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Activities and Plans of Various Congregations.
Ovation for Bishop Bristol at Reception.
Notes of Young People's Societies.
To Bishop Frank M. Bristol, former
pastor of the Metropolitan Methodist
Kpiscopal Church. prominent laymen and
ilirgymen of the city paid homage lust
night at a r< . option in his honor in the
church which he served as minister for
the past ten years. The vast assemblage
of people -.f all denominations that filled
V (? church auditorium and later crowded
around him to shake his hand testified
to the esteem In which he is held In the
rommuuit > ?
Bishop Karl Cranston, resident Bishop
of Washington, presided, and the speak
ers were Mr Thomas TT Anderson, jus
tice of the Di?triet Supreme Court: Rev.
Donald <*. MacLeod. pastor of the
Firs: Presbyterian Church: Mrs. W. F\
Tucker represent in?T Mrs. John N t.o
can: R?v -T W R Sumwalt District
?mnerir.terder.f: Mai II. A. Hall, lay
Heleeate to tli? Methodist general cmi
<rrprre f**om Washington: Mi'c. Ira I.a
F*tra of South America: Rev. J. C. Nich
olson. 'Mstric? superintendent of Bal'i
mni'f To these Bishop Bristol responded
feelingly. declaring that his toy in the
1 or>or conferred on him was tinged with
the sorrow in leaving this eitv and the
local church. A reception followed the
Ore of the impressive features of the
s?rv5c? came near its close, when ahout
i wenty-five srav-haired members of tiie
G A. R lineil :n front of the pulpit, in
which sat Bill on Bristol, and. through
r*apt. T. H M? Kee. nresented him with
an American flnsr Following that Mrs.
Bristcl was called to tiie pulnit and Pre
with a handsome travelinc bag
"tiilled w :Mi the love .>f hrtr friends here."
'1 was explained and with a bouquet of
11,] roses by the l.'i*lr",s Association
tv*-ou?*h Mrs. Miranda Tullock. j
Resides tiie sneakers jrmon? tho?=? or |
nrom'nence present were W. P. TlvkieM.
rrcci,ii>nt of Howard University: Dr. W. ;
T Dav'dson. secretary of th--> American !
i*n:v?rsity: Tvorv G. Kimhill. judge of !
the Police Court: D. II Haywood, su- ?
"erintendent of Methodist missions in .
r?r?rto Rico: Dr. W. C Gallagher. suner- j
'"tendent of Sibley Hospital and Rust .
1 fall: Rev Hugh Johnson secretarv of)
*<ie Woman's Oolleg". Baltimore; Rev. ,
W. T.. McDowell. district superintendent
of Baltimore: Rev. Wallace Radcliffe. |
p.i?tor of the New York Avenue Preshv- |
f?rian Church: Dr. E Her Swem. presi
lent of the Columbia Association of Rap
tut Cliurches: Rev. J. E Gilbert, secre
tarv of the American Society of Reli
gious Education: Rev. S. H Greene, vice
president of the Northern Baptist Con
\ option and pastor of Calvary Baptist
i "nurch: Rev C E. Guthrie, nastor of
' 'aniline M E. Church: Rev. Robert M.
Moore, pastor of Eoundrv M. E. Church:
t!fv. J J Muir. nastor of Temple Raptist
i hurch: L. L. Derrick, ex-president of
he Washington District Epworth League;
A. H Ames. Dr. Henry Baker Dr. Rich
ard Kinesman. Judge A. B. Lynch and ;
r:-orge Gray.
Vice President Fairbanks was expected j
"o be the first speaker, but Bishop Cran
-ton announced that he was unable to be
"He's busy out west." stated the bishop. >
and the laughter that followed indicated ?
t hat. the audience had an inkling of !
wha* that business is.
Judge Anderson, the tirst speaker, point- }
ed out that after the first twenty years of !
its existence the congregation met in the
church for a reception to its pastor. Rev.
Dr. Newman, to celebrate his election to
the bishopric, and at the completion of
the second twenty years of its existence
it met again to celebrate the elevation of
another pastor. Dr. Bristol, to the episco
"The delegates of the Methodist Episco
pal Church placed their seal of approval
on his spotless ministerial life, ' he added.
In closing he stated that Bishop Bristol
would carry away with him the best
wishes of the Metropolitan congregation.
Dr. MacLeod of the First Presbyterian
Church said:
"I know that I am speaking not a!one
f r myself and for the First Presbyterian
?'liurch. of which I have the honor and
privilege to be pastor, but alSo for all the
Presbyterian ministers and laity of Wash
ington in ? xtending greetings tonight to
Hisliop Bristol as tiie recipient of the ,
highest confidence and honor in the girt
of the great Methodist Episcopal Church j
i>i" America, anil also to the Metropoliton i
Methodist Church for being highly favored i
for nearly ten years with the services of a
minister so eminently worthy of the confi
dence and honor reposed In him and so
peculiarly capable of discharging the du
ties and responsibilities of the high and
sacr-d office of bishop.
"While the glaring, blazing searchlight <
of multi-million eyes wer& focused upon a
little band of men in Baltimore there was
no anxiety in Washington. We knew the
more they turned the searchlight upon
Dr. Bristol the more attractive and de
sirable he would become: the more they
tried and tested him the larger and more
heroic would he appear. He came out of
the crisis unscarred. triumphant, with a
larger impression of his talent and char
acter made upon the heart of his church."
Mrs. W. F. Tucker, daughter of Mrs.
John A. Logan. read the congratulations
of her mother to Bishop Bristol.
District Supt. Sum wait, who followed,
declared tiiat he represented Bishop Bris
tol's fellow-workers in tiie ministry of
the Baltimore conference.
"But we are lo-re. not to pay homage to!
the title, but to the man." he declared. I
,ind the applause indicated that he had
expressed the sentiments of those present.
"One man is responsible for the election
? ?f Frank M. Bristol as bishop." declared
Maj. II. A. Hall. "I will tell you who it
was. (Jut in tiie west there was a Sun
day school teacher, and lie was interested
in a certain revival which his church was
going to have. And one day he met a
drug clerk on the street. IIe put his arm
around that drug clerk arid he said:
" Frank. I want you to come tip to tiie :
M-rvi<-e tonight.' And Frank went, and ;
lie went to others and was converted, j
. And now that Frank is a bishop."
Mrs. I^iFetra declared that th'i Meth- j
odist Church was going to be proud that ;
it sent Bishop Bristol to South America. I
District Supt. Nicholson, a member of the!
general conference which elected Bishop ;
Bristol, declared that the life of every I
candidate for the bishopric was under j
scrutiny during tiie ele< tion and that was I
why Bishop Bristol was chosen for the j
high honor.
After expressing his appreciation of the
kind words voiced for him. Bishop Bristol
remarked that at the Sunday service fol
lowing the election of Dr. wman. pas
tor of Metropolitan Church, to the bish
opric twentv years ago. i'c was present, j
"Then 1 nrvcr dreamed of being pas
tor of the great Metropolitan Church and !
never dreamed ot ever being a bishop."
he said He also brought out the inter
esting fact that the local church is the
only one in Methodism two pastors of
which have been called directly from its
pulpit to the episcopate.
"I feel grateful to the city of Wash
ington and to all the churches here, who
have treated me so well," he declared.
"And 1 feel grateful to the press of
the city of Washington. They have never
said anything but the kindest words re
garding me. Tiie press seem to have had
a brotherly heart, in mentioning me in
any way and 1 wish to publicly ac
knowhdge my gratitude.'
Regarding his assignment to South
America, where he will be the only
Methodist bishop in charge of a whole
continent, he said:
"Only one bishop got a better appoint
ment than I and that was Bishop Crans
ton. There is no place in the world 1
would rather go than to South America.
And there is only one man who ought to
feel happier than I and that is my sue
e? ssor among tiie people ot Metropolitan
Plans for th? proposed consolidation of
trie congregations of the Westminster and
Sixth 1 resbyterian cliurches. located at
?Jth and C streets and on 7th street near
E street southwes:. will be discussed at
a joint meeting of the committees on con
solidation of the two churches, to he held
next Thursday evening at th# Westmin
ster Church.
Each of tho committees has jicld scp
arate meetings and determined on if*
policy. I he project will be thoroughlv
iS':"Tr? Th???I?y and tin- decision jw
expected to have an important bra,VE
Z present'/ ?f th? n,a!t^ f'?'
thl,r|',K'.W Uo,".,waJ''1- ,av delegate from
to f, association of Baptist churches
'!' 1,10 national northern (baptist conven
tion in Oklahoma ("it j. was dccted presi
dent of tin- Baptist .Missionary 1'nion in
cnarge ot the denominational foreign mis
?'?" ^1" at ',s s,'-s'0fi in connection
with the convention recently. As the
president is chosen from all the lavmen
? >l the ('hurdles over the countrv" th<
honor or election to the position is' re
gained ;is a high on-*1.
Air Woodward is the second local Ban
ist honored at the national meetings re
cently. Rev. Or. S. H. Greene, pastor of
alvary Baptist Church. having been
V,r? rrfsi,k',u of the northern
tfaptist convention.
Announcement has been made that Roy.
""?Benjamin S. Haywood, superintendent*
ot lorto R1.0 missions of the Methodist
Kpiscopal < hurch. will speak at MrK?n
dree Methodist Episcopal Church. Mas
sachusetts avenue between nth and loth
streets, tomorrow evening at S o'clock.
1 r. Ha> wood has l*>en in attendance at
the general conference in Baltimore and
will soon leave for Porto Rico.
Plans have been made for the ob<serv
xiH',1 ?f ?^"dren's day at McKendree
Methodist Kpiscopal Sundav school to
morrow morning at 10:1." o'clock. The !
Apollo Orchestra of the school, under the
leadership of .Mr. Albert P. Johnston will
play special music for the occasion. ?
The following program has been pre- 1
pared: Overture, by orchestra; responsive
reading, by the school; prayer, by Rev.'
R. L. Wright; greeting. Supt. F. T Is
rael; greeting. Master Edwin Tomlinson
singing by primary department; recita
tion. 'Little Forgetmenots." by five little
ghis: recitation, Mary Jenkins; exercise
Sharon's Rose," by Mrs. F. T. IsraC's
class; selection. "Crown rTinc<\" Barnard
by orchestra; recitation. Julian Mellhen
nev; serenade. "Sweetly Dreaming" SH
bersack. orchestra; exercise. jower
Party, by Miss Mary Hammond's class
Mil! r.0n- D"ro,hy- Coates; recitation.'!
Miss Marion Maxwell; music. "Starlight "
Laurendeau. orchestra; benediction.
Rev. c. TV. Tenny. who has ber-n con-!
ducting the services of the Presbyterian
Church of Chevy Chase since its organiza
tion five months ago. concluded his pas
torate there last Sunday morning. Tie
has accepted a rail to the presidency of a
college at Helena. Mont., with which he
was tormerly connected.
The church services, it is announced.
? !, i/?n,Tn!ledJn Chevv Cha*e Library
Hall. Rev. John Thomas Hackett of New
Jersey preaching tomorrow.
An enthusiastic meeting of the board
of control of the Washington District
Epworth League was held Wednesday
evening at Wesley Chapel. A course of
entertainments is being considered for
next fall, the dates and events to be an
nounced later in the sea-son.
Plan# are being made-hy the District
Epworth League for its third annual
moonlight excursion down the Potomac
on one of the largest of the river boats
Monday evening, June J!?.
Mr. J. P. Crawford, formerly of Union
Church, will lead the devotional serv
ices at I nion Chapter Sunday evening.
The chapter plans to hold its monthly
social next Friday evening.
Metropolitan Chapter has elected the
following officers for the ensuing vear
President, Gilbert I. Jackson; first vice
president. George SchuUz; second vice
president. Mrs. p. c. Hyam; third vice
president, Miss Sadie McCaiin; fourth
vi-e president. Miss Lulu Roberts; secre
tary. Mrs. F. C. Brinley; treasurer. Mr.
The new officers will be installed .Mon
day night by the cabinet of the Wash
ington District League. The ceremonies
will be followed by a reception tendered ?'
the officers and the new members of
the past league year.
Arrangements have been made for the
installation of the newly elected offi
cers of the Epworth l^eague of Asbury i
M. E. Church, lltli and K streets to
morrow evening at 8 o'clock. The mem- !
bers will be addressed by Prof. Rosc-oe
C. Bruce, assistant superintendent of
public schools, and Miss Maria L Jor
don, principal of Payne school. A spe
cial musical program has been ar
The Christian Endeavor Society of the
First Baptist Church held a business
meeting last Wednesday evening at the
home of Mrs. John F. Eastwood, 17,'tl l.3th
street. Reports were read by the various
officers and committee chairmen giving a
summary of the work accomplished dur
ing the year and with a view to planning
the work for next fall and winter. The
report 01 the nominating committee was
adopted and the election of officers "for
the coming year followed. The new of
ficeholders are: President, Mr. William
A. Dayton, jr.; vice president. Mr. Thom
as H. Acker: recording secretary, Miss A.
M. Clayton; corresponding secretary. Miss
M. A. Yeatman; treasurer. Miss Bessie
Glass; pianist, Mrs. John F. Eastwood;
organist. Mrs. Delia Winbigler. Follow
ing the business meeting the members ad
journed to the dining room, where re
freshments were served.
The Vermont Avenue Christian En
deavor Society held a social last Friday
evening which was well attended and a
decided success. Decoration day a ten
nis tournament was held under the aus
pices of the society on the courts which
it maintains. It was Impossible to de
cide on the winner of the tournament,
owing to the Interference of the'rain.
The Junior Christian Endeavor Society
of this church has disbanded for the sum
mer. Miss Martha Allen, junior super
intendent. left Thursday evening for her
home in Nebraska.
The following are the newly elected of
ficers of the Lincoln Temple Congrega
tional c. E. Society: President. Mr. Z. T.
Thomas; vice president. Mr. J. F. Bush;
treasurer, Grace ,\. Brown; corresponding
secretary. L. G. Cuney; recording secre
tary. Susie R. Quander: delegate to the
C. E. I "nion. Miss Nellie M. yuander.
? .. 1
Colored Y. M. C. A. Musical Program |
Arrangements have been made l>y the j
colored men's branch of tiie Y. M. C. A.!
for a "men's meeting musical" in True
Reformers' Hall tomorrow at 4 p.m. The
hour for the meeting has been set half
an hour later than usual to allow a large
number of people who go to other services
in the fore part of the afternoon to at
tend. Rev. B. T. Perkins, pastor of thi*
colored M. E. Church of Georgetown, will
l?e the principal speaker, on the subject,
"The Question That Must Be Answered,
or What Shall 1 Do With Jesus?"
The musical program will include a solo
by William Carter, formerly with the
Temple Quartet, who will sing "The Pub
lican." Clarence Cameron White, violin
ist. will make his farewell appearance at
this meeting before sailing for Paris,
France. H. i.eonard Jeter, celloist, and
Miss Mary L. Europe, pianist, will play a
selection from Mendelssohn's "Midsum
mer Night's Dream." Miss Europe and
Messrs. White and Jeter will also plav a
trio, by Jansen, in two parts, andante and
allegro vivace.
The* treasurer has received SSTi2.7."i to
ward securing the which it is nec
essary to raise to g' t a third .V1.0O0 from
Mr. Rockefeller. The architect has near
ly completed detailed plans and specifica
tions. and it is announced that bids for
construction will be received this month
and building operations commenced this
W. Starratt,
E. Percy Gates,
Vice President.
<Ph"ii> l?y BachrachJ
Rev. David Barr, rector of Trinity
Protestant Episcopal t'liurcli, rakoma.
Park, D. has t -ndercd his resigna
tion as pastor, to take ? fft' t Jufrj 0. lit i
will condui t his last service in the church I
tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock, after j
ten years' continuous service in the par
ish The cause of his resignation, it is
stated, is impaired health.
On the advice of his physician lie relin
quished his duties as past<\ of Christ
Church Mission at Kensington. Md., and |
St. James Chapel at Garrett Park. Md..
January 1. continued to perform his
work at Takoma, hut as his health did
not improve as 'l,? expected he was again
advised to retire and secure a much
needed rest. He closed his ten years of
service June 1.
Dr. Barr concluded nineteen years of
Bev. David, Barr,
active pastoral service in the District the
first of the present month. Koi three
years lie was assistant rector of the
Epiphany Church, on G street between
13th and 14th streets, and was for sev
eral years general missionary of Mary
land, under Bishop Paret. He spent two
years as assistant to Rev. Charles E.
Buck in Rock Creek parish, leaving there
to accept the pastorate of the Takoma
He was born in Abingdon, Va., and is a
graduate of the Theological Seminary of
Virginia. He was one of twelve who en
tered the class at that institution in the
fall of IMw, at the close of the civil war.
Eleven of that number, including himself,
went from the Confederate army to col
lege to study for th" profession which he
has since, followed. The building at the
outbreak of the war was arranged as a
hospital for wounded soldiers, but upon
I. ?? 's sujTi nder it was returned to its
original oute rs and reopened as a semi
During hi.- pastorate at Takoma many
important improvements and changcs
have been carried out- Within the past
few years the < lunch has been remodeled
outside and enlarged. The interior of the
church has been remodeled and hand
Edward Tarring1,
At the monthly meeting of the Chris
tian Endeavor I'nion held last Monday
evening In the New York Avenue Presby
terian Church officers for the ensuing
year were elected. They are as follows:
President, A. Wilbur Starrett of the Ver
mont Avenue. Christian Church; vice
president, E. Percy Gates of the Temple
Baptist Church; secretary, A. A. Charles
of the New York Avenue Presbyterian
Church; assistant secretary, Bruce Cleve
land of the Mount Pleasant Congrega
tional Church; treasurer, Edward Tar
ring of the New York Avenue Presby
terian Church. Except Messrs. Gates and
Cleveland, the new officers have been
conspicuous in Endeavor work for several
years past and the honor was conferred
on them, it is declared, on account of
their faithful endeavors. Mr. Gates has
been an energetic worker for the organi
zation recently and Mr. Bruce has been
actively connected with the Y. M. C. A.
for several years.
Plans are being made for the formal in
stallation of the new officers at the
monthly meeting to be held the first Mon
day in July. At this same session the
reports of the retiring officers regarding
the work accomplished during the past
year will be presented and discussed. It
is also expected that some plans for
next year will be announced.
At last Monday's gathering reports of
the citizenship, music and missionary
committees of the union were read and
tiie topics discussed Uier^)n provoked a
lively debate. The report of the nomi
nating committee was then presented and
the election followed.
Tt is announced that the choir of New
York Avenue Presbyterian Church, con
sisting of Mrs. W. H. Shir-Cliff, soprano;
Miss Mauline Whltaker, contralto; Mr.
John H. Nolan, bass; Mr. Matthiep, tenor,
with Mr. J. Porter Lawrence, organist,
will tomorrow close its series of musical
programs presented one Sunday evening
each month during the winter. The clos
ing program will Include the singing of
??Songs of the Sea.'' and. in addition to
appropriate hymns, will include Haydn's
"With* Verdure Clad." selections from
Rossini's "Stabat Mater." Mendelssohn's
"llymn of Praise." Barnby's "Crossing
the Bar" and Miss Willard's old song,
"Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep."
somely decorated. The latest improve
ment is a new organ, only recently in
stalled. These have been made possible,
it is explained, through the untiring ef
forts of the Ladies' Guild of the church,
and the organization now contemplates,
the erection of a parish house adjoining
the church. The guild has made an en
courasaing beginning and the success of
the affair, it is stated, is assured.
1 Dr. Rarr leaves the parish with the
best wishes of t he members of Ills church
for the speedy recovery of his health, and
witli deep regret that he is compelled to
: give up the good work which he has been
' doing in that section for many years.
Dr. Barr's successor has not been
chosen, but it is announced the vestry
will arrange at once for a temporary
i rector.
I Mr. James L Houghteling, a prominent
banker of Chicago, and the founder of
the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, recently
made a trip through California, where he
, made a number of addresses in the inter
ests of the organization, and as a result,
f it is safd. several new chapters have been
? organized in that territory.
The brotherhood chapter of St. John's
Church. Lafayette square, has recently
i lost a valuable member, it is declared,
. in the death of Mr. John G. Townsend.
i who was for many years a member of the
j organization of that parish.
The junior brotherhood chapter of St.
' Paul's Church. Washington circle, has
, elected F. \\\ Roberts as director, to
j succeed Rev. Charles II. Holtnead^ jr.
! At the annual conventions of the
Brotherhood of St. Andrew it is a very
? rare tiling thai the subject of "The Call
: fo the Ministry" is left untouched. In
? fact, it is stated that the organization
? keeps I his special subject foremost be
? fore the brotherhood, and JChile It has
I never been attempted to compile statis
i tics on the number of men inspired
through their connection with the broth
erhood to enter the ministry of the
church, it is claimed that the organiza
tion since its inception has been a very
great factor in furnishing candidates for
holy orders, and that particularly since
the inauguration of the- junior depart
ment there has been a very notable in
crease in the number of young men from
the ranks of the brotherhood entering
the theological seminaries of the church.
At t lie tridiocesan brotherhood conven
tion. which met in Baltimore the latter
part of last month, the following execu
tive committee for 19?>fc-1009 was elected:
II. C. Turnbull. jr.; If. W. Atkinson. G.
Livingston Thompson. J. B. Burbage.
James P. Manning and C. A. C. Brown
of Baltimore. Ilidgely P. Melvin of An
napolis and XV. Wallace McKaig of Cum
berland. all representing the diocese of
Maryland: Bert T. Amos. William B.
Den'. William B. Everett, jr.; F. Gran
ville Munsou and Alfred Freeman of
Washington and Dr. F. Baden of Croome.
Md.. all representing the diocesc of
Washington; and Col. William H. Gib
son and Edwin II. Brown, jr.. of Center
i ville. Md.. and C. W. Hunter and P. A.
' Morgan of Easton. Md.. all representing
the iliocese. of Easton.
The executive committee elected tlue fol
lowing officers: Edwin H. Brown, jr.. of
Centerville. Md.. president; William B
Everett, jr.. of Washington, vice presi
dent; G. Livingston Thompson of Bal
timore, secretary-treasurer.
Announcement has been made that the
1 Luther League Central of the District of
! Columbia wil hold its quarterly meeting
! Friday, June 11!. at S p.m.. at the Church
1 of the Atonement. North Capitol and U
streets. The program will Include dis
cussions of the following topics: "Luther
League Attendance." by members of St.
John's League: "Luther League Singing."
by members of St. Mark's League; "Lu
thor League Leaders." by members of the
Church of the Atonement league; "Lu
ther League in Missions," by members of
Zion's League
In addition, the usual song service will
be held Friends as well as th<# members
'?or tae various leagues are invited. *
A. Charles.
Bruce Cleveland,
Assistant Secretary.
(Photo by llarris-Ewing.)
Arrangements have been made for a
meeting of the Presbytery of Washing
ton fitj", to be held in the Fourth Pres
byterian t'hurch. lpth and .Fairmont
streets. Monday morning. beginning at 10
o'clock. This is the regular intermediate
meeting between the annual spring and
fall meetings.
One of the important matters to be con
sidered will be the formal installation of
Rev. Dr. Arthur W. Spooner as pastor of
the Sixth Presbyterian Church, Gth and C
streets southwest. Dr. Spooner took
charge of its services the first Sunday in
May and it is expected that the installa
tion will take place within a few days
after the presbytery meeting. Appoint
ments of local. pastors to conduct the
various features of the ceremony will be
made at that session.
Another feature of the gathering will
be the presentation of reports of the an
nual meeting of the general assembly,
held recently in Kansas City, by the dele
gates from the local churches. These
will he made by Revs. George M. <'um
mings of the Garden Memorial Church
and Robert A. Davison of the- Kails
Church, Va.. Presbyterian Church, and
Messrs. E. V. Crittenden and M. T. liver.
The sessions of the national body closed
a week ago and the local representatives
returned tlie lirst of the present week. It
is expected that other routine matters
will be considered.
Christian Endeavor Hour
For Sunday, .bine 7. 1!?)S.
Topic: "tulips of the Heart. VI. What is True
I'euitem-eV" 1'salin li.
"The Boer Is a formidable foe to the
British soldier because lie is trained from
his boyhood to take a definite aim and
bring down his mark, while our soldiers
tire in volleys. In dealing with sin. we
snould imitate him in the detiniteness and
accuracy of his aim. Ask God to search you
and show you what wicked way is in you.
? ? ? Your heart is choked with sins: empty
it out, as you .would empty a box, by
harming out first the articles that lie on
the surface. When you have removed
then, you will see more underneath; hand
thent out also. When these are removed
you will probably see more. Never rest
till all are gone. Confession is just this
process of telling God the unvarnished
story?the sad. sad story of ea?ii accursed
Sin; how it began: how you sinfully per
mitted it to grow; how you have loved
and "followed it to your bitter cost."?F. B.
"I'nless we realize our sins enough to
call them by name, it is hardly worth
while say anything about them at
all. \\ hen we pray for forgiveness let
us say: 'My temper." or 'untruthfulness,'
or pride." 'my selfishness, my cowardice,
indolence, jealousy, revenge, impurity.*
To recognize our sins we must look them
in the face and call them by their right
names, however hard. Honesty in confes
sion calls for definiteness in confession."?
Maltbie D. Bahcock.
"Our past is a blurred manuscript, full
of false and bad things. The Mflancholy
theory of some thinkers is summed up in
the despairing words: "What I have writ
ten. I have written." But the psalmist
knew better than that and we should
know better than he did. Our souls may
become palimpsests, and. as devotional
meditations might he written by a saint
on a parchment that had borne foul leg
ends of false gods, the bad writing on
then1, may be obliterated and God's biw
bi written there. "Wash me thoroughly'
needs no explanation. But the word em
ployed is significant, in that it pronably
means washing by kneading or beating,
not by simple rinsing. The psalmist is
ready to submit to any painful discipline,
it only he may be cleansed. 'Wash me,
Sunday School Lesson for June 7 Discussed
by Rev. J. E. Gilbert^ D. D., Secretary
American Society of Religious Education.
.11 SI S AI'I'KARS to Till" M'OSTl.KS. John. xx !!? ,;i
IX TRODIVTIOX. -The silence or the
Gospels is must eloquent?it displays a
Divine quality in the writings. Men are
disposed to follow along the trains of
thought to discover the secrets of actions
in their relations. This is done because it
is the only way open to them. Th*y arc
compelled to reason from effect to cans'.
Hence, chvumstances even of a trivial
character ar' arranged with great exact
ness. But the infinite mind sees things
as they are and knows without reasoning
why they are so. Hence in the narrative
before us w? have only a few incidents
concerning a few disciples. Some women.
Mary in particular: IVter and Jolui and
two others, names not given, appear and
disappear with great abruptness. What
men would naturally tell of the larger
company of the followers of Jesus liie sa
cred penmen pass over in silence. Where
they went, what they did. what were their
feelings and utterances?on these points
nothing is said. We are left, therefore, to
conjecture, or. what is better, to silence.
ASSEMBLED (Verses 1H-20).?We
are now lo consider the disciples in one
company. It was at the close of the day.
Sunday, on which Jesus arose from the
dead. They vveiV probably in that same
room where they ate the paschal supper
together, where Jesus prayed and taught
(John xiii:18-2D. Thursday evening, just
three days before, a room which had
been hired for the purpose (Matthew.
xxvi:lS). This assembly shows tiiat they
had not yet scattered abroad: that there
was some bond of fellowship among them.
Perhaps they had been sought out in their
lodgings and brought together by some
who desired that the reports made con
cerning the resurrection be considered. It
is highly probable that they would give
attention to that matter. The doors were
closed for fear that the Jews might dis
turb them. Suddenly, without warning. ,
Jesus stood in their midst and saluted
them with "Peace b? unto you." Ad- '
vancing. He showed to all the prints of
the nails in His hands and of the spear
in His side, and all were convinced and
made joyful.
BESTOWED (Verses 21-2J).?As
soon as the disciples had recognized their
Master, being fully convinced of His res
urrection and presence among them. Jesus
proceeded to impart unto them what from
the beginning He had designed them to
possess. His words were preceded by an
other salutation of peace. Then caine 1
their commission, in harmony with His
early promise (Matthew. iv:1!??, and with ]
his prayer uttered in that same room i
iJohn. xviiilS), by which they were to be .
sent out 'as messengers of Jesus <11 Tim- !
othy, ii-2) as He had been a messenger of.;
the Father (Hebrews. iii:2>. a commission
which was afterward greatly expanded
'Mark. xvi:15?. Afterward He made them
know the conditions of success in execut- '
ing that commission, saying. "Receive ye
the Holy Ghost" (Acts. i:t?). the same con
ditions appointed under the old dispensa
tion (Zechariah. iv:6). Thus in a single
evening those men were called to a new
career. Previously they had been learn- ;
ers. henceforth they shall be spirit- '
endowed advocates of Jesus Christ.
REMITTED (Verse 2T>i.?It will be
remembered by all Bible students that on
one occasion Jesus gave authority to
Peter (Matt., xvi:l{>> and seemingly dis
tinguished him from all others. What
ever may have been included in that gift,
it must be observed that here it is freely
offered to all. so that the eleven are lift
ed into equality with the fisherman apos
tle. The power here? offered was un
doubtedly to be applied in governing ihe
cliurch. As men who had received the
Holy Ghost?that is. inspired men?thev
should lie qualified to found the church
upon such principles as would be pleas
nig to God, to make its laws and to es
tablish its doctrine. That would be a
prerogative to be exercised by them
! only, not to be transmitted. They had it
because the Holy Ghost would guide
Itlient into all truth (John, xviThey
would teach as the oracles of God and
lay the enduring foundations of the
church, Jesus Christ being the cWef cor
ner stone (Eph., -H
DOl'BTED (Verses 'J4i.?Otic of
[the disciples was absent when Jesus
made himself known and gave His bless
| ing. commission and authority. Thomas
was the Aramaic and Didymus the Greek
; form of the name. He ;s mentioned among
the apostles with Matthew (Matt.. x:.'{>.
j Three incidents only are recorded' with
I which he was connected?two besides this.
! He determined to share the peril which
awaited Jesus in Judea (John. xi:16).
entertaining no hope of escape from
1 death. During the last supper, when J
I Jesus spoke of His departure. Thomas
: declared that the disciples did not know
where the Lord proposed to go (John, 1
xvi:,?). These two brief utterances are in
harmony with what he says in this place,
j On learning from the ten that Jesus had
[ appeared to them lie refused to accept
their united testimony, as he should have
done, ami asserted that he would believe
only upon the testimony of his owh
senses. The personal pronouns are very
prominent in liis little speech. l?v which j
he acquired the title "the doubting Thorn- j
bear me. tread me down, hammer me I
with mallets, dash me against stones, do
any thing with me. if only these foul
stains are melted from the ^texture of
my soul.' The psalmist had not heard
of the alchemy l>v which men can "wash !
; then robes and make them white in the'
blood of the lamb.' but he held fast by i
God's loviug kindness, and knew the
j blackness of his own sin and groaned <
i under'it. and therefore his cry was not :
| in vain."?Expositor's Bible.
'?"There is one case of death-bed re- j
pentance recorded?the penitent thief?'
i that no one should despair: and only one. |
thai no one should presume."?St. Augus- :
: tine. I
An English preacher makes plain that \
true penitence is taking hold on God's
strength to make peace with Him. He i
i thus illustrates it: "One of my little \
i children had committed a fault for which J
I thought it my duty to chastise him. I
called him to me, explained to him the j
evil of what he had done and told him |
how grieved I was that I must punish )
him for it. He heard me in silence, and j
then rushed into my arms and birrst into I
i tears. I w< ?i!d sooner have cut off my |
I arm than have then struck him fur his t
I fault. He had taken hold of my strength, 1
| and he had made peace with me."
In Moore's beautiful poem "Lalla Rookh"
is told how the banished Peri tried to
gain admittance at the eate of Paradise.
The angel at ihe gate told her she would
be admitted when she brought the gift
in all the world that was the dearest In
the sight ot-heaven. She wandered every
where searching for rare and valuable
gifts. She brought the last drop of blood
from a dying hero's heart and the fare
well sigli of a loyal lover, but neither
opened the gate of Paradise. At last she
found a criminal weeping in penitence,
and catching a tear front his eyes she
took it up to the gate of heaven and was
at once admitted, for the dearest thing
on earth in the sight of Gcd is a peniten
tial te tr.
There is a legend of a sultan who over
slept himself and did not waken in time
for his usual prayer hour. The devil came
and wakened him and t?'ld him to get up
and pray. The sultan asked who he was.
Fie replied that it did not matter who he
was* and asked if his action was not a
good one. "Yes," said the sultan, but I
think >on are satan. I know your face,
and you must have some bad motive."
"Rut." said the other. "I am not so bad
as I am painted. I am a pretty good fel
low after all. I was an an^el once, and
I still keep some of my original good
ness. l'hat's all very well." said the
sultan, "but you are the tempter; that's
as." U<>\\over, he demanded oni> I ??
evidence granted to the others.
SALI'TKD <Ve.se ^StSt.?The d>< ir'^*
reassembled in tl e fame place .??ft??.
eight days or on the ?*-xlitda\ . lOiint
ing the other meeting on the first. there
by completing a wi-ck. Front that it ap
pears that they had thus carlv set apart
this day for public reassembling.with what
motiv s no one cm say. unless it was
through tiie mutual U?\e and need which
they found largely supplied by tlie new
hope of the resurrection. Gradually hv
sueh uhsorvam-'' the first day of to
week became 11 le ('hristlan Sabbati.
called aiso tiie laird's day ?Re\\. l:loi.
At this second meeting Thomas was pr< <
cnt ami tlie ih.ors were cloned as before,
so shutting out tlie curious and those
wiio were disposed to evil. And again,
as at t!??? first. Jesus suddenly stood in
tiie midst, a verification of the promise
made (Matt.. wiiiiJO) in one of His dis
courses on the subject of prayer. The
second appeal ance under suc h circum
stances increases the hope cherished by
believers ever since?that He will me?"t
with them. Mis coming was with the
same beautiful salutation as that given a
week before, which none could have for
gotten. "Peace be unto you." ?
PROVED (Verse 27I.? The second
visit of Jesus in the dls< ipU-s was un
like iiie tirst in one important particular
?it found the company disagreeing on a
matter of fad. destined to be formu!at? d
into a doctrine of the church. Ten of
th? m stoutly affirmed upon the personal
knowledge the resurrection ot" Jesus. One
of them as stoutly protested that lie
would not believe unless by sight and
touch he kii? w. It was necessary that the
company should be a unit in this matter.
The success of the Gospel depended on
their agreement. Ten affirming and one
doubting the world would never believe.
If that was not the only purpose of
Jesus in coming to the assembly at that
time it was evidently one purpose, and
sufficient to induce ills presence. So, as
consistent. He turned to the only doubter
aid offered him the proof demanded:
with his own hands, this matter-of-fact
man should prove to himself that tin*
Master was really present and alive. "He
not faithless, but believing." was the half
chiUing but encouraging remark of Jesus.
CONVINCED (Verses >-J1V-Did
Thomas follow the direction of Jesus'.'
Did he really thrust his finger into tlie
wound in the Savior's side? There is
i no evidence that he did. In all proba
bility lie did not. The person, the face.
J the voice, the familiar address of Jesus
made it unnecessary. The man was
thoroughly convinced and exclaimed. "My
Lord and My God." To his mind the fact
that the Savior had risen from the dead
carried proof of divinity. The. demon
stration was as complete as it was sud
den. The confession" \ as given with a
boldness and promptness which belongs
to every honest doubter when suhicietit
evidence is furnished. Thomas was mad?
ready in that hour to unite .with his
brethren in giving a hearty, strong and
united testimony to the world on the
great doctrine by which the Christian
system was to be established. But Jesus
improved tiie occasion to let him know
that his faith was not of i..e hlgheM
order, that they who believed without
seeing were more blessed, alluding to one
of the chief methods of proaucing faith
(Mark. xvi:10).
CONCI-d'SION.?l. We see how care
ful Christ was to cultivate faith in His
followers. He might, had He pleased,
have removed all traces of wounds from
His risen body. He suffered them to re
main as marks of identity and ground of
confidence. 2. We see how much a man
loses by absence from fellowship of the
faithful. Thomas delayed the apostolio
college one week and made a second ap?
pearance necessary. Every cause suf
fers by the tardy movements of some.
Doubters must not be condemned as apos
tates. Time and favorable conditions will
awaken their faith and secure their tes
timony if their doubts are honest, t.
Faith bViilt on seeing is of ..?..e worth.
However, there is no demand for blind
faith. There is a difference between
skepticism' and the spirit of examination,
j God hath ever Instructed his people
by faith, but men are continually labor
ing to the end that knowledge may have
' the mastery. Thetword to all is "Only
J Believe."
Any person may send any biblical ques
tion to Dr. Gilbert. 1303 R street, thii
; city, and receive answer in The Star.
.17.1. Are the promises of Christ contafn
| ed in John, xvi:22-27. to be interpreted as
given only to the disciples or to all man
Answer. Plainly they were spoken to the
disciples. and must have been so under
stood by them at the time. See verse *JS?.
37?$. Arc not the churches generally re
! joicing over the advances which religious
I institutions are making of late years, in
| the matter of chaplaincies, at military
posts, electing Christian men to high of
l fice, exempting church property from tax
ation. Introducing the Bible into public
schools, the enforcing of Sunday laws,
Answer. Some people think there is a
decline instead of an advance In morals.
Probably the greater number are opti
mistic. However, the Items named are
not new features. They have l>een car
tied over even from colonial times.
your business, and I wish to know whv
you want me to get up and pray?"
"Well." said tiie devil impatiently, "if
vou must know I wdl tell jou. If yon
had slept and forgotten your prayers you
would have been sorry for it afterward,
and penitent: but if you go on as now.
and do not neglect a single prayer for ten
years, yon Will be satisfied with yourself,
and it will be worse for vou than if you
had missed one sometimes and repented
of it. God loves your fault mixed with
penitence more than your virtue seasoned
with pride."
It is said that a hermit came to the
Abbot Poem en and said: "My father. I
have committed a grievous fault, and
must do penance for it for three years "
"Three years is a very long penance."
said Poemen. "Is that too long?' asked
the hermit, "then at least a year I'oo
long, too long." said Poemen. "Forty
days, then?" "This is too much." still
answered Posmati. ' broken and a
contrite heart Clod will not despise with
only three days' penance."
A friend of Mr. Meyer once told him
that she alw'avs took time at uight to
consider quieily in the presence of God
where she had lost ground during the
day, and if she f*-It that she had done so
she never slept until she had asked to be
forgiven and restored.
How to Help the Leader.
Repeat Isaac Watts' rendering of this
psalm. You will find it in church hymn
Show pity, Lord' f? I.ord, forgi?*!
I.?-t ii re|>fiiti:iK rebel live;
Are not thy nifjiles la rite ami free'/
May not a sinner trust lu thee'r
? ?????#
Yet save a trembling sinner. Ixtrd.
Wtaoae hope, still hover I rut round thy word.
Would light on some sweet promise there.
Some sure support agaiuat despair.
Tell in this connection how a servant
once jtfter hearing this hymn said to her
master: "Surely some persons long ago
must have felt as I feel, for those psalms
seem to have been written for their use
and comfort."
21; Psalms. xxxiv:I8; Psalms. cxlvil:3:
Isaiah. lv:7; Isaiah. Ivil:15; Isaiah. Ixv1:2;
Husca. vi:l; Matthew, v:3: II Corinthians,
deavor Hymnal. 41. JSO. SI, l.'!7. 15*. 200.
After your own brief remarks ask your
pastor to sum up the answer to the
topic in a few words defining true peni
tence. At the close have sentence prayers,
closing with singing "Just As I Am"
while the heads arc still bowed. Ask
them 4o sing it as a prayer and let it be
without accompaniment if poesibl*

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