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gress of New Church sentiment in the Societies are even greater than that remote regions in which you dwell. It which they give to other religious is another to the abundant evidence we organizations. But the reason of this already have, that the New Jerusalem is obvious when we come to reflect upon is indeed descending among men ; and it. We may readily see why the barriers it is most encouraging indeed to see its to Christian progress operate with manifestation in the more elevated tone greater strength against the advanceof thought, and the greater charity of ment of New Church Societies than judgment and feeling which now dis- they do against that of other religious tinguish men on the leading subjects of bodies. Christian faith and practice. In It is likewise true, that as time moves America and in this country evidences on, and new developments take place, of a like character are increasingly fresh hindrances to our work will from multiplied, and the knowledge of this time to time appear. You Dame one as should stimulate us to further exertions having arisen among yourselves. It is to help forward the new and blessed gratifying to kpow that worldly means work amongst us.
have increased amongst yon, and poWe sympathize with you in the regret verty is well-nigh banished from your which you express at the slow progress midst, but it is grieving to learn that this of your Society. It is a lament which has actually proved detrimental to the is not unfrequently heard in this growth of your Church. Alas ! hos country. We often think that the ever, it too frequently does so. Inlabours we give, and the money we creased means give increased facilities spend, should realize greater results for indulgence ; and even where indulthan they do, and we feel much dis- gence does not debase the life, it too appointed when it is not so. Under frequently enervates the mind,and leaves the influence of this disappointment we men apathetic and insensible to the spiriare prone to despond, and to indulge in tual and eternal interests of their sonls. fears and dark forebodings about the But notwithstanding all this, we must future of our little Societies. But it not feel disheartened. We must reshould not be so. It should be our member, that it is with us as it was endeavour not to yield to such gloom with Elisha and the young man at nor feed upon the fears which it in- Dotha)). “They that be with us are spires. Our effort should be to rise to more than they that be with them." the level of our faith, and feast upon The Lord, Heaven, and a multitude of the spiritual hopes, and ains, and spiritual and unseen forces are on our trust, which are so bountifully given side, and the more unselfish and devoted forth in our teachings.
we become, the more reliant we are npon Have we a doubt, that as New Church the Lord, when pursuing our sacred doctrines are received, they will dispel labours, and the more will His New from the Christian's faith the dense Jerusalem prosper among men. We clouds and darkness which now obscure feel assured therefore, that it will be it? Have we a doubt, that as New your endeavour, as well as ours, to laChurch truth is more and more lived, bour on in the good cause ; and in the it will remove from Christian practice spirit of the Divine proinise, to be among the selfishness and uncharitableness those who will seek no rest until they which, knowingly and unknowingly, establish, and until they make Jerusalem have so long defiled it? Let it be our part a praise in the earth. then to refresh our wearied minds at the With most affectionate regards to all streams of this spiritual truth, and the members of your Society, and on feast upon the nobler aims and unsel- behalf of the General Conference, fishness which it unfolds. Let us cheer- believe me, yours most sincerely, fully perforin the work the Lord has
WILLIAM WESTALL placed before us, resting assured that He, by His wise and most beneficent AUXILIARY NEW CHURCH Missiox. Providence, will overrule it for the best. ARY AND TRACT SOCIETY.—The second
Yet we are by no means insensible to anniversary festival of the above Society the great truth that the obstacles which was held on Friday, 1st October, in the obstruct our path are very great, and schoolroom of the Argyle Square Church. the hindrances they give to New Church The meeting was exceedingly well
attended, notwithstanding the inclement Society to which he belonged, he could nature of the weather. The chair was find half-a-dozen young New Churchi. occupied by Mr. J. A. Bayley, the men heartily receiving our truths al. President of the Society, who, in his though not joining New
Church opening address, gave an account of the Societies. “ History of the Society," stating that Count Cottrill also made a few re. it commenced with the meeting of five marks, and the meeting, which the Society gentlemen, and that this number had hopes will be very useful, was closed increased to between forty and fifty. with the doxology and benediction. Mr. Bayley pointed out that it was the During the evening musical selections desire of the Society that the meeting were rendered by ladies and gentlemen should not be devoted to the enumera- in a very able manner. The singing by tion of the past labours of the Society, the Kensington friends of the beautiful but rather to interest the friends pre. quartette " Goil is a Spirit," was much sent in the work carried on, in which appreciated by the audience; and the they could all personally assist.
Society is also much indebted to Mr. C. After a few remarks from the Secre. J. Whittington for his very valuable tary, Mr. Jobson spoke on the “Work services as accompanyist. of the Society in relation to current The Society again wishes to ask the literature,” and in the course of his New Church generally to bring to its remarks gave a most interesting anec- notice any announcement of sermons on dote which may perhaps be quoted here. what would appear to be subjects conIt will be in the remembrance of most cerning which the New Church has New Church men that the offer of Swe- some light to give, any notices, reports denborg's works to the Leamington Free of lectures, or sermons, to the author Library was rejected by the Committee of which some communication might of that Institution, and it now appears usefully be made; or any publication that in the pantomime produced at the containing views approximating to or Leamington Theatre last Christinas, two diverse from our belief. Amongst the clowns were supposed to represent the work recently performed by the Society Swedenborg Society and the Free Lib. has been that of reporting the proceedrary Committee respectively. The for- ings of the Conference in the London mer clown brought in a large pile of papers. Although this work books labelled "Swedenborg's Works,” carried on with some difficulty, reand presented them to the Free Library ports appeared day by day in the Daily clown. The offer was however stated News and Hour. The latter journal into be “declined with thanks." Clown serted the Conference address in extenso, number one having retired, again ap- and it is hoped that the work done by peared with volumes bearing the title the Society in this respect has been of “Newgate Calendar." These were some interest to members of the Church received by the second clown with great as well as of some use in making the demonstrations of gratitude. The outside world conscious of the existence moral was evident to all.
of the New Church as an organization. After an interval, during which re- The Society, in connection with the freshments were served, Mr. C. Higham, literary part of its work, has communithe Vice-President, addressed the meet- cated with aud received communications ing on “ The Relations of the Society from several persons eminent in the with the Press." Mr. Higham pointed Church and distinguished in the world out that the press might be employed of letters. All the letters they have to a very large extent to disseminate our received have been most respectfully doctrines, and suggested that in every worded, the writers promising to read New Church Society its young men the books sent them, or seeking further might arrange for regular reports of information respecting the doctrines. sermons to be sent to the local news. The Secretary of the Society is T. H. paper.
Elliott, junr., 122 Englefield Road, Mr. Spear read an interesting paper Islington, London, N., who will be glad on “The Future of the Society,” fol- to place any one in communication with lowed
Mr. Perrett on “The Work the various provincial committees il of the Society in other Denominations.” desired, or give any further information. The latter gentleman pointed out that in a Wesleyan Mutual Improvement ACCRINGTON.-On Sunday, Septem.
ber 19th, the New Church in this town, chair. After devotional exercises, the which had been closed for three months chairman in a brief address stated the to undergo painting and beautifying, purpose of the meeting, and called upon was reopened for Divine worship. Mr. Dyson, the Secretary, to give the
The decorations of the church are very Society's welcome to Mr. Rendell. Mr. rich and handsome, and have been Dyson said, — We are met to-day to greatly adnired by those who have seen congratulate each other on the acquisi. them. Advantage has been taken of tion of a minister and to give him a the elegant character of the interior, so hearty welcome. It is not yet eighteen well adapted to the reception of beautiful months since an expression in one of designs in the nave, the panels of the our annual reports was criticised, beside roof in the communion and the cause it ventured to give utterance to chancel; and while the contractor may the hope that ere long we should have a be complimented upon the success of great and pressing want supplied in the his effort to beautify, the Society may person of a resident minister. To some be congratulated upon the possession of that interval may have appeared long; a place of worship surpassed by few in but to those who are trustful and perthe district for elegance and rich orna- severing, who have learned to labour mentation.
and to wait, time flies fast, leaving The opening services were entirely doubt and despair behind and bringing successful, having been conducted by nearer and nearer the object on which the Rev. Dr. Bayley, who preached we have set our affections. Mr. Dyson morning and evening, and by Rev. J. then, in an interesting address, gave a Ashby of Derby in the afternoon. As lengthened account of the rise and promight have been expected, overflowing gress of the Society, and concluded with congregations evidenced the interest felt a hearty welcome to their newly-ap. not only by the congregation, but by pointed pastor. friends from other denominations in the In reply to this welcome, Mr. town. The evening service was espe. Rendell, after thanking the Society cially crowded, every part of the church for his appointment and for their gene. beiny occupied where a seat could be rosity in waiting until he completed his placed. And lastly, the collections studies, said, I have listened with were worthy of the occasion, realizing, intense interest to what Mr. Dyson has with subscriptions, over £752.
been telling you, much of which is per. It would be impossible to refer to the haps as new to some of you as it all was many excellent expositions of the Word to me. I believe in history. You know in the discourses of the preachers with- that there is a proverb that history reout exceeding the limits of a brief peats itself, and it is on this account that report ; it may suffice to say that each the study of history, whether it be of a of them was heard with much interest people, a nation, a church, or a branch and gratification, and we hope with of a church, is a most valuable lesson for much profit.
the future. The history of this Society The serious illness of the Rev. J. J. is the history of inany a New Church Thornton has compelled that gentleman Society. A few men devoted to the docto resign his position as minister in trines have steadily worked onwards, and Accrington -- a necessity which has though cramped by many difficulties, called forth the sincere sympathy of the and though opposed by many hard-to-beSociety, and he leaves them with the climbed-over barriers, they have by dint hope that rest and quiet may in time of much perseverance succeeded in sov. restore him to health and vigour. ing the living seed in fruitful and eren
grateful ground. You have worked BRADFORD.--Recognition of Ar. Jas. steadily onward hitherto, and have been R. Rondell, B.A., as Minister of the blessed with some success, and now you Society at Bradjord.- A public meeting have invited me to become your minister was held in the New Jerusalem Church, and pastor. Now I feel my position toBradford, on Wednesday evening, Sept. night very acutely. I don't remember ever 15th, for the purpose of welcoming being present at a meeting where there Mr. J. R. Rendell to Bradford as minis- was so much of the personal elementter of the Society. Tea was served by so much of the personal element which the ladies in the church, after which cannot be avoided. For me this occasion Mr. George Aspinall was called to the is the commencement of my life's work
of labour, which I trust may with God's man want to know why he is ? what he biessing do something towards the build- is? where he is? what consciousness is? ing up of the Lord's New Church. For how it comes about ? what he exists you it is the commencement of a renewed for? We have the philosophy which work. For us all it is the beginning of answers all to the soul's satisfaction, a renewed responsibilities, and the com- philosophy which clearly teaches the inmencement of happy labour in the Lord's timate relation between the finite and vineyard. We must work, together as the infinite. The God we worship is one man; and it may be profitable to not the unknown God, not Dame Nature, keep in mind a proverb very familiar to not some system of laws, not some everybody-"God helps those who help inctaphysical entity, but a single Divine themselves.” There is a motto carved Person,—the infinite Divine Man. The on the lintel of our entrance which has a doctrine of the Lord is the corner-stone special significance just now. Though of our temple, we know whom we worship. the artist or craftsman who carved that Something of the inspiration of the motto inay have had little sympathy Divine Word has been given to us. The with our cause, he fashioned for us & Bible is no longer merely a book, but inotto which will have special force as the expression of the Divine truth-in long as we continue to pass under that the letter a sense for the lowest capacities, lintel,--as long as these stones can con- but sense above sense for angels, and tain our numbers. “Labor omnia the Lord at the top of it. vincit,” “Labour conquers everything." See our doctrine of the Divine Pro. Look at the word "everything ;” that vidence-that all evil, though permitteri, word is the only rule I know that is is overruled for some good purpose. without exception. Patient, prudent How it explains to us all suffering, and labour will accomplish everything. You makes clear to us the mysteries of our can't raise your little finger in a good eventful lives. work without a good result. I believe in See our philosophy of the other world. the doctrine of the conservation of energy When our dear friends are taken from ---not that we believe in people merely us-it is best for them and for us too. raising their little fingers; we want & Think that that powerful advocate of trine in all our action-heart, head, and the truth, our dear friend, the Rev. J. hands-we want love, good sense and Hyde, is nearer to us, is helping us far hard work ; were this the place, were more successfully than when he was with this the time for such discussion, it us in the flesh. Think that he is with might be shown that of this God-like us, helping us in our work, Think of trio none can exist save in union with our philosophy of prayer. How clearly it the other two. How have other works teaches the duty of prayer. How clearly been accomplished in the world! You it shows how prayer effects its end by see we call a thing that is done a changing us, not the Lord. There is the “work," and if the New Church be world wanting to know what to do with not a work in the world, 'tis nothing. its hands and its feet; we have the Just as everything is accomplished philosophy to teach it how to work, what by hard work--so literally nothing to work form-shows why work is necescan be done without it. We are not sary, and how the work accomplishes to be the judges of the results of our the purposes for which it was intended. work. It would indeed be a very narrow Above all, our philosophy teaches view which weighs the results by what us to trust in God and do the right. we see, by the increase in the number of The watchword is work, action ; not a our friends, by the increase of those who mistaken asceticism which fancies separareceive the doctrines of the Church. We tion from men is a going nearer to God; don't know how far our efforts reach, our never was a sadder mistake than this, part is
for don't we get nearer to God by getting “ Trust in God and do the right."
nearer to our fellows ? Not a philosophy
which is lazy, and does not court inWe have a system of philosophy the quiry, but a godlike fearless philosophy, most perfect the world has seen. It is confident of its God-given truth ; not a not a philosophy which is all heart and philosophy which says, do your duty, 110 head ; it is not a philosophy which and never mind anything else; we do not is all head and no heart; it is a philo. know that man is immortal, but he may sophy which is soul-satisfying. Does a be, so it is best to do your duty, for fear that there may be a hereafter ; not a expected, but I found forty-four persons philosophy which mistakes frenzy for in- present, and among them a good many spiration and excitement for conversion. strangers.
It is a philosophy which makes a man On the whole, I cannot doubt that from the hair of the head to the sole of many strangers were favourably imthe feet. So convincing is the truth pressed with the truths as presented in that I will make a bold assertion. Never these services, and the warm expressions did any man or woman read and con- of the members of the Society were sufscientiously and unbiassedly study this ficient proof of their kindly appreciation ; philosophy, but sooner or later was con- but it is doubtful whether they are yet vinced of the truth. But, my friends, in a position to support a minister whom it is not for ourselves alone, it is they might present with confidence to a for the whole world that we hold these learned and polite audience in Edintruths in trust-truths which will com- burgh, although, as far as I could judge, fort the sorrowing, relieve the distressed, the tone of the public mind is greatly help men and women to be better men softened, and inquiry is more free that and women, and, with God's help, will formerly. some day kill the devil Selfishness, spite On taking leave of our friends, the of his wily arts, despite his many Secretary asked me to write them a aliases. This is the work we are to do--to letter, giving my impressions of the make known the glorious truths of the Society, a task for which 1 had not suiNew Dispensation. You have asked me to ficient materials to make my opinion of help you in this work. That I will do as much value, in consequence of the far as I am able, and I doubt not that severe illness of the Secretary himself you, too, will industriously work to the during several days, which prevented a best of your abilities in this noble duty. general tea-meeting, at which I had We are but a poor handful--but with hoped to become socially acquainted God and the truth on our side, we shall with the members. I, however, comsucceed in using the sword of truth in plied with the request, and ventured to slaying falsity, and use the tran mel in sketch a bold plan for beginning a new building up a beautiful edifice.
era in the New Church history of Edin. Otherinteresting and earnest addresses burgh, though I scarcely thought they were given by Revs. R. Storry and W. would have the courage to adopt it. O'Mant, Mr. Cameron, Mr. Stephenson, Perhaps, indeed, they could not, without Drs. Rhodes and D. Goyder, and by liberal help from "The Students' and other friends. The meeting was also Ministers' 'Aid Fund,” and the last enlivened by an appropriate selection of report of the condition of that fund is music, and appeared to yield warm en• not favourable. joyment to the number of friends who had Perhaps I may allowably say in this assembled to welcome the young pastor connection that it would probably he on the commencement of his work. better if that fund were divided into two
separate heads; for while there are some EDINBURGH.-- The National Mission. who do not see it to be part of the dnty ary Society having contributed towards of the New Church to imitate the old the expenses of a visit to the New Church by the intellectual education of Church at Edinburgh, I preached in young men for the ministry as a special that city on the two Sundays, August vocation which they may afterwards 29th and Sept. 5th, and gave a lecture turn out to be unfit for, none who do on Thursday evening, September 2nd. not altogether object to a paid ministry
All the services were advertised, and can doubt that it is desirable to sustain our friends thought the attendance very in that office respectable men whom satisfactory. They usually muster Divine Providence has well educated in twenty to twenty-five at morning ser. ercry way without any previous expense vice, and the evening service had been to the collective Church, and who might omitted for some time ; but during my be usefully employed in new and large stay the numbers, morning and evening, centres of educated and thinking peoplr. were from forty to fifty, and the atten- Edinburgh seems to me to be sneh a tion all that could be desired.
centre nou, and much as I dislike dis. The evening of the lecture, “On play of any kind, and especially in Everlasting Punishment," was a "Scotch matters directly relating to Divine mist," and a very small attendance was Truth, it is perhaps due to the spint of