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pursue henceforth. Perhaps beloved reader, you will be summoned to the eternal world, before the close of this year!!! Are you prepared to give an account of the manner, in which you have spent your time, talents and property ?
We are earnestly desirous, that liberty may march on with success, throughout the world—that the period may soon be at hand, when men generally shall act under the influence of the Spirit of Christ
that the liberties of the United States, may be handed down inviolate, to the latest posterity—that all denominations may increase in biblical piety, and that all may enjoy the smiles of God's countenance in life and in death
And finally, our beloved church being dear to us, we cannot omit, beseeching its members, to walk worthy of the privileges they possess. Without bigotry, love and sustain the discipline and doctrines of our ancient church. Imitate the good in others-bear with the errors you see among them—be ready however to give an answer at all times, and love all, that love the Lord Jesus.
'If you believe that the Intelligencer has been useful in the cause of our Zion, and desire that it may continue to exist, then sustain it. If what is due, remains unpaid, and if no additional subscribers are · obtained, then will the work scarcely survive through the year, and leave a canker which will not cease its devouring operations upon our slender Treasury of the Synod for several years. To avert such an event, we have not failed to do our part. This is our last appeal, and we pray it may be successful.-Editor.
BE ACTIVE ! : Mr. Editor-It must cheer every pious heart in our connexion that a spirit of Christian benevolence is beginning to be exhibited amongst us, and that our various institutions of charity and learning are supported with some degree of liberality. This state of things may properly enough be called an "innovation,” for it is new, but it is the same kind of innovation in our church, as the Reformation, of Luther was in the miserably corrupted church of his day, an innovation that is hailed with transports of joy by every friend of the Redeemer, and which none but the veriest enemy of the cross could ever oppose. God Almighty speed the work, until every congregation and minister feels its influence, and the man who stands aloof shall feel himself alone and ashamed ! Who ever heard that religious benevolence was “burthensome to the people ?” Who is now the poorer for contributing largely to benevolent institutions ? The man who dares avow this, is unacquainted with or has no faith
in the promises of God. He that watereth, shall be watered again. It is better to give than to receive. He that giveth to the poor len. deth to the Lord. Blessed is the man that considereth the poor. Are the people of the United States this day poorer because during the last year they contributed $500,000 in support of the great religious enterprizes of the day ? During that time some millions of dollars have been saved to the country by staying the awful desolation of intemperance-100,000 persons have adopted the principle of entire abstinence-families have been delivered from the fell destroyer, the wilderness has re-echoed with the sounds of the gospel, thousands & tens of thousands of tracts have been circulated to preach salvation through a crucified Redeemer. Good order has been preserved, souls have been converted, the sanctity of the Lord's day promoted, a few hundred thousand bibles distributed an almost countless number of children brought into Sunday Schools and the blessing of God received in a variety of ways. What an incalculable moral influence will not all these combined operations oxert ? We ask again, are the people of this Union poorer for contributing that amount of money ? have they found it "burdensone ?"-must we believe that the introduction of associations into a certain quarter of our church, would be “burdensome” where the Lord has most liberally dealt out his temporal favours ? Oh ! tell it not in Gath.
Though, blessed be God, this innovation” has been introduced among us, yet we often hear brethren complain that they cannot collect more for our institutions and especially for the Education Society. It has always appeared to us that a want of proper system was one great cause of their failure. The brethren for the most part, ask for dollars, when they ought to be satisfied with pennies—they aim at the choicest of the table, and let the fragments lie. The people of Great Britain who are not more numerous, or more pious or more wealthy than we in this country, give nearly $3,000,000 annually to the great religious institutions of the day, and how do they accomplish this? They “gather up the fragments that nothing be lost.” They collect pennies and by the end of the year it swells to an immense sum. The principal part of the funds of these socie. ties issues from "penny-a-week contributions." A person can become a member of a branch society by paying a pepny a week to its funds. This sum, however, is regularly collected, and not allowed to run in arrear, and to be paid once a year, or once a quarter. The collector calls regularly once a week and receives the contribution, for these institutions in England are principally supported by the poor.” Now let this system be tried by those of our brethren who have complained that they cannot collect dollars—there is not an individual in the church who would refuse one cent a week, though there are some alas! who refuse half a dollar a year ! Let their names be taken down ; let the Sunday School teachers or other well disposed persons regularly call on them for their contribution,
apd at the end of the year, they will be astonished at the sum theyhave collected. I know many a little village within the bounds of
the Synod of Maryland in which at present 25 or 30 dollars are collected, where $100 might be annually raised with all possible ease, and that by the system above recommended. Let it but be tried and then we might educate every indigent young man wbo applies and assist every poor church that would call upon us for help. Let the innovation be introduced, and the mighty experiment be made whether it would be “oppressive to our people” for them to contribute out of their overflowing substance one single cent a week!
INTERESTING TO PROTESTANTS.
Brussels, June 10th, 1829. Through the blessing of God, I am again permitted to address you from this City, and in tolerable health. On my way from Calais I spent a night at Tournay, and had an interview with the Rev. Mr. De Faye, who superintends the distribution of the Scriptures in that district. He employs a Hawker, who exposes the copies for sale in the villages around. It sometimes happens, he says, that the Priests take up the books, examine them, and exclaim, “These are Protestant Books good for nothing but the fire." I encouraged him to extend the circulation by every possible means, and not so much regard the price obtained from such a poor and ignorant population, as the act of having placed Gods word in the hands and before the cyes of those who never handled it nor saw it before, and where there is a prospect of its being perused, In the conferences which I have had with our dear friends here, they also bitterly lament over the stern and systematic opposition of the Catholic Clergy, and the gross Ignorance of the people, who seldom fail at confession to make it known when a testament has been given them, and this generally leads to these being deprived of it. Let us hope that we shall be favoured to see in Belgiuni something like the spirit of inquiry now so powerfully raised in France in favour of the sacred Scriptures. One pleasing instance of good done, is, however contained in a letter from an English Lady residing at Spa. “Yesterday,” she writes “a venerable peasant, aged 82, met my husband and said, “Pardon the liberty | take, but I have long desired to have an opportunity of thanking you for the Gospel of St. John, which you gave to my son, some years ago, in the Wood; it has been my companion ever since. I read when I walk by the way I meditate upon it ; my mother valued her Bible, but when she died, her relations got it. When I lost some of my children I grieved and offended my God, but' added he, and he wept as he said it, “the Gospel of St. John has taught me better things, and now if it shall please God to take the rest I know that they are his, and not mine. I learned to read, ten years ago, with very little difficulty.
On the 26th of September, I reached Dijon, on my way from
Lyons, and made an acquaintance of the newly appointed Protestant pastor of that place, M. de Fontin. The following day I heard him preach an excellent sermon to about 120 people, assembled in a large back room in a yard. This was his second sermon to the small, now rallying Protestant flock of Dijon, who have never enjoyed the privilege of a Pastor since they were scattered at the Revocation of the Edict of Nentes, and remarkable it is, that the first time they met for worship, after this long separation, it happened to be in the very same hall in which the then Bishop of Dijon saved their ancestors from the massacre of St. Bartholomews Eve! Three poor Artisans, I was told have been the instruments used by Providence for bringing about this resurrection of the protestant cause in Dijon. It is supposed that nearly one-third of M. de Fontin's hearers, on the Sunday that I heard him preach, were Catholics. .
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SYNOD OF MARYLAND.
In our last number, we published the Minutes of this Synod. In the manuscript, the name of the Rev. J. Winter was inadvertently omitted, among the names of the Ministers present, and when the proof-sheet came into our hands, the omission escaped our notice, . as we were just preparing for a journey of several weeks.
The Rev. Charles F. Schæffer, having accepted of a call from, and taken charge of, the Lutheran Church in Carlisle Pa. which is within the jurisdiction of the West Pennsylvania Synod, requested of the President of the Synod of Maryland, agreeably to Chap. 10, paragraph 4 of the Constitution, a certificate of his honorable dismission, which has accordingly been granted.
The Rev.J. Kehler of Madison Va. Rev. J. Medtart. of Martinsburg V. Rev. L. Eichelberger of Winchester, Va. and Rev. D. Eyster of Middleway, Va. ardenly attached to the General Synod and its Seminary, being impelled by their consciences, to be attached to po body which is not decidedly in favor of these institutions, have requested of the President and Secretary of the Synod of Maryland, to be continued members thereof, and they are hereby continued as such.
The Rev. J. Kehler, baptized during the last year 51, administered the Lord's Supper to 50, buried 15, and has one Church and a Sun. day School
The Rev. J. Medtart, baptized 40, confirmed 46, administered the
Lord's Supper to 185, Buried 13, has Churches and 2 Sunday Schools.
The Rev. Mr. Sackman of Louden, Va. has not united with any other body, and wishes to continue with the Synod of Md.
The following is a correct list of the clerical members of the Synod of Maryland, according to their age in office.
Rev. Dr. Kurtz, David F. Schæffer, M. Sackman, A. Reck, B. Kurtz, J. Kehler, J. Winter, M. Wachter, N. B. Little, J. N. Hoffman, S. K. Hoshour, J. G. Morris, J. Medtart, J. Albert, D. Eyster, S. Eichelberger, H. Bager, H. Haverstick, Francis Ruth.--Editor,
GENERAL SYNOD AND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.
That our General Synod and its Seminary, have succeeded beyond the most sanguine anticipations of the friends of these grand insti. tutions is an axiom, if ever there can be one. It is equally certain, that the blessing of God, rests in the highest degree upon them.
When a Jew, or a Turk, or a Free-thinker, or a real Ignoramus speaks against and acts against, the General Synod of a Church, or its Theological School, it is perfectly in character, and no one dare look for the contrary. They must naturally oppose, or refuse to aid such institutions, as are calculated to unite members of one religious denomination, and which in their very nature extend the Re. deemers Kingdom. Hence we need not be astonished, that professors of Christianity, who had been in the opposition, are gradually diminishing, or endeavor to cenceal their deformity. But there are still some misguided individuals. Some, forgetting that man is fallible, seize upon the least trivial imperfection in the operations of these institutions, to justify an opposition, but these will we trust soon behold in their own course of conduct, so many deficiencies, as to be anxious to conceal them, and thus pass over hess important imperfections in others. Others, influenced by that child of hell, Pride, may take occasion to justify opposition because certain individuals have been particularly engaged, in sustaining these institutions, but such will soon see, that they who have been the active members, spent their time, talents and money, without any personal reward and with the sole view of promoting the interests of the Church. Others may object to the term General--that it is not a scriptural term &c.