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the sympathy and good wishes of their are a new evangel. They open to the former pastor, Richard Edleston, Esq., mind a knowledge of the truth, and of Heywood, and concluded his address save from deep distress and anxiety. by stating that Mr. O'Mant, as the To him the light first dawned upon his fully appointed minister of the Society, mind by the reading of Noble's“ Appeal, would preside over the meeting. Mr. which was put into his hands by one of O’Mant having accepted this office, his deacons at Kimbolton. The deacon and briefly alluded to his position, went was not a receiver of the doctrines, but on to say that he had been desired to regarded the book as a literary curiosity. give some details of his religious history. Here he found a consistent and har. This was not with him a favourite topic, monious system of Christian theology, but there were occasions when it became and from this he proceeded to the study a duty to speak of ourselves. It was of Swedenborg, who shows clearly what well known that he had left the Baptist we are and what we are to become, and ministry for that of the New Church. expounds to us the knowledge of God in His early education was in high Cal. a way to satisfy the requirements of the vinism. The system was sustained by a soul. Having received the doctrines of severe logic, and in bis early life exercised the New Church he did not conceal them. a powerful influence over him. As he Several members of the New Church was approaching manhood he met with had been aided in their inquiries by his men who denied the truth of religion. instructions, among others Mr. Ashby It did, they said, for women and chil. of Derby, who has entered the New dren, but was useless for men. This set Church ministry. The members of his him thinking and examining his theo- church at Kimbolton were tolerant, and logy.
It did not, however, destroy his he remained with them until the path faith, and a few years after found him of duty pointed to his present field of employed as a village preacher, and labour. earnestly devoted to the work. From After an appropriate selection of music, this work he proceeded to College, read- the Rev. R. Storry addressed the meeting and doubting. Here questions were ing on the purpose of the Christian proposed to the professors, who replied ministry and the evidences and means that it was not the place of young men of its success. The purpose of the to ask questions, but to receive instruc- ministry, said the speaker, is to build tion, and directed them to books for the up the city and temple of God in the solution of their difficulties. Sweden- world, to feed the flock of Christ, and to borg's books were in the library of the promote the spiritual culture, growth, College, being classed among "literary and beauty of those committed to our curiosities, such as Hindoo and Chinese charge. The evidence of success was literature and other writings only read not always seen in increased numbers, by oriental scholars and mystics. After though to this external evidence we he left College he read other books, ought not to be indifferent. Still the particularly the books of Mr. Maurice true evidence of the success of the and others of the Broad Church, German ministry was seen in the Christian life theology, the system of Comte, and and conversation of the members of the others. It was during his second pas- Church and congregation. In this contorate that his attention was directed to nection the speaker read an extract from Swedenborg. In his flock was a poet of a recent charge of one of the bishops, high merit, Gerald Massey, who lent who said—"' It is not always a full him “ Heaven and Hell” and Wilkin. church which is the proof of a fruitful son's “Life of Swedenborg.” Headmired ministry, nor what is called a hearty many things in these books, and was service the evidence of a praying people. particularly charmed with the style of The test must be the life. When that the latter, but could not accept Sweden- is worldly, selfish, self-indulgent, or borg's intercourse with the spiritual uncharitable, the pleasure felt in public world. For nine or ten years his mind worship may be itself but worldliness oscillated between high Calvinism at the and self-indulgence in another shape.
and atheism at the other. A principal means of the success of During this season he frequently suffered the ministry, is the warm sympathy deep distress. To persons so circum- and earnest co-operation of the members stanced the doctrines of the New Church of the Society. This sympathy must be
builded upon an utter rejection from the LONDON (Camberwell). — The South mind of all jealousy and distrust of the London Chronicle of April 15th gives minister, and extended to every parti- the following notice of a remarkable cular of his work.
service for children at Camberwell :Rev. E. Whitehead, after referring to “In the April number of the quarterly the occasion of the meeting, went on to Chronicle, published for the information say that the institution of the Christian of worshippers at the New Jerusalem ministry is a wise thing, and as much Church, Flodden Road, Camberwell, it required in our times as in any past age was announced that the ordinary morn. of the Church. Business people find, ing service on Sunday last would be now-a-days, that it is a matter of strain- expressly adapted for the benefit of ing and effort to get through their the young.
The attendance of young work. At the end of a week's work people on that occasion was very large, they find that they want some help to and as the seniors also mustered in a enable them to face the duties of their goodly number, the building was well position, Public worship, and instruc- filled. tion in spiritual things, are felt to be a “Mr. Austin, the minister of the necessity. And you cannot provide for church, occupied the pulpit, and at the this want out of the fragments of time outset explained that he did not purpose that hard-working people can spare to use on this occasion the ordinary after the duties of their employment printed liturgy, and further, that all his have been performed. The thing must remarks would be addressed especially have a man's whole strength, his whole to his young friends, although what he time, his whole energy. It is, therefore, said might at the same time be profitable a wise and a profitable arrangement to to their elders. He then called upon have a
man entirely occupied with the children and the choir to sing The searching out the things of God that he Pilgrims,' one of the striking American may minister to your spiritual wants. compositions which are fast becoming Mixing as you do with the rough world, naturalized in this country. Mr. Austin and seeing, as you do, so much of its then delivered a short address on the crooked ways, it is well to have the duty and advantage of attending public right standard placed before you rom worship, after which a second musical time to time, lest you should glide into piece, Sweet rest in heaven,' was sung. the habit of thinking the world's Anaddress on the uses of prayer followed, standard high enough. Surrounded as which, though well suited to its youth. you are all the week by the smoke and ful audience, would not have been wholly clouds of earth, it will be refreshing to unworthy the attention of Professor you to meet a man every Sabbath whose Tyndall had he been present, as a preduties take him into another atmosphere. face to a most appropriate prayer and Your minister comes and goes among the Lord's prayer.
Two lessons from you, breathing the very air of heaven: the Bible were then read, the repetition and you will feel that to be a new. of the Ten Commandments intervening: thing. The division of labour enables The well-known piece, “The old, old him to attend to the ministry of the story,' was then sung, and Mr. Austin Word, and you, on your part, have the delivered a short discourse upon the satisfaction of feeling that you have narrative of our Lord washing the disdone the best you can do for the instruc- ciples' feet (John xiii. 4-15). Having tion of yourselves, your children, and clearly explained those points of Eastern your neighbours in those great prin- usage involved in the story, he proceeded ciples which, we believe, will regenerate to deduce in a manner strictly adapted the world and bring heaven down to to the capacities of his youthful auditory earth. Interesting addresses were after. some of the lessons taught in his text. wards given by Mr. Atkinson, Mr. Pad. These were, he said, that every one gett, Mr. Landrick, and Mr. Hamor should strive by God's help to be useful
, Backhouse, all of whom expressed on to be humble, to be spiritually clean, and the part of the Society their gratitude to act charitably to all men. for the services of their former pastor, “A hymn apposite to the sermon was Mr. Edleston, and their warm interest then sung, and the service concluded in the present position and prospects of with the benediction.” the Society.
The Society has also instituted a series
of monthly teachers' tea-meetings, which and novels or books of adventure usurped are not limited, as the title might imply, its place in his esteem. Then, attend to the teachers in the Sunday School, ing a Sunday School, he was instructed but are open to all intending visitors. as to his own sinful state, as to God's Tea is provided at 4.30 P.M., and whilst consequent wrath against him, and as partaking of it, friends enjoy the luxury to the horrible punishments of hellof cultivating the social faculties. At and nding in the Bible statements its close, the chair is taken by Mr. S. which seemed to harmonize with these Lewin, the superintendent, and in ac- teachings, he actually came to hate the cordance with previous arrangement, an book. A further change in his ideas essay is read by some gentlemen on an was that wrought by his receiving the appropriate topic, after which, oppor- doctrine of the vicarious sacrifice-the tunities for questions and comments are idea that being absolutely incapable of afforded.
becoming righteous himself, he must' The South London Observer of April needs rely upon the righteousness of 22 gives the following report of the another-and also the doctrine that the social meeting of this Society, which Almighty elects some men to eternal took place on Good Friday : “ Tea life, leaving the rest to eternal damnawas provided in the schoolroom, of tion. The speaker having touched upon which upwards of seventy friends par. the doubts raised in his own mind from took, the numbers being considerably time to time about the soundness of increased at the subsequent meet- these doctrines, even when he held, and ing. Mr. Austin, the minister of the moreover publicly expounded them, Society, took the chair in the church closed his remarks by adverting to the at seven o'clock, having on either side benefits which he had already derived of him several members of his own and from his brief connection with the New of other London New Church congrega- Church. Not the least of these was the tions. A hymn having been sung, and restoration to him of his childhood's deprayer offered, the chairman made a light in the Bible, and his childhood's few remarks prefatory to the evening's idea of God's love. Casting away the proceedings, including a graceful refer- false notion that God is a respecter of ence to the absence, caused by dangerous persons, his sympathies now embraced illness, of Mr. Skelton, the highly es- the whole human race, and, renouncing teemed presidentoftheweeklytheological all the more or less erroneous doctrines discussions. Mr. Austin then proceeded founded upon fragments of the mere to introduce the various speakers, who letter of the Word, he intended henceaddressed the meeting upon interesting forth to strive to advance in the perceptopics. The most noteworthy of these tion of its spirit, whence alone true light utterances was that of a gentleman who can be obtained, and further to endeavour has but recently, and that mainly to spread the knowledge of these heavenly through the agency of the discussion doctrines among his fellow-men. meetings, espoused the doctrines of the “Intermingled with the speeches were New Jerusalem Church. His speech, performances of sacred pieces by the delivered with evident emotion, was choir. The proceedings terminated received with marked attention and shortly before ten o'clock." interest by his hearers. Commencing with the assertion that the quality of LONDON (Stepney).—On Easter Mona man's religion must greatly depend day, a tea and public meeting was held upon the character of his conception of at the East London Society's Mission the nature of the Holy Scriptures, he Hall, No. 1 Ben Jonson Road, Stepney proceeded to trace the growth of his Green ; sixty-five persons sat down to own ideas upon that and other important tea. After tea,'the room was cleared, and religious subjects. He said that when the chair taken at seven o'clock by Mr. a child he loved to read the early chap- Henry W. Iles, the Secretary. ters of the Bible, the stories of Abraham, chairman, in opening the meeting, traced and of Joseph and his brethren. The the short history of the Society, and Bible was then to him a delightful book, described the progress made from the and God was his loving Father. To time of the opening up of the East-end this state succeeded a condition wherein movement to the present moment. Inthe Word of God became distasteful, structive and interesting addresses were
given by Mr. Austin, Rev. John Pres- spiritual improvement of the friends land, Mr. Jobson, and several members who belong to the operative classes, of the Society. The meeting, which and they held a tea-party on Easter was the first of its kind in connection Monday. with the Society, was a thorough success, They, their wives and children, had a and augurs well for the prosperity of the delightful gathering of their own. A new effort. Before the meeting separ- few other friends attended, and Dr. Bayated, a vote of sympathy for Mr. Skelton, ley was in the chair. in his long and protracted illness, was Readings, recitations, and music, given passed unanimously, and hope was ex. by the working people themselves, conpressed that he would, ere long, be able stituted the means of interesting the to resume his able services as leader of meeting, and afforded a most happy the Society.
About eighty were present, and all Good FRIDAY AND EASTER MONDAY manifestly appreciated the efforts of AT KENSINGTON.-Besides the public each to add to the general good-will, and services, on which opportunity is taken went home thoroughly pleased. to give the fullest New Church explanation of the Lord's death and resurrection LIVERPOOL.-On Wednesday evening,
set apart to celebrate these May 10, a social tea-meeting was held in important events, it has been the habit the schoolroom of this Society, the special at Palace Gardens Church_to have a object of which was to welcome the Rev. social gathering on Good Friday. So Professor R. L. Tafel, who was passing many people are at liberty on that day through the town en route for America. that the company has usually been larger It was considered to be an excellent than at the other general meetings. It opportunity for the Society to testify was very numerous on this occasion. their appreciation of the learned gentleThere
excellent array of man's great and useful labours in the speakers, including Mr. Braby, Mr. J. Church. The meeting was well atA. Bayley, who read a paper his elder tended, and all showed their admiration brother intended to have presented in of the professor by the reception he person, but who was called out of town, received. Tea being over, a general Mr. Herbert, Dr. Stocker, Dr. Tafel, round of conversation ensued, after Mr. Horncastle, and Dr. Bayley in the which the Rev. R. Goldsack, the chair. The Rev. W. Bruce was to have minister of the Society, took the chair, been present, but was prevented by and in a short appropriate address illness.
stated the object of meeting, and offered The subject consisted of the different to Dr. Tafel a hearty welcome, a pleasant incidents associated with the Crucifixion, voyage, and a successful visit to our and was dwelt upon in various aspects, American brethren. but by all in a most edifying and Dr. Tafel, in replying, thanked the effective manner.
Society for the invitation to the meeting, Two recitations were admirably given and for their kind welcome and wishes, by Messrs. Brown and Fisher. After and hoped it would not be the last time the refreshment, and while the school. he should meet them. In an able and room was being cleared and re-prepared interesting address, he exhorted each for the meeting, the company adjourned member of the Church, by personal to the church, and selections from the effort to extend its influence to Stabat Mater were given for about half all around, and so to unite their inan hour, and in the after meeting solos dividual efforts that the New Church and anthems were sung between the as a whole might shine as the bright speeches. The choir was in full at. light she really is. Mr. Craigie, in a tendance, and the music worthy of all pleasant speech, remarked that it was praise. A delightful feeling pervaded a great pleasure to himself and to all the meeting, and the enjoyment was present to meet the rev. gentleman, and experienced that is intimated in the hoped it would not be the last time. words of the prophet, “They that Mr. Andrew Pixton referred to the great feared the Lord spake often one to service Dr. Tafel has rendered the another." There is associated with Church in rescuing from oblivion and this Society a meeting for the mutual destruction the documents concerning Swedenborg, adding that for every Societies, he proceeded to show that great work a man is provided
; and he the reality of the descent of the New believed that the work Dr. Tafel had Jerusalem was to be seen in other performed was of the highest importance directions than this, in the changed and greatest utility. A selection of tone of religious thought everywhere, in vocal music was given during the the refusal to be satisfied with the preevening, and after a hymn and the tence of “mystery," and in the wider benediction the meeting closed. The acknowledgment that men's interests following day, Thursday, Dr. and Mrs. are identical. But even if the position Tafel, Rev. S. M. Warren, and the family of New Church Societies were the only of Dr. Coffin sailed from the Mersey measurement of our success, it is for in the “City of Berlin," and a number those who have received the truth to be of friends met them on the landing faithful to it in their day and generastage, where they embarked, to bid tion, in the full assurance that the Lord them farewell and God speed.
will bless every effort that is put forth
to extend the knowledge of His Name. NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE (Nun Street). — Addresses were also given by Messrs. On Easter Tuesday, April 18th, about Lynn, Bowman, and Gregory. Several seventy of the members and friends of selections of sacred music were given the above Society attended a social tea- during the evening by Mr. Gordon and meeting. After tea the chair was taken other friends. The meeting was felt to by the Rev. William Ray, the pastor of be alike pleasant and profitable to the the Society, who gave an interesting friends of the Nun Street Society, who account of the history of the New appear to be united and earnest in their Church in Newcastle. Opportunity work. was than taken to present a gold chain and locket and pencil-case to Miss RHODES.—On March 18th this So. Jewitt, for her kindness in presiding at ciety held a tea-meeting and entertainthe harmonium at the regular meetings ment, for the purpose of raising a fund for worship. It was stated that she was for the erection of a new schoolroom. never absent, never late, an example Upwards of one hundred and thirty worthy of being followed by all those trays were given by the members, holding similar offices in our Societies. teachers, scholars, and friends. After Her father, Mr. Jewitt, in responding, tea, Thomas Isherwood, Esq., of Heyexpressed his thanks to the friends for wood, presided, and opened the meeting the testimony of their kind appreciation by referring to a similar gathering two of his daughter's service, which were to years since, when we met to raise a her a labour of love. The Rev. Joseph sum of money to clear off the debt on Deans of Brightlingsea, who happened the chapel, and now we are brought to be in Newcastle as a representative together to raise a sum towards build. at the Grand Lodge of the Independent ing a new school, and he hoped it would Order of Good Templars, next addressed be equally successful. The programme the meeting on the privileges of New consisted of glees and songs given by Churchmen, who were permitted to the choir. Instructive and entertaining know so much more than was generally readings were very effectively given by known concerning the workings of the Mr. F. Smith of Manchester and Miss Divine Providence during this life, and Mackereth of Eccles.
The speakers of the nature of the life after death. were Revs. W. Westall and I. Tansley, He exhorted those present to a more and Messrs. J. Broadfield and T. Macdiligent study of the writings of the kereth, who urged the Society on in the Church-a study which tended to exalt work they had before them, remarking our ideas concerning the character of that it was better for a Society to have the Lord and the importance of human a separate building for school purposes. life. The great mission of the New The proceeds amounted to £18, 10s. 8d., Church was to unite men more closely which, together with a donation of £5, to the Lord and to each other. Re- given by the chairman, and another of ferring to the apparent slow growth of £10, promised by Mr. Broadfield, raised the Church, as measured by the number the total to the sum of £33, 10s. 8d. of those professing her doctrines and The annual school sermons uniting themselves with our various preached on Sunday, May 7th, by the