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sible, to raise during those services truths of life. The New Church be£1600. That would clear the house lieved firmly in the plenary inspiration of all debt. Of course the cry every- of Holy Scripture, in the supreme where
that times bad. Divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ, and The Lord had blessed them in times in the necessity of a life in harmony past, and good times were nigh at hand, with the Divine will. They were and they would keep getting better. aggressive only on the empire of Satan; Let him, therefore, ask them to do and desired to unite with all good and what they could to help those who had true men in enlarging the realm of so liberally and generously helped goodness, promoting
the glory of God themselves. The collection was then peace on earth, and goodwill among made, which realized the handsome sum men, Addresses suited to the occasion of £100, 7s. A tea-meeting followed in were made during the evening by Revs. the schoolroom, to which about 400 T. Mackereth, R. Storry, Dr. Bayley, sat down, after which a public meeting S. Forrest, and G. S. Ordish, and by was held in the same room. The Rev. Francis Smith, James Fletcher, and P. Ramage occupied the chair, and he Samuel Lindley, Esqs. The proceed. was supported by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, ings were interspersed and enlivened of London ; Rev. R. Storry, of Heywood; by the singing of hymns, in which the Rev. T. Mackereth, F.R.A.S.,
of Bolton; large party assembled joined, and by Rev. S. Forrest, Wesleyan ; Rev. G. s. anthems, which were well rendered by Ordish, Congregational; S. Lindley, the choir. On the two Sundays folEsq. ; James Fletcher, Esq., and lowing the opening services other influential laynen. After sing. continued. On the first of these the ing and prayer the Chairman said that Rev. Dr. Bayley preached in the mornsince they began their building many ing and evening, and the Rev. R. Storry of their members had entered the in the afternoon. On the second Sun. immortal life. Among those who had day two discourses were given by the recently passed away he might mention Rev. Mr. Presland. The attendance at the familiar names of Mr. Samuel and all these services was good. The collecMr. Isaac Gee, and just as they were tions on the Sabbaths amounted to over preparing for opening Mr. Joseph Grim- £200. shaw had also entered into his rest. But they really entered the land of the LONDON (Dalston).—A course of four living, and would no doubt influence lectures has recently been delivered at for good those they left behind. They the Albion Hall under the auspices of should best honour the memory of the Missionary and Tract Society which those good men by carrying on with have attracted large and appreciative earnestness the work in which they audiences. The first two were delivered were so deeply interested. His first by the Rev. John Preşland, the subpleasing duty was to give a cordial jects being “The Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to all the friends who had the only God of Heaven and Earth, favoured them with their presence. In and “The Way of Salvation.”. The the name of the members of the church third was delivered by Mr. S. B. Dicks, it was his duty to thank the Building on “Christ's Second Coming: How, Committee for their earnest and per- When, and Where?” The last was desevering labours, which had that day livered by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, on “Is been crowned with ample success. The there any Scriptural Authority for the building which they had opened was Jews as a Nation returning to Palesthe expression of their faith in the tine ?” A full report of the last necessity of a truly religious life. At lecture appeared in the columns of the the present time, when the funda. Hackney and Kingsland Gazette. mental truths of Christianity were In connection with this effort five being attacked with great vigour, re. Sunday evening lectures on subjects ligious bodies were more than ever connected with the spiritual nature of called upon to give a reason for their man and the life after death have been existence. In the present transition delivered by Mr. Dicks. The expenses state of the Christian faith many of advertising these were defrayed by th earnest souls were being swept from Missionary and Tract Society. It is gratitheir anchorage, and were looking fying to report that the effort has been anxiously for more light on the great very successful. Despite the inclement
weather, good congregations have been men who are eligible to fill the office of attracted, many of whom, although minister.” Upon this a considerable strangers to the New Church, have at- amount of discussion ensued, chiefly as tended the whole course as well as some to the best means of making the wants of the week-night lectures.
of the Society known to gentlemen who The Dalston Society continues to would be eligible for the appointment make satisfactory progress in its new without creating dissatisfaction or inhome. This is doubtless in a great convenience either to the gentlemen measure due to the liberal assistance themselves or their present congregaaccorded by the Missionary and Tract tions. In the course of the debate Society.
several names were mentioned, upon THE MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY. action was feasible. The motion having
which, however, no immediate practical -This Society resolved at its last meet- been ultimately carried nem.con., a third ing to exhibit on the stations of the was submitted, having for its object an North London Railway for three months expression of the opinion of the meetthirty notice-boards containing the large ing as to the amount of stipend to be bill with the principal doctrines set forth thereon, and a list of the New guaranteed to the minister who may be
selected, a matter which—Mr. Austin's Church places of worship in London, valuable services having been retained with the names of the ministers attached for a most insignificant fee—must be thereto.
one of vital import to the Society's LONDON (Camberwell). — A special future welfare. This called forth general meeting of the Camberwell numerous speakers, who, lin the main, Šociety was held on Friday, the 13th agreed that the Society must strain ult., to consider a notice of the re- every nerve to secure the services of a signation of his office received from its minister who will devote his entire minister, Mr. E. Austin, who has oc- energies to the work, and who will do cupied that position throughout the justice both to the Society and the New existence of the Society, viz. for fifteen Church, and that it must to this end years. The chair was taken by Mr. I. provide adequate funds for the support J. Alvey, who presided at the initial of such a gentleman. A friendly anendmeetings of the South London friends ment having been put to the meeting in 1863-4, and who is chairman of the and lost, the original motion was carChurch Committee for the current year. ried. A resolution appointing a ComThough not very largely attended, the mittee to collect subscriptions from gathering very fairly represented the members of the Society and congregation leading members of the New Church in for the purpose of presenting to Mr. Camberwell. It was proposed by the Austin some tangible memorial of the secretary of the Society (Mr. A. Braby), gratitude of those to whom he has so seconded by Mr. John Williams, and long and so ably ministered—was carried carried unanimously: “That this meet with acclamation ; the gentlemen seing learns with very deep regret that the lected being Dr. Morrisson, Messrs. respected minister of the Society, Mr. John Hall, A. C. Moore, and C. Hig. Austin, feels himself compelled, through ham, Secretary. The proceedings, pressure of other duties, to relinquish which had been most harmonious and the office he has so ably filled during enthusiastic throughout, terminated at the long period of fifteen years, and a late hour. desires to express to him its high appreciation of his ministerial labours, OSWALDTWISTLE (near Accrington). and its regret that the Society is unable –On Monday evening, November 25th, to secure his valuable services altogether the Rev. G. H. Smith delivered a lecture to the uses of the ministry; but it trusts in the above place of worship, his subject that the Society may still receive the being “ The Tabernacle and the Court; advantages of Mr. Austin's ability and the lecture, which was illustrated by experience in Church-fellowship.“ It diagrams, was most interesting and inwas then proposed by Mr. Thwarte, and structive, and the lecturer earnestly seconded by Mr. Pursey: “That the exhorted all to a deeper study of God's Committee be requested to take such Word that they might become better steps as to them may seem best to bring acquainted witń its Divine truths. А before the notice of the Society gentle collection was made in aid of the day.
school. On Saturday, November 30th,
Obituary. the annual tea-meeting was held, and in the absence, through indisposition, Susanna Upton, aged sixty-nine. She
Died, on the 12th of November, Mrs. of the Rev. G. H. Smith, the chair was
was first made glad by the cheering taken by Mr. H. E. Williams. There a large attendance, and a very ministry of our esteemed and venerable
light of New Church truth under the pleasant evening was spent in songs, friend Mr. William Dean of Loughrecitations, readings, and dialogues.
borough, in Leicestershire, of whom she RADCLIFFE (near Manchester). —On used to speak in grateful remembrance. Wednesday evening, December 4th, a She has been a useful and much tea-meeting was held in the New esteemed member of the Nottingham Jerusalem Sunday-school, when four Society about twenty-six years, and hundred persons sat down. After tea a very much might be truly recorded of meeting was held, over which Mr. Lowe her unwearied and active, yet unassum. presided, and on the platform were the ing, charity and love. Her services in Rev. James Boys and a large number numberless ways were always rendered of the members of the congregation. so willingly, yea, rejoicingly, as to The object of the meeting was to take endear her to all, and by some she was into consideration the advisability of greatly beloved. She had her trials, enlarging the present church and raising but an abiding trust in the wise and funds for that object. A very unani- merciful providence of her Father in mous feeling was expressed that a bazaar heaven always gave her confidence and committee should at once be formed to hope. After a brief illness she has carry out the object. During the even- finished her earthly life, and has joined ing a choir party sang several glees, etc., the company of the good and blessed in a very able manner, Mr. Carter of who have gone before. Bury acting as accompanist. In the course of the evening upwards of £600 was promised in goods and subscriptions, which augurs well for the success
Departed this life, of the undertaking.
On the 3rd December 1878, MELBOURNE (Derbyshire).—At the weekly meeting of the Mutual Improve- At his residence, Kearsley Mount, ment class connected with this church, Stoneclough (late of Accrington), held on Wednesday evening, the 4th of December, Mr. Cook of Derby gave JOSEPH GRIMSHAW, Esq., an interesting and instructive lecture “Martin Luther.” Mr. Fairweather
In the 56th year of his age. presided. Mr. Walter Bates and Mr. William Cook, members of the class, made some remarks on the merits of the subject, and a very hearty vote of
Departed this life, at his residence, thanks was accorded the lecturer. Mr. Cheltenham Road, Bristol, Captain J. Fairweather delivered during the month Cooper, aged 59 years. He was a strong of December some Sunday evening powerful man, and a fine specimen of lectures on special subjects, the attend- an English captain, and although ance at which was better than on ordinary physically powerful, he was gentle as a occasions. The subjects discussed re- little child, and had qualities which lated to the invisible world, and em. commended him to love and admiration, braced some of the questions excited by He was of an amiable disposition, good recent publications and controversies on understanding, and sound judgment. this subject.
He was humble and unpretending, and
when his sight became impaired through Marriage.
so much exposure to the light of the On the 11th of December, at the New tropical sun, and he retired from active Jerusalem Church, Spring Bank, Hull, life, he bore his affliction with great hy Mr. J. R. Boyle, Mr. Joseph C. fortitude and patience. He was in Wray, of Hull, to Ada Hannah, eldest structed in the doctrines rom childdaughter of the late Mr. William hood, having had the privilege of being Dunlin, of Hull.
one of a third generation in the Church.
The connection that exists between the natural and the spiritual world, and the communication that takes place between their inhabitants, with the laws that regulate their intercourse, and the uses that result from it, are set forth so clearly and fully in the Writings, that we are relieved of the void and formless notions that so generally prevail on the subject.
The idea of distance, which gives the notion of separation, is produced by one of the conditions of our natural existence. All our natural conceptions are based on space and time ; and we cannot help thinking, when we think from nature, that the spiritual world, as being above and beyond the limits of the natural, is far away. Science in this case does not aid us; for the more we know of the extent of the material universe, the farther away must the spiritual world appear. Science
may have this good effect: it may lead us to the truth on the subject indirectly. The space between the two worlds being so immense, science alone would say, there can be little or no connection between them; and souls must be unable, on any natural calculation, to wing their flight to a region so incalculably distant. Must there not, then, be some other link of connection between the two worlds than that which space supplies ? We have, indeed, in science, evidence of the extraordinary rapidity with which some of the subtler and purer essences of nature can pass through space. Still, time is required ; and if the soul could travel many times as rapidly
as light, some thousands of years at least would be needed to enable her to complete her homeward journey.
Simple faith and common perception come to the aid of unsophisticated minds; and that which is impossible to the rich in science becomes easy to the poor in spirit. Yet it is not necessary to close the eyes of the understanding in order to believe that the soul at death passes at once out of the natural into the spiritual world; and that angels and spirits do, in like manner, pass instantaneously out of the spiritual world into the natural.
But even this is more than it is necessary to think; for the two worlds are so closely connected, that neither human souls, nor ministering angels, nor tempting spirits, need to leave one world to be present in the other. The two worlds are indeed distinct, most distinct in their nature and characteristics, but they are not separate. The soul and the body are most distinct; but the soul dwells in the body; and she finds her envelopment so much one with herself that she sometimes denies her own distinct and possible separate existence, maintaining that she is nothing more than brain power, the happy result of the arrangement and activity of molecular substances.
But a nexus has been found between simple faith and scientific doubt on this momentous subject. Although the natural world is in space the spiritual world is not. All
persons and things in the spiritual world are as distinct, and apparently as separate from each other, as are those of the natural world; but theirs are the distinctions and separations of state. These states produce, even in the spiritual world, the appearance of space and also of time; but spaces and times there are not fixed distances and periods of duration. All distances there are dissimilarities of state ; all times are progressions of state. In this world the nearest and dearest friends may be separated from each other by space.
In the other world those who are in one state are in one place. This is the law which determines all distinctions and separations in the eternal world. Heaven and hell are separate from and opposite to each other, because their states of life are separate and opposite. The heavens are distinct from each other, because the states of the angels are distinct. The same cause produces the existence of distinct societies in each heaven; and even individuality of character as well as of consciousness gives and preserves distinct personality. If two angels could be entirely alike they could not have a separate existence. The Divine infinity prevents this. No two beings can be precisely the same; nor can this be the case through eternity.