Lord's Day Sermon Illustrations

Lord's Day Sermon Illustrations

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Value of Worship

Friend and foe of the Church have sensed the value of worship. Emerson said: "Religious worship is the most important single function of any people." Voltaire said: "I despair of destroying religion while millions meet together for worship on the first day of each week."

"The Church and the Lord's Day are of vital necessity in the development of the religious life. Without these the whole community would soon become a pagan community, where all spiritual life would disappear and a godless materialism would triumph. Property and life would not be safe if the Lord's Day and the Church were blotted out. Nothing could be more vital to the advance of pure religion than the nourishing of the spirit of worship."—Dr. Charles L. Goodell.

"Let Glasgow Flourish"

Christian people generally, will approve the decision of the Administration Committee of the Glasgow Exhibition to keep it closed on the Lord's Day. There will, of course, always be those who protest against the decision and see in it nothing but the action of narrow-minded bigots. "The opening of the Empire Exhibition at Glasgow on the Lord's Day would be an unwise and retrograde step," states a protest against tile proposal to open the exhibition on Sunday afternoons and evenings, signed by eminent members of the Church of Scotland. The decision is in keeping with the best traditions of Scotland and of Glasgow itself. The words we have placed as the title for this editorial constitute the motto of the city. The exhibition will lose nothing by remaining faithful to the Word and closing its gates on Sunday.—The Evangel.

Better than "Back to Nature"

A friend of Lord Napier said, "I do not see any harm in a man's spending a few hours at work in his flower garden on Sunday. It seems to me that he might gain great good from it." His lordship replied, "Yes, but when a man begins in his flower garden he is likely to end in his potato patch." The cravings of man's threefold nature which assert themselves on Sunday are not for nature but for God. And blessed is the man who uses the day to get back to God instead of back to nature.—Courtesy Moody Monthly.

Morbus Sundayitis

There is a disease that is worse and more deadly than smallpox. It is diagnosed by the spiritual as "Morbus Sundayitis." It is a disease which afflicts most church people. The symptoms vary but never affect the appetite. It never lasts more than twenty-four hours. No physician is ever called. It always proves fatal to the soul. It is very prevalent and destroys thousands every year. The attack comes upon them suddenly every Sunday morning.

No symptoms are evidenced on Saturday night. The attack comes about nine o'clock Sunday morning. Usually the sufferer has enjoyed a very good night's sleep, eats a hearty breakfast, but about church time the attack comes upon him with sudden severity. It continues until morning services are over and then seems to abate long enough for him to eat a large dinner. In the afternoon the sufferer seems to be much better and often goes out for a motor ride, game of golf or some other form of exercise.

Morbus Sundayitis never seems to affect the eyes, for the patient seems to be able to thoroughly enjoy the Sunday paper. About supper time he gets another attack that seems to last until church services are over. On Monday he awakes refreshed and does not have another attack until the following Sunday.

Remedy: one large dose, "Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Eph. 5:14).—Evangelical Christian.

Sunday Breaking

A story is told of the early days of Queen Victoria's reign which illustrates the tenacity with which she held to obedience to what she believed to be the Divine requirement.

Late one Saturday night one of the ministers arrived at Windsor. "I have brought down for your majesty's inspection," said he, "some documents of great importance. But as I shall be obliged to trouble you to examine them in detail, I will not encroach upon the time of your majesty tonight, but will request your attention tomorrow morning."

"Tomorrow morning!" repeated the queen; "tomorrow will be Sunday, my lord."

"True, your majesty, but the business of the state will not admit of delay."

"I am aware of that," replied the queen, "and as your lordship could not have arrived earlier at the palace tonight I will, if the papers are of such pressing importance, attend to their contents tomorrow morning after Divine service." Next morning the queen and the court went to church, and so did the noble lord, and the subject of the sermon was, "The rest day: its duties and obligations." After the service the queen inquired, "How did your lordship like the sermon?"

"Very well, indeed, your majesty," was the answer of the nobleman.

"Well, then," said the queen, "I will not conceal from you that last night I sent the clergyman the text from which he preached. I hope we shall all be improved by the sermon." It is needless to add that the state papers went over till Monday morning.—Selected.

Six Working Days Enough

Sidney Cooper, R.A., was once asked. "Do you paint on Sundays?" "No," said he, "if I can't get my living in six days, I should not manage it in seven."—H. O. Mackay.

Whose Spirit Was He In?

Speaking in London, Canon Ottley told the following story as illustrating some folks' idea of keeping the Sabbath. A Scotsman, one Sunday, went into his back yard to mend a barrow. The loud banging which accompanied the driving of the nails brought his wife to the door. "Donald, Donald," she cried, "what are ye about on the Sabbath?" "I tell ye, I must mend the barrow. I want to use it," answered her husband. "Ye must not," was her reply. "What'll the neighbor's say? Or if ye do, ye must use screws. It's the Lord's Day."—Sunday School Chronicle.

There's Only One Way to Rear a Family

Nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.
Dwight Hillis conducted the funeral of a beautiful girl who had been killed in an automobile accident on the Lord's Day, while out for pleasure. As the fa­ther bade goodbye to the loved form, he turned to his friends and said in a choking voice: "We have spent our Sunday playing golf or automobiling. Our children have followed our example and have outstripped us. My son has disgraced me, my daughter is dead. I tell you there is only one way to rear a family, and that is in the Sunday School and the church. I know what I am talking about."United Presbyterian.

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