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The following, from a provincial paper, cuse for the popular sentiment, but its gives a brief summary of some of the par- undue exercise weakens the power of the ticulars published in the Minutes of their ministers for good. The President of the last Wesleyan Conference. It will be seen American Convention of the New Church, that the Conference experiences no diffi- the Rev. Chauncey Giles, has rendered culty in finding places in which to hold its good service to the Church by his discussion annual assembly, and that the heads of the of this subject in his address from the people seek to bring their religion into chair. After a suitable introduction he their social and political life:-
says: “ The annual volume of Minutes of the “The Lord not only seeks to harmonize Wesleyan Conference is printed, and and equalize the interests of all, but to several thousands of copies will be in cir- make every man and woman, every angel culation within the next few days. It is and spirit, a medium of communicating a the 136th volume, and contains a large larger, richer, fuller, and more precious amount of interesting and authoritative good to all. It is the purpose of His love information on matters pertaining to Wes- and the joy of His infinite heart to comleyan Methodism. We select the follow- municate His power and glory and love to ing items: The next annual Conference every human being in the largest measures, will be held in London, and will conimence and the richest qualities, and the most on July 20, 1880, the year following in precious forms possible. He gives a perLiverpool, in 1882 in Leeds, in 1883 in petual message to every human being He Manchester, and 1884 in Hull. One creates to deliver to humanity. hundred and four probationers have “ He gives men power, He delights to recently been received into full connection give men power, and to have them exercise with the Conference, 60 in Great Britain, it freely. He gives us all we will receive, 7 in Jreland, and 37 in foreign missions. and the more we will take and exercise the There have been 48 deaths during the better He is pleased. He offers us power year. In connection with the English to appropriate and use for ourselves, for Conference are 34 districts, comprising 712 our own happiness, power to serve and circuits. The total membership in Great guide and bless others. Britain is 377,612, with 23,984 on trial for “Man was endowed by the Lord with church membership. In Ireland there are the love of power. He was formed by 10 districts, 134 circuits, and a member- infinite wisdom to be the recipient of it, ship of 25,487, an increase of 5537. that he might use it, and that the quality Number of new members fully received in of it and the measure of it might increase Great Britain, so far as reported, 40,153. hy use. Every organ of the body and mind In the pastoral address the growing prac- is a vessel for the reception of power and tice of raftling at bazaars in aid of religious an instrument for its use. Man is a series objects is strongly condemned, and the and congeries of such organs, to be the address contains the following in reference embodiment of Divine forces, which brood to the approaching general election : 'If over us and penetrate us to imbue us with during the coming year the clamour of its qualities and move us to accordant political strife should surround you, be activities, as the heat and light of the sun the more careful yourselves to walk with brood over the sea and land and become the God, doing whatsoever you do heartily as mediate cause of all motion and all growth. to the Lord and not unto men.
“In this respect we do but act in haras in this spirit you use your right as mony with the Lord Himself and give citizens there are objects which you may proof that we are His children. He is in well endeavour to secure, and among them the constant exercise of power. are the discouragement of the habits of joices in its possession and exercise. It is intemperance, the diminution of the temp- the joy of His infinite heart to create and tations thereto especially on the Lord's sustain the countless systems of worlds Day, and the purification of the statute- and orders of living creatures, from the book of our country by the total repeal of microscopic insect through all forms and certain iniquitous and immoral enactments, ranks and degrees to the highest angels.
tendency of which is to demoralize the “ He gives power to men that they may social life of our land.'”
do in a finite and derivative measure what
He does in a self-existent and infinite way. POWER OVER OTHERS; ITS USE AND ITS We cannot create ; but we can transmit it. ABUSE.—There are few subjects that are It is our duty and privilege to accept it surrounded with so much jealousy, or from Him in the largest measures possible, guarded with so much anxiety, as the and to use it freely as we can find or make exercise of power in the Church, and occasion. It is noble, it is godlike to use especially by the priesthood. The fearful it. Its possession in high forms and abuse of power revealed in the history of exercise in a wise order prove our lineage ; the Church forms a not unreasonable ex- they are the mark of our birthright.
“As we are weak in the degree that we weight and a burden to our movements. If are isolated and severed from conjunction we had the physical power which the with others, and through them with the Church has possessed in some ages we only source of power, the Lord, we unite could imprison those who would not assent with others that we may gain power over to our doctrines, confiscate their property, them, and that they may gain power over and wrest a reluctant assent of the lips to us, and that with combined energy we our creed by physical torments. But we may accomplish what we could not do should gain no spiritual power in this alone. Every partnership in business is way. formed for this purpose. This Convention 'Spiritual power can only be gained by of Societies was organized to gain and to freedom of thought and action.
power which would be impossible gives freedom. There can be no freedom to us as individuals or unrelated Societies. without the truth. If, therefore, we It was organized to increase and extend it would gain power for ourselves as a geneover associations and Societies and isolated ral body of the Church we must do all in individuals, and with the combined power our power to preserve the freedom of of all to reach out its arms, as far as every member of our body. possible, to every man and woinan in the “ The only way to gain the greatest deChurch; to lay hold of those who are gree of freedom and power is by associated without the pale of the Church and to action. This is an essential law of organic bring them under our influence and con- forms. As the hand or any organ or least trol. We meet to-day to perpetuate, to part of an organ when severed from the consolidate, and to increase our power as body has no power, so when an individual an organized body of the New Church ; and is severed from the body of the Church, the questions which ought to press upon and just in the degree he is severed from us with more weight than any other, are it, he is deprived of spiritual power. He how to get power in its largest measures is prevented from helping others, and they and highest forms, and how to use it the are unable to help him. Fortunately it is most effectively to accomplish our pur- impossible for any one to shut himself off poses.
entirely from all influence from others. “Power is various in kind and distinct The most lonely and isolated man or in degree. We are familiar with its woman has sone connection with the natural forms, and we are beginning to larger and smaller bodies of the Church. learn something of its nature and laws. Their power reaches them through the The history of the Church gives us a press and by various other channels, and terrible picture of the means which have they are refreshed and invigorated by been employed to gain power and of the what they receive. But the more fully horrible crimes which have been committed they are united, so that the currents of in its exercise. It has been employed to thought and affection can flow freely, and restrain freedom, to perpetuate ignorance, in various forms, the greater will be the to secure mental imbecility, and to pre- measure of freedom and power. We need vent all spiritual progress. As New the influence of one another to give variety Churchmen we have no sympathy with and roundness and completeness to our such a purpose, or with such methods. spiritual growth. Without influence in That is not the way to gain power or pre- a variety of forms and degrees we become serve it. We meet as spiritual men, for one-sided, narrow, and often bigoted. It the purpose of establishing a spiritual is one of the great uses of general bodies kingdom and exercising a spiritual power. of the Church to harmonize, to bring
"All human power is obtained and mind in contact with mind, and to give to exercised by means of the truth. Truth each the life and power of all. is the form and instrument of it. It is the “But truth alone is not power. The paths in which it moves, the vessels which maxim so often quoted at the present day, contain it, and the media by which it is ‘Knowledge is power,' is only an apparent transmitted. Spiritual power is gained by truth, and is liable to become a niost a knowledge of spiritual truth, which is mischievous error. No people, perhaps, only another name for the laws of spiritual are more exposed to this error than we are. life.
The truths of the New Church are so clear “We may excommunicate a man if he and beautiful that they become satisfying ; does not believe as we do; but that, we are in danger of being content to rest instead of bringing him under our influ- in them. The change from the old to the ence, puts him beyond the reach of it. We new is like coming out of darkness into may intimidate him with imaginary fears, light; it is emerging from chaos into so that he will not dare to think or act for order, from vacuity into a world populous himself, but that destroys his freedom and with every beautiful form of life. It is keeps him weak, and makes him a mere release from old perplexities ; freedom dead tool in our hands, and finally a dead from doubts and fears of going astray from the path. We breathe a new atmosphere; if we desire to be enriched with the most we rejoice in the new paths which open in precious forms of good man can receive, or orderly ways to new and higher attain- the Lord bestow, we must keep our hearts ments. The great mysteries of life and for their reception. We must become one death are revealed, and its problems, with them, so that our hearts will beat in which have baffled the ingenuity and wis- unison with their hearts. When a Society dom of the past, have been solved. is bound together in love, and its members
But truth itself, even the highest act in harniony with one another, the curtruth, is not power; it is simply the form rents of life, like the blood in the material of it, the instrument by which it is exer- body, flow freely to every member. Each cised. Truth bears the same relation to one lives the life of all ; each one acts with power that an engine bears to steam ; that the power of the whole ; each one gives every organic form bears to the life which to all and receives from all.
We must, fills and moves it. The human hand is therefore, love one another if we desire to the most powerful material instrument the help or to be helped, and so be faithful to Lord has created; it is a perfect emblem the trust committed to us in transmitting of power.
And yet when severed from the power of the New Heavens, and welthe proximate sources of energy in the come the Lord in His Second Coming." brain it has no more power than so much clay The truths of natural science- GENERAL CONVENTION. One of the spiritual and Divine truths--are equally features which distinguishes this assembly destitute of power in themselves. Like is the number of religious services and the cold and light of the polar zones, they conferences on religious subjects which are may dazzle and blind, but they do not held during its session. Appended to the penetrate and move to action.
printed Minutes is the following brief “ The essential of spiritual power is love. notice of these services and of some of the There is no other spiritual power. All social meetings :else is instrumental to it. All else in On Friday at noon the Rev. Chauncey every form and degree is the machinery Giles, President of the Convention, defor its distribution and application to livered his annual address; subject, effect our purposes. If, therefore, we “Power from Good.” desire to gain power our whole natures On Friday evening a social entertainmust be imbued with love. We must ment was given at Standard Hall, on open every door of affection to the Lord Broadway, above Forty-second Street, at that He may come in with His Divine Love which over six hundred and fifty persons and take full possession of every faculty, were present. soften its hardness, cleanse it from its On Saturday afternoon at two o'clock a impurities, set it free from its bondage to conference was held at the church on the love of self and the world, bring it into “The Second Coming of the Lord,” at accord with the nature of His own glorified which Rev. Jabez Fox of Washington, humanity, and so vivify our whole spiritual D.C., presided, and addresses were deform that it will become the embodiment livered as follows: by the Rev. William of essential power. In this way we come B. Hayden on “The Second Coming-10t into the sphere of Divine influence ; we Personal, but Spiritual ;" by the Rev. S. get into the currents of the Divine order; M. Warren on The Present Evidences of we place ourselves in the power of the the Second Coming ;” and by the Rev. Lord, so that while every faculty acts of A. O. Brickman on The Future Results itself in perfect freedom He can use us of the Second Coming.' with infinite skill to effect His purposes, On Saturday evening at eight o'clock a which have become our purposes, as we meeting was held in the church preuse a perfect implement to do our work. paratory to the Holy Supper; the Rev. S.
“In the same way, and for the same F. Dike, D.D., presiding, and the Rev. L. reasons, we must open our hearts to men P. Mercer and Joseph Pettee delivering if we desire to get power from them. No addresses. human being can give us permanent and On Sunday morning at half-past ten essential help in its highest forms until o'clock religious services were conducted we open our hearts to him. In one way by the Rev. James Reed of Boston, who every one stands more or less directly be- preached from Psalm xi. 3. The Rev. tween us and the Lord. Every member F. W. Tuerk officiated at the same time of a Society is, or ought to be, a medium before the First German Society of New between every other member and the Lord. York at 141 Chrystie Street, preaching The Lord sends to each one of us a mes- from Mark xvi. 15-18, after which Mr. sage or a gift by every other one. But Fedor Goerwitz of Brooklyn, New York, it will not reach us if we will not receive was introduced by him into the second it, or if it is not delivered. If we desire degree of the ministry by the rite of to be helped in our work as spiritual beings, ordination.
At three o'clock P. M. the sacrament of EMBSAY (from the Craven Gazette). — the Lord's Supper was administered at the Two services of singular interest were Thirty-fifth Street by the Rev. Joseph combined in the services of the New Pettee, assisted by the Revs. T. F. Wright, Jerusalem Church at this place on SunWarren Goddard, jun., H. E. Goddard, day, August 31st. In the morning and and J. K. Smyth, to two hundred and evening the usual annual sermons were ninety-three communicants. At eight preached, and in the afternoon Mr. Edward o'clock the Rev. J. F. Potts of Glasgow, Jones, who has for some time officiated as Scotland, preached on Exodus xx. 9; sub- the leader of the Society, was admitted, ject, “The Religious Aspects of Work.” by ordination, into the ministry of the
The Rev. A. F. Frost's sermon New Church. The morning service was Monday afternoon was based upon John conducted by Mr. Jones, who preached iv, 35-38.
an instructive sermon from Ezekiel vii. On Monday evening a conference on 23,
a chain.' In the after"The Religious Life” held at noon the ordination took place in the eight o'clock, at which the Rev. J. R. presence of a large and deeply interested Hibbard, D.D., presided, and addresses congregation. The ordaining minister was were delivered as follows: on “The Re- the Rev. Richard Storry of Heywood, a lation of Doctrine to the Religious Life,” minister who is well known in the village by Rev. J. F. Potts ; on “The Relation from his frequent visits in former years. of the Family to the Religious Life," by The New Church service of ordination, Rev. W. H. Mayhew ; on “ The Relation which is liturgical, is simple and impresof Piety to the Religious Life,” by Rev. sive. It opens with the usual service of Frank Sewall; and on “The Relation of the Church to the end of the First Lesson. Morality to the Religious Life,” by Rev. This is followed by an anthem, which, on John Worcester.
this occasion, as is always the case at this
church, was very effectively rendered by URBANA UNIVERSITY, UNITED STATES the choir. An address on the nature and OF AMERICA.— The Messenger of July duties of the Christian ministry is followed 23rd and August 20th gives lengthened by the candidate's confession of faith and and interesting lists of the subscriptions promise of fidelity in the discharge of the received for the Endowment and the Sus- duties of the office into which he is about taining Funds of this New Church Univer- to be inaugurated. After prayer and the sity ? “Seven years ago circulars were reading of passages from the Bible relating sent out for procuring subscriptions for to the office of a minister the act of ordinathe endowment of Urbana Üniversity tion follows. This is succeeded by a charge asking for the sum of 50,000 dollars. At to the minister and a general thanksgiving the same time a Sustaining Fund, to con- of the congregation. A hymn was then sist of annual contributions of 5000 dollars sung, at the close of which Mr. Storry, for seven years, was asked for to support having ascended the pulpit, gave the orthe college while the endowment was being dination sermon. He selected as his text raised. At a meeting of the Board of Psalm cxxxii. 9, referring also to verse Trustees held in Urbana, June 25th, the 16, “Let Thy priests be clothed with president reported that the Endowment righteousness, and let Thy saints shout for Fund of 50,000 dollars is raised, and that a joy.” After an appropriate introduction, large part of it is paid into the treasury, the preacher said the Christian priesthood or is now yielding an annual income to the was the organized form of a principle which University.” Of this sum 45,465 dollars is universal in the Christian Church. This was paid in and yielding interest, and the principle is the love of the souls of men balance was due.
and the desire to promote the salvation of The list of subscribers to the Sustain- mankind. The special duties of the mining Fund is long occupying six columns istry involve the conducting of public of the Messenger. The sum paid was worship in an orderly, impressive, and 13,320 dollars ; 3944 dollars were still edifying manner; the orderly administradue. “ The above shows a total of 17,264 tion of the sacraments, the public preachdollars subscribed to the Sustaining Fund ing of the Gospel, and diligent instruction during the past seven years. The state- of the people in spiritual things. The ment does not include donations to the preaching of the Word is the special and Building Fund in the year 1874, amount- marked duty of the Christian ministry: ing to 2080 dollars, nor donations to the The Lord's instruction to those He sent Laboratory Fund in the year 1875, which forth was emphatic, “ As ye go preach.” amounted to 850 dollars, nor does it in- The other duties which he enumerates, clude the payments of interest on sub- “ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers,” etc., scriptions to the Endowment Fund, which still follow the preaching of the Gospel, payments also went to the Sustainment after a spiritual manner, and in relation to Fund."
the souls of men. The ministry is, there
fore, a means to an end. The end is the student, and then a preacher, in connection establishment of righteousness in the world with the Baptist body. All this while he and the promotion of salvation. The was a diligent seeker after truth, reading exposition of the text was followed by an all that came in his way by which he earnest address and exhortation to the might be assisted in his quest. His tastes pastor and the people. In the evening the led him to choose books that explained anniversary services were continued, when the Bible and sought to remove the Mr. Storry again occupied the pulpit, difficulties in theology and ethics by which and preached a very effective discourse the path of every earnest thinker is beset. from Revelation xix. 17, 18. In the ex. It was thus not surprising that in course position of this remarkable, and to many of time he found himself at issue with very mysterious, passage he elucidated à many in his congregation on the most number of important truths, and closed a important subjects. The reading of very interesting subject by inviting all to “Noble's Appeal" and the “True Christian give religion a personal and constant study, Religion,” lent him by members of his so that by the practice and assimilation of church about this time, gave a new turn to the good things that were offered we mnight his thoughts, and struck out a path wholly grow in grace and true manliness after the different from that he had hitherto purpattern of our Lord and SaviourJesus Christ. sued. He now began to find the light
for which he had so earnestly longed, and Rev. W. O'MANT (from a
saw the solution to the mysteries that had spondent). - The introduction of this baffled all his endeavours. He soon felt esteemed minister into the ministry of that to enjoy freedom in inculcating the the New Church took place at Blackburn new truths he had received he must reon Monday. evening, 1st September. Mr. linquish his connection with the religious O'Mant had been engaged to preach the body with which he was associated, and annual Sunday-school sermons of this come among those who sympathized with Society on the preceding day, and it was his views and were fellow-students at the felt to be a desirable opportunity to give same fount of knowledge. The service in effect to the instructions of the late Con- which he had taken so prominent a part ference and duly induct him into the that night would never be forgotten by ranks of the regular ministry. The Rev. him, and he thanked his audience for R. Storry officiated on the occasion, their presence and good wishes. assisted by the Revs. P. Ramage and H. Mr. O'Mant has accepted an invitation Cameron. The Rev. G. H. Smith of to fill the pulpit at Nottingham, and we Accrington and Mr. Parkinson of Preston sincerely desire for him a happy and were also present. The service, which is successful ministry. always impressive and interesting, was especially so in the present instance ; for AUGMENTATION FUND.-The report of it was arranged that after the ordination the Conference Council shows that although sermon had been preached the candidate this fund is not so generally supported as should also briefly address the congrega- is desirable, it has yet rendered useful aid tion. The preacher took his text from to several of the Societies of the Church. Psalm cxxxii. 9, “Let Thy priests be During the coming year we trust that a clothed with righteousness ; and let Thy more general effort will be made to insaints shout for joy. He showed with crease its income and render its action great clearness that the Divine culture of more efficient. A good beginning has been the Christian minister and the progress made by the churches in London, in nearly and happiness of those for whose welfare all of which collections were made for this he labours are intimately connected. A and the “ Students' Aid Fund” on the saving ministry makes a joyful Church. Sunday before the Conference. The comThe meaning and beauty of the term bined committee for promoting the suc"saints”
was set forth and shown to be cess of the meeting of the General Conthe privilege of all who are sanctified ły ference and the accommodation of the the Truth, who are set apart for holy uses members concluded to recommend to all by acknowledgment of its claims and the London Societies to have these collecfidelity to its teachings. Great attention tions morning and evening, on the 10th of was paid to Mr. O'Mant during the de- August, for the two equally important livery of his very interesting address. He objects of the “Ministers' Augmentation had been, he said, led to think of the Fund” and the “Students' Aid Fund," office of a minister from a child. This each Society deciding the proportion of office he had felt would be good for him, the collections which should be given to and good for the people to whom he might each fund ; and they issued a circula be permitted to preach. He had sought, commending the funds to the attention of therefore, to qualify himself for the office the people. The effort resulted in the he desired, and in due time he became a following amounts :