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LOYAL ORDER OF ANCIENT SHEPHERDS. Church Parade at Ynyshir. The "Lily of Fairfield Lodge" of the Loyal Order of Shepherds attended divine servioe on Sunday. The members met at the Club Room, and proceeded to the Ainon Welsh Baptist Chapel, where Mr P. J. Evans, Ynysybwl, a nephew of Christmas Evans, conducted the ser- vice. Mr Evans based his remarks upon John vi. 12: "Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." In the course of his dis- course, he remarked that probably one of the first questions that naturally arose upon such an occasion was: What is the sequence of Society? And to what can we attribute the fact that man is a member of Society r To answer this fully, he said, we must fathom lower than external evidences. These may seem to prove the many forms Society may take; but the sequence and cause are found embedded in the substratum of the constitution of human nature. In fact, we cannot conceive of Man us a moral and intellectual being apart from Socie- ty for although he may maintain his individu- ality of character, yet, "as an individual being, he is but a fractional part of a greater and more comprehensive being known by the name of Societv, whether it be the Family, the Church, or the State. Thus humanity appears like a mighty cable chain of beinrr. surrounding the entire universe, one link forged into another under the changing blows of the hammer of "Assimilation" upon the anvil of "Self." To this assertion it naturally follows that mere is a mighty state of compensation existing between Man and the Material World, viz., the utilisa- tion and monopoly of resources provided. It is quite true that. Society has not reached that glorious stage of social perfection. Why? Simply because people do not gather up the fragments. Takiiv "Resources" as his subject Mr Evans observed that be should like to make a few practical remarks thereon—(1) That the possibility of resources was founded upon and inaugurated by the power of compassion. What is meant, he asked, by tie term resource? Re- source is success and final completion of purpose and life in embryo, the possibility of final ac- complishment by the utilisation of means given. Who can cross successfully the Sahara of life? Why, the man who has filled his water bottle from the brook by the way and has gathered twelve basketful of fragments. In all worlds and with all being a provisional preparation for the future is the grand end and goal of being and existence. Man is made up of potencies and possibilities. By the key of enterprise he has unlocked the treasure chest of the mighty deep, where angels and demons fear to tread. Bv the boats of the Ar great Unknown, by the eyes or tne (jauleos ne is able to scan the illuminations of Creation, and by the minds of the Newtons he analyses the governing laws of the Invisible. To man the entire globe is sensitive and impressionable. The slightest pressure of his foot marks the sands of time so deeply that even Eternity can not erase it. Then how does this influence life? Why, it is the foundation of practical optimism, and a death-blow to the hollow pessimism of much narrower pessimists. A philosophist who knows only the worst, and is colour blind to everything but thunderclouds, is soUi-less and insipid. God's Creation is a world of harmony, a creation of affirmities, a creation of positives with a possibility of resources between Man and the Material World. The only discords in the anthem are made by man in tuning his harp by the cracked bell of pessimism or at the sepul- chres of Society. Gather the fragments and maintain the harmony. Philanthropy and its institution are founded upon compassion. That verv foundation is love. All endeavours to ameliorate the sufferings of humanity are the offspring of the pregnant womb of compassion, whose lineage runs directly back to the heart of the Godhead. Compassion is a not of heaven- ly music, a child of heaven. Yet, more the pity, it is the crying need of- the age in the church and out. When your river is full men run theirs into it; when the sun of life is shining upon you men stand by and fan you, but when your river dries up theirs dry up also; and when in the storms of life they flee like shadows. r Then, friends, in view of the frailty of human nature, be wise, gather up the fragments and have resources of your own .The world is over- whelmed with editions of the priest and the Levite, but very few editions of the Samaritan in comparison. There is always "the other side" in our lives, where we walk looking heaven- ward in order to pass the suffering one unseen. You may shudder by passing, but don't deceive yourself, it is not compassion. It is only a modified, form of scorn and hypocrisy. Of course it may be argued that the traveller had no business to be among thieves, and we may de- clare that we are law-abiding citizens, as if it mattered a straw to the Universe what we are, but the cry of the age is Compassion. Out of the deep it ascends: ''Have mercy upon the multitude." Then, Shepherds, be imitators of the Chief Shepherd. Go, then, you Shepherds, to the Bethanys of Society and comfort the sisters; open your Bethsairas o fmercy to suffer- ing humanity. (2) The possession of resources is realised by personal participation and pru- dence. Nature and Providence whisper to man, "Gather up the fragments." God reaches good things to us by our own hands. "Gather up the fragments." These words were uttered by the Divine Master. Although the God, and Pos- sessor of the infinite resources and riches of the Godhead, yet lie could not afford to waste a crumb of bread. Domestic economy is one of the laws of Christianity. Our religion of to-day is a religion of theory. Much time and energy are wasted in seeing that, oiir theology is ortho- dox, forgetting that an orthodox life is infinitely more imriortant than an orthodox theoilogy. Religion is not orthodoxy, but Christliness, and one of the elements of Christliness is economy. Men ride providence liko a hobby-horse to jeo- pardy, so that when tilGy are launched mt0 in- solvency they blame providence. We have out- lived the old formulas and commit moral insanity This finally proves that the possession of re- sources finally consummates in the productive- ness of fortitude and pfceiditude. This is the grand goal of being. In conclusion, Mr Evans sincerely hoped that rod may grant that his richest blessing may rest upon this and other kindred societies for that Christlike purpose of ameliorating humanity.

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