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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.
::o:::o::;o;;;o;;;q;;;o;;:o;;;o:;;o;:;;; LESSON XI. FIRST QUARTER, INTER NATIONAL SERIES, MARCH 13. Text of tbe Lesson. Math, zlii, S4-SO, 38- 43 Memory Verses, 37-30 Golden Text, Math, xlli, 37 Commentary by the Bev. The Difference. They tell me I am shrewd with other men. With thee I'm slow and difficult of speech. With others I may guide tiie car of talk. Thou wlng'st it oft to realm beyond my reach. If other fraesta should come, I'd deck my hair And choose my newest garment from the shelf. When thou art bidden, would clothe my heart With holiest purpose, as for Ood himself. For them I while the hours with tale ot-sbng . Or web of fancy, fringed with careless rhyme. But how to find a fitting lay for thee. Who hast the harmonies of every time! O friend beloved, I sit apart and dumb. Sometimes In sorrow, oft in joy divinel My lip will falter, but my prisoned heart Bprings forth to measure its faint pulse with thine. Thou art to me most like a royal guest Whose travels bring him to some lowly roof Where simple rustics spread their festal fare And, blushing, own it is not good enough. Julia Ward How. The Sunday Question. Last week, Wednesday, the asso ciation of the churches of the old New v,OKT. y ,k e T i tion. Rev. Dr. I. W. Hathaway made the surprising statement that this na tion is about to change places with the pxple of France. That country, be said, has been an habitual breaker of the Sabbath in the past, but to its own astonishment, is developing Puri tan ideas in the present. Our own na tion, founded on Puritanism in the past, is now the practical possession of a 'continental" Sunday. Dr. Hath away maintained that God had created the day for rest and if its sacred cha racter was denied the bulwark of our liberties was imperiled. The Kev. Dr. Root took a very dlf . ferent view of the question. He de clared that if he were shut up in a factory all the week he would mount a bicycle on Sunday afternoon and get into the country ai fast as his .legs would carry him. He went on to say that brain and brawn, when pressed to the point of exhaustion, could not be expected to keep Sunday as our fathers did. Ho nest conviction must be respected, and all days are equally sacred. The -Sunday newspaper he said, had come to stay, and resolutions against it availed no more than did Mrs. Part ington's broom against the high tide. Nor did he believe the-heavens would fall if bands of music wee heard in the parks by the cloak-makers and Other wage-earners on Sunday after noons. The observance of Sunday, he aid, rests with the individual, and not with the opinions of churchmen. Christian Endeavor Bates. The Southwestern Passenger asso ciation has granted to the Christian Endeavorers of the United States and . Canada all the concessions desired. They insure the Bale of tickets to Nash ville and return for the Christian En deavor convention at one fare for the round trip July 1 to 6 inclusive, with final limit July 31, and with privilege of extension to August 15, provided the tickets are deposited at the terminal lines at Nashville prior to July 31. "I bave no use for Quakers," said a rude speaker. ' I'm too broad in my religious views for any such narrow ness." "The trouble with thee, friend," an swered the-Quaker calmly, "Is not that thee is too broad with thyn own reli gion, but that thee is too narrow with that of other folks." Half our weariness comes from try lng to live Borne otner life tban our own to do and be what people around us are doing and bsing. Only one voice has a right to Bay: "Follow thou me, " and the task that another is doinc successfully may be one that was never intended for our band. Knowledge is forged at the anvil of experience. We cannot know a truth until we have felt it in our inmost life. A man mty study much and read more, but he will know only that which his heart feels A boy may babble the pro fundities of a Socrates and a Plato and yet know nothing. ROYAL MISSIONARIES OF AFRICA. DRINCE BERNADOITE of Sweden and his wife are going to Africa to spend the rest of their lives as mission aries. Brnadotte is the sc ud eon of King Oscar, of Sweden and Norway, an! has a world-wide rep itatlon a a A MalfnlAiia a n t It c a - TTf.- I t w 1 s , . .... .... - ""s""" " o xioo muuK, ana Deiore tne marriage tne prince, whose full name is Oscar Bernadotte, was forced to give up all cla'm to the throne bee use of wedding a woman who was not royal. The king changed bis son's litle to Count Wisborg, and gave him an estate on the Island of Gottland. The name of the estate is Fridhem. The former Miss Munk has lately been received into tbe warmest favor of Queen Sophia, who is herself most religious and who made her daughter-in-law maid of honor. The withdrawal of the former prince and his wife from court is tha culmination of a "ong drawn out disturbance in the Swedish court, and mav mean fhe permanent separation of the oojnt from The Prayer IT eetingr's Purpose. The beat Christian Eudeavor prayer meeting' will lay proper stress upon each ol the six purposes for which it exists namely, fellowship, training, inspiration, instruction, witness-bear-intr and worship. Detailed plans will be" unnecessary if these fundamentals are carefully considered and the ser vices molded to accord with them. There must be a clearly defined object put into the service before any definite good can be sot out of it. Christian fellowship is more of Are than of freezing. Disciples are not to be congealtd together, but welded to gether in Christ. A meetin? wh"re the attendants are scattered over a large room does not conduce to fellow ship. A room not toe large, or at least a compact audience, helps a service wonderfully. There should be much prayer one lor another in the meeting and great concern for the in terest of others rather than for Vie in terest of tell. At the cleea of the meeting there should be a brief tarry ing for the exchange of greetings, con- i f i vernation concerning the affairs of the laMer.Li j.- .ni. In o-pnpral. the com kingdom and, in general munion of the saint la the Christian Endeavor prayer meeting young people should be train ed to pray in public, to ppealt an ori ginal word, to lead a service, and to understand how best to work in the church for the Master. Whetner it be the taking up of a collection, the lead ing of the singing, the maintenance of the due relation of the parts of a ser vice, or the introduction of various methods of conducting the exercises it makes no difference, it is all a train ing for the Lord's work. Inspiration aud instruction are c'osely allied. Every meeting should proceed on such a bign devotional ana spiritual plane that each Chris tian heart present will be strengthened and nourished. It should be remem bered that in many instances the En deavorers will have to travel many days in the strength of the meat re ceived at the Christian Endeavor pray er-meeting. The chief work of Christians la not preaching, but witness-bearing. Prac tice in bearing witness is almost much of a desideratum as direct testi mony in the meeting itself. Because a young person has spoken for Christ in a prayer-meeting, it will be easier for him to speak for Christ amoDg compan ions in daily life. Plan for much testi mony in each service. Encourage it. taking care that all who will' may have opportunity to speak. But the chief purpose of the Chris tian Endeavor prayer-meeting, as of all Christian gatherings, is worship. In boost, in scripture, and spoken word, God is to be worshiped. All that i done in the meeting is to be done, not to our credit, but to his glory. We are not to make fine speeches to men; we are to rpeak in such a way as to hon or God Our prayers are not to be so short and frequent as to p'ease human ears, but so sincere as to be berd of Gad. Songs are not to be sung merely because of tbeir melody or brightness, but because they express our heart's prayer and praise to God. We need to kivemore attention to the Godwsrd side of our gatherings and lees to the manward side. All of the delegates to the general conference of the Methodist Episcopal church south, which meets in quadren nial tession in Baltimore In the early spring, have now be n chosen, and it is known that it will be the ablest body ever assembled in this branch ol Me thodism. The two matters of popular Interest o come before tbe conference are tbe election of at least two new bishop and the consideration of the resolutions framed by .the joint fed or ation committee, and recently publish ed. Xbese resolutions nave been un expectedly well received by tbe Me thodist churjh north, as well as south. All the officers of St. Paul's Epis copal cburcb, Otis, Mass , are women except tbe rector. Women ae now elected as vestrymen in some Episcopal churches; but this is supposed to be the only instance in whioh all the vestry men are women. his royal family. The Summons to Young1 Men. Some vigorous words are spoken to older young men by "The Christian.' Our English contemporary wisely ob serves: Hew many young men art drifting and dawdling and wasting away their lives, sucking cigars and cane heads, eating bread which othert earn, and wearing clothes for which they bave never paid? And yet these men have lived long enough to bave made the'r"fajBrk in the world 'a histo ry, and to -have accomplished grea things for Gtdrnd humanity. Much of the important-work of the world it done by young men; much of it is done by old men. But these tri tiers will never do anything, either in youth or old ages. At tbe age of forty Robert Bruce de feated the English at Bannockburn. At twenty-seven WilJam Pitt wai prime minister of Great Britain. Wil liam E. Gladstone was.in parliament at twenty-two. At twenty-two George Washington was a colonel, at forty three he commanded the revolutionary army, and at fifty-seven was president of the United States. Martin Luther was prominent when he was twenty four years old ; had finished his life work largely at forty-six, and lied at the age of sixty-two. John Calvin, be fore he was thirty years old, bad done work whioh placed bis name among the great men of earth. Others today are doing in early life work which will endure forever. Young man, wake up! Throw away your cigar; shake off your slumbers Have done with dawdling and fooling. Be a man as God intended you should, and make up your mind to do some thing that shall ble-s and benefit the world. You may not be called to high position you certainly will not be un til you learn to fill a low position with fidelity and' energy but if you will seek the kingdom of God, and turn from sin and folly and vain doing, you will not spend your strength for naught; and sometime, in youth or in msturer life, your opportunity will come, and it will be seen that you bave not labored in vain, that your life has not been a failure. If you have conquered a forest, if you have ploughed a field, if you have plant ed a tree, i' you bave builded a housr, if you have taught a child the e'ement of earthly knowledge, or the way of life and salvation, in these ways you may have done a work for God and for humanity which will live through the ages and will be remembered by blm who shall give at least "to every man according to his work." Do not sit down idly and wait for op portunities. There is an opportunity to do something to1ay, to do it well, to do it in tbe ft ar of God ; and if you will do the duties of today, and fill its hours with faithful and zealous endeavor, to morrow will brng new duties, new privileges, new blessings, and, in time or in eternity, your reward will be sure. A Year's Bequest's. It has bjen computed that in tbe year just past there was contributed in tbe United Spates by bequest or by personal gift, to churches, colleges. charities, museums, art gallerie, libraries, etc. an aggregate of 933.- 612814. Like contributions n 1896 were 833,670,129: in 1895 $28,943,549: In 1894, $19,967,116. These statistics do not inclu e the numberless small donations. The greatest amount was given to charities, colleges next, then churches and religious societies, mu seums, art gallfrie-t and libraries. Men gave $20,233,378 of this, and women $13,039,436. The largest con tributions of the year are as follows: J. Piertont Mo-gan, to charities, tl.- 000,000; Mrs. Leland Stanford, to Stanford University, $1 000,000: John Fred Martin to churches. $1,000,000: jonn a. uaering. to charities. Z.WO.- 000; George M Pullman, for mainten ance of a training echool, $1,200,000; P. A. B. Widener. for art caller v. $1000,000; Charles Contoit to charities. $1,000,000; Henrietta R. V. Baker to charities, $2,000,000. The Catholic churches of New York city have 768,590 parishioners and over 400,000 Sunday school children. The value of the church property is $100.- 000,000. D. M. 8tearna. tCopyrlght. 1897, by D. M. Stearns.! 84. "Another parable put He forth unto them. savincr. The kingdom of heaven Is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field." As this parable is only one of a series of seven recorded in this chap ter, and probably spoken on one day, four by the seaside and three, with the Inter nretation of this one, privately in the house, we must consider briefly the seven that we may better understand this one. We must also notice why He now began to speak in parables. It was not that they might better see and understand, but just the contrary (verse 18). They baa rejectee, their King (chapter xli, 14), and now He will not tell them plainly what would happen in consequence. It was no mys tery, but something very plainly revealed in the prophets, that there should be a kingdom on this earth, with a righteous King on David's throne, bringing blessing to all nations, but it was a mystery still hidden as to what would take place on this earth if this kingdom should tor any cause be postponed. These seven parables set forth the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven that is, the course of this age till the harvest. Only a portion of the seed sown will bring fruit to perfection, and much of that will be hindered by tares sown by the deviL The little company of true believers will become a great worldly thing full of birds in the branches, the fol lowers of the devil joining the church for their own ends. The church herself (the woman with the meal) will so oorrupt her food that there will be but little sound doctrine, the preachers preaching to please the people and not the Lord. But there is another side to this dark story and that is told to the disciples in the house privately (verse SA). Because there is area! treasure of true believers in this field, the world. One has bought it who has the right of re demption, and He did so by giving np all that He had. The treasure may be the true Israel. See Ex. xix, 6, 6; Mat. iii, 17, margin. The one pearl from the depths of the sea is very suggestive of tbe church gathered out of all nations. The One buy ing it must be, as in the former case, the Lord Himself, for He gives np all He has. Then when the elect church has been pre- aented faultless, the one pearl and elect Israel made a righteous nation. lation, the treas- nre for the time being hidden in the field, there shall be a great multitude from all nations who shall form the saved nations, who shall walk in the light of the New Jerusalem and bring their glory and honor Into it (Bev. xxi, 24, 26). God has a great plan which He has revealed to us and those who walk with Him will never be discour aged (Isa. xlli, 4; 1111, 11). As to the first verse of our lesson His own explanation Is that He Himself is the sower, true believ ers are the seed, and the field is the world. 25. "But while men slept, his enemy oame and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way." His explanation in verses 38, 89, is that the tares are the chil dren of the wicked and the sower of such is the enemy, the deviL If men were wide awake that is, God's men the enemy might not get in as many tares as he does, but too many are asleep, like Jonah, turn' lng their backs on what God wants them to do, or, like Samson, given np to living unto themselves, Ajet us all give need, to Rom. xlli, 11; Eph. v, 14. Many a preach er out of employment might find light on his path very quickly if he had no touch of either Jonah s or Bam son s trouble. 26. "But when the blade was sprung np and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. One cannot always tell which are tares and which are wheat, but the Lord knoweth them that are His, and He will make no mistake. Each one can be sure for -himself whether he is tares or wheat, a child of the wicked one or a child of God. I John v, 18, with John i, 18, and ill, 16, will tell any one who wants really to know. 87. "So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed In thy Hold? From whence, then, hath it tares?" At the mar riage in Cana the servants knew whence came the wine, bnt this is a more difficult case, and servants do not know every thing; not by a good deal. We know in part, and if any man thinketh that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as ne ought to know (I Cor. xlli, 9, 12; Till, 8). s. "tie saia unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him. Wilt thou then that we go and gather them upr Borne servants seem to enjoy gatnenngout, or attempting to gather out, the tares, or at least in letting the tares know what desperate tares they are In the estimation of the wheat. xv. -xfut ue said, Hay; lest while ye gather np the tares, ye root np also the wheat with them." The rooting up or gathering np process can have no reference to salvation, for in harvest time all are gathered the tares for the fire and the wheat for the barn. In chapter xv, 18, He says, "Every plant which My Heavenly Father hath not planted shall be rooted up." 80. "Let both grow together until the nary est, and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." This verse is fully explained by verses 89 to 48. The harvest is the end of the age, as the expression "end of the world' always signifies. I do not know where we are told that this planet sBall ever be destroyed. Even Peter, in speak ing of wonderful changes whioh shall oo enr, says with great emphasis, "Neverthe less, we, according to His promise, look zor a new beavens and a new earth where in dwells righteousness" (II Pet. ill, 18). xnere nave been ages, ana tbere are ages to come; the present one, of which our .Dora spake, already drawetn to a close, but the beginnings and closings of the ages seem always to be of an over lapping nature rather than a decided and marked division between the one and the other. The second coming .of our Lord Jesus at the end of this age will, like His first coming, be a series of events, the first of which will be the whole true church caught up to meet Hun in the air (I Tbess. lv, 16-18). The harvest or consummation here spoken of must be beyond that, for tne nrst event in the harvest time of our lesson to the gathering out of the tares for the fire. It may be at the close of the great tribulation period after the church's1 translation and is probably the same referred to In Bev. xlv, 15, 16, and II Thess. i, 7-10. There is a possible far- reaching outlook in the expression, " King nom of their Father, " of verse 48, as con trasted with the kingdom of the Son of Man of verse 41. There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to oe taken iDto account in explaining our gusts and storms." savs Georcel "-not, "ana Decaus we cannot know the 'unmaDDed countrv' in each other we bave need of great charity and for- ues ranee Tucson Methodists are feelinc ouita nappy tnis wteir. r or years they have been burdened with a church debt of BOO. On Sunday a special effort was made to lift the debt, and every dollar oi it was proviaea lor, Per week, 60 .....THE ffffffffffffffff 4444444444444444 The Leading Daily Paper. 0. O.. O. CO) O I o s Electro- Hydropathic Institute,... I O Cor. MYRTLE and STANTON STREETS. 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Christian Endeavor. 4.TJO p. m., Jr. Christian Endeavor. 4:00 p. m. .(Mondavi In termeaiita En- aeavor. 7:30 p. m., Wednesday, oraver meet ing. I he Ladies Aid Society meets at the cnurcn tne nrst J. u tea ay of eacn montb at dp,m. J. he session meets in the castor's sui dy the first Tuesday evening of each montn. TJAPTISTCHURCH, CORNER SAN O. Millican, -.7.7 " e, " Pastor. Residence Magoffin Ave. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 9:45 a. m., Sunday school. 11 a. m., morning worbhip. 3 p. m. Junior Union. 4 p. m. Seiiior Union. 7: JO p. m., evening worship. 7:30 u. m. Wfcduesdav. Draver meet- ing. pi ATHOLIC CHURCH OF THE IM- -s maculate Conception, Myrtle Ave, and Campbell St. Father Cahill, Re.- tor. rusmence jNortn Urecon St. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. Catecbiem at 9:30 a. m. Hign mass sermon 10 a. m. GERMAN LUTHERAN CHURCH Rev. Heuhnp.ttn. Pa.t.np HOURS FOR WORSHIP. Services held every Sunday at 3:30 p. m. in tne D irst M. hi. cnurch on M Tr ue Ave. rftRINITY METHODIST EPISCO- : -- pal church. South. Corner Texas Pastor. Residence,712 North Campbell tree. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 11 a. m., morning worship. 7:30 p. m., evening worship. 9:30 a. m. , Surday schcol. 3 and 4 p m., Epworth League, 7:30 p. m., Wednesday, prayer ing. meet- "CURST METHODIST EPISCOPAL -a. church, Myrtle Avenue. Rev. J. G. Hall, Pastor. Parsonage back of church. jy O ATTCMn i rtl I I-II U- FOR BOTH SEXES. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 11 a. m., morning worship. 7:30 p. m., evening worship. 12 m., class meeting. 9:45 a. m., Sunday school. 6:30 p. m., Epworth League. 7:30 d. m.. Wednesday, nntnr mai. ing. CHRISTIAN CHURCH. MYRTLE Ave. Rev. G. H. Morrison, Pas tor. Residence. 604 Meea avenue. HOURS FOB WORSHIP. 11 a. m., morning worship. 7:30 p. m., evening worship. 9:30 a- m., Sucdsy school. 6:15 p. m.t Senior C. E. 3 p m. Junior C E. 7:30 D. m.. Wednesdav. imrm ing. ' " " ' -T CJT. CLEMENT'S CHURCH. Ave. Rev. M. C Martin. MESA Rector; Rectory adjoining the church. HOURS FOR SERVICE. 7:30 a. m., holy communion. 11 a. m., morning prayer. 7:30 p. m., evening prayer. 9:30 a. m., Sunday school. 3 p. m., Catechism. Holy dava 10 a. m . hnlv - . J w 1MH ion. Wednesday 10 a. m., Litnany and reading. PARISH SOCIETIES. The Vestry meets the third Monday I In SftaYin mrtnt-h saw TaQn - The BiTeTw of St. Andrew . ivsaapter meets the t.hii-H Tk uajr m iwcd momn at 4 UK) p. m. The Daugbwra of the King, (Chap ter 460,) meets every Friday at 2 p m. The Rector's Aid aocietv mta Tuesday at 3 p. m., except the Tuesday after the first Sunday. The Woman's Auxiliary, (Margaret B. Martin Branch,) meets at 3 p. m. on the Tuesday after the first Sundav in ' each month. The Ministering Children's Le meets every Saturday aften nnn mi t.h residence t f Mrs. Floyd Payne. Tbe Altar Guild meets the Saturday preceding the first Sunday in each month. PJONGREGA TIONAL CHURCH, ( Mexican.! LowerRl Punit Rer. A. C Wriuht, Pastor; also, direc tor of ConcrrefiratioDal Training Rnhnni 501 N. Sai ta Fe street. ' HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 10 a. m., Sunday School. 11 a. m.. Senior C. E. 3 p m., Junior C. E. 7 p. m., evenlnc worshin. 7 p. m.. Wednesdav. nrvr mat.tner Y. M. C. A . SAN FRANCISCO ST. Wm. Slran. Secretary. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 2 p m., bible study. 4 p. m., mens' meeting. Rooms ODen through the week frnm 9 a. m. to 10 p. m. lif EXICAN MISSION OF THE ME- thndiat hh Sn..th 8outh street. Campbell street near Fourth Rev. J. F. Corbin. Pastor. HOURS FOR WORSHIP. 11:30 a. m.. moroin? worshin. 7:30 p. m., evening worshin. 10 a. m., Sunday school.