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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26.
MORNING, 10.15 to 11.15 o'clock.-DEVOTIONAL MEETING, the Rev. J. H. ToWNSEND, D.D. (Vicar of St. Mark's), to preside. Address by the Rev. F. B. Meyer, B.A. (London); Subject—“ The meaning of Pentecost; or, the indwelling of the Holy Ghost." 11.30 to 1 o'clock.-CONFERENCE. Chairman, DONALD MATHESON, Esq. (Vice-President). "The Annual Address," by the Ven. John Richardson, M.A., D.D. (Archdeacon of Southwark); Subject-"The value of the basis of the Evangelical Alliance as a real bond of union." "The Practical Resolutions," to be read and enforced by the Rev. Henry E. Brooke. Address by the Rev. Professor Radford Thomson, M.A.; Subject" The relation of Christianity to modern education."
AFTERNOON.-3 to 4.30 o'clock.-MEETING FOR OPEN CONFERENCE. Chairman, Sir WILLIAM WILLIS; Subject-" Evangelization on the Continent." Addresses by the Rev. Horace Noel and J. F. W. Deacon, Esq. To be followed by OPEN CONFERENCE.
EVENING. PUBLIC MEETING at 7.30 o'clock. Chairman, General Sir ROBERT PHAYRE, G.C.B. Addresses: (1) Rev. Chas. Spurgeon (Baptist Church, Greenwich), Subject-" Faith's achievements; old weapons for new warriors." (2) Eugene Stock, Esq. (Church Missionary Society); Subject"The World's Evangelization." Evangelistic Address by the Rev. James Consterdine, M.A.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27.
MORNING, 10.15 to 11.15 o'clock.-DEVOTIONAL MEETING, the Rev. G. W. CowPER SMITH (Congregational Church), to preside. Address by the Rev. Henry E. Brooke; Subject—“The two aspects of truth-the Divine and the human-illustrated by Matt. xxii. 1-14, compared with Luke xiv. 16-24." 11.30 to 1 o'clock.-CONFERENCE. Chairman, the Hon. and Rev. E. V. BLIGH, v.p. Addresses: (1) "Present-day unbelief and how to meet it," by the Rev. E. E. Jenkins, LL.D.; (2) "Sacerdotalism contrary to the Scripture doctrine of the Atonement," by the Rev. Talbot Greaves, M.A., and the Rev. Clement Clemance, D.D.
AFTERNOON. [This afternoon is reserved for a Garden Party at Mabledon, near Tonbridge, to which the members of the Conference are kindly invited by Mr. and Mrs. Deacon. Addresses on Foreign Missions" will be given by the Rev. R. Wardlaw Thompson, and others.]
EVENING. PUBLIC MEETING at 7.30 o'clock. Chairman, General HATT Noble, r.e. Address by the Rev. J. G. Train (Presbyterian Church, Norwood); Subject-"The word of the truth of the Gospel." Evangelistic Address by the Rev. W. R. Mowll, M.A. (Christ Church, North Brixton).
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INVITATION FOR THE ANNUAL WEEK OF UNITED & UNIVERSAL PRAYER, AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE YEAR.
JANUARY 6-13, 1895.
BELOVED BRETHEN IN CHRIST, OF ALL LANDS,-We have the privilege of again inviting you to begin the coming year with united prayer and praise.
The Universal Week of Prayer which has been observed for well nigh fifty years and in all parts of the world, has been accompanied by many tokens of the divine approval and blessing; revivals of religion frequently following the observance in some countries and especially in the Mission field. The increased interest in Missionary work, and the growing desire for unity in many lands, now so evident, may also be traced to the united pleadings of the Lord's people in this annual concert of prayer.
Is it not a privilege, as well as a duty, for us to continue our supplications and thanksgiving to the Great Head of the Church? The presence and the power of the Holy Spirit need to be more fully realised among all the followers of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, by whatever name they may be called.
The growing activity of truth and error, of good and evil, mark the period as critical. The baneful influence of Romanism, Sacerdotalism, and Rationalism-so antagonistic to the progress of Christian truth and liberty-is powerfully felt in all directions. Is there not a great necessity laid upon us for faithful and distinct testimony while we take heed to the Divine admonition-" Watch ye and pray"
Let us then, as the Lord's remembrancers, unite in sending up to "the Throne of Grace" next January, a mighty chorus of thanksgiving and praise, together with fervent prayer and supplication. "Ye shall seek Me and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart."
"The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him; to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him."
With fraternal affection, we are, in the name of the Evangelical Alliance,
[The address is signed by representatives of branches of the Evangelical Alliance
TOPICS SUGGESTED FOR THE WEEK OF UNIVERSAL PRAYER, JAN. 6—13, 1895. SUNDAY, JAN. 6.-Sermons.-"They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength."Isa. xl. 31.
MONDAY, JAN. 7.-Thanksgiving and Humiliation.-Praise and Thanksgiving: For the goodness and mercy which have followed us through the past year, for many answers to prayer, and for the continued spread of the Gospel.-Ps. cxxvi. 2, 3; Josh. xxiii. 14; 1 Sam. vii. 12. Humiliation and Confession of grievous sins, of lukewarmness, of unprofitableness in the service of Christ, and of conformity to the world.-Ezek. xxxvi. 31; Dan. ix. 3-19. Prayer for a deeper realisation of the power of the Holy Spirit in the Church by Christ dwelling and abiding in us; for greater faithfulness and for consecration to a holier life.-Luke xi. 13; 1 Thes. v. 15-24.
TUESDAY, JAN. 8.-The Church Universal.-Prayer for the whole Church of Christ; for the manifestation of the Spirit, in order to separation from the world, and sanctification unto the Lord; for greater unity among the followers of Christ; that the growth of Romanism and superstition, of Rationalism and infidelity, may be arrested, and that the hope of the Lord's Second Coming may stimulate believers both to wait and work for Him.-Eph. iv. 1-16; 1 Cor. ii. 4; Phil. i. 27; 2 Thes. ii. 8; Mat. xxiv. 1-14.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9.-Nations and their Rulers.-Prayer for national righteousness and peace, that the tendency to lawnessness, national discontent and strife may cease; for the putting away of legislative sanction to vice and all immoral traffic; for rulers, legislators, judges, and all in authority; that religious liberty may universally prevail, and that all persecution may be stayed.-Deut. iv. 5-8; 1 Tim. ii. 1, 2; Prov. xiv. 34; Ezra vi. 22; Ezra vii. 27, 28.
THURSDAY, JAN. 10.-Foreign Missions.-Praise to God: For increasing interest in the spread of the Gospel, for offers of personal service, for open doors throughout the world; and for the manifested power of the Holy Ghost in various Missions.-Acts iv. 29-33; Acts xi. 20-23; Rev. iii. 7, 8. Prayer that all missionaries and Christian workers may be endued with power from on high; that the privilege and duty of evangelising the world may be fully understood, and that many more labourers may be sent forth into the harvest.-Luke xxiv. 45-49; Matt. ix. 35–38.
FRIDAY, JAN. 11.-Home Missions and the Jews.-Praise: For enlarged interest shown in Home Mission work, and in Missions to the Jews, and for special blessing attending them.— Ps. lxvii.; Isa. lii. 7, 8. Prayer: For all Christian Ministers and Evangelists, for all efforts to reach special classes of the people and all who live without God; and for the better observance of the Lord's Day.-Col. iv. 2—4; Isa. lviii. 13. 14. Prayer for the Jewish Race: That special blessing may rest upon all those who are seeking to make Christ known among God's ancient people Israel, and that His purposes concerning them may be speedily accomplished.-Ps. li. 18; Ps. cii. 13-21; Isa. xl. 1-5; Zech. viii. 7, 8.
SATURDAY, JAN. 12.-Families and Schools.-Prayer that husbands and wives, parents and children, masters and servants, may, in their mutual relations, follow the Divine teaching; that parents may have grace to train their children in the knowledge of God; for more abundant spiritual fruit from Christian Associations of young men and young women; for Sunday and Day Schools, Colleges, and Universities.-Eph. v. 22 to vi. 9: Col. iii. 18 to iv. 1; Prov. iv. 1; 2 Tim. iii. 16, 17.
SUNDAY, JAN. 13.-Sermons.-" Always abounding in the work of the Lord."-1 Cor. xv. 58.
[Other subjects which may be suggested by national or local circumstances or by special occurrences at the time of meeting, will naturally be added in each case by those leading the devotions of the assembled believers. And for other topics, which no words can express, moments of silent prayer may helpfully be given. Where it is found impracticable to take up the subjects in detail the general outline for the day should be observed.]
The following special requests are made to all who see this Programme :— 1. Please endeavour to bring the Lord's people together-few or many-for United Prayer daily during the Week, and circulate the Programme widely, to increase the number of Meetings.
2. Kindly forward brief account of Meetings held, and any results, to the Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance, 7 Adam Street, Strand, London.
In accordance with the wish expressed in many lands, it has been decided that the General Heading of topics for each day of the week should remain fixed-the detailed subjects, only, heing varied from year to year.
REFERENCE was made in our last issue to the death of the Right Hon. and Rev. Lord Forester, one of the founders of the Evangelical Alliance, and who had been an earnest and consistent member and supporter of the Society throughout his life. Lord Forester was present at the preliminary conferences held in connexion with the formation of the Evangelical Alliance, and took part in the discussions which preceded its organisation. In recent years Lord Forester had taken a less active part in the meetings of the Alliance, though he had on several occasions convened drawing-room meetings during his residence as Canon of York, and had also taken part in some of the Annual Conferences. The Council, at their July meetings, gave expression to their sense of the loss sustained by the Alliance, and also to their sympathy with Lady Forester in her bereavement. We gladly transfer the following obituary notices from The Record:
LORD FORESTER.-Shropshire has lost one of the best of its nobility and one of the most faithful of its clergy in the death of Lord Forester, which took place at the Canon's residence, York, on the 22nd inst., at the ripe age of eighty-one years. His early life and the best of his days were spent in the parishes of Broseley, Doveridge, and Gedling, where, as a hard-working clergyman, he left proofs of the success of his ministry and of his large-hearted and far-seeing administration of important parishes; and from whence he was called, upon the death of his brother, to the head of the ancient family of the Foresters of Willey. But, though at that time seventy-three years of age, he at once threw himself into the duties of his position and for the promotion of spiritual and Evangelical religion in the neighbourhood. Willey Park soon became the centre of activity for all the Evangelical Societies; and whilst the Church Missionary Society took the lead, the Church of England Zenana Missionary Society, the Church Pastoral Aid Society, and the British & Foreign Bible Society found a ready support and sympathy. Visitors at Willey were often struck with the marked fervour and solemnity of the morning and evening family prayer; and the grand old hall, upon whose walls hung the portraits of ancient ancestors, was the place of meeting, where prayer and praise often rose to God at gatherings of the tenantry and neighbours, brought together for hospitality and to hear of the Lord's doings in heathen lands. In all these his Lordship was greatly aided by Lady Forester, whose sales of work brought no inconsiderable annual sum to the Church Missionary Society. The gift of preaching was cherished to the last, the Canonry of York being retained for the opportunity it afforded for preaching the "old, old story of the Cross." When, however, Lord Forester was at Willey no invitation was ever refused to help an over-worked clergyman, and nothing gave him greater pleasure than to preach in behalf of the Church Missionary Society, which he did with the warmth and enthusiasm of a younger man. was one notable gathering at Willey which will never be forgotten by the seventy clergy invited, when the Bishop of Winchester gave an instructive course of addresses during two days on the spiritual side of our ministerial life. For the past three years Lord Forester presided at meetings for the promotion of the spiritual life at Ironbridge, three meetings a day for three days in succession-no small task upon the strength of an old man. The church and schools on the estate were the subjects of his solicitude, and almost his last act was to call in the aid of Mr. Christian, the architect, and to make a contract for the restoration of the ancient church of Barrow, the only church needing restoration. An Evangelical and Protestant Churchman by deep conviction and long experience, yet he lived upon terms of friendship with all who loved the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, and he was followed to his last resting-place in Willey churchyard by his tenantry, neighbours and friends of all conditions of life in the prospect of a glorious resurrection at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.-T. A. N.
The late Lord Forester has left no more "holy and humble man of heart" behind him. In him, the Protestant Evangelical Church of England loses one of its most venerated and faithful ministers. All who knew him loved him, and they will ever cherish the beloved name of "Orlando Forester" as that of one of their most
constant friends, the truest-hearted and the tenderest. Fifty years ago I had the privilege of knowing Lord Forester well, when he was rector of Broseley, and when, being just placed in the vicarage of L, I was somewhat troubled at being called upon by Archdeacon Bather to preach a Visitation sermon, he kindly rode over to suggest a text: "He that hath My Word, let Him speak My Word faithfully," and to unite in prayer. We have not met since 1847, but I can gratefully say he never forgot me (who is not grateful for the friendship of a good man?)
"Multis ille bonis flebilis occidit,
The last letter received from him, not long before his death, is dated “Willey Park, May 14, 1894." In it he said, "You and I are wonders to have reached the ages we have, seeing the many friends we have survived taken to their rest at days comparatively young." Then, after speaking of an ailment "which occasionally gives me trouble," his lordship added: But on the whole I have little to complain of, and much to be thankful for; chiefly that while multitudes have been drawn into questionable views on the right hand and the left, it has pleased God to keep me on the Old Lines."-G. L. F.
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OWING to our Annual Conference of the Evangelical Alliance taking place so late in the month, it is impossible to furnish our readers this month with any record of its proceedings. By the courtesy of Archdeacon Richardson, however, we are enabled in our present issue to give the "Annual Address." Next month we hope to present a full report of many of the principal addresses, and any for which there may not be room we hope to keep for future numbers. While these pages are passing through the press, we learn that the Hon. P. Carteret Hill, chairman of the local committee at Tunbridge Wells, has been suddenly called to his eternal rest. This event will necessarily cast a solemnity over the whole proceedings of the Conference. In his removal, the local branch, no less than the Evangelical Alliance generally, has suffered a great loss.
We would call attention in the present issue to the Programme for the Universal Week of Prayer, drawn up upon the plan which is most in favour with our various branches-namely that which gives the leading subjects for each day, leaving to those who manage the different meetings to introduce, in addition, any special subjects which may be called for by local circumstances, or by public events. The next note refers to a subject of this kind, which may possibly call for urgent intercession in January next, as it undoubtedly does at the present time.
The war at present in progress between China and Japan is likely, from the semi-civilised character of the combatants, to be more than usually cruel and ferocious in its methods and results; and a sad illustration of this has