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room, feeling that there was light somewhere, work. We must not be overwhelmed by the but unable to find the door. When these teach greatness of the work, and the littleness of what ers came and began their work, the door was we can do, but do that little systematically, opened, the blessed light streamed in, and we prayerfully, persistently. gladly walk in it.” We want to know about these What we give for the support of church work schools, to study the work done, help to sup- and Christian association work in our own ply the needs, and so share in this, one of the town, is given for our country's good. grandest efforts of the age.
What we can do for the promotion of temWe should consider the spiritual needs of perance or other moral reforms, may well be those in the mining camps, far from the privi- prompted by love of country. What we can do leges and restraints of home; of those on the to promote the circulation of pure literature, and frontier who may have homes indeed, but whose especially of God's Word, is truly a work of families are growing up without the Sabbath Christian patriotism. opportunities, or any of the sacred influences
In no way can we so w-ll show our desire for we enjoy.
the best welfare of this land as by helping on We need to study the power and policy of the the work of Christian education and evangeliRomish Church, to see how ready that is to zation; for, were love of country our only work among all the classes we have named, but motive for this service, we might confidently without offering the open Bible, and the pure, expect that an intelligent, a God-fearing and full gospel.
Bible-loving, nation would be one where good We need to note carefully the evil influences order and prosperity would abound. that are doing their work all over our land-in
Finally, we serve our country when we do fidelity, intemperance, social impurity-to mark
our home work faithfully, for we do not know the intense and untiring activity of the tempter, where the influences set at work here will stop. until, perchance, we shall be ready to take up A few years ago, two young men from our the sentiment quaintly expressed in an old church and Sunday school were driven by failrhyme, and say,
ing health to seek the mountain air of Colorado.
Some time later, a party from this place were “ Sin worketh,
travelling through that region, and met them. Let me work too;
We stepped into their salesroom (in the little Sin undoeth,
building which was also their home), one SabLet me do ; Busy as sin my work I'll ply
bath afternoon, on the way to attend service Till I rest in the rest of eternity.”
with them in the school-house near by. Some
one strolled in from the street, and looking at Our means of information will be varied. some of the curiosities asked, “What is the The secular press, if read thoughtfully, will price of this ?" The quiet answer was, “We give us very much that is suggestive. We shall do not sell goods on Sunday.” This may seem see in this the drift of public opinion on the like a little thing, but we read in it the undergreat moral questions of the day.
lying fact of Christian principle. When sudSometimes we shall find occasion for encour- den sickness, which proved fatal, came to one agement; often we shall note tendencies which of these young men, the survivor, speaking of will awaken anxiety, and should stir us to re- it, said, “ It was a dark time, but God was with newed effort in behalf of purity and truth.
The second of these young men went The weekly religious press is rich in informa- home not very long ago, leaving behind him, tion as to the progress of the Kingdom, while not the result of large wordly success, but the the strictly missionary publications give inter- record of a pure, consistent life. If our Sunday esting details of the work and the workers. If school and church work can help to build up any one has never examined these, he will be such characters as these, our country will be the surprised to find in what a fresh and stirring better and purer. Whether they are spent way the news is given, and how much informa- here, or in some other part of the land or world, tion and inspiration they supply.
we will not count as vain any effort we may II. While we keep ourselves informed as to have made to give direction to them. the progress of the work which is being done in Other instances will occur to us. Some of .Christ's name, for the good of those He died to our number have gone out as teachers--some save, let us determine to have a share in that 'to positions of influence at a distance. One of
S2I$$IONARY DEPARTMENT .
our former members and Sunday-school teach- And showing who and what Thou art, O Christ, ers has been for years the wife of a pastor of Bid sorrow flee. another denomination, organizing Christian work on the frontier.
Or unto one whose straits call not for words, It was a pleasure, during the past summer,
To one in want, in need; to be led, in one of our meetings in this room,
Who wills not counsel, but would take from me by the son of one who was reared here, but who A loving deed; has gone out to spend many years of usefulness, Sure Thou hast some work for me to do! as a preacher and pastor, on the Atlantic shores,
Oh! open Thou mine eyes, on the Pacific coast, and now in the interior of To see how Thou wouldst have it done, this great country.
And where it lies.
Anon. As the world grows smaller, year by year, we know not where we may next hear of those who are with us to-day. They will go out to do their work well or ill-to influence others for evil or for good. Is it not essential that our present work for them be done with our might, with thought of their highest welfare, and of their future influence ?
MISSIONARY HYMN. In all our service, whether we seek to help on the work here, or help on the cause in some other part of the field, we may well use the
REV. S. F. SMITH, D.D., MASS. motto adopted by the Christian women of our land, in their organized effort to promote [Through the kindness of S. S. Blanchard, Esq., of Boston, moral reform,
who has and properly prizes the original manuscript, we are per
mitted to give to the readers of the MONTHLY this new hymn, “For God, and Home, and Native Land” prepared and read by Dr. Smith at the Missionary breakfast at
the Clarendon Street Church, in Boston, February 22d, in the
Light o'er the hills ! light o'er the hills !
The promised morning wakes :
The day foretold by seers of old
In wondrous glory breaks.
They come! The Saviour's voice they hear, That mine may say?
And, glad, His call obey; For see, this world that Thou hast made so fair,
Chosen in Christ, His name to wear,-
A nation in a day.
Ride on ! ride on ! victorious Prince,
Ride on ! triumphant King; To which of them shall I stretch forth my hand
From land and sea, from earth and heaven, With sympathizing grasp?
Thy myriad trophies bring.
So gather all the tribes of earth,
To hear and heed Thy call,
Till man, submissive, at Thy feet,
Shall crown Thee, Lord of all.
A SUNDAY IN MONTANA.
BY THOMAS ROGERS, D.D., ELBRIDGE, N. Y. Or, into some sick-room, where I may speak A guest at one of the great hotels in Saratoga With tenderness of Thee;
once said, in the writer's hearing, “A watermelon is good to begin a breakfast with.” So we receive good wages; one of them in “Paradise thought in our trip to the Pacific Coast and up Valley,” so called. This valley is situated in to Alaska that the tour of the great lakes from the cañon of the Yellowstone, where that river Buffalo to Duluth would be good to begin with. issues through the gate of the mountains on its The writer uses the plural “we” for two reasons. distant course to the Gulf of Mexico. But in First, he will thereby avoid the egotistic sugges- morals and religion it seems to us that the val. tions of the too frequently occurring “I,” and, ley should be called “Paradise Lost," and that second, justice to his “better half,” who by her it needs to be “regained.” This we infer from presence more than doubled the pleasure of the the fact that the trustee who hired the teacher journey, requires it. Six days on the steamer told her that if she intended to read the Bible “Japan," with gentlemanly officers, good com- or pray in the school, she could not have it, as pany, good fare, and good weather, convinced no such nonsense would be tolerated. However, us that we had made no mistake.
as the people like to have their children sing, From Duluth westward, by Northern Pacific she ventured to sing the “Lord's Prayer" at the express, we speeded two days and two nights opening of the school, and she has not as yet through the forests of Minnesota, the wheat been dismissed for that pious evasion of the fields of Dakota, the bad lands of Missouri, and demands of public sentiment in “Paradise Valthe almost interminable stretches of Montana. ley.” In this land of civil and religious liberty, Saturday afternoon brought us to Livingston. this land whose coins bear the motto, “In God Here, contrary to the usual custom of travellers we trust,” this land which God has blessed, in the West, we had arranged to spend Sunday from the common schools of this land in Westfor rest and worship.
ern mountain canons, as well as in Eastern
cities, the word and worship of God are thrust On inquiry, we learned that there were two
out. churches in the town: a Congregationalist and a Methodist. It caused us a twinge of pain to There are, however, no restrictions on the be told that there was no Baptist church here. service of the God of this world. Up to the Livingston claims a population of 3,000, and Lord's Day which we spent in Livingston all the sustains, we were told, thirty saloons. In the stores had been open for business seven days in morning we attended worship with the Congre- the week. But the comparatively small number gational church. This body has a neat meeting of Christians, by personal solicitation, had inhouse, a comfortable parsonage, and a mission- duced most of the merchants to suspend traffic ary pastor. The number in attendance on this on the Lord's Day. On that Sunday evening, beautiful Lord's Day morning did not exceed when we returned home from church, the saforty.
loons and gambling dens were in full blast. In the evening we went to the Methodist Dirty playing-cards were scattered in the streets church, and found about thirty present.
The thick as leaves in autumn.
If the genteel papastor gave an energetic address, mainly on trons of progressive euchre, and the like, could temperance, which seemed to have been in- walk through this town on a Sabbath evening, spired by the fact that an abandoned woman they would withhold their influence from encour. had just lost her life through the baleful influ-aging incipient gambling, and from attempting ence of strong drink. As we left the church, a
to make that respectable which is essentially lady stepped up behind us, and called the name vicious. of the writer. On turning about we found she
In this town, which is neither worse nor betwas an old acquaintance—a former member of ter than hundreds of others in the broad West, our own church home in Elbridge, N. Y. The there were Baptists who would rally under the following day this lady, with her husband and leadership of a man of God, able to break to two daughters, called on us at our hotel. The them the bread of life. Our Baptist sister earnmother and her daughters are Baptists. One of estly requested us to write to Dr. Morehouse to them had united with the church at Bozeman,
see if he could not send them such a man. twenty miles west of Livingston, where there is There is much need that the people of God an active Baptist church, and a working Sunday should pray the Lord of the harvest to send school under the fostering care of the Home forth laborers into this harvest field; and to Mission Society.
give of their substance, to aid the harvesters of Both of the girls teach school, for which they this field of great needs, and great opportu
nities, and a great destiny for good or evil. In my next I will give you a different picture.
THE WORK OF A HOME MISSION
If I were to suggest a plan, I would say it should embrace four things: First, laying aside a certain per cent. of one's income for the Lord's use; second, make such a use of it as the best wisdom God gives, indicates; third, make the offerings for the support of the church weekly, and for other purposes at stated times; fourth, keep a strict account with the Lord's treasury. God will bless and prosper such work beyond the most sanguine expectation.
REV. J. C. BAKER, THE DALLES, OREGON.
The kind of work next required is to develope
Another, and not less important, work of a benevolence.
Home Mission church is the developing of its Building houses, supporting pastors and pay various talent. ing the incidental expenses of a church is not
Churches have a diversity of gifts.” These usually regarded as benevolence. And yet, to
are to be sought out and utilized. There is draw the line of distinction between these and
some work for all, from the oldest to the other objects to which we pay the Lord's money youngest. Study to find what each is adapted is not so easy as at first might be imagined. to do, and is moved to do, and set every one One of the most difficult features of church
at work. Members get dyspeptic, and cross, work is to develope its resources so that every and touchy, and jealous when they stop workone will bear his or her share of the expenses of ing for Jesus. Churches never die when at the church, and give into the treasury, for the work. It is the stagnant water that becomes Lord's use, “as God has prospered” them. impure. Keep it running, and the more rapidYet difficult as it is, it ought to be attemped. Itly, the purer it becomes. So with Home Misought to be done. To say it can be done, requires sion churches. Keep them busy as the beecourage, yet if the first work of the Home Mis-hives with some stimulating Christian work. sion church is done conscientiously, this will be
They grow by working. neither impossible or difficult. The way to do it is the most difficult. We suggest a method that will succeed :
A Home Mission church should work itself 1. Have a plan that will reach every member. into the denomination till it becomes an integral 2. Have the plan adopted by the church. part of the same. 3. Work the plan with every member.
This can be done by connecting its work with Almost any plan adopted by the church, and all the great missionary and educational enterprayerfully, carefully and persistently worked, prises of the denomination. applying strictly business principles, will suc- 1. By knowledge of these enterprises. ceed-with some churches one plan, with 2. By gifts to these enterprises. others, another. The plan must originate with Many members of the Home Mission churches those who work it, or must commend itself to know very little about our great denominational such with sufficient force to challenge their societies. The writer once found some in a enthusiastic effort in its operation.
Home Mission church, intelligent, prosperous The plan must not, nor ought it to be, wholly business men, who, after a hour's conference in voluntary. As a member of the church I have their office about the Home Mission Society and entered into solemn agreement with the other its work, in presence of their pastor, who had been members, that I will pay my share of the ex- supported by the society for three years, said : penses incurred in carrying forward the work of “Brother Baker, we never knew anything about the church. That agreement is binding. It is Home Mission work before.” The confession not voluntary any more than the expenses of must have been very humiliating to the pasthe family or of business. It is to be paid tor, as it was tearfully made, and followed by a whether we feel like it or not. Let the plan generous contribution. This is one case of cover all the work of the church: Pastoral many that have come under the writer's obsersupport, incidental expenses, mission work, vation. Christian education in a word, all religious Give the members of Home Mission churches work in which the church statedly engages.
information about our great Societies, and
the various departments of work engaging number have been brought in from an inactive the effort of the denomination, and the rule life. We have received a few very valuable will be, liberal offerings for its support, and vital accessions. Their influence is already felt.
In and unremitted connection with it.
a word, I think there is a bright future for the In the presentation of this subject we may church at Madison.” not have followed the order in which these various departments of the work of a Home -Rev. Geo. H. Brown, of Baker City, Oregon, Mission church will always be taken up. They has held protracted meetings for several weeks, are parts of a great whole, and mostly proceed preaching nearly every night, without help. together. But that they are essentially funda- Nine have been baptized and seven others added mental in the growth to self-support and ef. to the church. Several await baptism, while ficient service, which is the object sought, is others are inquiring. certain. Self-support should be reached at the earliest possible date, but not at the expense of
--Rev. Geo. T. Ellis, of La Grande, Oregon,
writes : neglecting the broader field of Christian effort, by teaching the Home Mission church to be
“For eight weeks I have been holding special narrow and selfish in its aims and work.
meetings. Rev. G. J. Burchett was with me for But it is objected, “You have said nothing ten days, and rendered very valuable assistance. about fairs, concerts, literary entertainments, Rev. J. T. Moore, of Elgin, has also been with Chautauqua Circles, temperance societies,
me a part of the time. We have had the most third party, etc." In reply we would say: These powerful work of grace that this place has ever things might be dispensed with until the church known. I have already baptized twenty-two. becomes self-sustaining and completes its work Two others have been received as candidates of winning souls. Then, if thought best by a
for baptism, and a number more have signified two-thirds vote of its members, attach these their purpose to unite this week. The last four parasites. I would hesitate to do it before. Sunday nights I have administered the ordi
nance of baptism in the presence of a crowded house. And it has exerted a mighty influence in our favor in this community. From the
present indication I think we shall fully double NEWS AND NOTES.
our membership as a result of this meeting; and that this church will be self-supporting after this year. As yet, I can see no abatement
of interest or power in the meeting. I am Times of Refreshing.
nearly prostrated with the labor and anxiety of -Rev. R. R. Williams, of Madison, Dak., has the past eight weeks, and may be compelled to been holding meetings with excellent results. close the meeting with this week. The addiThe revival is the first known in this place. He tions have been largely heads of families. says:
I am sure you will rejoice with us in the pros" There have been a good many truly con
perity God is giving us. From being the weak
est church in the place, we have now the best verted and our Baptist church have been made church property, the most members, and by far to feel their responsibility as never before. We the greatest influence. The church is free from have baptized ten and have received three others discordant elements, and a strong tie of Christfor baptism. Besides these we expect four or ian love binds them together in their work for five more to come soon. They are converted
Christ." now, but some are hindered by husbands and parents. There is a good deal of prejudice
DAKOTA.-Rev. Peter Mitchell, of Park River, against Baptists here, still the standing of the in a recent letter says: Baptist church in Madison is very different
“During the year on the whole field there When I first came her we could hardly have been nineteen baptized; fifteen of these persuade any outside of the church to attend. have joined the fellowship of Park River Church, Now, we have good congregations, not only on and four have united with the church at Galt.” Sunday, but week evenings. The spiritual power is recognized by all. God has blessed us - Rev. G. S. Clevenger, of Brookings, regreatly. Besides those received by baptism a'joices in the spiritual prosperity of the Church,