lift him up. It Is a blessed thought that we can always have Jesus near to help us when we need him most. But it is a great blessing to have an earthly friend who is ready to help us when we need help. A small boy from an irreligious family had just been received into the Church on confession of his faith in the Saviour. As he turned from the pulpit to go back to his seat, the oldest man in the church tottered up the aisle to meet him. Taking the little fellow by the hand he said: "Johnny, you are weak, because you are young. I am weak, because I am old. Let's be partners." And partners they became. The old man did much to keep the boy from tho temptations of youth by his wise counsel and his prayers. Tho little fellow did much to add to tho happiness and pleasuro of tho old man, and to keep the gloom of old ago from settling down upon him. "If two lie together, then they have heat." This is true not only of the contact of physical bodies. It is spe cially truo of souls. There ought to bo far more soul intercourse than there usually is between Christians. We ought to lay our Christian experi ence alongside of that of our fellow Ciiristians and see how our hearts will warm up. When wo get near to Coil's people in prayer meetings and the other public services of the Church we will find how our hearts will glow. When the two disciples had walked and talked with Jesus on the way to Emmaus, they said: "Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way?" If our hearts arc not burning within us, what is tho reason? When we have battles to fight it is far easier, if we have some one to stand by and strike blow for blow with us. One reason why there was no one in the army of Isreal who was willing to go forth to fight Goliath was that he had to go alone. The reason David went and came back vic torious was that he did not go alone. He had God with him. He strength ened his arm. He guided his eye. lie made the stone go to its mark. This same God is ready to be our helper in all of our fights against our enemy. Let us in all things be partners with God. YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIETIES I NTEMPERANCE. M., July 14. Spirit-filled, not wine-filled. Eph. 5: 18; Luke 1:15. T., July 15. Drink and God's service. T-ev. 10:8-11. W., July 10. Drink and rulers. Isa. 28:1-8. T., July 17. Drink and*boasting. 1 Kines 20:1-21. l'\, July 18. A ?ol>er nation. Deut. 29:1-6. S., July IS). For the sake of others. Row. 15:1-4. S.. July 20. Topic ? Crusading Against Intemper ance. Eph. 0:10-20. Why is prohibition the only cureT How ran prohibition be enjorredt How can we adranre the trmprranre cautr? We can scarcely have a better illus tration of the rapidity 'with which events of vital importance have moved in this country in recent times. The topic selected for this week was prob ably chosen about a year ago. At that time the national prohibition of the liquor traffic was a dream, but there were few who looked for its fulfillment in the immediate future. There was a hope that wartime prohi bition might be secured, but there was not even a certainty of that. Thirteen States had ratified the amendment to the National Constitu tion. Dut it was expected that sev eral years would be required before the full number of ratifications could be secured. In less than six months from that time Congress had passed a war meas ure, putting a stop to the sale of liquor after the first of July and this provision is to he binding until the war is declared at an end and our army has been demobilized. Very shortly after that the States began ratifying the amendment so rapidly that more than the required number had been secured before the winter was over. The war gieasure is now in opera tion and the day on which these notes are written (July 1. 1919) is the first day in the history of this coun try when not. a drop of liquor of any kind can be legally sold for beverage purposes. ; , This is the fulfillment of the dreams, the consummation of the la bors and the answer to the prayers of many earnest men and women in all parts of our country. Wo can scarcely realize just what this will mean to our people. More than 290,000 men engaged in the liquor business will now be employed in somo useful occupation. More than 100,000 men and women will.be saved from drunkards' graves every year. Many thousands will be kept out of prisons, almshouses and asylums for the insane. Millions of men and women will have their brains cleared, their nerves steadied, their bodies strengthened, so that their efficiency for work, in whatever sphere they may bo employed will bo greatly in creased. Millions of homes will be made happier. Tears will bo dried from the oyes of millions of mothers and wives. Millions of children will learn to love and respect their fathers, where they have oftentimes only feared them. There is every reason to believo that all this will result in a greatly increased prosperity for our land and of hnppiness for the people. No doubt there will be many eva sions and violations of the law. That is true of all law. There will be some who will make an effort to violate it in order to bring the law into disre pute in the hope of securing its re peal. There will be some who will insist that there is as much liquor sold under prohibition as there was in the open saloons. Do not be de ceived by such statements. There will be some who will violate the law and will justify themselves by saying that it limits their personal liberty, and that the law has no right to say what they may or may not drink or buy. It is the part of every one who has the welfare of our country and its people at heart to see that the law is strictly obeyed and enforced. Every man should keep it himself and use all of his powers to see that others keep it. This can be done by aiding the officers of the law in finding and convicting the violators. But better than that will be the creating of a public sentiment that sees that this law in public estimation is placed on an equality with the other important laws of the land, and that will demand its observance and condemn its viola tion, as it would that of the law against stealing. It is Ofen said that lawg he enforced in accordance with public demand for their enforce ment. The Young People's Societies can do much to awaken the proper senti ment for the enforcement of the law. No better plan can be adopted for ac complishing this than that of finding out what changes have taken place since prohibition became effective. In addition to this information should be secured as to the violation of the law and these facts should be made public. If the officers of the law are not making proper efforts to enforce the law, that fact should be made public. Education along these lines will accomplish a great deal The best means to secure the ob servance of any law is by filling the hearts of the people with the love of God. Let every effort possible be put forth to win men, whether they bo law-breakers or not, to Christ. In addition to their being saved, they will be far better citizens than they would otherwise be. Look out indi vidual cases, and work and pray in dividually and collectively for their salvation.