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Mrs. Baker has one school of fine Syrian girls under her care. A church is about to be built here, in which the Gospel will be preached, and all the students will attend there. The missionaries have service in their own houses on Lord's days, after the manner of the Church of England. We were greatly interested in this mission, which we trust will be instrumental of great good; though we fear that its operations will be slow, and the hopes of good are distant. Persons more suited to the undertaking could scarcely have been found by the Church Missionary Society. The houses of the missionaries are excellent, their situations beautiful, and the neighbouring locality exceedingly rich and fine.
The object of this mission is not to pull down the ancient Syrian ohurch, and to build another upon some plan of their own with the materials; our object is to remove the rubbish, and to repair the deeayed places, of the existing church. This being the case, the missionaries must ever have in view the general good of the whole, rather than the welfare of individuals. We do not stand in the relation of pastors to the several flocks for whose good we are laboring, as other missionaries do: we are advisers and helpers, and instructors of such as are willing to hear.
The Syrian Christians manifest much willingness, and even a strong desire, to obtain the Holy Scriptures.
THEO LOGICAL SEMINARY AT GETTYSBURG.
We have just returned from Gettysburg, where we attended a meeting of the Directors of the Seminary, established by the General Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States. The following brethren, were elected officers for the ensuing year viz? Rev. Dr. J. G. SCHMUCKER, of York, Pa. President. Rev. DAVID F. SCHÆFFER, of Frederick, Md. V. President. Rev. J. G. MORRIS, of Baltimore, Secretary.
C. A. BARNITZ, Esqr. of York, Treasurer.
A most beautiful scite, for the purpose of erecting the buildings required for the seminary, has been selected, and twenty acres of land, partly in the borough of Gettysburg, were purchased. The Board of Directors, authorized the immediate purchase of materials, and a committee appointed for the purpose, will forthwith advertise, that proposals will be received for erecting the buildings.
The Rev. Dr. E. L. Hazelius, Professor of Theology and the Languages, in Hartwig Seminary, has been unanimously elected, Professor of Biblical and Oriental Literature, in the Gettysburg Seminary.
We congratulate the Lutherans, throughout the United States, upon the complete organization, and flourishing state of this institu tion, whilst Protestants generally must rejoice with us.
Dr. Hazelius, ranks among the first literary characters, is sincerely pious and ardently devoted to the cause of the Bible. Of Professor Schmucker, we have had occasion to speak heretofore, but the classes that have enjoyed the advantage of his lectures, give ample testimony, that a more useful Professor could not be met with. The Rev. D. Jacobs superintends the classical department. He is a gentleman, particularly gifted for the purpose, amiable, but a rigid disciplinarian. Mr. M. Jacobs, superintends the mathematical department, for which he is evidently well qualified. The increasing number of pupils, from different states, is a sufficient evidence that all the teachers, are well qualified to discharge their duties. We believe that there are now 33 students of Theology, or preparing to enter the Theological department, and, perhaps about 50 pupils in the Classical and Mathematical departments.
Although this institution is entirely under the direction of Lutherans, yet pupils of all denominations are received, and no direct or indirect method is, or ever dare be employed, to change the feelings of a Protestant, as to particular external forms and non-essential doctrines. There are now two Presbyterian (English) Ministers, who studied at our Seminary, who can attest the fact.
A few thousand dollars more, will be wanted to complete the buildings, and to secure a sum sufficient to compensate teachers, but we doubt not, that the sum can very easily be collected from among our numerous and wealthy members, of the different states.-Editor.
AUXILIARY MISSIONARY SOCIETY OF TENNESSEE. Extracts from the Address delivered before the society at its last annual Meeting.
From Franke's school our forefathers received Missionary help, in the States of Pennsylvania, and Maryland-and when they emigrated to the State of North Carolina they again received the word from Missionaries' lips, and through them, some of us were led to a saving interest in the "Lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world" and since we have emigrated to the state of Tennessee, our children were growing up in ignorance, but blessed be God, through
the influence of our Synod of North Carolina, Missionaries came and visited us. The effects were glorious in our eyes, and pleasant in our view-since then the God of Missions, (who first countenanced it himself) gave us refreshing time and our children have been inducted into the church, and have been made acquainted with Him, "whom to know aright is life eternal." Let us be encouraged, in this business by the example of our friends in the North, South, and East, who seem to have caught the Spirit of Franke, and who by actions, show, that they have learnt to forsake all for Christ. Letus be encouraged by the unanimous exertion of our Brothers and Sisters of the North, to "cast our bread upon the waters" and exert every nerve to supply our brethren in this vast valley of the Mississippi, who are crying out for help. Let us do our part that "the man of sin" gain not this vast population, to bow down to idols, &c.
Resolutions passed unanimously.
Resolved, that each officer use exertions during this year to increase the members and friends of this society.
Resolved, that we solemnly and sacredly observe the 1st Thursday of next August, as a day of humiliation, thanksgiving, fasting and prayer; for the success of Zion in general and in particular for the success of Missionary Societies Sabbath Schools and Tract Societies among us, with any other institutions existing among us, for the difffusion of biblical knowledge and virtue.
Resolved, that during the month of August next, a sermon be delivered in each of our churches, explanatory of Missionary Societies, showing their nature, design; &c.
Resolved, that these proceedings be forwarded to the Editor of the Evangelical Lutheran Intelligencer, and he be requested to publish
JOHN SHOFNER, President.
The officers are
Mr. JOHN SHOFNER, President.
THE INSTABILITY OF EARTHLY THINGS.
Even when no suffering, no sickness, no particularly striking event recalls our unthinking minds to our mortality, it is however our bounden duty to think often and seriously on the uncertainty of our earthly pilgrimage, on the unavoidable end where its progress will lead.
There is a beautiful passage in pious David, which he wrote in one of the most glorious moments of his life, after he had collected a variety of materials for the erection of Jehovah's temple which his son Solomon was to build after his death. Then David felt it deeply that we have here no permanent home.
"We are," said he "strangers before Thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers; our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding."-I Chronicles xxix.
Let this Text lead us :
To think seriously of our own dissolution.
To employ faithfully the time which may yet be allowed us. To wisely prepare in such a manner, that we may be able to expect with composure the end of our journey.
We are strangers and travellers on the earth like all our forefathers have been. Let us habitually consider our life as the pilgrim does his pilgrimage, as the traveller does his journey. They both know that they are not at home where they are. The pilgrim delights to think of his distant country, and the more the trouble and fatigue of his journey harrass him, the more anxious he gets to arrive at his father's house, where he will be at rest from all the dangers, distresses and tribulations of his pilgrimage.
Where are our fathers? vanished are they from before our eyes! Gathered all in the land beyond the grave, for here they could find no permanent home, and we who perchance never knew them on this earth or who have closed their eyes and recceived their blessing, we shall likewise pass away.
The certainty of our own dissolution, is as undeniable as the uncertainty of the time and place where it is to happen. And can we then live in a foolish unthinkingness, and forget that death which will most assuredly not forget us!
How many follies would we not commit if the certainty that we must die was ever present to our thoughts! how would we feel excited to righteousness and to every good and noble action if the uncertainty of life operated on our minds as it ought!!
Yes our stability shall be our rejoicing! For as death has lost its sting, because we are Christians, followers of Him who has destroyed its terrors and brought to light life and immortality. Therefore let us even rejoice in death, for blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, yea says the spirit, they rest from their labours, but their works fol low them.
2d. Their works follow them:
This ought therefore to be our care that our works may follow us: Our life is as a shadow, and we are ignorant when the sun of our days will set. Let us often consider with composed seriousness that only the present moment can be called our own, for we know not whether we shall live to see the next. Let us then employ it with that Christian activity which will produce works that will follow us. Let us work like our Saviour whilst it is day, before the night comes when nobody can work.
The very uncertainty in which eternal wisdom has veiled the time when we shall die, while there can be no manner of doubt as to the certainty of death itself, should be a spur to us to improve the moments in our power. Should we now be presumptuous enough to
believe, that we have not lost an hour, that we have been active and industrious in sowing our grains of seed to grow and ripen for the
day of the glorious harvest, O Lord! when the evening draws near, when the night comes, it will rightly seem as if we had done nothing and thousands of unprofitable hours will crowd on our memories and render our departure less serene. O let us work faithfully, honestly, conscientiously whatever we can in the situation in which God has been pleased to place us. But O let us look likewise with becoming humility on our best doings. For when we consider well all we have performed, how imperfect does it appear! and if we have been able to accomplish some good, to whom is the Glory, but to Thee! who makest us the weak instruments of thine own blessed purposes al though Thou wilt mercifully reward us when our stubborn folly does not resist the inspiration of Thy Grace!!
3d. Our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding:
This ought to teach and to encourage us to preserve habitually such a frame of mind, as may make us willing to obey the call of our father in Heaven, whenever he may please to address it to us. What is sometimes, very wrongly called a christian life, morality and the forms of religion, without its power, is however not sufficient to produce this willingness to depart. It is only to be acquired by the peace of God in the heart, and the certainty of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
By a faithful discharge of the duties of our station, always attending first to the most important and pressing concerns, so that confusion may be avoided, and all things be done in order according to the advice of the Apostle.
By providing, as far as is in our power, for our household, our family and children, so that unnecessary trouble may not be left to those who are to succeed us, and our own last moments be perplexed by earthly cares, while more important cares ought to engross our souls.
O that we may learn so to employ each day, that, let God's call on us be ever so sudden and unexpected, our soul may be found full of his peace, and ready to take its flight. That we may feel the sweet consciousness, we have done what we could-if some things remain unfinished, we leave them to him who knoweth that it was not in our power to accomplish more.
It is comfortable reflection on a death bed to have no improvidence, and no carelessness to reproach ourselves with. All that did not depend on our own exertions we may safely trust to our providing and merciful father in Heaven. For although an active christion has, and always would find something to do-yet when he improved every opportunity, God will not ask of him any more.
But where is the man-the conscientious one-who has done so, and has not neglected many things! O because the truth of this question is so striking, let us be the more watchful in our walk and daily conduct.
"There is here no resting, nor abiding." May this important thought, which the experience of ages has rendered undeniable, be deeply impressed on our minds! Teach us O Lord to redeem our