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Man." On Friday evening, the 19th, Lord he has been the means of preparin the Waverley Hall, a more public ing the soil in the minds of man for place, he lectured on “The Second the reception of the heavenly doctrines. Coming of the Lord, and the Descent of The social tea-meeting was
a very the New Jerusalem. On Sabbath, pleasant finish up to Mr. Gunton's hard November 21, he again officiat at work in our midst. There are various our own place, taking for his subjects- large and important towns and dismorning, “ The Holiness of the Sab- tricts in Scotland waiting our_united bath Day;" evening, “ The Nature and action,-so
English Uses of Prayer. On the following brethren will continue to keep Scotland Monday evening, 22nd, at the Town more before them in future. Hall, Portobello, an adjoining little Greenock. — The following account town, termed “the Brighton of Scot- of Mr. Gunton's lectures at this place land,” he lectured on "The Life of appeared in the Greenock Herald of 13th Man after Death in the Spiritual November :—“A course of three lectures, World,” and on the Tuesday evening, in the Temperance Institute here, by R. 23rd, at same place, on “ The Scriptu. Gunton, Esq., of London, explanatory ral way of Salvation. Is the Doctrine of the doctrines and teachings of the of Substitution Scriptural ?" On Wed. New Jerusalem Church (Swedenbornesday evening, 24th, again at Waverley gianism), were concluded on Thursday Hall, Edinburgh, he lectured on “The evening, before a large and appreciative Scriptural Way of Salvation,” and on audience. The first lecture was given Thursday evening, 25th, at our own on Sunday evening, 31st Oct., to an asplace there was a social tea-meeting, at sembly of about 200 persons, the subject which Mr. Gunton presided as chairman of the discourse being, The Spiritual The weather during these services was World : What it is, Where it is, and wet and cold, so that only those well When man enters it.' To the various and in earnest ventured forth. The num. questions the lecturer gave clear and bers attending the lectures, services, decided answers. The Spiritual World, and social meeting, at our own place of he contended, was a real world, quite as worship, were from fifty to sixty, a fair substantial (although not material) and proportion being strangers; the numbers much more glorious than the present. at the Waverley Hall were from 130 to It did not occupy space, but was every200, and at Portobello 130 to 150. where present-an inner world as the We have no doubt that had the weather human soul is within the body, and all been more favourable the attendance men were hastening to it, and death was. at all the meetings would have been the period of resurrection into it of both doubled. Mr. Gunton treated all his the good and evil. The second lecture subjects in a comprehensive and at same was on Thursday evening, 4th Nov., time clear and simple manner. At the subject : The Progressive Nature of close of each lecture there were genc- Man as a Sensuous, Rational, and Spirirally several questions asked by stran- tual Being, with remarks on human gers, and these were always very ably liberty and responsibility. At this: replied to. Each lecture was listened lecture there was about 150 present. As to with marked attention, and so far as on the former occasion, the lecture was we could judge, gave satisfaction to the lucid and forcible, Mr. Gunton showing majority of those present. At the close himself perfectly familiar with the more of each meeting the “Silent Mission. subtle characteristics of man's being, aries" were offered, and during his visit which he traced from earliest infancy up here, upwards of 300 were disposed of, to the highest regenerate state. making, we understand, a total of up- freedom he contended for on the ground wards of 1000 during his stay in Scot. that only as man is free can he be reland. We must remark the questions sponsible, and rather a severe rebuke was put to Mr. Gunton displayed a frightful given to the Calvinism that represents amount of ignorance and of silly con- the Divine Being, who was shown to be ceits, and showed no perception of the justice itself, commanding impossibili, Divine laws with which we are continu. lies. Considerable discussion followed, ally surrounded. Mr. Gunton is an questions on any subject bearing on the eminent pioneer of the New Jerusalem, doctrines of the Church represented being and we are sure that in the hands of the requested. Several gentlemen present
availed themselves of the opportunity World.” A week-night meeting is also afforded, and questioned the New eståblished for reading and conversation, Church's denial of the doctrine of substi- the reading of essays prepared by the tution. Mr. Gunton was happy in his minister and some of the leading memreplies, especially to those who sympa- bers of the Society, and for the holding of thise with his views. He asked an social meetings. In relation to all these explanation the words used by the the Society is much encouraged in its questioners, and insisted upon knowing work. At the celebration of the Lord's whether it was material flesh and blood Supper thirty were present, a number that was meant of which unless a man which shows how earnest the friends eat and drink he must perish, explaining are. The congregations keep up exceedthat if material it was not now to be had, ingly well, being larger in the evening and if spiritual it could not be the flesh. than in the morning. On Sunday evencrucified and blood shed on the natural ing the little church is quite filled. cross eighteen centuries ago. About 50 The New Liturgy is used, and all the books, got up in a very handsome style, responses are sung. On one occasion and treating on New Church doctrine, the thanksgiving service was used and were sold at the close. The last lecture was greatly enjoyed.
the course was delivered on Thursday evening, Nov. 11th, the subject—Gene- BRISTOL.— The anniversary of this sis and Geology in Harmony ; the True Society was held at the Oddfellows' Nature of the Divine Record Explained.' Hall, Rupert Street, on Friday, NovemGenesis, the lecturer contended, would ber 12, when about seventy sat down to not bear a literal interpretation ; it was tea. The room was decorated for the not, and never had been intended to be occasion with evergreens, flowers, and understood as a scientific account of appropriate mottoes, which gave it a natural creation. If the Word of God at all, pleasing appearance. After tea the chair it must have a spiritual significance. This was taken by Mr. Edgar Waller, the significance was brought out by a know- leader, who, in his address, referred to ledge of the doctrine of correspondence, the interest that had been manifested which has been so clearly demonstrated by the members for the welfare of the by Swedenborg. That correspondence Church, Sunday school, and Mutual between natural and spiritual things was Improvement Class, all of which he was a reality, Mr. Gunton showed by numer- pleased to say were progressing very ous Scripture illustrations of the doctrine, favourably. The meeting was addressed and was apparently successful in proving by Messrs. Chalklen, Lee, Palmer, and that only as the Word of God is under- Hart, also by Messrs. Waller and Green, stood to treat of spiritual subjects is its of Bath, the latter gentleman having statements capable of explanation and read a very interesting paper entitled of use to man in his progress in the re- the “New Athanasius,” showing what generate life. No discussion followed alterations were needed to make the this lecture, but a number of books were creed commonly taught more Scriptural sold, bringing the total up to 115. and rational. The company were inMr. Gunton's lectures seem to have terested during the evening by a lengthy created a most favourable impression, musical programme from the members, both of himself as an able missionary in consequence of which the speeches and of the doctrines enunciated. Judg. were necessarily brief. The evening's ing from the manner in which the enjoyment was brought to a close about lectures have been received, and the 9.45 with the benediction. number of books sold, which is something extraordinary, considerable in- KERSLEY-Closing Services in the Old quiry must be on foot as to the teachings Church.-On Sunday, Sept. 26th, three of the New Jerusalem Church."
services were held in the New Church,
Kersley, those in the morning and after. BRADFORD.-The small Society at noon being conducted by the Rev. W. this town is quietly and usefully pur. O’Mant of Leeds, and that in the evening suing its way under the leadership of by the Rev. P. Ramage, the resident Mr. Rendell. A course of Sabbath minister. Of the three services, perhaps evening lectures are being delivered on the one in the evening was the most “Man, and his Home in the Eternal interesting, from the fact that it was the
last that will ever be held in that church, during his life it was enlarged to its preas the edifice is about to be taken down sent dimensions. When Mr. Woodman to make room for a larger and more com- began his pastorate in this church it is modious and convenient building. By not too much to say that the truth it half past six, the time appointed for the was his mission to preach was despised, service to commence, the church was rejected, condemned, and its professors crowded with a large and respectable persecuted. By his energy and persevercongregation, every pew being filled, ance he lived to see the church he loved whilst not a few were accommodated so well recognized as a respectable Chriswith forms in the aisles.
tian body. No higher, no more favourThe Rev. P. Ramage took for his text able testimony can be adduced to the the first verse of the 52nd chapter of worth of his labours. All honour, then, Isaiah, and after expatiating for some to those men of moral might who piotime upon it in a highly interesting neered their way through difficulties of and eloquent manner, he made allusion which we know nothing, who overcame to that last service in the following obstacles beneath which I fear many of manner :- We are gathered together us would succumb. If Mr. Woodman's to-night to bid farewell to this build- voice could be heard to-night it would ing, wherein you have worshipped so be a voice of joy and hope. I have been long, and around which there must wondering what he would say. He would cluster so many tender memories. Many say, “Be united, give to the minister of you have been baptized here, many of who conducts the worship in this place, you have been married here, and from whoever he may be, all the moral symthis house also many have seen carried pathy and support in your power; give all that was mortal of those that were him all the support you gave me.
And very near and dear to them. It is well, if it is vouchsafed to him to learn what then, that you cast a loving glance at has been done here, he would rejoice with the house where you were first taught us to-night as we leave this building to the way of life, but it is also well to enter on a larger sphere of usefulness. remember that this event marks an on- The rev. gentleman then entered upon ward and progressive step. It is not a review of the progress of Christian my purpose to give you an extended his doctrine, calling special attention to the tory of this Society-a history which is fact that doctrines which were much better known to you than to me; peculiar to the New Church are now fast but I cannot help going back in imagina- becoming the common heritage of the tion to that humble room in the neigh- Christian world. The little leaven is bourhood of Ringley, where a few earnest leavening the whole lump. men met, and were visited regularly by A collection was then made, and after the Rector of St. John's Church in Man- a hymn had been sung, which was sung chester. That little earnest band grew at the opening of the church in 1836, in numbers and strength, and appointed the Rev. P. Ramage announced that the as their leader Mr. Thomas Seddon. total collections for the day amounted I find that the first registered baptism to the handsome sum of £105. It is was performed by him on the 25th Sep- intended to devote half of that sum to tember 1808. I doubt not it might the building fund, and the remainder to interest you to know this little baby's the school fund. On and after Sunday,
It is the name of Sally, the and probably for the next two years, the daughter of John and Peggy Gee. She services will be held in the new schools. was the first child registered in our book, The designs for the new church have so far back as 1808. Mr. Thomas Gee been approved. It will be built of followed Mr. Seddon as leader, and in stone, and will be an ornament to the 1830 I find Ringley is officially recognized neighbourhood. The cost is estimated in the New Church Conference. Towards at £7000, a large portion of which has the end of 1830 the Society removed to yet to be raised. Stonehill, where they continued to have The congregation are now worshipping pleasant gatherings. A more central in their large and noble school, and position was considered desirable, and in we are glad to learn that the attendance 1836 this building was erected, the Rev. continues to increase. On Sunday evenWoodville Woodman becoming its ings, during the months of November and esteemed and respected pastor, and December, a course of eight lectures has
been delivered by the minister—the gregation. The impressive manner of Rev. P. Ramage-which have drawn to the Rev. Dr. is well known, and in this gether unusually large congregations. instance he made no exception. The The subjects have been of a varied charac- candidate was no less impressive in his ter, comprising prominent points in the replies to the many questions, which early chapters of Genesis, the hardening were given in a clear and earnest tone. of Pharaoh's heart, and the plagues of The ceremonial portion concluded, Dr. Egypt. In Kersley and neighbourhood, Bayley ascended the pulpit, and in an during the severe weather, there has been appropriate address pointed out to the an increased mortality among children. newly-ordained minister some of the This suggested to Mr. Ramage the de- solemn duties attached to his office, and livery of a sermon on “Our children in to the congregation their privileges Heaven. The discourse—which was and duty as members of the Lord's New given on the morning of Sunday, Dec. Church. The following evening, Thurs12—was listened to with eager attention day, a tea-meeting was held in the by a congregation which filled every schoolroom, to celebrate the previous seat. There were many bereaved parents evening's event, to welcome the minister present, who were deeply affected, and in his new capacity, and offer a greeting we trust comforted by the consoling to Dr. Bayley. Those two gentlemen truths revealed to us in the New Church. and several members of the Society
afterwards addressed the meeting, all LEEDS.—The members of a Church, sounding the one keynote of love and calling themselves “Catholic Apostolic,” harmony, which was echoed by the whole have lately been giving a course of lec- assembly, and at the close of the meet. tures on the Second Coming of the ing many were the mutual expressions Lord. Their views do not differ much of pleasure and happiness experienced from those usually entertained by the on the occasion. Churches in general. It was thought desirable that the opportunity of making LONDON (Argyle Square).—The Manknown the true doctrine on that import- ual of this Society for December last ant subject should be embraced, as gives the following account of the suc. the minds of the people were directed to cess of their offertory, which has now it. Our minister, the Rev. W. O'Mant, been tried for twelve months.
We comtherefore delivered, during the month of mend the statement to the attention of November, four lectures explanatory of other New Church Societies. One of the our views. The attendance was not so pressing wants of the Church is a wellgood as we could desire, partly on regulated system of church finance, and account of the lectures by the above a diligent attention to the subject : named people being continued on the “The practice of collecting the freesame evenings, and partly through the will offerings of the congregation at each very inclement weather on some of the service in Argyle Square Church, having evenings. Nevertheless, judging from commenced on the evening of the second the interest manifested by those who Sunday in November 1874, the offertory were present, we believe good was done. completed its first year on the morning Among the audience were some who are of the 14th of November 1875. We engaged in preaching in the communi- therefore submit the following stateties to which they belong, and we may ment of the proceeds during the twelve therefore hope that what was set forth months or fifty-three Sundays in which would be propagated, so far as it was this new system of providing for the received, and bear fruit accordingly. necessary expenses of our church has now
been in operation. The total for the year LIVERPOOL. - The omission sooner to has been £161, 18s. 3 d., which, dividsend a brief report of Mr. Goldsack's ing by fifty-three, gives £3, 1s. 1d. as the ordination was through a misunder- average weekly amount of the offertory, standing by the writer. The ceremony “These results cannot but be considered took place on Wednesday evening, 15th most satisfactory. During the three September, in the church, Bedford years preceding the adoption of the offerStreet, Liverpool, and was conducted tory, the total proceeds of the quarterly by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, in the presence collections only amounted to £122, 14s. of a numerous and deeply attentive con- 10d., or an annual average of £40, 18s.
3d.; the new method thus proving itself Sunday eve nings of the year 1875 with nearly four times as productive as the a course of lectures on the correspondplan it has superseded—and this with ences of the Word of God, the Rev. John no falling off in the receipts for seat- Presland proposes to commence the rents, and no diminution in the ordinary new year with a series of a somewhat congregations. Yet, who has felt his different character, embracing those contributions a burden? Rather, may social and practical topics which are we not confidently assert, that the gene- never more appropriate than during the ral, we dare almost say, the unvarying ex- Christmas season. As at present contemperience has been that the frequent gift of plated, the course will be entitled, “The small amounts has proved itself as much Message of the New Church, and will more convenient and agreeable to the coniprise special appeals to the various donors, as it has certainly been more classes in society, to whose circumstances advantageous to the Church.
and requirements the doctrines of the “We trust, therefore, that the offer- New Dispensation apply with such helptory has passed its experimental stage, ful and enlightening power. The specific and may henceforth rank as one of our re- 'messages' will probably be addressedcognized and most valued institutions. To all, on the commencement of a New And we would make its success thus far Year ;' To Young Men and Maidens ;' a plea for yet more liberal support in the "To Husbands and Wives ;' "To Fathers future. Gratifying as are the results, and Mothers;' *To the Bereaved ;' “To they have not yet proved sufficient to Thinkers;' To Doubters;' “To Workplace in the hands of our treasurer a ers; ' "To our own Members.” standing balance to meet the incessant current expenses; still less to enable the LONDON (Camden Road).—The miniscommittee to undertake many desirable ter of this church, Rev. Dr. Tafel, has works in the way of cleansing the church recently given a course of Sabbath evenwithin and without, repairing its struc. ing lectures on the “Philosophy of ture, improving the organ and musical Swedenborg.' Short notices of these arrangements generally, and providing in lectures have appeared in the North a perfectly satisfactory manner for the Metropolitan Press. From these notices comfort and convenience of strangers we give the account of the lecture on visiting our services. We earnestly “Faith and Reason :"trust, therefore, that the success of the “ The second lecture of the course on offertory hitherto will encourage us all the Philosophy of Swedenborg to strive after far greater triumphs in delivered by the Rev. Professor Tafel at the future. Having learned the power the New Jerusalem Church, Camden which lies in the massing together of Road, last Sunday evening. Faith, he gifts so small individually as to be said, was generally regarded as a belief scarcely felt by their contributors, let in things not understood, and was thereus endeavour, by an occasional and not fore associated with blindness; and infrequent increase in our offerings, to reason on the other hand with underenlarge yet further the capacity for standing and sight. They were held so doing good which our Society possesses, thoroughly to exclude one another that and which is capable of an almost in- a reconciliation between the two was definite expansion. Such a tribute was considered an impossibility. Reason was always associated with the Jewish wor- held to rest on science, but science has the ship. They shall not appear before same attitude to religion that Thomas had the Lord empty : every man shall give to the risen Saviour-unless it sees, it will as he is able, according to the blessing not believe. But an appeal in things of the Lord thy God, which He hath spiritual to the senses of the body degiven thee' (Deut. xvi. 16, 17). There- stroys both reason and faith, for the fore, encouraged by the assurance that senses can only communicate facts, and ‘God loveth a cheerful giver' (2 Cor. ix. facts of this world, which may or may 7), 'bring, an offering, and come into not be fallacious. It is reason which His courts' (Ps. xcvi. 8)."
must be brought to draw conclusions The following notice of Sunday even- from them and to separate the genuine ing lectures is also given in this from the apparent truth.
But reason is Manual :
not identical with the body; it is above “Having occupied the concluding it and deals with causes, the senses only