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It is presumed that every teacher will be supplied monthly with the Notes on the Scripture Lessons, and that he will, by the study of them, and by regular weekly attendance at the preparation class, make himself master of the subject, and thus be thoroughly prepared to teach the lessons for the day.

It should be remembered that, in consequence of the limited space at command, in some cases a large portion of the lesson selected for the elder classes is necessarily omitted. The teacher, therefore, may have to introduce the subject, or supply a connecting link in the middle. When a short line is inserted, it is to show that either the selection is from two separate chapters, or the continuity of the reading is broken. This gives a larger scope in the selection, and with care will make the lesson more interesting both to the teacher and scholar.

1. The children should be encouraged to commit to memory during the week the Golden Text and the Lesson Verse.

2. Each scholar being provided with the lesson, the teacher should announce the appointed subject, and briefly introduce it in a lively and attractive manner, by the aid of some well-chosen illustration which shall naturally lead on to the main facts or doctrines of the lesson to be taught; thus tending to secure for it the interest and attention of the class.

3. The lesson may then be read by the scholars simultaneously or individually, the teacher reading a portion in turn.

4. The teacher having previously divided the lesson into sections according to its character and meaning, the first section should be read again, and, by suitable questioning, explanation, and illustration, its meaning made plain to the scholars. The other sections should be dealt with in a similar manner. Examination by questions should follow each section.

5. In the foregoing exercises the leading practical truth or truths which the teacher desires to impress on the mind and heart should be constantly kept in view, and gradually brought out as the lesson is proceeded with. The close of the teaching will consist of a brief and earnest attempt to press home the practical application of these truths in the most forcible and affectionate manner.

If these suggestions be duly considered, and, as far as applicable to each particular case, be carried out with an earnest spirit, a loving heart, and in prayerful dependence on the Holy Spirit, teachers will not fail to secure the blessing of Him who hath said, “My Word shall not return into Me void.

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PAGE Oct. 2. A Father's Sorrow ............... ... ... ... ...... 2. The Centurion's Faith

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101 9. A People's Welcome .........

.............., 102 9. The Tempest Stilled ......... 16. Availing Prayer ......

............ 104 16. Power to Forgive Sins ......

.............. 105 23. A Faithful Friend ..............,

.................... 23. Three Miracles .........

............... 30. David's Song of Praise......

................ 30. The Harvest and the Labourers...

109 Nov. 6. David's Song of Praise......

............... 110, 6. Confessing Christ ............... 13. The Wise Decision .....

.............., 112 13. Christ's Witness to John ........... 20. The Plague Stayed ..

............... 114 20. Judgment and Mercy ......

115 27. The Usurper

............... 27. Jesus and the Sabbath......

............ Dec. 4. Royal Clemency............ 4. Parable of the Sower ... . . . . . . . . . ...

............... 11. David's Charge to Solomon

... .... 11. Parable of the Tares ...... ...........

.............. 18. Happy End of a Good Man ...........

........... 18. Parable of the Kingdom ...................

................, 25. Messiah Foretold ... ... ... ... ... ............

............ 25. Review of the Quarter's Lessons

............ 125 The LIST OF SCRIPTURE LESSONS for the entire year is published at Is. per 100, and will also be found in the “Sunday School Illustrated Almanack," price One Penny.

The great work of religious instruction will be materially assisted by teachers inducing the parents of Sunday scholars to post up in their dwell » ings, where it may conveniently and continually be seen, a copy of the List of Lessons or the Sunday School Illustrated Almanack.

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A FATHER'S SORROW.

GOLDEN TEXT. Would God I had died for thee, 0 Absalom, my son, my son !

2 SAMUEL xviii. 33.

2 SAMUEL xviii. 24–27, 29, 31–33. And David sat between the two gates: and the watchman went up to the roof over the gate unto the wall, and lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold a man running alone.

And the watchman cried, and told the king. And the king said, If he be alone, there is tidings in his mouth. And he came apace, and drew near. · And the watchman saw another man running: and said, Behold another man running alone. And the king said, He also bringeth tidings.

And the watchman said, Me thinketh the running of the foremost is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok. And the king said, He is a good man, and cometh with good tidings.

And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe ? And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king's servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.

And, behold, Cushi came; and Cushi said, Tidings, my lord the king: for the LORD hath avenged thee this day of all them that rose up against thee.

And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe? And Cushi answered, The enemies of my lord the king, and all that rise against thee to do thee hurt, be as that young man is.

And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom ! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my THE CENTURION'S FAITH.

son !

GOLDEN TEXT. I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.-Mart. viii. 19.

MATTHEW viii. 5–13. AND when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurion, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home. sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh ; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.

But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame honr.

A PEOPLE'S WELCOME.

GOLDEN TEXT. In the multitude of people is the king's honour.–Prov. xiv. 28.

2 SAMUEL xix. 15–22. So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan.

And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David.

And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king.

And there went over a ferry boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; and said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart.

For thy servant doth know that I have sinned : therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king.

But Abishai the son of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he cursed the LORD's anointed ?

And David said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah, that ye should this day be adversaries unto .me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel?

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