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SCRIPTURE LESSONS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS.
for Repetition. SUBJECT.
FOR READING. SECOND QUARTER. 3 Jesus before Pilate [fied | Matt. xxvii, 11-25. Isa. liii. 7. 10 Jesus Scourged and Cruci. Matt. xxvii. 26-44.2 Cor. v. 21. 17 Death and Burial of Christ Matt. xxvii. 45-61. Rom. v. 8. 24 The Conqueror of Death Matt. xxviii......... 1 Cor. xv. 20.
for Repetition. SUBJECT.
Nah, i. 3.
for Repetition. SUBJECT.
ver. 6. 29 Moses and Aaron called... Exod. iv. 1-17..... Jer. i. 8.
Golden Texts SUBJECT. | POB READING.
for Repetition. THIRD QUARTER. 1 Paul in Cyprus....
Acts xiii. 1-16..... | 2 Cor. iv. 3. 8 Paul at Antioch...
Acts xiii. 26-41... ver. 26. 15 Turning to the Gentiles... Acts xiii. 42–52.... Matt. xii. 21. 22 Paul at Lystra... Acts xiv. 8–26..... 1 Cor. viii. 6. 29 The Yuke broken.... Acts xv. 22–41.... Gal. v. 1.
PUZZLES FOR CHILDREN.
BY UNCLE GEORGE.
By way of change, and to lead our young friends to try their hand at composition, we last month asked for short biographies of the three Johns mentioned in the New Testament. We this month ask them to tell us all they can get to know about the Marys of Scripture. In preparing their papers they can simply answer the questions asked below, or they can give the information in the form of a narrative. Perhaps our older nephews and nieces may do the latter, while the younger ones do the former..
WHO WERE THE SEVEN MARYS ? 1. Mary of Egypt (Miriam in Hebrew is the same as Mary in Greek).- What were the names of her father and mother? Who were her brothers ? Which brother was she set to watch when he was an infunt, and where and on what occasion ?
2. Mary of Bethlehem.—To what tribe and town did she belong? Of what glorious person was she the mother ? To what country did she carry her young child ? In what place was she invited to a wedding? What miracle did she there witness ? Where was she when Christ was crucified ?
3. Mary of Bethany.- Who were her brother and sister? How did she show her love to Christ? What choice did she make ? llow did Christ commend her? On what other occasion did she show her love to Him, and how ?
4. Mary of Magdala.—What miracle did Christ perform on her ? How did she show h :rgratitude and attachment at His death ? How at lis burial? In what way did Christ distinguish her after His resurrection ?
5. Mary of Galilee.—Which of the twelve apostles was her son ? Which book of the New Testament did he write? Where was she wben Jesus was crucified ?
6. Mary of Jerusalem.- Who was her son ? Who came to her house, and from whence did he come? Who had met at the house, and for what purpose ?
7. Mary of Rome.- Which of the apostles speaks of her as his friend?
ANSWER TO ENIGMA IN APRIL.
. 8.-9. N-apkin, Luke xix. 20.-10. T-ile, Ezek. iv. 1.-11.
"REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAY." Phil, iv., 4.
HORSFORTH METHODIST NEW CONNEXION BAND OF HOPB.-On Good Friday afternoon the seventh annual festival of the above society was held in the above schoolroom, when a public toa was provided and partaken of by a good number of persons. After
tea a public meeting was held, when Mr. C. Horner occupied the chair. The secretary read the report. The number of members on the books are 135, giving an increase of 14 over last
year. The number of meetings held during last year are about 24, with an average attendance of 60. The meeting was then addressed by Messrs. Hudson, Hardisty, and Dixon, of Horsforth, and Mr. Craven, of Otley. Recitations and dialogues were given by the Band of Hope members and Mr. Stubbs, of Otley. The meeting was enlivened by singing, and we had altogether a very pleasant evening, and hope that much good will be the result of our Band of Hope.-WILLIAM SHAW, Secretary.
ZION CAAPEL, SHERIFF HILL, GATESHEAD.-On Sunday evening, March 18, our juvenile missionary meeting was held. Our esteemed minister, Rev. A. Smith, presided. The children eang suitable hymas, and some repeated portions of poetry. Short addresses were delivered by Mossrs. B. Snowdon and A. Stratton. The report was read by the mission secretary, who also read the following list of collectors :- Richard Miller, 58.; Tom Saowdon, 59.; Mr. J. Nixon, 4s.; Charles Spedding, 4s.; Matthew Bradshaw, 38., 6d.; P. Robson, 3s. 1d.; M. J. Stephenson, 28. 21.; M. Cook, 23. ld.; M. E. Metchison, 1s. 5d.; A. Stratton, 18.; small sums, 11d. Total from cards, £L 128. 2d. The chapel was nearly full, and the Rov. A. Smith brought the meeting to a close with an earnest and soul-stirring address on behalf of China, and the feeling was “China for Christ." On the Tuesday following our respected superintendent minister, Rev. B. Chambers, delivered a very eloquent lecture on the Bible. Mr. George Brason presided. Our Foreign Mission collections are flls. in advance of last year. -A. 8.,
UNION STREET SUNDAY School, OLDHAM.- Presentation to a Teacher. -A few lines in the JUVENILE INSTRUCTOR in respect to the above will gratify the persons concerned therein, and may possibly incite others to
similar deeds. Sunday-school teachers, as other Christian workers, meet with many discouragements, and in their despondent moments are ready to give up. But it often happens that impressions are made, and that gratitude and love are being cherished where least expected, and when the manifestation comes it is well-nigh overpowering. In the month of January last I was made the “confidential of a few scholars in our school, who wished to give their teacher something that would speak effectually, though modestly, of their love to him. They selected as their gift « The Land and the Book," an inkstand, and a penholder-all beautiful and useful. There was inscribed in the book :“This volume, 'The Land and the Book,' with an inkstand and a pen. holder, were presented to Mr. Randle Cocker by the following scholars of his class in the Methodist New Connexion Sunday School, Oldham, as an expression of their love to him, and in grateful recognition of his endeavours to impart to them a knowledge of the sacred Scriptures. John Mills, Samuel Mills, John James Barratt, Herbert Taylor, William Fenton, William Devenport, James Farrar, William Langshaw, and William Glass Taylor. Feb 4th, 1877.” Mr. Evan Evans, assistant superintendent, made the presentation, which Mr. Cocker feelingly acknowledged. He said that it was to him “one of the proudest moments of his life."-SAMUEL WALKER.
BRUNSWICK SUNDAY SCHOOL, LONDON.—The Scripture examination in connection with the Sunday School Union took place throughout London on Friday, 23rd February, 1877. Our Brunswick School (London First Circuit) sent
16 competitors. Of these 13 passed.
2 gained Second Class Certificates. Edwin Frank Shrubsall, 2nd Prize and First
First Class Certificate į Middle Division.
The annual meeting of the South London auxiliary of the Sunday School Union was held in Brunswick Chapel on Tuesday, March 27th, when our esteemed superintendent, the Rev. A. Collinson, presided and distributed the prizes.-H.
} Senior Division.
CLARA DAVIES Was born at Tipton, March 21st, 1861. From a child she was kind in her disposition, gentle in her manners, and always seriously inclined. At the early age of three years she became a scholar in our Sunday school at Dudley Port, and was regular in her attendance until February, 1866. She was then so severely afflicted with small-pox as to be blind for ten days. Blessed with a pious mother, her recovery was made a natter of prayer, and it is believed that in answer to prayer her life was spared at that time. As soon as she was able to speak she said to her mother, "Take me up and rock me and sing 'Rock of Ages. After this affliction she was always delicate in her health, and very easily took cold. But when the weather permitted it was her delight to be at the Sabbath school and the house of God. We held revival services at our chapel, Dudley Port, to which services our dear young sister frequently went, and one night in particular, while the Rev. E. Franks, of Wolverhampton, was exhorting all to give their hearts to God, she was deeply impressed. She did not, however, go to the penitent form like some others, but went home and retired to her chamber and there poured out her soul to God in prayer.
She then found peace and joy in believing, and from that blessed hour,
* Not a cloud did arise to darken the skies,
Or hide for one moment her Lord from her eyes." In March she caught a severe cold, and when medical advice was sought, her mother was told that she was in consumption and could not recover. This caused her parents and friends much sorrow, but she was entirely resigned to the will of God. She would often say, “Do not fret, mother dear, it is all for the best. I would rather have it so, for I should not like to be left behind you." Her mother asked whether she had any doubt of her acceptance with God. She said, “No, mother, why sbould I have ? Jesus has done all for me? Why should I doubt ?is Her mother took her into the country, and for the first week she seemed much better, but before a fortnight had passed she became so ill as to require immediate removal home. When at home again she was very glad. She said, “I did long to see your dear faces, for there is no place like home.” When so much worse as to be obliged to take to her bed, she still had unwavering confidence in Jesus. She was visited by her superintendent and other friends. On one occasion while Mr. T. George was talking to her, she seemed to drink in every word that he said. On the following morning she said, “Was it not encouraging last night? Mother, I did feel so blessed while Mr. George was talking to me." A young friend who visited her said, “Oh, Clara, I am so sorry to see you lying there." She looked at her with a smile and replied, “Do not think that I am unhappy if I am lying here. I can say for me to live is Christ, but to die would be gain.” Towards the close of her life she suffered greatly, yet never murmured. Often she exclaimed, “What could I do without Jesus ! He does help me.”
“Though painful at present it will cease before long,
And then, oh, how pleasant the conqueror's song!”