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: 1 1: A M. i 1 ..... i mm Fed- In tlx Parliament of eration of the IDLI lLflltfl Shi The WOE n AT TJIK UK ART man. the world. Tennyson. OF CIIIUSTMAS. Terse Comments on the Prayer Meetiiu? Topic Young People's Societi" tian Kndeavor, eto. for Vniform of the ?s Chris-licecmher uiF. climax or thi: king llc International Sunday School Les koii Tor December 20 is. The Ascension-- Luke i!:50-o3; Acts 1.-J-U. (li William T. 1011 is.) For mure than a year pat the mil lions of tbe Sunday school have been studying the lifo. of Jesus. For the past two weeks the lesson theme has heen the Resurrection, e noermng Hhifli layman Abbott says, "The re surrection of Jesus Christ is the best attested fact in history." Now we have come to the splendid Umax of the career of Christ; , a cli max essential to the completion of all that has none before. Christianity could not be founded on a closed tomb. A dead Christ would have been an anticlimax and a failure even though he would have met all tbe conditions of the people who re gard Jesus r.s merely an example and u. teacher. For the completion of Ills mission and the triumph of Ilis rucs- sage, Jesus logically had to be the living and the reigning Christ. Bo after an interval of forty days during which Ho had shown Himself alive by "many infallible proofs," the hour ascension came, and this is the lesson assigned for i 'resent .study. Appropriately this ialls on the Sim day before Christmas. Ascension is the completion of Advent. The Christ who came, in Bethlehem has finished His course, and now on Olivet has as cended in triumph. The Christmas promise has been fulfilled. All that the shepherds and tbe Wise Men heard has been brought to pat's. The Re deemer is risen and regnant. The Story Itself. First of all let us get the event of the Ascension clearly in mind as it appears in the inspired record. Luke, that best of all historians, narrates It most fully, and we shall read his brief account with which his gospel loses, and then the supplemental ac 'ounl that he wrote to Theophilus in the Booh of the Acts. To make the Ktory more vivid we shall quote from the New Testament in modern speech. lr. Weymouth s version, which is so near to the original Creel;. "And He brought them out to with In view of Bethany, and then lifted up Ilis hands and blessed them. And while He was blessing them. He part ed from them and was carried up into r the her you this His own life. The strength of Church is simply the strength of King residing in her "Christ in the hope of glory." Apart from indwelling life of the risen Christ in His Church, there is no power in her ana no nope ror tne worm. xne Chureh is the instrument of Christ. "We are but organs mute, till a mas ter touches the keys Harps are we, silent harps that have hung on the willow trees. Dumb till our heartstrings swell and break with a pulse divine."' 20. -An Unselfish life." Phil. 2:1-11. (By William T. Kilis.) The core of Christmas is the truth of unselfishness. This day of the new spirit that irradiates all the earth is the day of lavish pouring out of self. "Somebody cares" is written large over every Christmas gift and Christmas plan. It is the day of tak ing thought for other persons. Then it is that kindly friendliness proves its kinship with the spirit of this ic-stai day. Christ m Christmas means unselfish love the love of Cod for man and of men for one another. uid I nomas A Kern pis, wno was so wise in the things of the human heart, pierced to the center of the subject wtien he wrote, "Know that the love of thyself doth hurt still more than anything in the world." lived in other lives, to have Invented one's personality in the welfare and prosperity of others, expecting n re turn, is to insure a peace, ami joy which cannot be bought in any of earth's markets. The Christmas that is emptiest of self is fullest of the Christ spirit. Because this old world is hungry for love, "the simple art of being kind" is needed to carry Christmas through the year. We may get along comfortably without anv further wis dom or guile or sophistication: but. ah, sorely do we need the gentle of fices of love as we meet one another by the way. Whoso gives himself to the world. follows the fashion which Cod set f.t Christmas. There is a story old and sweet Which the sons of men repeat, While the hurrving years go by. Of a strange, illumined sky: Of a host who sang "Good will" O'er the flock on Bethlehem hill; Of a manger, and a star. And the travelers from af;:r: Tltfs the story old and sweet Which the sons of men repeat. h Heaven. They worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy Afterwards they were continually in attendance at the Temple, blessing Cod." "My former narrative, Theophilus. alt with all that Jesus did and taught as a beginning, down to the day on which, after giving instruc tions through the Holy Spirit to the Apostles whom He had chosen, He v.as taken up to Heaven. He had nlso, after He suffered, shown Him uvii alive to them with many sure pnofs, appearing to them at inter vals during forty days, and speaking of the Kingdom of Cod. And while In their company He charged them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father's promised gift. " 'This you have heard of,' He said 'from me. For John indeed bantized with water, but before, many days have passed you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit "once when they were with Him, they asked Him: " 'Master, is this the time at which you are about to restoie the kingdom of Israel?' " 'It is not for you.' He replied, 'to know times or epochs which the Father has reserved within His own authority; and yet you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you. and you will be my witness in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria ana to tne remotest nails of the earth.' "When He had said this, and while they looking at Him. He was carried up, ami a cloud closing beneath Him hid Him from their sight. But. while they stood intently ga.ing into the SKy aa tie went, suuuemy tnere were two men m white garments i,tanding by them, who said: "t.aiuaeans, why stand looking up into tne sk.v : This same op.su? who has been taken up from you into Heaven will come in just the same way as you have tten Him going into A New Life Source. Wrapped up in the truth of the Ascension is the other truth of the life of the Christian Church. She gets her power not from her organization, or from her leaders of whom, alas, there is t-ueh a scarcity bat from the risen Christ Himself, "who ever liveth lo make Intercession " The New Tes tament is inwrought with the tremen dous teaching that this new organic- tion or ueuevtn?. wncn tnrist ieu behind to carry on His work, is quali fled and equipped and empowered by Where Democracy Cannot Prevail. In all the world today a world vhos thought has been profoundly disturbed by the events e the past six months there is no need greater than that Christians should be domi nated by the conviction that Jesus Christ still lives and reigns. The faith of many has been clouded by the smoke of the world war. They cannot reconcile the 'present cata clysni with the benevolence and omni potence of God. They already dis cern the effect of this crash of Chris tian civilization upon the heathen. What may be said to them? "All authority is given unto me." :o rang the words of Christ ere He ascended to the seat of highest au thority. They never were so true as today. The King is upon His throne in highest heaven. His dans may be inscrutable, but they are certain to be, carried out. He makes the wrath ol man to praise Him. In some way beyond our understanding his terrible time of trial is going to work out for the peace and prosperity of humanity, and for the greater glory of Cod. The Kingdom of Heaven is not a democracy hut an absolute monarchy. We need to remind ourselves of this at times. God is supreme. He is not constrained to explain His ways --to may. He is working out Kingdom plans that are vaster than our power of comprehension. With Him a. thousand years are as a day. His Kingdom Ls coming as surely as He is King. Dimly v.Te may discern the providences of present events. We can only, however. think God's thoughts after Him and sometimes afar off. ' "The New World Programme. The simple fact is that the hour has struck for a new and vaster pro gramme of Christianity. The organ ized Church of our day has come to a crisis. The ecclesiastical pro gramme and methods have almost broken down. Even the Church is turning in repugnance from the ecclesiastical politicians who have sapped so much of her life and per verted her clear and simple purposes. Machinery and organization and worldly methods have in good part thwarted the godly devotion of the rank and file of the Church. Now- this world tumult has shaken the human race into a new sense of unity and interdeiiendenee. Old com placencies have been shattered. Old provincialisms have disappeared. Men are gaining a new, vast, comprehen sive sense of the whole world. In this hour of unequalled crisis, thoughtful Christians perceive that the Kingdom's programme and plans have all along been vaster than the Church's fulfillment. The world to day is rising to the level of the real Kingdom conception. Picayune poli cies must pass away. xhe immensi ty of world needs will newly domin ate human thinking. Our own nation will be shaped more and mure to the needy of humanity. In this hour the ascension of Christ means nothing less than the ascension of the Church to a new plane of life and service. As the great tower of the Church of the Ascension on Mount. Olivet dominates a wiue landscape, ro tne worn ana worship and life of the Church must be dominated by this larger concep tion of Christ's thought for His peo ple. The King's command is to be executed in more kingly fashion. One word spoken b3T the Christ wnose coming made Christmas, is w-ritten over all true keeping of this high feast day, the word "Inasmuch. To do lowly service, and especially to little children, is to prove loyal to Christmas. W make this the day of days for childhood because the child comes to his own at the Bethlehem manger. A legend concerning this has been gathered into verse: So w-e come each Christmastido To the manger low and wide. While the Star with shining ray Lighteth yet the Bethlehem way. And the Christ-child blesstth still Those who climb the Bethlehem bilk Bidding all, who fain woud stay, By the cradle kneel and pray: This the story old and sweet When the sons of men repeat. , -L.il lias C. Ncviru "When the shoemaker of Antwerp came to die, And in fear and trembling faced the Lord most high, To the question stern What hast thou For the King of earth done below?' 'Lord,' he answered. Thee, I alone Have no talent, naught Thy throne; Only this one thing to Thee, dare I tell; I have pleased the children, and loved me well.' and awful, and Heaven 'otners serve to offer at "Lord, they "Came the sudden wondrous shining of the smile that lights the skies, As the King of Heaven answered, 'Laborer in My vineyard, rise! Though thou did'st it for the children, thou hast done it unto Me. While a child on earth is living, thou its living saint shall be'!" As a brilliant star makes a clear path across the water from the very feet' of the man standing by the sea shore, so the Christmas star shines a straight course to truest greatness. So simple is it that the reader may disdain It as mere preaching. None the less, the profound truth abides eternally, that real greatness cornes through steady service. Not every body may serve conspicuously, and there is no warrant that recognition will come to the serving one; but we are not considerine- the fame of service, but the greatness of service. Patiently, tirelessly, alertly, to seen out wavs of oeing helpful is the one divine mark of the truly great char acter. Not only does greatness come by service; but service proves great ness. A petty person cannot rise to . a . St l 1 tnis conception or pouring out ins powers in service that is not tained by any tinge of self-seeking. Whoever lives to serve finds himself in the that Greatest of men, who aan among you as one that SEVEV SKNTKXCK SLIIMONS. Who rises from prayer a better man, his prayer is answers 1. Anon. i i i Have love, not love for one alone. Hut man as man thy brother call. And scatter like the circling sun Thy charities on all. Schiller. The only competition worthy a wise man, is with himself. MJSr. Jamison. To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage. Confucius. "Watch, therefore, for e know not the day nor the hour. Matt. 25:13. All that Fame chanetcth and saith ' Is vaunting and 'vanishing breath; Ijovc, anil duty, and death. i These are the things that remain. Alfred Austin. 9 Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things. Macaulay. The Question of Submarines. out oi train cried, ' serveth Love's candle is live by tnan genius a better light flash. to The gift of being able rich Christmas largeness, unknown to me has put i to give is Some one into verse "Look on all His gifts around thee gifts that make it joy to live; Best oi all, O royal kindness . He has given the power to give. He has filled thy hands with blessings which tie bids thee scatter wide; Calls thee inena, ana not His servant friend to labor at his side." From the Brooklyn Daily Jiagle. In some inspired matter given a lew days ago irom the Navy partment with reference to the portance of submarines as indicated by experience in this war, a chief point was made against the subma rines tnat tney nad not sunk a single dreadnaught or superdreadnaught. If the elaborate story of the destruction of the superdreadnaught Audacious by a submarine is verified, our navy sharps will have to abandon this point. Congress is always justified in tak ing with more than one grain of salt the department unfriendliness to sub marines. Naval officers, consciously or unconsciously, are prejudiced in favor the battleships and cruisers, on which officers can live in comfort in times of peace. And, frankly, we do not believe that any recent develop ment has made battleships or cruisera obsolete. These should be construct ed on an intelligent liberal program, but the submarine should not be neg lected. In war we want the most modern fighting machines. America led the world, under the Holland pat ents, in making the submarine effectiv. should not take second place in form of naval construction. She this Slaton Will Decide Wisclv wisely For I dipt into the future, far as hu man eye could see, saw the vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be: Looming large upon the Christmas horizon is the figure of Mother Mary. Sue ernDouies tnat mother-love which. until ner son was born, was earth's loftiest ideal and example of unselfish ioe. wiidi. cluj lues's luotners are maKing tne wona around to create Christmas happiness for others. Let us lay a Christmas wreath of red, for love, and of green, for memory, upon tne name or motnernood today. Saw Pilots the heavens fill with commerce, argosies or rnagic sails, of purple twilight, dropping down their costly bales; Heard the heavens fill v-ith ehoutins. and there rained a smartly dew From the nation's airv navies erno- pling in the central blue; Far along the World-wide whisper of the south wind rushiner warm. With the standards of the neonles plunging thro the thunder storm; Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer. nd the ba.t!e-fln iVA ? -v t juvery miormea oDsencr of city life knows wTell the pathetic spectacle of men and women, who have grown old amidst fortune's favor, and who. often, have done notable work in the world, grasping the empty bubble of publicity. They want to be talked aoout. .iiieir aesire is to be seen of men. Soros of them employ press asems 10 Keep mem m the public eye ..v. yuuutuy glOWS Dy , , m to mey are seen ixMuty scramoimg for the husks of public attention. How much rich er ana. more oeautiful and more de r i L AOL OI tne Person whose uie.o oeen one or unselfish. service . w.im suu. .as . tne aourney. of the cda ui near to the not tainted the glow of thoughts of eeifisfcness Louisville Courier Journal. Answering one of the many appeals in tne iTank: case the rse York Sun says: . Why not trust to Gov. Slatons in telligence, judgment and sense of jus tice? If Frank did not have a fair trial, as Mr. Justice Holmes holds and many others believe; if no legal rem edy remains, the (Jovernor-of Oeortda is the linal judge of appeaL He has declared his intention of examining the case fairly and thoroughly. Would it not be a mistake, and however w-!) and humanely meant an impertinence, to seek to infiuenco hi nnininn rmd his decision? If an excited nnnnbir feeling in Atlanta secured or contri buted to the condemnation of Frank surely there is the more reason that no mere clamor of svmDathy should now be heard. The "Governor of Georgia has a. grave duty before him. Let him alone." This is .well and truly said. Gov ernor Slaton is a good lawver and an honest man. He is not the kind of Governor who would listen to thi clamor of a mob, or subject the noble State of Georgia to so much as tho suspicion of a judical murder. Miss Martha Suddath, of Colum bia, Mo., was married recently with the ring which had been used by sunset, has eight of her maternal ancestors, be- eventide by ginning with her Teat-great-fe-reut To hare grandmother.