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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
ANN ARBOR, DECEMBER, 1888.
Paul Snauble. W. H. Dorrance, V. M. Spalding,
J. B. Cady, W. H. Freeman, C. M. Stark.
A Brief Review.
State carried with them truer and
It seems scarcely possible that more adequate ideas of the church six months of the present pastorate and of the University than had have already elapsed, but there is previously been held. The address PASTOR. Certainly half the year between of our foremost foreign missionary, June 1 and December 1. It is, Dr. Ashmore, at University Hall, perhaps, not too soon to look over was an excellent thing for many the course a little for indications of reasons. The Thanksgiving service was held this year with our our present and coming duty. church, and the address before the Students' Christian Association this year falls to a representative Baptist, Prof. Pattison, of Rochester. The attendance upon our church
The Deacons and Prof. W. W. Beman, Prof. J. G. Pattengill, H. B. Dodsley.
Prof. W. W. Beman, No. 19 S. Fifth Street.
W. H. Dorrance, Jr.
Superintendent, C. M. Stark; Assistant Super
intendent, Dr. G. W. Lacea; Secretary and Trea
surer, Prof. H. N. Chute: Assistant Secretary
and Treasurer, Alvin H. Dodsley; Librarians, W. R. Sage; Organist, Miss Jennie Bird.
The month of June was ocen pied largely in the adjustment of pastor and field to each other. Ann Arbor is unlike other towns and needs a personal acquaintance dur
H. Dorrance. Jr., John Dowdegan: Chorister, Jing its University year. July and services has been excellent. During
Senior Bible Class, Prof. V. M. Spalding, Teach
er: Students' Class, Prof. W. W. Beman, Teach
er; Normal Class, Mrs. Dr. Stevens, Teacher. Students' Classes, Professors Beman and Demmon; H. S. Class, Prof. J. W. Pattengill.
COMMITTEES AND SOCIETIES.
Chute, W. H. Freeman.
Ladies' Aid Society--Mrs. Prof. Beman, Prest. Ladies' Missionary Society-Miss H. M. Spald ing, President.
Young People's Society-Mr. Grant, President.
August are months when
Ann September and part of October the Arbor runs, as it were, on half other churches had not all received time, the University, the schools, their pastors, but now that all of
Music Committee-Dr. G. W. Green, Prof. H. N. the pastors and many of the people our churches in the city are in full being, for a part or all of the time, working order, it is found that our on vacation. With September the congregation still maintains at least Committee on Assignment of Pews-H. N. Waking begins, with the opening as large numbers as when many Finance Committee-Prof. W. W. Beman, Paul of the public schools and the re- were in transient attendance from Advisory Committee on Membership and Disci-turn of many families, new students other churches. and new families also coming in ing attendance is especially gratify
Chute, H. B. Dodsley, G. W. Green.
Snauble, Prof. V. M. Spalding.
pline-The Pastor and Deacons, and Dr. S. Haskell.
SCHEDULE OF BENEVOLENT CONTRIBUTIONS.
Second Sunday in June subscription for Minister's Home, payable first Sunday in July.
Second Sunday in September, subscriptions for
State Missions, payable first Sunday in October.
Home Missions, payable second Sunday in De-
Foreign Missions, payable second Sunday in
The large even
considerable numbers. October 1 Saw the opening of the University tions to the church during the six and the coming of the largest at- months, the majority of them by tendance that great institution has letter. All represent, it is believ ever had, the year's enrollment ed, substantial additions to the strength of the church. There is already exceeding 1,800. The High a good feeling of religious interest School has also its largest attend- and there have been inquirers ance this year. The entire six every month. We have reason to A definite weekly or monthly contribution from months, accordingly, have been hope for an excellent winter's work scarcely sufficient for getting the if we but do our duty. work wholly in hand, yet the work
isterial Education, payable second Sunday in
General Prayer Meeting-Wednesday, at 7:30 re-incorporation of the church and
The Lord's Supper First Sunday of each
each month, 3 P. M.
The pastor will gladly receive at his home or
visit at their homes those wishing counsel upon or strangers, whether members of the church or
religious matters, or those in trouble or affliction,
not. His mornings are reserved for study; his afternoons and evenings usually devoted to calling or to the meeting of appointments at his home.
visit to Ann Arbor. The occasion
In the morning he preached at the Baptist Church, the pastor meantime supplying a pulpit in Rochester, N. Y., in the place of Dr. Pattison. Both the sermon and the address of Dr. Pattison were admirable.
[Additional local on page 8.]
The Star in the East.
BY F. W. ROBERTSON.
1. The Expectation of the Gentiles. I. The expectation: "Where is He that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen His star in the east, and are come to worship Him.”
itate at eventide. God has so made cies spun out of the brain-some-
The Magians were led by the star to Christ; their astronomy was the very pathway to their Saviour.
Upon this I make one or two remarks.
They forget, too, another thing. Philosophy has become Christian; science has knelt to Christ. There Observe-1. The craving for is a deep significance in that hometernal life. The "wise men" were age of the Magians. For it in fact Magians," that is, Persian priests. 1. The folly of depreciating was but a specimen and type of The name, however, was extended human wisdom. Of all vanities, that which science has been doing to all the Eastern philosophers who the worst is the vanity of ignorance. ever since. The mind of Christ professed that religion, or even that It is common enough to hear learn- has not only entered into the Temphilosophy. The Magians were ing decried, as if it were an oppo- ple, and made it the house of prayer, chiefly distinguished by being wor- site of religion. If that means that it has entered into the temple of shipers of the stars, or students of science is not religion, and that the science, and purified the spirit of astronomy. man who can calculate the motions philosophy. This is its spirit now, Now astronomy is a science which of the stars may never have bowed as, expounded by its chief interprearises from man's need of religion; his soul to Christ, it contains a ter, "Man, the interpreter of Naother sciences spring out of wants truth. But if it means, as it often ture, knows nothing, and can do bounded by this life. For instance, does, that learning is a positive nothing, except that which Nature anatomy presupposes disease. There incumbrance and hindrance to re- teaches him." What is this but would be no prying into our ani- ligion, then it is as much as to say science bending before the Child, mal frame, no anatomy, were there that the God of nature is not the becoming childlike, and, instead of not a malady to stimulate the in- God of grace; that the more you projecting its own fancies upon quiry. Navigation arises from the study the Creator's works, the far- God's world, listening reverently necessity of traversing the seas to ther you remove from Himself: to hear what It has to teach him? appropriate the produce of other nay, we must go farther to be concountries. Charts, and maps, and sistent, and hold, as most uncultisoundings are made, because of a vated and rude nations do, that the felt earthly want. But in astron- state of idiocy is nearest to that of omy the first impulse of mankind inspiration. came not from the craving of the intellect, but from the necessities of the soul.
There are expressions of St. Paul often quoted as sanctioning this idea.
In a similar spirit, too, spoke the greatest of philosophers, in words quoted in every child's book: “I am but a child, picking up pebbles on the shore of the great sea of truth."
Oh, be sure all the universe tells He tells his converts to beware of Christ and leads to Christ. If you search down into the con- "lest any man spoil you through Rightly those ancient Magians stitution of your being till you come philosophy." Whereupon we take deemed, in believing that God was to the lowest deep of all, underly- for granted that modern philosophy worshiped truly in that august ing all other wants you will find a is a kind of antagonist to Chris- temple. The stars preach the mind craving for what is infinite-a tianity. This is one instance out of Christ. Not as of old, when a something that desires perfection-of many of the way in which an mystic star guided their feet to a wish that nothing but the thought ambiguous word misunderstood be- Bethlehem, but now, to the mind of that which is eternal can satisfy. comes the source of infinite error. of the astronomer, they tell of eterTo the untutored mind nowhere Let us hear St. Paul. He bids nal order and harmony; they speak was that want so called into con- Timothy "beware of profane and of changeless law, where no caprice sciousness, perhaps, as beneath the old wives' fables." He speaks of reigns. You may calculate the mighty skies of the East. Serene "endless genealogies "-" worship- star's return: and to the day, and and beautiful are the nights in Per- ing of angels"-"intruding into hour, and minute it will be there. sia, and many a wise man in earlier those things which men have not This is the fidelity of God. These days, full of deep thoughts, went seen." This was the philosophy of mute masses obey the law impressed ont into the fields like Isaac to med- those days: a system of wild fan- upon them by their Creator's hand,
unconsciously and that law is the Right. There are kings of men's before the Child-we feel that to law of their own nature. To under-making, and kings of God's making. adore is greater than to reason--stand the laws of our nature, and The secret of that command which that to love, and worship, and beconsciously and reverently to obey sion of the ruler himself to law. than scientific analysis. The Child men obey involuntarily is submis-lieve, bring the soul nearer heaven them, that is the mind of Christ, And this is the secret of the royalty is nearer God than we. the sublimest spirit of the Gospel. of the humanity of Christ. No prin- And this, too, is one of the deep 2. Next in this craving of the ciple through all His life is more sayings of Christ-"Except ye be Gentiles we meet with traces of striking, none characterizes it so pe- converted and become as little chilthe yearning of the human soul culiarly, as His submission to anoth-dren, ye shall in no case enter into for light. The Magian system was er will. "I came not do Mine own the kingdom of heaven." called the system of light about will, but the will of Him that sent 3. Lastly-In that Epiphany we seven centuries before Christ. A Me." "The words which I speak, have to remark the Magian's joy. great reformer (Zoroaster) had ap- I speak not of myself." His com- They had seen the star in the east. peared, who either restored the sys- mands are not arbitrary. They are They followed it-it seemed to go tem to its purity, or created out of not laws given on authority only, out in dim obscurity. They went it a new system. He said that light they are the eternal laws of our about inquiring: asked Herod, who is eternal-that the Lord of the humanity, to which he himself sub-could tell them nothing asked the universe is light; but because there mitted: obedience to which alone scribes, who only gave them a was an eternal light, there was also can make our being attain its end. vague direction. At last the star an eternal possibility of the absence This is the secret of His kingship-shone out once more, clear before of light. Light and darkness, "He became obedient. . . where- them in their path. "When they therefore, were the eternal princi- fore God had also highly exalted saw the star, they rejoiced with ples of the universe-not equal Him." And this is the secret of exceeding great joy." principles, but one the negation of all influence and all command. Perhaps the hearts of some of us the other. He taught that the soul Obedience to a law above you sub- can interpret that. There are some of man needs light--a light eternal jugates minds to you who never who have seen the star that shone to itself, as well as in itself. As would have yielded to mere will. in earlier days go out; quench the eye can not see in darkness," Rule thyself, thou rulest all." itself in black vapors or sour and is useless, so is there a capacity 2. Next, observe the adoration smoke. There are some who in the soul for light; but it is not of the Magians--very touching, have followed many a star that itself light; it needs the Everlast- and full of deep truth. The wisest turned out to be but an ignis fatuus ing light from outside itself. of the world bending before the one of those bright exhalations Such was the posture of these Child. Remember the history of which hover over marshes and Magians. You can not enter into Magianism. It began with awe, church-yards, and only lead to the their questions or sympathize with entering into this world beneath chambers of the dead, or the cold their wants unless you realize all this. the serene skies of the East; in damp pits of disappointment and For that desire for light is one of wonder and worship. It passed oh, the blessing of "exceeding the most impassioned of our nobler into priesteraft and skepticism. It joy," after following in vain-after natures. That noble prayer of the ended in wonder and adoration as inquiring of the great men and ancient world (Evde pàs Kar it had begun: only with a truer learning nothing-of the religious δὲ φάει και oleoσov), "Give light, and let us and nobler meaning. men and finding little-to see the die:" can we not feel it? Light- This is but a representation of star at last resting over "the place light. Oh, if the result were the human life. "Heaven lies around where the young Child lies"-after immediate realization of the old us in our infancy." The child groping the way alone, to see the fable, and the blasting of the daring looks on this world of God's as one, star stand still-to find that Relispirit in the moment of revelation not many--all beautiful-wonder- gion is a thing far simpler than we of its God, yet give us light. The ful--God's-the creation of a Fath-thought-that God is near us-that wish for light, the expectation of er's hand. The man dissects, breaks to kneel and adore is the noblest the manifestation of God, is the it into fragments-loses love and posture of the soul. For, whoever mystery which lies beneath the worship in speculation and reason- will follow with fidelity his own the history of the whole ancient ing-becomes more manly, more star, God will guide him aright. independent, and less irradiated He spoke to the Magians by the II. The Epiphany itself. with a sense of the presence of the star; to the shepherds by the meloFirst, they found a King. There Lord of all; till at last, after many dy of the heavenly host; to Joseph is something very significant in the a devious wandering, if he be one by a dream; to Simeon by an infact of that king being discovered whom the Star of God is leading ward revelation. "Gold, and frankas a child. The royal child was blind by a way he knows not, he incense, and myrrh" these, and the answer to their desires. There begins to see all as one again, and ten times these, were poor and are two kinds of monarchy, rule or God in all. Back comes the child- cheap to give for that blessed cercommand. One is that of hereditary like spirit once more in the Chris- tainty that the star of God is on title; the other is that of Divine tianity of old age. We kneel before us.
Christmas in Many Lands.
How Different Nations Observe the
Christmas customs and traditions! What pleasant associations cluster
also the custom of singing Christ- Woden and Frica were worshiped, mas carols in Episcopal churches. but modified by Christianity till In the feudal times, when the old they are now emblematic of the baronial halls gloried in vast fire- charitable feelings of the day of gladness. places, the bringing in of the Yule In sunny Italy the most visible 'round the words! What memories log, an entire trunk of a tree which characteristic is the excessive love was burned whole, was a great and devotion for the Virgin, which event and attended by peculiar shows itself in many quaint ways. The whole scope of the teaching of ceremonies and great rejoicing. the Catholic church tends to make Then feasting followed; the mighty the people realize the birth of Christ wassail bowl was introduced, and as an actual yearly occurrence. the solid pleasures of the table fol- This has led to the manifestation of lowed and were kept up with a zest the pifferari, the bagpipe players, and ability to put away vast quanti- who are all from the mountains of Calabria. The pifferari divide themselves into three bands, which march down the streets, stopping at every shrine and pouring out wild music characterized rather by loud
of bygone pleasures, mellowed by time and delightful to look back upon in after years, they bring to the recollection! In every land where the king of festivals is observed, the records of the past, away back to the time when the mists of paganism first gave way to
the dawning light of Christianity, ties of provisions that would astonteem with Christmas myth and ish most of the present generation. legend. The central dish was the boar's In some of these can be traced head, flanked by other spoils of the the remnants of pagan observance, chase. At the present day the ness than melody. This is one of the sights of Rome at Christmas which became blended with the crowning ideas of Christmas pleas- time. It is the mission of the piffcustoms of the Christian age at a ures in England, as, indeed, every-erari to go through the city and time when paganism was succeeded where else throughout Christen- pray before all the shrines to the by the nebulous gloom that foretold dom, are still the grosser joys of Virgin to cheer her spirits while the dawn of the new dispensation, eating and drinking. The "roast undergoing the anguish of accouchand which, in some form or other, beef and plum pudding" of Old In Germany Christmas is observhave survived until the present day. England has a Yuletide smack about ed with peculiar heartiness. There The traditions and legends connect- it, and solid plenty is the character- Santa Claus has an abiding home, ed with Christmas have an interest |istics of Christmas cheer at English and the Christmas tree, with its First comes the cheerful light, is found in every peculiarly their own, and it is worth tables. house where money can be raised to noting that the spirit of charity roast goose, which is the recognized procure it. Like the people of and good will, which is the leading Christmas dish among all classes, England, the Germans place eating characteristic of the happy time, peers and commoners alike, and and drinking among the foremost of pervades them all. Some of the then the plum pudding, which caus- pleasures at Chrismas tide. most interesting of these customs es young hearts to rejoice and bring we will endeavor to briefly describe. in a vista of future stomach-ache In England the custom of staying and physic to the small boys. up till midnight to hear the Christ- Throughout the land charity exmas "waits," is still observed, al- pands her wings, and in all the large though many good people if asked cities a general movement is heartthe question would find it difficult ily made to let the poor have at least to give a reason for doing so. The one good dinner. tradition that Christ was born at In America the custom of hangmidnight originated the custom. ing up the stocking is as heartily observed as ever, and little boys and In the Spanish-American cities of At one time bands of singers used girls in town and country for weeks Central America solemn observances to go about from house to house before Christmas speculate on what take place in the churches on Christsinging Christmas carols. These Santa Claus will bring them. The mas eve. Among the customs is were the "waits," and by degrees North German custom of the Christ- the exhibition of miniature figures the quaintly beautiful carols which mas tree has been largely revived of of wax illustrating the nativity, and they sang degenerated into mere has become a regular observance representation is called nacimiento, late years, and in many households colored according to nature. This doggerel, and the custom for a time. every year. Both the Christmas and every family of consequence fell into disuse. Latterly, however, tree and the Santa Claus custom are prepares one, which is set in the best it has been revived somewhat, as the relics of the days when Thor, room.-The Center.
The Russian observances atChristmas are peculiar in one important respect. They lag behind the other Christian nations. Their Christmas eve falls on our 5th of January, as the Russians never surrendered the The Christmas Julian calendar.
festivities are marked with quaint games in which parts are assigned for youths and maidens, and a strict code of etiquette is observed through them all.
As the midnight hour drew nigh," Thou shalt know when the book the Old Year stood before me. of the universe is opened." Weary and way worn he seemed, The midnight clock tolled, and I and in his hands was an hour glass, covered my face and mourned for whence the last sands were falling. his death, for he had once been my As I looked upon his wrinkled friend. I remembered with pain forehead memories both pleasant how often I had slighted his warnand mournful came over me. Iings, neglected the golden opportunities of growth he had given spoke earnestly to him: "Many blessings hast thou me, and cast away the precious brought me, for which I gave thee hours he had been so generous thanks. New have they been with, and I buried my face and When I again lifted my every morning, and fresh every wept. evening. Thou hast indeed from head, lo! the New Year stood in my heart's garden uprooted some the place of the Old. hopes I planted there. With their clustering buds they fell, and were never quickened again.”
WISE AND OTHERWISE.
The autumn's store and the flowers of
Dear Child-but the last and best
'Tis a conscience clear and bright,
Smiling, he greeted me with Truth, patience, courage and love
trembled and were silent.
Then he said: "Fear not. come from the great source of all good, whence come all good gifts." Trembling, I asked: "New
If thou unto me canst bring,
I will set thee all earth's ills above,
The diary of an old maid is the record of a Miss spent life.-New Orleans Picayune.
The great lawyer Pettigrew, of South Carolina, one day entered the
good wishes and words of cheer. But I was afraid; for to me he "Praise God for what I gave was a stranger; and when I would and what I took away," he said, have returned his welcome my lips. "and lay up treasures in heaven, that thy heart may be there also. What thou callest blighted hopes are ofttimes changed into the fruits of righteousness." But I answered: "Thou hast Year, whither wilt thou lead me? court-room wearing a black coat also hidden from my sight the Art thou appointed to bring me and yellow nankeen trousers. The loved and the loving. Clods are joy or sorrow, life or death?" judge, who was a stickler for etistrewn upon their faces; they reply Looking with glowing eyes into quette, sternly asked him whether to my call no more. To the homes the untrodden future, he replied: he did not know that the rules of they made fair they return not, "I know not. Neither doth the the court required its counselors to and the places that once knew angel nearest the throne know; them know them no more forever." Give me your hand and question who sitteth thereon. appear in "black coat and tronStill he said: "Give praise to not. Enough for thee, that I ac- "Well, your honor," said PettiGod. Your lost are with Him. complish His will. I promise thee grew, innocently, "I submit that I They have preceded you. None nothing. Follow me and be con- am within the rule, for I have on a can drift beyond his love and care." tent. Take, with a prayer for wis- black coat and trousers." Then his voice grew faint, and he dom, this winged moment. The "But they're not black trousers,' next may not be mine to give, yet "Black coat
murmured, “My mission unto man if we walk onward together, forget insisted the judge.
is done. For me the stone is not that thou art a pilgrim for eter- and trousers means that both shall rolled away from the door of the nity. If I bring thee a cup of joy be black." sepulchre. I will enter in and slumber with all the years of the past forever."
be thankful, and be pitiful to those
those happy who endure.
Like wind flies Time 'tween birth and death;
The judge did not pursue the argument further.