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In the - Relteious World tr What the. Church Folks Are Thinking About and Doing. Religious News From Everywhere. SUNDAY SCHOOL. LESSON AND The Heart of Christmas. The International Sunday School Lesson for Todav is: -'The Character of Mos-gtah.- Isaiah 3:1-17. The tiolden Text is: "Thou Shalt fall His Name Jesus, for He Shall Save His Peopl.- l'roiu Their Sins." Matthew 1:21. By William T. Elite. ""hat with the hannv bus- 1 'tle and planning: and work ing and shopping wmcn Christmas brings, there is V V real danger that the deep est significance of the day may be overlooked. Supernciauy Christmas is the season of evergreens, of gaily decked trees, of Santa Claus. of feasting and of the giving and re ceiving of presents. But if that is all that it is. it is not enough. The heart of Christmas the mean ing that vitalizes all the ooservances and perpetuates the festival through out the centuries is a rude manger In an oriental khan, wherein lay the Babe, who was the son of Mary and fcon of God. In its very nai.e, and in its very character, Christmas is the birthday anniversary of the Christ Child. They miss the message of this gladdest day of the year who have not eves to discern in it the cooing, help less, beautiful Babe, who in His com plete humanness warms our hearts, and who in His divinity sets our spir its to soaring. A Far-Foreseen Hope. The Christmas that we know, and the better Christmas that is still be fore us, was the far-foreseen hope of the oppressed Jews. The cry "Ho long. O Lord!" that is today upon the lips of the Jews of Russia, is no new utterance for that race. Through the dark days of fear and oppression, when Assvria personified the terror with which Russia is now synonymous, they looked forward to the coming of a Messiah. Our present Christmas was then in the future to them. Dim though the vision was. as fore told bv Isaiah in the present passage and bv other prophets, it put a heart of hope into the people. There is sav ing and sustaining power in a great hope. No journey is too hard if the goal at the end be great enough. A worthy object of life, and a sufficient, ground for endurance, were imparted bv the expectation of a Coming One. who should break the Assyrian yoke, even as the yoke of the Midianites had been broken by Gideon. As on the hottest August days, the East wind oftentimes comes sweeping through the city of Boston, driving away depression and discomfort and bringing the refreshing ocean ozone to weary workers, so the mighty upper currents of the Messianic hope surged through the life of the Jews, reviving their languishing spirits and remind ing them of the pure air that they ye would breathe. No nation or individ ual is in extremis so long as it has a. great hope to cherish. A Light in a Dark Time. These present days lend new signifi cance to the character of the Messiah as a light. He was so pictured to the people that walked in darkness; he is bo being realized at this Christmastide. A. D. 1905. Today, in a peculiar de gree and manner, religion is standing for light. Truth and justice, hand maidens of the Messiah, are increasing their sway by the entrance of light into the dark places of the worlds of insurance, finance, railroads, politics, eociety. We have come upon a day ot revelations; and in consequence enter tain a new respect for the saving pow er of sunlight. "Turn on the light!" is the slogan of al! reform. The day of government by whispering is passing. Hidden things must be made manifest. Even the Blums are being banished by the simple procedure of installing electric lights in alleys and courts. The principle is a deep one. running down to the very nature of God. "Ir. Him was light." "I am the light of the world." As the foregleams of the Coming One brightened Judah's deep darkness, so in a larger measure the advent of Jesus is illuminating the dark places of the earth. Even the "dark continent" is becoming light be cause His presence and His gospel have been carried to its remotest re cesses by His representatives. Slowly almost imperceptibly at times. but nevertheless steadily, the spirit of Jesus is increasingly brightening the. world. The Christmas star shines more brilliantly than it did a year ago; the world is more in the mood to keep the infant King's birthday anniversary than it ever has been in the past. The widest observers, the clearest thinkers, the sanest prophets, have but one voice in declaring that the world is getting better year by year. The Sun of Right eousness is arising, with healing in his beams. Despite the dire news from the realms of the Czar, despite Turkey's bloody sway, despite ominous rumors from China, the paraphernalia of war is, to a greater degree every year, be coming, as Isaiah prophesied, material for a huge bonfire. The recently re tired prime minister of Great Britain declared at the banquet to the lord mayor of London. A centurv ago, Pitt standing where I now stand, prophe sied war. Today I prophesy peace. As a Little Child. The Child typifies futurity. He is The ever fresh mystery. To him al! things are possible. Parents, families fven kingdoms, center all their hope upon a child. A few short months ago the desire of all Russia was con centrated upon a male heir to the throne of the Czar. That expectation was trifling as compared with the deep longtng hope of the Jews, whose hearts were fixed upon the prophet's words, not to be fulfilled until the first Christ mas Day, seven hundred years later. "For unto us a child is born, unto us a "on is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulders." Thus it comes to pass that any study of the character of the Messiah brings fare to face with the place of the child in lif. This is his day, and Christmas is his festival. How bare would Christmas be without the little children: Of all persons to be pitied at this season, their lot is worst who must keep holiday without the accom paniment of children's laughter. It is through every babe that we un derstand Christ, and through Christ that we understand the babe. Each Is sanctified by the other. Linked with this Old Testament pro phecy of the Babe to come is the New Testament word of the Master him self, "Kxcept ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise en ter into the kingdom of heaven." The Christmas season should find the whol world on the common level of child likeness; for only then can we rightb' understand the day. and the Child who la its cause and center. The Ilea ped-t"p Names. Newspapers use superlatives so of ta that they lose their force; not so VOING PEOPLES TOPIC. Scripture. When it heaps up language in seeming extravagance there is added meaning and power. Behold the cum ulative power of this description of the Messiah: "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." The tremendous force of these ap pellations is not realized until each is broken up into its full individua1 meaning, us there is not space to do here. "Wonderful" has He not been the amazement of twenty centuries, the one colossal world Figure, the mar vel of the. wise and the great, calling forth countless encomiums, such as "The character of Jesus forbids his possible classification with men." "Counsellor" the race has been at His feet, in response to His invitation, "Come unto me . . . and learn of me." The best books, the finest deeds the noblest lives, have had as their in spiration and power the life of Him wnose advent makes Christmas. "Mighty God," "Everlasting Father" staggering though the truth be, the nnsuan world halls Mary s Son as the image of the invisible God, the express image of his person, the re revealer and ernbodier of the God head, even as he claimed, "The Father and I are one." "All power is given unto Me." "He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father." "Prince of Peace" not without reason was a statue of Jesus erected on the border line between Chile and the Argentine Republic, as a perpetual memorial of peace. He has been the world's Pacificator. His birth was an nounced with hymns of peace: and His spirit is ushering in the inevitable day of universal peace among the nations. An Increasing Reijrn. Christmas suggests conquest. The simple fact of the world's wide ob servance of this day stimulates thought. It means that the whole earth is one in paying tribute to the long-prophesied child of the manger, concerning whom Isaiah wrote, "Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end." How- multiform and multitudinous are the agencies at work to fulfill that prophecy! Here it is little children with their Christmas carols; here a resolute spirit toiling amid the great city's tenements; here a mother min istering by word and example to young characters which accept her life as gospel; here it is the business men of a great city banded together for the promotion of righteousness; here it is thirty noble spirits leaping forward Uj take the place of the latest missionar ies to earn a martyr's crown; here it is a consecrated preacher, here a hum ble saint simply living the love he bears to his Lord who, save heaven's host, can record the vast company of great and small who are steadily push ing outward the frontiers of the king dom of the Christmas King? NEWS AND NOTES. A party of International Sunday school workers is to make a tour of the West Indies early in 1906, in the interest of Sunday-school work. The Northern and Southern Presby terian churches are uniting to establish a theological school in Nanking. China, for the training of native Chin ese ministers. Baptists are considering- the project of establishing a. summer resort and assembly, similar to that which the Methodists have at Ocean Grove, on the Jersey coast, at a point south of the latter report. Twelve sen i hern cities were visited during November and December by William N. Hartshorn, president, and Marion Lawrance, general secretary, of the International Sunday-school As sociation. They held conventions and institutes. The founder of the modern temper ance crusade, "Mother Thompson," as the White Ribboners call her, is dead in her ninetieth year. She and an other woman held a prayer-meeting on the sidewalk, in front of a saloon, in the town of Hillsboro, Ohio, in 1873, and the example was widely imitated, a wonderful revival of temperance sentiment being created. The practical outcome was the formation of the. World's Woman's Christian Temper ance union. A remarkable story of Japanese adaptability comes from Port Arthur, where the Japanese army turned the Russian Cathedral over to the Young Men's Christian Association, since there were no Russians left to use it. Fur thermore, Japanese took the furniture out of houses lately occupied by Rus sian officials and put it into the church, thus equipping the Y. M. C. A. for its work among the soldiers. The secre tary of the association is a Japanese Baptist. Norway has figured prominently in the newspapers recently because of its; change of government and election of a king. But according to reliable ad vices, the deepest present interest in Norway is in a revival, now- under way. rivaling that of Wales. The beginning of this movement, which is sweeping the entire country, is traced back to Chicago, where in 1896 a young Nor wegian sailor was so moved by the in terest of one of the workers in his spiritual welfare that he became a Christian. Four years ago he returned to his own country, and to his own home town, to do evangelistic work. In Christiania he has had as many as five thousand hearers at once. The most splendid of the state churches have been opened to his meetings. This young sailor, Lunde. is said to resem ble, in many respects, Evan Roberts, the leader of the Welsh revival. The Y. M. C' A. is to break into the Arctic Circle upon the opening of navi gation in the spring. An army secre tary is to be sent up the Yukon in a launch to visit the six posts. He wil' supply soldiers with reading matte and stationery, ' give entertainments with talking- machines, lectures with the stereopticon, conduct religious ser vices and organize army associations. This will relieve the monotonous rou tine of life in these isolated posts and counteract the "disease" of nostalgia, as army surgeons recognize it, which is only a new name for the old-fashioned homesickness. The man who with his wife is going to face the hard ships of this new service in the Arctic Circle is William A. Reid, who was for two years an army secretary in Alaska, where he did a similar service travel ing on dog-sledges, on snow-shoes, and by canoes from post to post. He will extend his services to the Canadian mounted police. Following the Interchurch Federa tion conference in New York there ft ? - '':.U. A 1 sJ 1 sirV. l:-.:v,v ' ; -... .J; - vlX comes the news of an unique federa tion conference in Peking, China, when representatives of the various missions gathered to consider the possibility of securing a common hymn book and of adopting uniform terms for certain im portant religious words, as well as to consider methods of further federation. Considerable difficulty arises in mis sion work because of the various dia lects in use throughout the provinces. The conference fixed on "Li-pai T'ang" to be used for church buildings which are employed only for worship; upon another word, "Fu-yin T'ang" for preaching halls, and one word "Shang ti" for God and "Shen-hing" for Holv Spirit. The subject of forming an or ganic federation was deferred until th meeting of the General Conference of All Missions in Shanghai in 1907. TIIE WORLD'S GREAT GOAL-. Terse Comments Vpon the Uniform Prayer-Meeting Topic. One of the familiar legends concern ing the Apostle John, who penned the words that are the basis of this les son, has to do with his extreme age. He had become too feeble to walk, but every Isold's Day he was carried into the congregation at Ephesus and lifted up that he might address the brethren. The aged friend of Jesus, stretching forth the white and trembling hand that had often rested upon the shoul der of the Master, would say, in a voice so weak that only the intense stillness permitted it to be heard, "Lit tle children, love one another." Week after week he repeated the same fa miliar exhortation, until some rather wearied of it. At length, one of the elders mildly remonstrated with the patriarch, saying, "Yes, father; but have you no other message for us?" A new fire kindled in the eye that had looked upon the features of the Sav iour and pierced the veil of eternity, and John made answer, "There is no other message. Little children, love one another." The first and last word of the Christian vocabulary is love. The whole duty of man, as expounded by the Master, is simply to love love God and love his fellowmen. When love reigns, then the day of the universal brotherhood of man, which had its dawning at Bethlehem, will be fully here. Christmas is God's definition of love for man. ' The ancient hope and dream of the noblest spirits pictures a state where man would be brother to man, in a pure democracy of loving spirits. Jesus came to realize that dream. The an gel song heralded a reign of peace among men of good will. A new spirit stole into the world that still Decem ber night. It was embodied in the babe born so lowly that the least of mankind could claim him kin; and yet born amid such heavenly heralding and wonders that the greatest of earth's royalty must acclaim him king. To bring "king and peasant, rich and poor, feeble and powerful, into one close family of affectionate fraternity, with God as its head, was the mission of Mary's Son who was also the Son of the Most High. The Bible assumes some wonderful premises. Here it says that what ails the man who hates is that he is in darkness. If he had more light he would love instead of hating. But be cause he dwells In soul-night, he al lows this base passion to have domin ion over him. The simple fact that we entertain a sentiment of hatred to ward anybody, is, according to this best authority, proof sufficient that we are still dwelling in darkness. If all. men knew all, they would love No one can truly say, "Our Father." who is not willing aiso to say, "My brother." "This multitude, which knoweth not the law, is accursed," said that ancient body of aristocrats, the Sanhedrin. That was spoken like the Sanhedrin. Nothing better can be expected of a man or a body of men which despises the plain people than that they will crucify the saviours of their time. Such an attitude of mind is utterly alien to the spirit of Jesus. He made himself true brother to the lowliest. Never once did he despise man; the persons who received most of his con tempt were these very Pharisees who k v i n v ? en v tin u ,v1.- ;'-v. n deemed themselves nary mortals. superior to ordi- The only sound foundation for the brotherhood of man is the fatherhood of God. The best brothers of men are they who humbly acknowledge them selves children of the Father who is in heaven. i Somehow, thoughts of Christmas en- j large the borders of one's neighbor-; hood. It is not easy to be narrow or : provincial on Christmas Day. That i world-transforming Event, in old Ju- I dea's little hill town of Bethlehem. was too big tor any province or eoun try or planet to claim. Even the stars in their courses felt it: and the silent heavens broke their immemorial still ness to jubilate over it. We recall that it was because "God so loved the world" not merely Palestine, or the chosen people, or that particular cen tury, that he gave to all mankind its first Christmas Gift a babe who should for all time and in all realms personify man's brotherhood and God's love. It is easy to mouth pious platitudes about brotherhood. Every demagogue does it. Rut the searching test of brotherhood is that it gives. Christ mas love is shown by Christmas giv ing. No man can love his brother and not share with him whatever he may possess that his brother needs. The best evidence of devotion to the cause of world-wide brotherhood is a Jif given to its promotion and pnetioe; and that will include the lesser gifts of pelf and possessions. All who walk in the light of the Christmas star, live in the spirit of the Christmas Child. For mankind are one in spirit, and an instinct bears along. Round the earth's electric circle, tha swift flash of right or wrong: Whether conscious or unconscious, yet Humanity's vast frame Through its ocean-sundered fibres feels the gush of joy or shame; In the gain or loss of one race all the rest have equal claim. James Russell Lowell. SEVEN SENTENCE SERMONS. The mere lapse of years is not life; knowledge, truth, love, beauty, good ness, faith, alone can give vitality to the mechanism of existence. Marcus Aurelius. God hath ordained that work alone brings peace. Hiilis. If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain. Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. Emily Dickinson. s True goodness is like the glow-worm in this, that it, shines most when no eyes except those of heaven are upon it. Hare. The men who stand straightest in the presence of sin bow lowest in the presence of God. F. B. Meyer. Learn that to love is the one way tc know. Or God or Man; it is not love received That maketh man to know the inner life Of them that love him; his own love bestowed Shall do it. Jean Ingelow. Empty hours, empty hands, empty companions, empty words, empty hearts draw m evil spirits, as a vacuum draws in air. Wiiliam Arnot. God and the Sky. God, who is in us and about us, can not be found by any process of reason. No one by reason can find out God, but he is manifest by his own luminous presence, a presence that is spiritually discerned. One may try to build a flight of stairs to enable him -to touch the sky, but the attempt is fruitless and unnecessary fruitless because as fast as he rises the sky recedes; un necessary because the sky is with him now. The sky is all about us. over us It is a condition of physical life. With out it we could not live. It enters our lungs and blood, feeds the muscles and nourishes the brain. We need not mount upward to find it. We need but V r ft. s .... ,1 ii walk abroad in the pure air of the open heavens, breathe its breath, and it will manifest itself in the wonders of re newed bodily life. Rev. J. C Horning, Reformed, St. Louis. RELIGIOUS THOUGHT. ft r . . .j wuia jut:uiixi i ruin xencnings 1 of All Denominations. v Better have a wire fence at the d?-R of a precipice than a magnificent hos pital at tne Dottom of it. Rev. J. D Adams, Reformed, Brooklyn. A Great Possession. He who possesses Christ may dart to rejoice always and sing songs of hope and victory in the darkest, night. Rev. Dr. W. J. Williamson, Baptist St. Louis. Sources of Happiness. The real sources of happiness are in ourselves, not in our possessions; in our imagination, not in the novel; in our appreciation of beauty, not in the picture; in our musical culture, not in the piano. Rev. Dr. Lyman Abbott Congregationalist, Brooklyn. Folly of Selfishness. The man who goes about his duties in business or elsewhere prompted by selfish inclinations to achievement comforting himself all the while with the thought that he is no way trans gressing the main teachings of his re ligion, is allowing the moon of his faith to obscure the sun of love and life. Rev. J. W. Stockesee, Jr., Swe denborgian, Chicago. Christ's Law of LOTe. Christ's law of love and the Justice that springs from it is the only thing that will correct the strife and disor ders in the business world and stop dishonesty and graft. The law of love is the only thing that will settle the difference between capital and labor and it is likewise the only hone of peace between nations. Rev. J. Roach Straton, Baptist, Chicago. Thoughts on Education. Our thoughts on education will be colored by what we think of the child. If you see in the child a human being of priceless value, having an immortal soul, having in him wondrous possibili ties and his destiny the highest known to angel or to man, you will safeguard the child's character, his moral and intellectual life and his soul. Rev. P. W. Tallon, Roman Catholic, St. Louis. A A'iew of Divorce. Until the church can transform ex isting social conditions marriages will be dissolved whether the state and church recognize or refuse to recognize their dissolution. We feel so strongly that divorce is not the cause, but the inevitable result of a grievous disorder of society, that we cannot join with other churches, with whose motives we heartily sympathize, in its condem nation. Rev. Dr. William M. Brun dage, Unitarian, Brooklyn. Christian Education. The perpetuity and safety of the nation depends upon Christian educa tion. The hope of the nation lies in men who are not only strong minded and well trained, but are also dominat ed by a principle of Christian integ rity and unpurchasable manhood Build your men on Bible principles. and t:.cy will shun the perils of the demagogue. They will be true to our national principles and traditions. They will be brave enough to apply moral principles in politics and moral stand ards in their judgments on political parties. And when chosen to make and execute laws they will be true to their oath of office and the sacred trust re posed in them. Rev. Milton B. Will iams, Methodist, Chicago. The Growing Christian. Woe to the Christian who finds noth ing to regret in his life after his con version. He may have been converted but the good work begun in him has come to a standstill, as transplanted trees will, in a prolonged drought com pletely stop all growth. The great apostle freely confesses in the miast of his blessed career, Iot that I am al ready made perfect." But that very recognition leaas him to press on to ward the goal," to "stretch forward to the things which are before.' The growing Christian, while he is cheerful hopeful, assured of a. successful out- come, is always cognizant of the fail ings and shortcomings and limitations. While he is grateful for what he ic and has been permitted to accomplish, he sees plainly what he is not and what he has failed to do. "More love to Thee, O Christ: More love to Thee." are the breathings of his heart. And that very longing in many forms keeps mm in touch with the source of lire, makes him the humble, careful, pray erful, growing Christian that he is. Rev. Paul A. Menzel, Lutheran. Wash ington. Scolding Bad as Swearing. For you to scold is as bad as for some men to swear, 'mere are men who can hardly express affection, much less disapproval, without using profane words. For them to utter an oath in a moment of passion may be distinctly less sinful than' for you to leave a barb in the soul of another man through your sarcasm or to do violence to the feelings of another through well-bred vituperation. Rev. William E. Barton, Congregationalism Oak Park, 111. ' CHURCH NOTES. ThA Sunday Christmas programme at the First Congregational church will be as follower Lee Forbes, organist. Mrs. John Keinhans, soprano. Miss Bess Elder alto. Mr. H. L. Shirer, tenor. Mr. Elmer Fox, bass. MORNING SERVICE. Organ Voluntary Batiste Invocation to worship. Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow." Invocation. Come All Ye Faithful . . Schnecker Marzo Responsive reading No. 12, Christians Awake Mr. Fox. Scripture, Luke 21-20. Prayef. This Day is Born a Saviour Stewart Mrs. Kleinhans. Offertory, On This Night Schnecker Sermon. The People That Walked in Dark ness Rogers Hymn No. 157. Postlude. EVENING SERVICE. The Sunday Evening club will render the following programme in addition to the Sunday school exercises: Sing O Heavens Simper Awake, Put on Thy Strength Buck The Virgin's Lullaby Buck Miss Bess Elder. The Heavens Resound Beethoven Across the Desert Buck Trio for men's voices. Adeste Fideles Reading Arranged by Dudley Buck. Hark, What Means Those Holy Voices Barrett On Sunday evening the Quinton Heights church members will attend the First Baptist church, where some of the church workers are to be bap tized. Dr. W. C. Evans, pastor of the First Methodist church will preach at the Asbury Methodist church Sunday after noon. Mrs. H. Slaughter will sing one of her best selections. The subject of the morning sermon at the North Topeka Christian church by the pastor, the Rev. F. H. Eentley, will be "The Teaching of the Gospel by Luke. In the evening the topic win be, What the Disciples Believe and Teach Concerning the Christian Life." At the First Presbyterian church there will be special selections of music by the quartette and a special Christmas sermon by the pastor, the Rev. S. S. Estey Sunday morning. Special Christmas exercises by the Sabbath school will be the Sunday evening feature. The Rev. Edwin Locke will preach and hold communion service at High land Park school house at 4 o'clock p. m. In the evening the Rev. Clyde H. Hale will preside. The morning subject at the Low- man Hill chapel oy tne tev. -. u. Holcomb will be. "Serenity." In the evening, "The First Christmas Gift." At the North Topeka Baptist church the topic of the Sunday morning ser mon by the pastor, tne Rev. vv. Tanner, will be, "The Christian Spirit. The evening subject, "No Room in the Inn." The music will be special, ren- FOR ALL SORTS The active and athletic small girl will welcome a coat that has the fashionable feature of a cape to comm end it. Not that the little lady pays over much attention to fashion as such; but in the cold days of winter the cape will prove more than acceptable a s a protection against the cold, while the fact that it may be thrown back over the shoulders when in the pleasing excitement of play is but an additional fact in its favor. The garment of the picture is in a bright and cheery shade of red. with black soutache braiding on collar and cape and cuff. The coat itself follows the full sacque shape, the fitting adjusted by means of widel y gored underarm seams and broad shoulder seams. The fronts are doub le-breasted, and the cape is applied with snap fasteners beneath a Napole on coliar that well protects the littla throat. The sleeve is a plain coat mod el. finished with a braided cuff. dered by the choir undr the direction of Prof. W. M. VanNess. A novel Mon-. day Christmas entertainment will ba held. Services Sunday morning at tha Kansas Avenue, North Topeka, M. E. church will be conducted by the Rev. Edwin Locke, followed by the holy communion. A sacred musical con cert will be given in the evening. Dr. W. E. Evans will preach on "The Larger Meaning of Christmas" at the First M. E. church Sunday morning. In the evening there will ba a snecial service. "Lite of Christ in Picture and Song" illustrated by stereopticon views. Sunday morning at the' services at the Central Congregational ctiuren offerings will be - brought for the county house ana ror Jietnei mission in Kansas Citv, Kan. The endeavor society wil! hold a Christian mission ary meeting at 6:30 iouowea oy a uum. on the subject by the pastor. The Sunday morning subject of the pastor, the Rev. Thomas S. Young, at the First Baptist church will be, "Crowded Out." In the evening the topic will be, "A Christian Made to Order." Baptism at th opening of the evening service. A special Christmas service will be held at the Young Women's Christian Association rooms Sunday afternoon at 4:15. Mrs. M. F. McKirahan will speak on "Living in His Service." Special music. The Rev. Mr. Madden will have for his subject Sabbath morning. "The World's Preparation for the Greatest Christmas Gift." In the evening he will speak on "The Wonderful Christ." Each service will be a Christmas service. You are cordially invited to the Potwin church. First United Presbyterian church, corner Eighth and Topeka avenue. Rev. J. A. Renwick, pastor. Preaching 11 a. m. and 7:30 p. m., by the pastor. Sab bath school 10 a. m.: Christian En deavor 6:30 p. m. Sabbath school en tertainment and Christmas tree Mon day evening. At the First United Presbyterian church the Christmas tree exercises and Sabbath school entertainment will ba held Monday evening. First Church of Christ, Scientist, cor ner Huntoon and Polk streets. Services at 11 a. m., subject, "God." Children's Sunday school at 9:45 a. m. Wednesday evening meeting at 8 o'clock. Christmas tree exercises at the First Christian church will be held Monday evening. On Sunday at 3:30 p. m. Mr. Andrew Baird, state secretary of Kansas Young Men's Christian associations, will speak at the Railroad Y. M. C. A. meeting and Mr. J. T. Shaw of the Santa Fa freight depot will sing solos. Every man is invited'to attend this special Christ mas service. At the First Lutheran church, the morning topic of the pastor, the Rev. H. A. Ott, will be "The Persistence of Jesus," a Christmas sermon. Special music. In the evening at 7:30 the Sunday school will render a Christmas service, "At Christmas Morn," after which the school's Christmas treat will be distributed. On Monday even ing and on Wednesday evening the school will render a pretty spectacu lar cantata. "A Christmas in Japan," fiftv participants, all in Japanese cos tume, consisting of solos, duets, choruses, marches, drills, etc., with a genuine Japanese Santa Claus thrown in. ., Christmas services at Grace cathedral beginning at midnight Christmas eve, Christmas morning at 7:33 and 10:30. Bishop, Rt. .Rev. Frank Millspaugh, D. D., Dean, Very Rev. J. P. de B. Kayes. Bishop Millspaugh will officiate at St. Simon's church Christmas eve, the 24th, at 4:30 p. m. and Christmas day at 7:30 a. n). Distressed mother (traveling with a crying baby) Dear Tne! I don't know what to do with this child! Bachelor-fin the next seat) Shall I open the window for you, madam. New York Mail. OF WEATHER. ft r.