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ipiatmeb to Encage &>t. Alban's episcopal Cfjurdj in &tone.
AS ST. AI.BVVS CHURCH AM) PARISH H.1IX WILI, APPEAR WHEN (HI RCH IS IWA8BD. St. A1 ban's Cliurch at the cathedral | close is to be incased* in stone, according j to the plans of the rector, Rev. diaries ? T Warner, and the vestry- The cost will I be about $-0,000. | In a special booklet just sent out to members of the parish and many promi ? nent Episcopalians of the city it is point i cd out: "Ori June IT. 1914, the sixtieth | anniversary of the establishment of this j parish, it is hoped we may be able to re j lay the corner stone of the stone casing I for the present church, which will for ever preserve this little church, so full of memories to hundreds, both #in and out side of this parish." It is also declared: "The purpose of the stone casing is not to destroy, but to preserve for coming generations the old church which for years has been a. landmark. After the work is done we will still be worshiping in the old fabric, made in this way con formable to the guild hall and the mag nificent cathedral buildings in the close. "When St. Alban's Church is completed with its stone tower between the church and the Guild hall, it will form a group of buildings worthy of the parish, and a great addition to the cathedral close. "Inside of St. Alban's there are many memorials to those who have been called to their heavenly home, and in accord ance with the resolution of the vestry, June 28, 1012. it is proposed to make the stOhe casing and tower a memorial build ing to those saints in paradise who have been members of this church. The stones of the building will be memorials of those in the church triumphant, given by j those who are living stones of the church militant." , ^ CfymtiWCnbesbor^our ? | jBy jtattttp fe. 3ttom | + TOPIC: A Long Look Ahead. I Cor.. 15:35-58. "Servo before the world: let Him not go 1 TTnti: tbou hast a blessing: then resicn Tin* whole unto Him: and remember who Prevail'd bv wrestling ere tlie sun did shine. Pour oil upon the stone*: weep for thy sin. Then journey on. atd have an eye to heaven. "Have an eye to heaven"?that is the look ahead of greatest moment. j All men look ahead in the preparations ; they make each day for the expected tomorrow. They plan } P"?"?""""""""""""""1 this week, this month, this year, for the next week, the j . ?\ ne?t month, the next year. They do not know that they I will have another day or week month or natural prudence prompts them to make provision for the future in their business interests, and In all t h e i r hopes and ambitions of life. If the young ' did not look ahead there would be no education in the world, or any achieve ment of value. * ? * ? Forethought. Nothing is accomplished without fore sight and preparation, so men are con tinually looking ahead. It is forethlnking that makes the captains of industry, the statesmen, the scholars and the proficient in every line of life. Forethinking is the mind's long look ahead. The farmer plants his crops only be cause he is looking ahead for the har vest. The wise and prudent insure their houses, because they foresee the danger of loss by fire. All are working to pro vide against or overcome dangers which t are ahead. ! This is wise. No one should allow any j of his temporal interests to go without | thought and preparation for the contin gencies which may arise. But that is i not the main thought of our theme. I The scriptural selection on which the ! topic is based deals entirely upon the | far more important necessity for fore ; sight and preparation in its bearing upon | man's immortality. If men are eau i tious and careful io provide against the ' dangers in this life, why should they not much more look ahead and prepare for the continued existence beyond the grave? * * * * Foresight. It is perpetually in the minds of men to consider and plan for the contingen ries of the corning days of their earthly (ife, but the j^reat multitudes of man kind give no serious thought about prep aration for the certainty that is to be ' faced in the hour of death. **In the midst of life prepare for death" is a maxim that a'l should heed. To rightly prepare for death does not mean for the mind to dwell upon its sad ' and appalling aspects. There is no good in living among tombstones or meditating on funerals. Looking ahead to tho great change is to make provision for its ter rors to be taken away. It has no terrors except to guilt and the j dread fear that guilt inspires. Looking ahead has no meaning except it. includes preparation for coming events, and the preparation for th?- great event Is in hav ing the guilt and fear removed. For the willfully guilty and sinful there can be "but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which ? shall devour the adversaries." Hut the i look ahead with the eyes of faith and j hope and love sees not the grave or its 1 ghastly insignia, but beyond it the open ing door to heaven's immortal glories Do not center your look ahead upon the grave, but ever "have an eye to heaven." * * * # Preparation. If your desire is in that direction, so will be your footsteps. I-ook ahead! You are going somewhere. Where? There Is but one way to know. Hold up the lamp of God and in its light thou mayest know the end of thy journey. Walking in that light the anticipations are bright and cheering. The longest look ahead reaches only to glimmerings of the beauty and bliss awaiting. "Eye hath not seen, ear hath not heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to con ceive" the glories to be revealed to those whose eyes and heart longings are heaven ward turned. Our jeaze cannot soar to that beautiful land. But our * !sk)0< hav?? told of its blias. Aud our s-juIs by the gale of its gardens arc fa aned. .. . ? ? - - - - When we faint in the desert of this; r 'And we sometimes hare longed for Its holv repose When otir spirits were torn with temptations and woes. And we're drank from the tide of the river that flow? From the evergreen mountains of life. If we are casting our eyes to the joys that are ahead. It Is because of our faitli in God, which alone awakens antlcipa tions of coming bliss. In such anticipa tions all the crosses, trials, discourage ments and sufferings of the passing life are as nothing. It is said of Him who is the author and finisher of our faith that He "for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God."' * * * * Anticipation. W hen we think of the awful ignominy and shame of the cross which He en dured "for the joy that was set before Him." surely our look ahead to the joys His sacrifice purchased for us should nerve and cheer us through any and all of life's experiences. How wise it is to have a forward look for "the things that are unseen and eternal." The end of all temporal real ities comes sure and soon. How the winters are drifting like flakes of snow And the summers like buds between; And the year in the sheaf, so thev come and they go On the river's breast, with its ebb and flow. As it glides in the shadow and sheen. All are gliding rapidly and unavoidably to the shadow or to the sheen of eternal realities. A.hat is the outlook ahead? Many are not looking at all. Their eyes are fixed only on the world and the things of the world: yet all Scripture teaches that these things are transient and infinitely less important than the things of the world to come. How is it with you, reader? Are you looking at the things of lime and sense or to the things of eternity? Time has little to give, eternity has everything of value in its hands: vet all are prone to act as though they expect everything from time and nothing from eternity. * :J: * * Eye of Faith. Only those who are looking unto Him who is the author and finisher of their faith, the Redeemer and Savior of their kouIs, are really looking ahead. All others, though "having eyes, they see not." The natural eye discerns not the things of the spirit, but to the eye of faith is disclosed the beauty, richness and value of the things the future life holds in store for those who are worthy through obedience to the Creator of life and im mortality. How wondrous and desirable 'are 'he things the eye of faith has to look ahead for'. <? * 1: The Inviting: Prospect. "Having an eye to heaven," the be liever sees in his forward look and con templation the entrance into a better state. Here he is in the midst of im purity, trial, suffering and sadness-, there he will lind purity, victory and freedom from pain and sorrow. . Here he toils for daily bread, struggles for knowledge, wrestles for moral strength: there his occupations will be congenial, invigorating and delightful. Here he min gles wtih society that is often insincere, ignorant and unloving: there he will meet only the sincere, the enlightened, the warm-hearted. He will be in the com pany of that innumerable throng of spir its of just men made perfect. We can have only faint conceptions ot heaven's society. To be in the presence of angels, archangels, seraphim and cherubim is in some measure Meaning less to us, but is suggestive of something splendid and enchanting. We grasp a lit tle more clearly the thought of'seeing Him who was once among men in His exaltation, and we can understand some thing of what is meant by God's wiping away all tears from our eyes. We do not know what it is like, but we know enough from revelation and the Spirit's movings in awakened souls thu. it is something transcendently glorious. "What must it be to be there?" is the yearning thought in the hearts of those who indulge in a long look ahead. Wo s|>eak of the realms of the blest, That country so fright and so fair, And ??ft ar?> its glories confessed But what must It be to be there* We speak of its service of love. The robes which the glorified wear; The church of the first-born above But what must It be to be there? If your hope is built on nothing less than Jesus'- blood and righteousness. you will ere long know, lor you will be there. Jfabor ?HorIb $eace Congress. Christian Leaders of America Reply i;o Swiss Favoring Meeting- in Berne This Sum mer. Christian leaders of America, interested particularly in peace problems, are re plying to the Swiss churches that they favor, with them, trie holding of a world peace congress in Berne this sum mer. Not long sine - the evangelical churches of Switzerland sent out an invitation to the churches of Kurope to attend such congress, and to give answer not lat<>: than April. .Soon afterward the invita tion was extended to this country. Tt is learned that so general has been the response that the congress is prac tical'y certain to be held. The fixing of the dj?i? rests with the Swiss churches, but it is known that an American dele gation of good proportions will attend. The Swiss leaders charge that tin ] churches have not done their duty in the past, protesting, as they ought, against war. They figure that Kurope will, dur ing 1914. spend $4.000.000.000 because of war notions that prevail, and that ."i.OfXMOO men are idle. They say that oOO.OOO men in the prime of life were cut down in the Balkan wars, not to mention crippled men and destroyed prop erties. To call this a rivilized age. a Christian age. observe these Swiss min isters. in view of such facts, "is an in sult to the name of Christ." say they. The plan of the congress is not one of protest, not one to register the views of Christians on war, but to get down to exact methods by which the influence of churches of Kurope and America can : be brought to bear directly upon govern- ; ment officials to cause them to put an i end to present conditions. ] , Jfflost Successful Pear of $resstjpterp of IBasifjington Annual Meeting of Organization to Be Held Monday and Tuesday. The past year has been the most suc cessful in the history of the Presbytery of Washington, according to Rev. T. IS. Davis, stated clerk of the organization, he declaring: today that .over 1.000 new members have been received into the Presbytery during the past twelve months and over $250,000 raised for various purposes. Announcement was also made that the annual meeting of the Presbytery will be held in Gunton-Temple Memo rial Presbyterian Church Monday and Tuesday, with Rev. Hubert Rex John son. the moderator, presiding. Four commissioners are to be selected to the general assembly of the church which meets in Chicago May 21. At the opening session Monday even ing Dr. Johnson will preach the ser mon of the retiring moderator. A new moderator will be elected at this ses sion. Reports from various committees will also be heard at this meeting. The sessions will be continued Tues day morning at 9:30 o'clock. Semiannual JHeettng of Columbia Association of papt&t Cfjurctjes; Gathering to Be Held in Maryland Avenue Church Wednesday Evening. Plans have been completed for the semi-annual meeting of the Columbia Association of Baptist Churches in the Maryland Avenue Baptist Church Wed nesday. The program is as follows: 2:00, devo tional meeting, led by Pastor Owen P. Lloyd; 2:10, address by Pastor S. H. Greene: subject, "Place of the Prayer Meeting in the Church Life": 2.30, dis cussion of topic (speaker limited to five minutes In all discussions): 3:10, devo tional meeting, led by Pastor A. K. Stockebrand: 3:20, address by Pastor H. V. Howlett, subject. "Methods of Evan gelism": 3:40. discussion of topic: 4:20, sermon by Pastor John E. Briggs. Sup per will be served at ?>r.'iO p.m. by the Maryland Avenue Baptist Church. Evening session?7:30. song service, led by Percy S. Poster: 8:00. address of ten minutes each by members of the mis sionary committee: Anacostia, C. A. Muddiinan: Congress Heights, C. Powell Grady: Italian mission. Pastor H. V. Howlett: Pet worth, Charles Werner; Randle Highlands, Pastor J. W. Many; address by W. A. Wilbur, subject, "Dis trict Missions." Rev. J. W. Balderston will celebrate to day the beginning of his second year as pastor of the CongKfcss Street Methodist Protestant Church of Georgetown. He plans to preach two special sermons. * * * * At the recent annual meeting of the Kckington Presbyterian Church the fol lowing officers were elected: Trustees, Mr. Frank McChesney and Mr. S. Falconer; congregational clerk. Mr. M. W. Kling: auditors. Messrs. <\ H. Mayers, W. C. Alden and George Speidel. Reports from the officers and various organizations showed the church to be in a most flourishing condition. The large increase in both membership and finances during the past two yean-, it is declared, ranks this church among the first in the presbytery in point of growth. The "every member canvass." recently conducted among the members of the congregation, proved most successful. Re sides the spiritual results from such ;i house-to-house visitation, additional pledges amounting to approximately $1,300 were secured for the current expense and benevolent funds. Rev. H. E. Bruudage is pastor of the church and sixty new members have been added during the year. ? * * * Lecturer F. Farley Cook of the Peo ple's Pulpit Association of New York will be in Washington tomorrow to ad dress the afternoon meeting of the Washington Temple Congregation (non sectarian* in New Masonic Temple at 3 efclock. he planning to reach the city in the morning from the metropolis. Mr. Cook will take for his topic "The Mock Millennium." he planning to point out that as there are counterfeits of the currency of the United States govern ment. so there are counterfeits of the true doctrines of the Bible. In his ad dress he hopes to point out a detector which the Christian may use in determin ing what doctrine he desires to choose. i * * :!: Mr. Fulton B. Carr. organist of Mount Vernon Place M. E. Church, recently gave a recital at Kinmanuel P. E. Church, Anacostia, consisting of the following numbers: "Gloria" from "Twelfth Tvlass," Mozart; "Le Cygne" ("The Swan"), Saint Saens; "Kyrie Eleison" from "Twelfth Mass," Mozart: "Offertoire in G." Ba tiste: "Melodic in F," Rubinstein; "Fan fare," lvemmens. ? ? * * At the evening service in Second Bap tist Church tomorrow Naval Lodge, F. A. A. M.: Naval Chapter, R. A. M.. and Orient. Commanderv. Knights Templar, will be the special guests of the church. ? * * * At the recent annual meeting of the Eastern Presbyterian Church Elders M. T. Hver and Dr. Thomas Calver were re-elected and Mr. W. T. Betts elected to All vacancy, each for a term of three years. Messrs. S. B. D. Rollins and Homer Campbell were re-elected to the board of deacons, and Messrs. L. M. Thayer, eGorge Loughery and George H.' #oe? to &t>lattb ill. Cfjurcfj as pastor. REV. DR. WILLIAM I. McKENNEY. Who the recent Methodist conference at Cumberland, Md., has assigned to the Southwest church for the ensuing year. Dr. McKenney, who has long been prominent in the work of the Bal timore conference of the church, looks forward to a successful pastorate at his new assignment. Cabpbell wrere again re-elected trustees. The annual report of the church treas urer showed encouraging progress an financial affairs. Forty-five persons were received into the church during the year. * * * * At a recent meeting of the District ol Columbia Christian Endeavor Union a resolution was enthusiastically adopted commending the Secretary of the Navy for his order abolishing the wine iness on naval vessels. Resolutions of condol ence because of the death of Miss Lillian U. Stevens, president of the w. C. T U., were also adopted. # =:-? * * The Maryland Avenue Baptist Christian Endeavor Society has elected the follow ing officers: President, T. Carlyle Crump; vice president, T. A. Cox; secretary, John Rector; treasurer. Charles French. These officers will be installed at an early date. This society has also ascertained that its initial rating in efficiency wai 34. # # * * The theater service for men scheduled Jftrait gtontoerssarp of paraca an & $fjtlatfjea Huton An elaborate program has been pre pared for the celebration of the first an niversary of the Baraca and Philathea Union of the District of Columbia, to be held in the Fifth Baptist Church. Tues day evening, at 7:30 o'clock. Mr. Marshall A. Hudson of Syracuse. N. V., will be the principal speaker, his theme being: The Making: of a Bible Class With a Million Members." Mr. Hudson, it is declared, is devoting- his entire time and a large part of his for tune to the development of the Baraca and Philathea movement in this and other countries, and is the president of the World-wide Baraca and Philathea Union. There will be special music by a" chorus under the leadership of the chorister of the Washington Union. Mr. Paul H. Primm. A special invitation is extended to all young people of the different : hurches of the city to hear what Mr. Hudson has to say of the Baraca-Phila thea movement. I MAKSHM.I, \. HIDSOV unbapT ?>ri)ool1 lesson1 gp fteb. jjmgj) &.| j&tebengon. The journey to Emmaus. ( Easter Lesson.) Luke. 24: 13-35 Ciolden Text?It is Christ Jesus that died, yea. rather, that was raised from the dead. Romans, 8:34. Luke's beautiful narrative of the walk upon the first Lord's day to Emmaus forms an appropriate study for an Eas ter lesson, which day calls for the con sideration of the resurrection of J ?sue Christ. On? of the fund amental facts in the f.y Christian system, in fact one of the great hinges upon which it turns, is emphasized by the annual observance of Easter which pro jflilH claims the res ur rection of Christ. ????????mmHm The church testi fies by its presence and power in the world today to the fact that "He is risen," which miraculous event created the church by changing the discouraged, disheartened and disappoint, .cd disciples into the most potent force of history that during the past centuries has changed the current of civilization and transformed the character of nations and of men. The presence of a living Christ, manifesting himself to the dis couraged followers, and "Peter, the dis heartened denier, as well as the two dis appointed disciplfcs, who, crushed by sor row, had turned their back upon the : guilty city to sfcek amid the baths of I Emmaus strength to stand the strain of their loss, encouraged them. The exact location of this ancient town, 1 that was referred to by Josephus, i has been a matter of dispute among the scholars, for they have found more than one place that claims to be the location of the warm baths. The location of the hot thermal springs is not essential, any more than the identifi cation of the unnamed disciple is to un derstand the effective literary product that Luke has given us in his beautiful narrative of the walk that spring after noon when Christ drew near to comfort the two disappointed disciples. * ? * * Disappointed Disciples. In the opening verse of our study Luke has giyen us the most valuable portrayal that we have of the feelings of the fol lowers of Jesus between the burial and demonstration to them of the fact that lie had risen. The disciples had never dreamed of even the possibility that such an event would happen, but after His death and burial we find them filled with [ sorrow because their hopes have been destroyed by the death of the one who won them by His personality and held them amid the almost continuous oppo sition for the last two years of His life and labor by the bonds of affection. They thought and spoke only of Him who they had hoped would "redeem Israel." Wherever, whenever the dis ciples and followers of Jesus met during the period that elapsed after His cruci fixion and burial the Master whom they 1 loved, was the theme of their conver sation. Some of them had trie.d to help I John console Mary, the broken-hearted mother of our Lord, in her great grief, while others had returned home in their hopeless despair and despondence. J The two that walked toward Emmaus I that afternoon were so absorbed in their I' discussion about all that had befallen their Master, -that they failed to detect the footfall of one who had been draw ing near to them and now walked by their side, sympathizing with them in their sorrow and longing to remove the veil that shut out His presence from them. Frequently in our dark hours He draws near to us to help, aid and assist us, but our eyes are holden by the blind ing power of unbelief. The sympathetic stranger startles them by His question concerning the One over whom they had been disputing and draws from them an expression of their love for the Master and the failure of their hopes that had been based upon the out | ccme of Christ's service. ' . Instead of at once revealing Himself to them. Jesus sought to correct their view of the Master by appealing to their | . intellect and the Scriptures. The testi- j J mony of the prophets and the words of! to be held in the Columbia Theater to morrow afternoon, under the auspices of the Christian Endeavor Union, has been canceled. ? The annual meeting of the congrega tion of the First Presbyterian Church was held Monday evening. Reports from the session. Ladies* Beneficent Society. Home and Foreign Missionary Society, Sabbath, school and the other organizations of the church indicated a deep and growing in terest on the part oi* the membership and attendants in the activities of the church. The report of the board of trustees indi cated an increase in the contributions for church support. Plans were discussed and adopted for an increase of the activi ties of the church in many directions. Rev. Dr. Clark, the new pastor, made an address, in which he acknowledged the cordial reception received by himself and family from his new. people, awl their ready response to every appeal 'for .yet 4 their Lord during His ministry were re called so as to make them see that the very thing: which thej- dreaded was fore told and that the beauty of the life of Christ was in His sacrifice as Ho open up unto them how it was necessary for Him "to have suffered these things in order to enter into His glory.'* The effect of the stranger's conversation was not lost for as He was about to leave them and pass on unrecognized and unknown to them they showed the spirit of their Lord by doing a humane act in His name when they invited the stranger, when He started to go on further, to stop overnight with them and share the hospitality of their home, "for the day-' was "far spent" We miss frequently seeing Jesus be cause we do not do what the two did when they reached Emmaus. If they had not invited the stranger to spend th? night with them they would not have seen Christ as He served the even i ing meal or received the revelation j of His resurrection. ? ? * * Revelation of His Resurrection. Strange to say, they knew not that it was their Lord that they had invited into their village home. Just as the evening meal was about to begin, we are told that "it came to pass, when He had sat down with them to meat. He took the bread and blessed it. and brake it, and gave to them, and their eyes were opened and they knew Him." Can we imagine the surprise and the joy that must have filled their hearts when their eyes beheld in the stranger none other than their beloved Master, whom they recognized in the breaking of bread. They recognized him and then he vanished. Jesus did not leave them until He had impressed upon their minds the message of the upper room. In the broken bread that He left upon the plate there was the call to enter a life of self-sacrifice, self denial and surrender, so that they, too, by suffering might be fitted to share with Him His glory. The darkness was no impediment to them, for they returned quickly to Je rusalem and went to the upper room to relate to those who were already filled with awe and wonderment by the testi mony of Peter and the women that they had seen the Lord and that He was risen from the dead. When they added their story of their blessed and joyful experience of all that had happened tc them how His message and masterly in terpretation of the Scripture and even the sermons of the Master the unknown stranger * had recalled them from their despondence, dismay and despair, and in the breaking of the bread they had seen Him alive and summoning them to learn the gospel of grace and glory writ ten in the sorrows of life, the leaders doubted them. The revelation of His resurrection con tains a message of cheer, comfort and consolation for every troubled heart. His resurrection is the germ of our endless life, prophetic of the Christian's resur rection. when our Lord shall appear again. The power by which Christ broke the forces of death on the first Easter morning will enable all that love Him and look for His return to conquer death.. The resurrection of Jesus demon strated that "there is a vitality within the physical life of man which whep the outward forces of that life appear to be dissipated, can draw them -back and reconstruct them, transforming the body until it shall transcend some of the lim itations that exist preceding death. The character of the change is not clear, but. it contains the suggestion of undeveloped and undiscovered powers, dormant within our personalities, that if developed are""?u'scept!ble of exercising a still larger power over our phys'cal life than is now-exercised-by our minds. Just as Jesus drew near the. two dis ciples .upon the way to Emmaus. so He draws near to us to eo.uip us with the power by which- we can master the diffi culties, discouragements and despair of the present age. What the unthinking world calls defeat has been changed into a. victory for us by the resurrection of our Lord. . He has secured for us a vic tory of life over death, of regeneration over degeneration, of construction over destruction, of conformation over de formation that ought to fill all men with hope as ; they , recall "the Christ Jesus that; 4ied, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God. who- also "maketh intercession for us," so-that--we- by looking unto Him might catch a glimpse of the glory of the resurrection that awaits all who fol low Hinv in a life of self-denial, sacrifice and service" for humanity. deeper consecration to the work of the Lord. A brief telegTam of sympathy was sent to Mr. Schutt, president of the board of trustees, who is absent in Florida on ac count of serious illness. The following officers were re-elected: A. E. L. Leckie. president of the congregation; C. L. I>u Bois. W. F. Carter, A. E. L. Leckie and W. H Fellows, trustees * * * * "A Bright Saying From William Jen nings .Bryan" is Rev. E. Hez Swem's subject for tomorrow night in Centennial Baptist Church. The theme for 11 a.m. is "Happiness in Christ." Thirty-eight new scholars were added to the Sunday school last Sunday, morning. For Additional Church News See Page 15, Part 1.