Archive for the ‘Sunday School’ Tag

Christian Nurture   2 comments

Christian Nurture

Above:  The Original Document

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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Deut. 6, 6-7; Eph. 6, 4

I.

The child a bundle of possibilities for good or evil.  It responds to life about it and reproduces it.  Herein lives its destiny.

It is entitled to the very best.  It will respond thereto, as in music, art, religion.

II.

The greatest influence for good is a devoted Christian home where father and mother teach by precept and example to fear God and love righteousness.  Nothing else in the world can equal such training.

Yet how many parents neglect it.  The results often are grievous.

III.

The Sunday School is the effort of the church to supplement the efforts of the parents to teach and train the children to worship.  Most of those who join the church on profession [of faith] are from the Sunday School.

But why is there all over the nation a decrease in enrollment?  Parents compel their children to attend public school; why not also the Sunday School?

Let [us] do all we can to reach the children about us; give them every help and safeguard we can.  Do not leave them to the evils of the day.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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Class Hymn of the Barrett-Wesley Bible Class, Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Augusta, Georgia   Leave a comment

A Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public, Social, and Domestic Worship MECS 1874

Above:  The Spine of My Copy of A Collection of Hymns and Tunes for Public, Domestic, and Social Worship (Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1874)

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandparents were at the Asbury Circuit, Augusta, Georgia, from late 1914 to late 1916.  The former Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, South, has become Asbury United Methodist Church.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF CLELAND KINLOCH NELSON, EPISCOPAL BISHOP OF GEORGIA; LATER BISHOP OF ATLANTA

THE FEAST OF FANNY J. CROSBY, HYMN WRITER

THE FEAST OF FRIEDRICH SCHLIERMACHER, GERMAN CALVINIST THEOLOGIAN

THE FEAST OF IMMANUEL KANT, PHILOSOPHER

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Incarnate Lord, Thee we adore,

Abide with us forever more.

Thou art the vine, Thy branches we,

Keep us in perfect unity.

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Oh may Thy love to us constrain

Our hearts a like love to attain:

Thy matchless life our pattern be,

Since serving others we serve Thee.

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA

1914-1916

Christian Education   1 comment

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Above:  Moravian Sunday School, Lititz, Pennsylvania, November 1942

Photographer = Marjory Collins (1912-1985)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/owi2001014337/PP/)

Reproduction Number = LC-USW3-011768-D

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandfather wrote:

 The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

That is an overly broad statement.  I am sure, for example, that arithmetic, reading, and writing are parts of education that one can’t forego.

I come from a different time, one with a stricter separation of church and state–a standard with which I am quite comfortable.  One ought not ask the state to do what parents, guardians, and churches ought to do–and can do more effectively.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JUNE 7, 2013 COMMON ERA

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Deut. 11, 18-20

1.  It is a debt parents owe their children, to provide for the development of their faculties.  This calls for education in general, and religious instruction in particular, as our Lord commands.

2.  The true end of education cannot be reached without making the moral and religious faculties prominent and that their development.  Mere intellectual training is at best Sampson shorn of his locks.  The religious element is the best part of an education.  It is the only part that one can’t forego.

3.  Such training is not possible save in schools under the care of Christian men.  There must be a religious atmosphere.  Religion must not be apologized for nor kept in the background, but emphasized.

4.  Does religion dwarf everyone, make him narrow?  How is it that Christ is become a curse anywhere?  The Bible idea is that due recognition of him anywhere is a distinct blessing.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

Responsibility Equals Opportunity   1 comment

The baptism of the Eunuch  *oil on panel  *64 x 47.5 cm  *signed b.r.: RH 1626

Above:  The Baptism of the Eunuch, by Rembrandt van Rijn

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1 Cor. 16, 9

1.  Life’s opportunities for good are God-given.  He is sovereign and opens the way.  When He told Philip to go toward the desert He prepared the way before him.

2.  Opportunity measures responsibility.  What God makes possible for the church to perform He undoubtedly demands of her.  “A great door open unto me,” means a great responsibility placed upon me.  Let this fix itself in our minds.

3.  The church today has a great door open unto her.  Such an hour the world has never seen before.  God has gotten all things ready, unless it be that the church is not ready to improve the hour.  Great opportunities are here today.  They are thrust upon her; she has not sought them.  To save them she must do her best.

(1)  Foreign Missions a God-given opportunity.  God’s providence lays it upon the church.  Will she deny Him now?

(2)  Home Missions are important.  To convince men abroad of its power to save the gospel must do its work at home.  The aliens who come, our slums, and our country districts must be reached.

(3)  The Sunday School a great door.  Will all the church ever see it, and enter this work?  We must do it for Him.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Manifold Wisdom of God   1 comment

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Above:  Lutheran Orphanage, Salem, Virginia, Between 1920 and 1930

Image Source = Library of Congress

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Reproduction Number =  LC-USZ62-37575

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Eph. 3, 10

“Manifold”–many colored, wrought in many details; fulfilled itself in many ways and diverse manners.

1.  His wisdom manifests itself in the varieties revealed truth.  Doctrine is vitally related to experience hence all needed teaching is found there.  Man may serve Him in any life if only it does no harm to others.

2.  Manifested in the large variety of the church’s work.

(a)  Led by Him the church is called to serve in many ways.  Where there is a need the church is to supply it.  “Seeing the multitudes he was moved with compassion.”

(b)  These different lines of activity are the expression of the life of the church and are as varied as is all life.  A dead church does nothing.

3.  In this variety is unity.  Many members of the one body.  Methodism is one, but her unity is in everything she is and does–gospel, Sunday Schools, colleges, orphanages, polity, etc.  God’s wisdom is manifested in it all.

4.  In all this service we are serving Him.  He will reward every act done in His name.  It all embodies so much of Him, His life.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

The Work of the Sunday School   3 comments

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Above:  Fourteenth International Sunday School Convention, June 23-30, 1914, Chicago, Illinois

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2007661755/)

Copyright Claimant = Kaufmann, Weimer & Fabry Co.

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Eph. 6, 4

I.  The necessity of teaching children:

1.  God commands it.  Deut. 6:6-7; Ps. 78, 2-7 & the text.

2.  The ends of life demand it.

3.  The child-nature responds to it.

II.  Who should teach them?

1.  Parents.  What a responsibility to train a soul!  Who else ought to feel so much interest in their best development?  But this is fearfully neglected.

2.  The church is commissioned to teach all men:  hence the Sunday School.  It certainly is of God and is being greatly blessed of Him.

3.  A great advantage to do it at the church.  Surroundings and memories aid in the work.

4.  The whole church should be engaged in the work.

III.  What are the ends to be attained?

1.  A knowledge of God’s word.   No education is complete without it.

2.  Self-surrender to Christ.  Here is the all-important work in all teaching.

3.  Fortifying the soul.  Built up in him and fitted for every good word and work.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT