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the influence of the Holy Spirit upon their exertions? Is the responsibility of training up children in the way they should go,' of so little moment as not to authorize such efforts ?
Is it probable that the best mode of conducting Sabbath Schools will be discovered and brought into practice, without the united experience of those who are most active in conducting them? Who can be sensible of these obligations, and still fold his hands, do nothing, and pray in faith, “ Thy will be done" ?
The opening Spring invites to invigorated labour in Sabbath Schools. Their success through the season depends much, very much, upon the interest with which they commence. Generally, it is visionary to expect that the youth will be engaged in acquiring religious knowledge, unless they catch the flame from their parents.
The following Constitution is proposed, as affording some hints, in regard to the best mode of conducting these Schools. •
Art. I. There shall be a Standing Committee of three, to superintend the School. One of whom shall be the minister of the Soci ety. The other two shall be named by him..
Art. II. One of this Comiittee shall perform the duty of Secretary and Treasurer.
ART. III. It shall be the duty of the Standing Committee to appoint the Teachers, and see that the Scholars are collected and organized into classes, to attend the School punctually, and give such directions and instructions as they may think proper.
Art. IV. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to take the charge of the money designed for the benefit of the School, and by the direction of the Committee, purchase premiums for the Scholars.
ART. V. The Secretary shall keep a list of all the Scholars, and record all the important transactions of the School, and shall report the state of the School, as often as the superintendants shall direct.
Art. VI. It shall be the duty of the Teachers to take the charge of their respective classes every Sabbath, keep an accurate account of the recitations of each Scholar, and make a summary statement to the Secretary, every month, of the good behaviour and improve. ment of their several classes.
ART. VII. There shall be a meeting of the Superintendents and Teachers immediately after the preparatory lecture, each month. Certificates shall then be given to the Scholars according to their proficiency.
ART. VIII. Every year, at the close of the School, there shall be a public meeting of the Superintendents, Teachers, Scholars and Spectators. A sermon or address shall be given on the occasion ; and the Secretary shall report the state of the School and improvement of the Scholars. Premiums shall then be given according to the amount of tickets presented.
Art. IX. The Scholars may give the value of their tickets to the education of Heathen Youth, or receive it in books.
Art. X. Two of the Superintendents shall attend the semi-annual meetings of the “Sabbath School Union.”
“The busy race examine and explore
THE creation, nature, and destiny of man, affords one of the most interesting subjects of inquiry that can occupy the attention of a rational mind. In whatever point of view it is presented, it is found to involve interests the most momentous, relations and consequences the most extensive and lasting.
Man is a being who, like all others,derives his existence immediate ly from the hand of God; and knowing what we do, of the character of God from his works and from his word, the conclusion is safely drawn, that his existence is given him for some wise purpose. Nay, more; we may with equal safety derive the more definite conclusion, that God's design was to display the glory and benevolence of his character by giving birth to so many beings, and preparing the way, on his part, for their finally consummate felicity. Undoubtedly this, in a greater or less degree, is the design of all God's works of creation and providence. But we find a degree of importance thrown around the character of man, which attaches to no other being in our world. And hence it is with propriety presumed, that his creation and those events which succeed as consequences of it, will be the means of a far more rich and complete display of these divine perfections, than any other work which God has wroughtDo you ask the ground on which these important consequences are
to result from man's existence ? It will be found in contemplating his nature.
It is the nature of man which gives him his peculiar importance in the scale of being. Here we find blended in one individual being, natures as diverse as the ends which await them at their dissolution ;-a soul, immortal and immaterial, possessed of faculties by which it is enabled to search out all the hidden works of God, and derive complete enjoyment from their contemplation, united to an organized body, possessing all those feelings, affections, and sensibilities of which the animal system is capable. Yet the union of all these powers and faculties, these feelings, affections, and sensibilities to pleasure or pain is so perfect, that they constitute only one individual being. An individual too, who must himself be the subject of all the enjoyment, and all the pangs of sorrow which can enter through these avenues. And with these twofold faculties or capacities of enjoyment, how great must be the sum of happiness or misery, of which one individual may be the subject. But are these capacities to be the avenues of pleasure or pain, and that to the full in every individual ? This leads to a reflection on man's future destiny.
The first thought which strikes the mind, in view of the destiny of man, is his eternity of existence. This is predicable of no other race, of all the vast variety of beings which inhabit the earth. Man alone is distinguished by the prospect of immortality; and as we have already seen, his powers and faculties are such as it became his Creator to bestow upon those who have such a prospect before them. And although he is to undergo a change in death, by which he will be discharged from his animal body, and with it from his animal feeling and sensibilities, yet this will only release the soul from what is now its burden. Its powers will then be unshackled, and left to act with unwonted liberty and increased activity; so that in putting off this mortal body, so far from losing any thing essential to it, the soul merely lays aside those organs or instruments by which it conversed with the material world, that it may rise at once and contemplate that more sublime display of creative power which lies beyond the circuit of our planetary orbs. Nor will its reunion with the body be the means of bringing its liberated and already improved faculties under any restraint in regard to their exercise. For unlike what it now is, this body will then be a spiritual body ; "the corruptible will have put on incorruption, and the mortal immortality.” The