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The Inner Mission Society of Philadelphia has been in existence ten years, and had total income last year of $20,758. The Woman's Auxiliary raised $2,328. The society has property valued at $50,000, subject to a mortgage of $23,000.
-Rev. William J. Miller, of Greensburg, Pa., died December 27, after a brief illness, from apoplexy.
---Rev. L. Groh, D. D., pastor of St. Mark's Church, Omaha, will celebrate in June the fiftieth anniversary of his ministry.
-Rev. Carl Solomonson has undertaken a campaign to raise a permanent endowment fund of $250,000 for Gustavus Adolphus College, at St. Peter, Minn.
--Rev. Ernest A. Trabert, of Pittsburgh, has accepted the call extended to him by the Church of the Messiah, Brooklyn, and entered upon the duties of his new pastorate February 1.
-Rev. M. Luther Canup was installed pastor of Epiphany Church on Monday evening, January 27, by Rev. Edwin F. Keever, of Utica, president of Synod. Philadelphia.
-St. Stephen's Church, Rev. T. W. Kretschmann, Ph.D., pastor, is making an effort to raise $10,000 to complete its new house of worship. So far the fund has reached $3,750. The women of the congregation have undertaken to provide funds for the organ, and the Luther League will furnish the pews. Washington.
-Rev. William A. Wade was installed pastor of St. Mark's Church, January 10. Chicago.
--The Immanuel Swedish Lutheran Church has held a festival in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of its organization.
- Dr. Benedikta Lager, who died in this city December 22, left an estate of $55,000, of which she bequeathed $6,000 to Evangeliska Fosterlandsstiftelsen, Stockholm, Sweden, for its African mission work, and $17,000 to the Lutheran Inner Mission of Chicago. -A
friend of Christ Church (Norwegian), Rev. J. H. Meyer, pastor, made the church a New Year gift of $2,000. Buffalo.
-At a large gathering in Holy Trinity Church on Friday evening, January 10, the Inner Mission Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Buffalo, N. Y., was formally organized, a constitution adopted and a temporary board of officers elected. There are six clergymen and nine laymen on the board, their names being as follows: Rev. F. A. Kahler, D. D., Rev. J. A. W. Kirsch, Rev. E. F. Boettger, Rev. F. E. Jensen, Rev. W. A. Drach, Rev. P. Altpeter, and Messrs. Frederick Henrich, Edward Hengerer, Charles E. Martzloff, Menno A. Reeb, Adam Cornelius, Henry Lieber, Frederick Kiesel, Henry Zipp and John Mayer. Harrisburg.
-Rev. H. W. A. Hanson has resigned as pastor of St. Luke's Church, Pittsburgh, and accepted a call to Messiah Lutheran Church, this city. General.
-Louisa Laipple, a member of Zion's Church, Franklin Square, Ta., who died recently, create several trust funds which, upon the death of the original beneficiaries, are bequeathed as follows: Lutheran Orphans' Home, Germantown, $3,000; Zion's Church Sunday school, $2,000; Zion's Church, $3,000; other sums to the Shut-in Society. Needlework Guild, and other philanthropic societies of the city.
-Mrs. Rachel Gaumer Bell died January 15, 1913, near Gilbert, Ohio, at the age of 101 years. She was baptized in infancy in Mt. Hope Church and for 84 years, until her death, was a confirmed member of it.
--St. Mark's Church, of Van Wert, Ohio, was recently presented with a cash subscription of $20,000 by Marvin Woodruff, one of its members. The money is to be used toward the erection of a new church building to be known as "The Woodruff Memorial."
--Mrs. Sue Livezey Garrett, who died at Jeffersonville, Pa., January 16, 1913, left bequests of $400 to Whitemarsh Lutheran Church, $2,000 to the General Synod's Pastor's Fund, $200 to the Lutheran Home for Old People at Germantown, Philadelphia; $100 to Charity Hospital, Norristown, Pa,, and $400 for home and foreign mission enterprises,
Church Music The proper function of the prelude (though it is idle to deny that it is often, perhaps usually, a mere covering up of the footsteps of the late and tardy) is to prepare the congregation for the service by inducing in them the proper frame of mind. Hence, if it is the office of the prelude to introduce the service, it may be advisable to point out a few ways in
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which it may do its work. The most admirable preludes are those that begin softly and seemingly insinuate themselves into one's consciousness, and not arrest it with sharp suddenness. The tone of the organ is so steady, so immobile, that the actual beginning of playing is of great esthetic importance. Passages of display, rapid, running passages of fuil organ--all such will distract the attention. The calm, contemplative, not too loud prelude is the best for ordinary service. It must also be brief. There is a natural time to conclude the prelude, and this will be determined by the well trained organist. On the contrary, for a festival service, a brighter and more jubilant selection may be used. However, it is the duty
ganist to see that the music shall be in accord with the service. The best way to accomplish this is to keep in communication with the pastor, know in advance as to the character of each following service, and arrange accordingly.
For the organist who looks for results, ample time must be laid aside in preparation of the work. There are organists who choose their selections for service at the last moment; they never know, when they get to the organ loft, which numbers they will use, and, after looking through a pile of sheet and book music, select one, very much as the magician, who, after calling for some one's hat, says “thank you, this one will do.” Such is also the case with the offertory, where, if singing is not desired, a piece of a quiet, devotional nature is effective. One of the strongest points of an organist is skill in registration, ard in sight reading it is not possible to get the best tone color effects. To practice all music thoroughly should be the rule of every conscientious organist.
But Charles' incapacity to deal with the problem appeared very soon. He was ignorant of both German methods of thought and of Teutonic character. He did not understand the nature of religious enthusiasm, and he, unfortunately for his purpose, underrated the stubbornness of the forces with which he had to deal.
On June 20, 1530, the Diet opened. The Lutherans, divines and princes, were fully resolved to maintain the cause of the Reformation. The Lutheran attitude is well expressed in the tone of the celebrated Confession of Augsburg. In spirit it was conciliatory. It clearly defined the essential tenets of the Reformers. Says Dr. Hase, “As the object of this paper was religious, practical, political, the peculiar development of Protestantism is not made so prominent in it as the points in which that system agreed with the ancient Catholic faith, and the opposition to abuses which were generally acknowledged by all intelligent persons of that period.” On the 25th of June this document was read in German before the Diet, and was the Protestant ultimatum in the way of concessions for peace.
The result of the Diet of Augsburg was to make clear the impossibility of doctrinal agreement between the respective parties. It had the effect of strengthening the Reformation: First, by enabling many to learn they had been incorrectly informed about the new doctrines. Ecclesiastically and theologically it was the foundation of the Reformation and the confessional basis of Protestantism. So, second, it provided the Lutherans with a solid and safe center of unity. The Lutherans now had a secured basis of offense and defense against the enemies of the Reformation.
Instead of Charles restoring the unity of the Church, he spread the doctrines of the Reformation, opened the way to the political recognition of Protestantism, was unable by any means at his command to prevent the perpetuity of its doctrines, or the political consequences of its principles of liberty.
The Diet at Augsburg To understand the Diet at Augsburg we must remember two things: First, the aim of the Emperor; and second, his limitations. The war between Francis and Charles ended with the Peace of Cambrai. This left Charles free to attend to the affairs of Germany. As "he head of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles felt impressed with a sense of his own responsibility. His object was to restore the unity of the Church. He crossed the Alps in 1539 with the purpose of restoring to the Church those who had wandered from it, or resolved to avenge the ignominy heaped upon Christ.
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LUTHER LEAGUE OF NEW YORK STATEOrganized at Pittsburgh, Pa., October 30 and 31, 1895, President, WILLIAM ECK...
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Toledo PAUL B. Mattice..
Statistical Secretary Cor. Secretary, Miss EMMA E. Mast. .Zanesville Middleburg, N. Y.
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From December 1 to December 31, 1912. Rev. P. W. KOLLER.
Mansfield, Ohio. General Fund. Rev, F. P. Bossart ..
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L. L. of Berne, New York.
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NEW YORK Brooklyn District.
-The Brooklyn District Luther League held its first quarterly meeting in St. Stephen's Church, Rev. Gable, pastor, on January 20, 1913. The following officers were elected: President, Albert J. Pfeiffer; secretary, Miss Kalfer; treasurer, Miss Carrie Niebling; corresponding secretary, Walter Linz. As there is a proposed change in the constitution, the three vice-presidents are held in office until the next meeting. The proposed changes in the constitution are for the betterment of the District League. The Rev. W. A. Snyder, D.D., addressed the League on "The New Year, Its Opportunities.” It was listened to with great attention, being full of good, earnest advice. We are glad to welcome the Rev. Ernest Trabert into our midst, and trust he will help to revive the spirit of our Leagues. A banquet is being arranged, to be held some time in April. The next meeting will be held in St. Luke's Church on Washington avenue, Rev. W. A. Snyder, D.D., pastor. Rhinebeck District.
-The annual convention of the Rhinebeck District Luther League will be held early in May, in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Chatham. The Y. P. S. C. E. of this church, of which Rev. George G. Whitbeck is pastor, recently changed its name to Luther League.
-The officers elected for the year of 1913 by the Luther League of St. John's Lutheran Church, of Hudson, N. Y., are: President, Charles Hallenbeck; vice-president, Guy Taylor: secretary, Miss Emma Reynolds; treasurer, Mrs. William Snyder; corresponding secretary, Mrs. Charles H. Hill; pianist, Miss Edna Steele; assistant pianist, Miss Minnie Young; musical director, Lloyd Whitaker.
A new constitution will be adopted at the February meeting, based on the one recommended in the “Handbook." A rally to take place on a Sunday evening in the near future is being planned by the League and the pastor, Rev. H. D. Shimer, who is very much interested in the League. Albany District.
-At the annual meeting of the Junior Luther League of the Church of the Redeemer, at Utica, the following officers were elected: President, Raymond Smith; vice-president, Earl Canfield; recording secretary, Helen White: treasurer, Raymond Hausman; directress, Clar: Guelich. The finances of the League are in excellent condition and at each meeting
names are added to the roll. Inner mission work is one of the chief interests of the League, and it is hoped that much good will result through the efforts of the boys and girls of this organization. Rochester District.
-St. Paul's Church, Pittsford, Rev. Hermann F. Miller, pastor, has an active Luther League, with a membership of 70. This society is actively co-operating in an effort to wipe out a church debt of $3,400 during the ensuing year. Buffalo District.
- The Young People's Society of the First Swedish Church, Jamestown, Rev. Julius Lincoln, D. D., pastor, has pledged $2,000 yearly for five years to wipe out the church debt.
PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia District.
-One of the most active societies in this district is the Luther League of the Church of the Nativity, Rev. I. Chantry Hoffman, pastor. This society received into its treasury during the past year $532.82.
-The Luther League of St. Mark's Church, through its Inner Mission committee, distributed a number of baskets at Christmas time
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among the poor families and among the sick of the neighborhood. Over $50 in cash, in addition to articles of value, were received for this work. Harrisburg District.
--A Luther League was organized in Zion Church, Hummelstown, Rev. D. Burt Smith, pastor. The League has 45 charter members and the officers are: President, A. H. Hummel; vice-president, William Dags; secretary, Ethel Ebersole; treasurer, Bertram Hummel. All the committees are at work and good results are expected. Berks County District.
-The District Luther League of Berks County held its seventy-sixth quarterly convention in St. James' Church, Reading, January 9, 1913. There was a good attendance of delegates from the various Leagues of the county at all the sessions. At the morning session, besides the various reports of the committees and other routine business, there was an essay on Bartholomew Ziegenbalg, by Miss Flickinger, of Newmanstown.
In the afternoon Dr. M. C. Horine delivered an address on “Sages Old and New," contrasting simple faith and higher criticism. This was followed by a second address by Rev. Melvin A. Kurtz on “Herodian Ignorance and Prophetic Knowledge,” setting forth the world's question and the Church's answer thereto. The last address of the afternoon was delivered by Rev. A. T. Michler, on “The Nunc Dimittis," illustrative of the reward of fidelity.
In the evening Rev. Preston A. Laury set forth the influence of Christianity in heathen lands, presenting the ameliorating and elevating influence of Christianity in a very clear light.
The delegates and visitors were entertained both at the noon and evening meal by a committee of St. James' League, who did everything in their power to make their visitors feel at home. This also furnished the opportunity for pleasant social intercourse. Bucks, Montgomery and Chester District.
-The second of the series of Luther League rallies, which are being held by the five Leagues of Pottstown, took place in Grace Church, Rev. J. J. Kline, Ph.D., pastor, on January 16th. The address was delivered by the Rev. J. C. Seegers, D.D., of Reading, who eloquently described “Some Modernisms," and explained the attitude of the Lutheran Church toward them. A heavy rain dià not prevent a large attendance. А social hour followed the address. These joint rallies are proving very helpful to Lutheranism in Pottstown. Allentown District.
--The rally of the Luther Leagues of Allentown was held in St. Michael's Church, January 8, with a good attendance. The Leagues of all the churches of Allentown, South Allentowni and East Allentown were well represented. An Epiphany hymn was sung at the opening Prayer was offered by Rev. A. Stelmle, of St. John's Church.
Introductory remarks were made by O. G. Lehr, of St. Peter's, the president of the United Leagues. A male quartet sang.
An essay on “Can and May” was read by George Seabold, of St. Peter's. The paper was discussed by the members. A selection was read by Harriet Yellis; essay, "The Historical and Literary Importance of a Luther League," by Ralph Bieber, of St. Stephen's. This paper was also discussed. The rally closed by singing the rally hymn and prayer by Rev. Steinhaeuser, after which there were refreshments and a social period.
-The young people of St. Joseph's Church, Rev. Preston A. Bahler, pastor, at a well attended meeting, recently made a substantial start for the formation of a Luther League, much interest being manifested and a large delegation of Luther Leaguers from
other churches of the city being present. Temporary officers were elected as follows: Chairman, Dr. Clarence C. Rodgers; secretary, Edwin Crouthammer. A committee was appointed to frame a constittuion and by-laws, to be adopted at a meeting to be held in two weeks. The extension and executive committees of the District Luther League were also present. The members of the extension committee are Richard J. Schmoyer, Henry Smith, Miss Irene Kuntz, Lucy Willenbecker, Louise Leisenring and Louis Metzgar; of the executive committee, Miss Carrie Wagner, Irene Kuntz, Ralph Fry, Henry Smith, F. Richard Weil, Otto Lehr, Richard J. Schmoyer and George Seebald, secretary. Pittsburgh District.
-The Luther League of the First Church, Rev. William Ira Guss, pastor, has recently defrayed the expense of repapering the church building.
OHIO -Any League desiring to entertain the 1913 convention of the Ohio State League should communicate at once with the president, Murray S. Moist, 1416 Foster avenue, Toledo, Ohio. It is hoped there will be a prompt response to this notice as active work should be commenced in the very near future if the June convention is to be a success, and it dare not fall below the standard set by its preceding meetings.
--Although the church at Ohio City is at present without a pastor, the Luther League is maintaining regular devotional and social meet
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