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service to the Society, and that as far as them into the fellowship of the Church, they can prudently, they meet to in- next delivered a short address to the struct and encourage one another in the newly appointed members. The entire knowledge and practice of the truth. In service, after a second hymn, was folthe present state of the Church, how- lowed by the sacrament of the Holy ever, little can be done to promote the Supper. Including two or three who edification of the members. The Church could not be present, and who signed is in the wilderness. She has fallen on the roll after the evening service, sixevil times. Restraint is the lot of her teen persons entered the Society. The members, and we need to labour and to service was throughout impressive and pray for their liberty to openly worship edifying. All present seemed to share the Lord and to disseminate the know. the pleasant sphere which pervaded the ledge of His truth. The truth so precious assembly, and the effects of the service to ourselves, and so important for the will, we doubt not, long continue with spiritual growth of the Church and the those more immediately interested in it. wellbeing of the world, is not less im- In the evening Mr. Storry preached to a portant to our brethren abroad, nor less good congregation on the Duty, Place, necessary to the wellbeing of the nation and Object of Prayer. In dwelling of which they form a part.
on the object of prayer, the preacher
gave Scriptural evidences of the impor. BIRMINGHAM (Priestly Road, Spark- tant truth that the Lord Jesus Christ, brook).—The mission commenced about in His glorified Humanity, is the true ten months since at this place, has Object of Christian worship. From this continued to pursue a useful and en- he pointed out that the leading purpose couraging course of Christian service. in the opening of the mission was to aid The attendance has been as large as in leading men to a right knowledge could be reasonably hoped, the services and a spiritual worship of the Lord. have been regularly held, and the attend. An apostle had declared respecting the ance has assumed somewhat of a fixed Son, which is the Lord in His Human. character. To give permanence to the ity, that “when He bringeth His first. movement, it was determined a short begotten into the world, He saith, And time since to organize those members let all the angels of God worship Him.” of the congregation who had expressed The continuation of the canon of in. their reception of the doctrines, and spired truth after the ascension of the their wish to regulate their lives by their Lord clearly showed that this was teaching, into a Society of the New literally fulfilled. The Book of ReveChurch. Sunday, April 27th, was ap- lation gave the clearest evidence of the pointed for this purpose, and the Rev. angelic worship of the risen and glori. R. Storry was invited in conjunction fied Saviour. Of this most convincing with the Rev. R. R. Rodgers, the min- examples were given, and the discourse ister of the Wretham Road Church, to closed by insisting that if the Church conduct the service. In the morning on earth was to be at one with the Mr. Storry preached at Wretham Road Church in heaven, it must worship the to the large congregation which steadily same God, in the same glorious body, worships in this elegant church, Mr. “ in which dwells all the fulness of the Rodgers at the same time preaching at Godhead bodily.” The services thus Priestly Road. In the afternoon the commenced were continued on the Mon. service for the organization of the day evening by a public tea party. Society took place at the mission-room. Over fifty were present. After tea the The service was opened by an appro- chair was occupied by Mr. Freeth, who priate hymn, the reading of a portion of acts as the leader of the Society, and the Word, and prayer. This was fol- introduced the proceedings in an approlowed by an address by Mr. Rodgers on priate address. Speeches suited to the the purpose and usefulness of organized occasion were made by Mr. Storry, who Societies in the New Church. In the spoke at length on the distinguishing course of this address the articles of features of the true Church and the faith were explained, which at its close privileges and duties of its members ; by were signed by the members. Mr. Storry, Mr. Rodgers, who took up portions of who after their signing had received the same general subject; by Mr. Russell,
an intelligent member and occasional continued usefulness and increased prospreacher in one of the Wesleyan bodies, perity. who in a kindly and thoughtful address expressed his sympathy with the move- GLASGOW. – On Wednesday, April ment; and by Mr. Westbury, who spoke 30th, a social meeting was held in with special reference to the means of suc- this city to welcome the Rev. F. cess. He commended the self-denial of H. Hemperley of Providence, United the leader, Mr. Freeth, and exhorted the States, who has exchanged pulpits with members to sustain him by their hearty the Rev. J. F. Potts. The meeting co-operation. All present seemed to was combined with the half - yearly enjoy the proceedings, the social char- meeting of the Scottish Missionary acter of which, by affording the oppor- Association. Mr. M‘Lachlan of Alloa tunity of pleasant intercourse, was in occupied the chair. In introducing harmony with the services of the Sab. Mr. Hemperley, the chairman stated bath. On the Tuesday evening a lecture that the parents of Mr. Hem perley were was given in the mission-room by Mr. Germans belonging to the Lutheran Storry on “The Sovereignty of the Church, and that Mr. Hemperley had Saviour, its relation to Character and been educated for the ministry of that Progress,” which was attended by a Church. While a student he had small but most attentive audience. The become so much dissatisfied with its Rev. Mr. Ashby, who had come over to creed that he determined to leave it Birmingham from Derby for the funeral and commence a Church in which he of his friend, Mr. J. S. Stanhope, was could preach what he conscientiously bepresent, and appointed to the chair. At lieved to be true doctrine. It was then the close of the lectures cordial votes of that he was led into the New Church; thanks to the lecturer and the chairman so that Mr. Hemperley was not in the were adopted by the meetings. Some New Church because he had been questions were also proposed to which brought up in it, but he had entered it the lecturer replied, and this brought because he believed its doctrines to be to a close what was felt throughout to true. Those members of the Church, be a useful service. May the Society continued Mr. M‘Lachlan, who had continue to increase in numbers, and adopted its teaching from a sense of the growing in unity and strength, long power of its doctrines had to satisfy all continue to hold aloft the light they are their doubts and fears, and to pass permitted to shed on those around them! through an experience which those
born in the Church had not; and, in CLAYTON-LE-MOORS, NEAR ACCRING- his opinion, Mr. Hemperley would be TON.-The small Society at this place, found a true and worthy member of the which owes its existence to the untiring New Church. After a further address efforts of our zealous friend Dr. Pilk- of welcome on behalf of the Glasgow ington, has been since the settlement of Society by Mr. Andrew Eadie, Mr. the Rev. Mr. Tansley at Besses, without Hemperley said it had been the desire a minister. In the month of April the of his heart since he was a boy to visit Rev. Mr. Payten was invited to spend a the Old World, and now that he was month in the Society, and his services actually in it, he could scarcely realize have been so acceptable that at a meet- that the dream of his youth had been ing of the members it was unanimously fulfilled. He had left home, and determined to invite him to become the travelled four thousand miles across minister of the Society. The invitation the waste of waters to find himself not thus cordially given has been accepted, among strangers but friends. Underand Mr. Payten is expected to enter upon lying all the differences caused by his ministry during the present month. birth, social position, and nationality, Mr. Payten has been for some time en there was a bond of union in the man gaged in the work of the ministry, and that was superior to them all. He enters, therefore, upon his pastorate accepted their welcome, feeling the with considerable experience. He will power of that common brotherhood find in his new sphere of labour willing that binds men to each other all the helpers. We trust that under his world over; and would, during the ministry the church will go forward in absence of their pastor, do his best to
merit the great kindness they had
Obituary shown hiin. Other addresses followedby Mr. Gunton, who spoke of the im- On Wednesday, April 23rd, at Park portance of missionary labour; by Mr. Cottage, Aston, Birmingham, Allbutt, who gave a rapid sketch of the John Summerfield Stanhope, aged sixty work of the Missionary Association ; years. The deceased was for several and by Mr. Paterson, who gave Mr. years a conscientious and respected Hemperley a hearty invitation and member of the Derby Society of the New assured welcome to Paisley.
Church. About eighteen months since
he removed to Aston. Although for RAMSBOTTOM.-On Sunday, May 11th, some time his health had been failing, the annual sermons on behalf of the yet he was able to attend business even Sunday-school connected with the to the day of his departure, which was Society at Ramsbottom were preached by very sudden and altogether unexpected. the Rev. Dr. Bayley to crowded con- Having returned home from the office gregations. The subject of the after on the above date, he sat down for noon's discourse was, “The Youthful Life a moment to rest, and having spoken of Daniel ; a model for young people," a few cheerful and pleasant words to and was founded upon Daniel i. 12, 13; those about him, fell back in his chair and that of the evening, “The Daily and quietly passed away: Our friend's Life of the true Christian," the text being sudden departure reminds
us most John xv. 10, 11. Both subjects were forcibly of our Lord's injunction, “Be treated in the Doctor's usual masterly ye therefore ready also: for the Son of and eloquent style, and were listened to Man cometh at an hour when ye think with close and sustained attention. In not.” the morning a scholars 'service was held, at which an interesting and edifying On April 13th, Mary Clara, the beaddress
delivered to parents, loved daughter of Henry and Mary Ann teachers, and scholars by George Benson, Powell of 95 Snow Hill, Birmingham. Esq. of Prestwich. The collections for the day amounted in the aggregate to On Monday, April 21st, Fanny £77, 4s. 64d., the largest sum ever Cookson Backhouse, infant daughter of obtained on a similar occasion. It is Alfred and Hannah Backhouse of Leeds, very gratifying to record that in the passed into the spiritual world, aged midst of an unprecedented depression of seven months. trade in this neighbourhood there appears to be a stronger desire than ever to en- At Thorner, near Leeds, on the 17th courage and support our religious in- of April, Mr. Robert Backhouse, in the stitutions, thus proving the soundness of 74th year of his age. Mr. Backhouse the Apostle's maxim that (at least so far was one of the oldest members of the as the wants of worthy efforts to do good Church at Leeds. During the ministry are concerned) “charity never faileth." of Mr. Edleston, when his residence was
nearer the town, he was a regular SOUTHPORT. - We are informed by a attendant on the services of the Church correspondent that the intimation in and a useful office-bearer in the Society. our last, that the debt which encumbered His intelligence, attention to the duties the church had been removed, is not he undertook, and integrity of character, quite accurate. Our correspondent secured him the esteem of his brethren writes : The present debt of the in the Church, and of many with whom Society is £647 in two items, one on he associated or had business connections mortgage of building, amounting to in the world. For some years past he £550, the other £97 part of £200 has resided too far from the town of borrowed from the Church Building Leeds to attend the services of the Fund. Through the munificence of Mr. Church. His love of the truth remained, Mottram, who subscribed £150, the however, unabated, and he closed a useSociety has been enabled to pay the ful life in tranquillity and peace. remaining debt that was borrowed to
“When life in the soul has worked its own way pay the legacy duty on Mr. Beconsall's
The image of God to restore, bequest as well as £35 towards the
In brightness man enters the portals of day, Church Building Fund.'
And the beautiful shell is no more."
THE KINGDOM OF GOD: WHAT AND WHENCE IS IT?
The natural man judges naturally even of spiritual things. Sensuous in his apprehensions and selfish in his desires, he moulds the highest principles and the most exalted views into forms of his own low ends and narrow conceptions. This was never perhaps more fully exemplified than in the case of the Jews, and of all the Jews in the case of the Pharisees. The Jewish people, from the earliest of their history, give unmistakable signs of that not uncommon inconsistency, the union of powerful devotional feeling with weak religious principle, and strong faith with feeble perceptions.
It was this which led to that endless alternation of sin and repentance which their history exhibits; and which led them to place their ideas of superlative happiness in a temporal kingdom, to the restoration of which they still look forward with blind pertinacity. About the time our Lord came into the world this expectation is said to have been general amongst the Jewish nation, which might induce the Pharisees, half in earnest, to ask the Lord, the declared King of Zion, when the kingdom should appear. But what may we suppose to have been their disappointment, or rather their contempt, when Jesus, passing over the question of time, directed them to the manner of the coming of the kingdom, and struck at the very foundation of their hopes by declaring to them that the kingdom of God cometh not with
observation or outward show; that it is not to be looked for in one place or in another, nor in any outward place whatever, but in their own hearts and minds. This was a truth of which the disciples themselves were as yet ignorant and in heart unbelieving. But when they came to be converted, though not till after they had seen their views overturned and their hopes vanish away, they declared unto men the true nature of the kingdom of God, and laboured to establish and extend it. They taught what the Lord Himself had taught before them, that His kingdom was not of this world – that it did not consist in temporal glory and happiness, but in “ righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost;" thus in the government of the Divine love and wisdom in the hearts and lives of men, securing to them spiritual protection, peace, and blessedness.
This doctrine of the Lord that His kingdom is within is unhappily not only opposed to Jewish opinion, but also, to some extent, to Christian ideas and practice. For while Christians profess to believe that the kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy, many seem to place it in creeds or in worship; and while all admit, in words, that it cometh not with outward show, many appear unable to see or acknowledge it unless it come with the power of temporal authority or the shout of popular applause, with outward grandeur or an imposing ceremonial.
It is needful indeed that religion should have an outward visible manifestation as well as an inward invisible essence. And this outward manifestation consists of the ceremonials of worship as well as the duties of life. Without either of these inward religion could not exist. They are the foundations of the kingdom, without which it could neither be established nor sustained. It is also desirable that outward worship and all that is connected with it should be in harmony with the inward thoughts and affections which it is designed to excite and strengthen. Still religion does not consist in creeds or in ceremonials. These are not the primary but the secondary elements of religion; and should be used, not as the end or the fulfilment of our religious obligations, but as the means of enabling us to discharge them. It is not to be concealed that there are on the other hand many who attach too little, rather than too much, importance to the externals of religion. As some place all religion in the form, others place it all in the essence. This is an error which has seduced serious and pious minds into the mysticism which resolves religion into inward contemplation. The principle is often, it is to be feared, maintained