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the path. We breathe a new atmosphere; we rejoice in the new paths which open in orderly ways to new and higher attainments. The great mysteries of life and death are revealed, and its problems, which have baffled the ingenuity and wisdom of the past, have been solved.
But truth itself, even the highest truth, is not power; it is simply the form of it, the instrument by which it is exercised. Truth bears the same relation to power that an engine bears to steam; that every organic form bears to the life which fills and moves it. The human hand is the most powerful material instrument the Lord has created; it is a perfect emblem of power. And yet when severed from the proximate sources of energy in the brain it has no more power than so much clay. The truths of natural sciencespiritual and Divine truths-are equally destitute of power in themselves. Like the cold and light of the polar zones, they may dazzle and blind, but they do not penetrate and move to action.
"The essential of spiritual power is love. There is no other spiritual power. All else is instrumental to it. All else in every form and degree is the machinery for its distribution and application to effect our purposes. If, therefore, we desire to gain power our whole natures must be imbued with love. We must open every door of affection to the Lord that He may come in with His Divine Love and take full possession of every faculty, soften its hardness, cleanse it from its impurities, set it free from its bondage to the love of self and the world, bring it into accord with the nature of His own glorified humanity, and so vivify our whole spiritual form that it will become the embodiment of essential power. In this way we come into the sphere of Divine influence; we get into the currents of the Divine order; we place ourselves in the power of the Lord, so that while every faculty acts of itself in perfect freedom He can use us with infinite skill to effect His purposes, which have become our purposes, as we use a perfect implement to do our work.
"In the same way, and for the same reasons, we must open our hearts to men if we desire to get power from them. No human being can give us permanent and essential help in its highest forms until we open our hearts to him. In one way every one stands more or less directly between us and the Lord. Every member of a Society is, or ought to be, a medium between every other member and the Lord. The Lord sends to each one of us a message or a gift by every other one. But it will not reach us if we will not receive it, or if it is not delivered. If we desire to be helped in our work as spiritual beings,
if we desire to be enriched with the most precious forms of good man can receive, or the Lord bestow, we must keep our hearts for their reception. We must become one with them, so that our hearts will beat in unison with their hearts. When a Society is bound together in love, and its members act in harmony with one another, the currents of life, like the blood in the material body, flow freely to every member. Each one lives the life of all; each one acts with the power of the whole; each one gives to all and receives from all. We must, therefore, love one another if we desire to help or to be helped, and so be faithful to the trust committed to us in transmitting the power of the New Heavens, and welcome the Lord in His Second Coming."
GENERAL CONVENTION. One of the features which distinguishes this assembly is the number of religious services and conferences on religious subjects which are held during its session. Appended to the printed Minutes is the following brief notice of these services and of some of the social meetings:
On Friday at noon the Rev. Chauncey Giles, President of the Convention, delivered his annual address; subject, "Power from Good."
On Friday evening a social entertainment was given at Standard Hall, on Broadway, above Forty-second Street, at which over six hundred and fifty persons were present.
On Saturday afternoon at two o'clock a conference was held at the church on "The Second Coming of the Lord," at which Rev. Jabez Fox of Washington, D. C., presided, and addresses were delivered as follows: by the Rev. William B. Hayden on "The Second Coming-not Personal, but Spiritual;" by the Rev. S. M. Warren on The Present Evidences of the Second Coming;" and by the Rev. A. O. Brickman on "The Future Results of the Second Coming.
On Saturday evening at eight o'clock a meeting was held in the church preparatory to the Holy Supper; the Rev. S. F. Dike, D.D., presiding, and the Rev. L. P. Mercer and Joseph Pettee delivering addresses.
On Sunday morning at half-past ten o'clock religious services were conducted by the Rev. James Reed of Boston, who preached from Psalm xi. 3. The Rev. F. W. Tuerk officiated at the same time before the First German Society of New York at 141 Chrystie Street, preaching from Mark xvi. 15-18, after which Mr. Fedor Goerwitz of Brooklyn, New York, was introduced by him into the second degree of the ministry by the rite of ordination.
At three o'clock P. M. the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered at the Thirty-fifth Street by the Rev. Joseph Pettee, assisted by the Revs. T. F. Wright, Warren Goddard, jun., H. E. Goddard, and J. K. Smyth, to two hundred and ninety-three communicants. At eight o'clock the Rev. J. F. Potts of Glasgow, Scotland, preached on Exodus xx. 9; subject, "The Religious Aspects of Work." The Rev. A. F. Frost's sermon on Monday afternoon was based upon John iv. 35-38.
On Monday evening a conference on "The Religious Life" was held at eight o'clock, at which the Rev. J. R. Hibbard, D.D., presided, and addresses were delivered as follows: on "The Relation of Doctrine to the Religious Life," by Rev. J. F. Potts; on "The Relation of the Family to the Religious Life," by Rev. W. H. Mayhew; on 'The Relation of Piety to the Religious Life," by Rev. Frank Sewall; and on "The Relation of Morality to the Religious Life," by Rev. John Worcester.
URBANA UNIVERSITY, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. The Messenger of July 23rd and August 20th gives lengthened and interesting lists of the subscriptions received for the Endowment and the Sustaining Funds of this New Church University? "Seven years ago circulars were sent out for procuring subscriptions for the endowment of Urbana University asking for the sum of 50,000 dollars. At the same time a Sustaining Fund, to consist of annual contributions of 5000 dollars for seven years, was asked for to support the college while the endowment was being raised. At a meeting of the Board of Trustees held in Urbana, June 25th, the president reported that the Endowment Fund of 50,000 dollars is raised, and that a large part of it is paid into the treasury, or is now yielding an annual income to the University." Of this sum 45,465 dollars was paid in and yielding interest, and the balance was due.
The list of subscribers to the Sustaining Fund is long occupying six columns of the Messenger. The sum paid was 13,320 dollars; 3944 dollars were still due. "The above shows a total of 17,264 dollars subscribed to the Sustaining Fund during the past seven years. The statement does not include donations to the Building Fund in the year 1874, amounting to 2080 dollars, nor donations to the Laboratory Fund in the year 1875, which amounted to 850 dollars, nor does it include the payments of interest on subscriptions to the Endowment Fund, which payments also went to the Sustainment Fund."
EMBSAY (from the Craven Gazette).— Two services of singular interest were combined in the services of the New Jerusalem Church at this place on Sunday, August 31st. In the morning and evening the usual annual sermons were preached, and in the afternoon Mr. Edward Jones, who has for some time officiated as the leader of the Society, was admitted, by ordination, into the ministry of the New Church. The morning service was conducted by Mr. Jones, who preached an instructive sermon from Ezekiel vii. 23, Make a chain." In the afternoon the ordination took place in the presence of a large and deeply interested congregation. The ordaining minister was the Rev. Richard Storry of Heywood, a minister who is well known in the village from his frequent visits in former years. The New Church service of ordination, which is liturgical, is simple and impressive. It opens with the usual service of the Church to the end of the First Lesson. This is followed by an anthem, which, on this occasion, as is always the case at this church, was very effectively rendered by the choir. An address on the nature and duties of the Christian ministry is followed by the candidate's confession of faith and promise of fidelity in the discharge of the duties of the office into which he is about to be inaugurated. After prayer and the reading of passages from the Bible relating to the office of a minister the act of ordination follows. This is succeeded by a charge to the minister and a general thanksgiving of the congregation. A hymn was then sung, at the close of which Mr. Storry, having ascended the pulpit, gave the ordination sermon. He selected as his text Psalm cxxxii. 9, referring also to verse 16, "Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Thy saints shout for joy." After an appropriate introduction, the preacher said the Christian priesthood was the organized form of a principle which is universal in the Christian Church. This principle is the love of the souls of men and the desire to promote the salvation of mankind. The special duties of the ministry involve the conducting of public worship in an orderly, impressive, and edifying manner; the orderly administration of the sacraments, the public preaching of the Gospel, and diligent instruction of the people in spiritual things. The preaching of the Word is the special and marked duty of the Christian ministry. The Lord's instruction to those He sent forth was emphatic, "As ye go preach." The other duties which He enumerates, "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers," etc., still follow the preaching of the Gospel, after a spiritual manner, and in relation to the souls of men. The ministry is, there
fore, a means to an end. The end is the establishment of righteousness in the world and the promotion of salvation. The exposition of the text was followed by an earnest address and exhortation to the pastor and the people. In the evening the anniversary services were continued, when Mr. Storry again occupied the pulpit, and preached a very effective discourse from Revelation xix. 17, 18. In the exposition of this remarkable, and to many very mysterious, passage he elucidated a number of important truths, and closed a very interesting subject by inviting all to give religion a personal and constant study, so that by the practice and assimilation of the good things that were offered we might grow in grace and true manliness after the pattern of our Lord and SaviourJesus Christ.
student, and then a preacher, in connection
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Mr. O'Mant has accepted an invitation to fill the pulpit at Nottingham, and we sincerely desire for him a happy and successful ministry.
REV. W. O'MANT (from a correspondent). The introduction of this esteemed minister into the ministry of the New Church took place at Blackburn on Monday evening, 1st September. Mr. O'Mant had been engaged to preach the annual Sunday-school sermons of this Society on the preceding day, and it was felt to be a desirable opportunity to give effect to the instructions of the late Conference and duly induct him into the ranks of the regular ministry. The Rev. R. Storry officiated on the occasion, assisted by the Revs. P. Ramage and H. Cameron. The Rev. G. H. Smith of Accrington and Mr. Parkinson of Preston were also present. The service, which is 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 by 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 circular 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 :
£200 0 0 Ramsey from Liverpool about nine o'clock 16 1 0 in the evening. He learned that his 14 0 0 lectures had been well advertised, and 350 that a spirited and warm-hearted gentle3 30 man who had seen some of his sermons had 2 5 0 come forward and offered a large room, the new hall, for his use as long as he chose to occupy it. The same gentleman, who is a member of the House of Keys (the Manx Parliament), had also printed handbills and sent them to every house in Ramsey.
£238 14 0
This beginning will, we trust, stimulate other Societies to continue the good work, and thus by a general effort to render the important uses contemplated by these funds effective of their purpose.
THE CONFERENCE AND THE PRESS. The Auxiliary Missionary and Tract Society, as in former years, appointed a committee to arrange for the reporting of the proceedings of the Conference in the metropolitan and provincial press. The results of this committee's labours, so far as it can be ascertained, is that several paragraphs appeared in seven of the daily and ten of the weekly papers. The Illustrated London News of the 16th of August gave also a portrait of the President, but the artist was not very successful in producing a striking likeness. A short notice of the Conference and of Dr. Bayley accompanies the portrait. A reporter from the Manchester Guardian and other provincial papers affiliated to the Press Association was present on two days of the session, a representative of the Birmingham Daily Gazette and two representatives of local newspapers attended the meeting of Thursday night. In addition to these items a paragraph, it is believed, appeared in the papers connected with the National Press Agency, and doubtless many country editors inserted in their columns extracts from the reports which appeared in the London dailies. We have also received a copy of Galignani's Messenger, which contains a long and favourable report of the Conference.
ISLE OF MAN. We have much pleasure in recording the fact that New Church truths have been lately delivered in the Isle of Man. A gentleman occupying an important position in Ramsey, and who has for some years been an affectionate reader of New Church works, was very desirous that some public effort should be made to make known to others what he considered so great a blessing to himself. This gentleman wrote to the Missionary and Tract Society in London, who placed the matter before Dr. Bayley, and a correspondence ensued which led to Dr. Bayley's undertaking to visit the island and make a commencement himself.
On Wednesday, August 27th, in very wet and stormy weather, Dr. Bayley reached
On Thursday Dr. Bayley saw this gentleman, and thanked him very heartily for his co-operation. The only drawback was the still stormy state of the weather, which was so severe that Dr. Bayley was counselled to put the first lecture off and wait at least a day for the tempest to subside. Dr. Bayley was unwilling to do this, but intimated he would be present half an hour before the time, and if fifty people were present he would commence. The subject of the first lecture was, "Where are the Dead Men's Souls? what are they like? and how do they live?" The subject seems to have been attractive, for in spite of the storm two hundred people were present at the hour for beginning. This number increased at every discourse, until at the fifth at least six hundred attended. One of the local papers, speaking of the first discourse, says, The numbers who listened to Dr. Bayley on Thursday evening when he delivered his first lecture to the people of Ramsey must have felt their hearts stirred within them as he unfolded to them this grand and simple doctrine of a future life. The catholicity of this New Church, rising as it does above all narrow sectarianism, must commend itself to the minds of all thinking men, and we trust will gradually leaven the whole mass."
The last lecture was delivered on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, and had for its subject "Jesus the First and the Last; then how are we to think of the Trinity?" The most profound attention was paid; and the appreciation of the audience was afforded in the most striking manner by a unanimous request that Dr. Bayley would visit the island next year and spend a month in efforts to help the people on their way to heaven. One thousand tracts were distributed, and one hundred copies of the "Brighton Lectures" were sold. The earnest attention of the town and neighbourhood was awakened; and when he was bidding his kind friends good-bye he was pleased to be informed that every member of the police force had got one of the 'Brighton Lectures" and were inquiring for more to send to their friends.
BARNOLDSWICK.-We give the follow
ing, somewhat abridged, from a local paper: of the Psalmist-that the Lord Jesus An annual lecture is instituted at this Christ is God, and that He is King in His village by the Society at Embsay. This Humanity, which is the Scripture meaning lecture was this year given on Tuesday of the title Son of God. The same truth evening, September 2nd, in the Mechanics' is taught by the Prophet Isaiah in his preInstitution, by the Rev. R. Storry. The diction respecting "the Child born, the Rev. E. Jones of Embsay occupied the Son given, whose name is Wonderful, chair. In introducing the lecturer the Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlastchairman said, "I am glad to see so many ing Father, The Prince of Peace." The here to-night at what I may call our annual Son whose name, that is, whose nature, is gathering. I feel certain that you will thus described was shown by an exposihave a great treat, and I am sure that you tion of the text and of the allusion in the will hear something well worth thinking following verse to His ascent of the about." He then, having opened the meet- throne of David to be the Lord in His ing by reading the 72nd Psalm and offering Humanity. This was further illustrated up the Lord's Prayer, announced the sub- by the teaching of the Apostles and of the ject "The Sovereignty of the Saviour, and Apocalypse, in which the Lamb, the title the Nature, Extent, and Increase of His of the Lord in His humanity, is described Kingdom.' The lecturer in opening his as King of kings and Lord of lords. In lecture said it was some years since he discussing the subject of the Lord's governvisited Barnoldswick and lectured under ment of His kingdom the lecturer dwelt very different circumstances. When de- on the Lord's answers to Pilate, from sired to lecture on the subject announced which he insisted that it was a government to them, although somewhat inconveni- of truth, the Lord being the Truth itself. ent to himself, he had great pleasure in In a lengthened argument he showed that accepting the invitation. The subject a government of truth was one of order announced was too large to discuss fully in one lecture. He could not enter minutely into its particulars, but only glance at its leading features. The great question of the Deity of the Saviour was often discussed on too large a scale, and with reference to too large a number of evidences. He proposed to illustrate this subject by the discussion of one branch of the evidences presented in the Word. He would not discuss or controvert any one's opinion, but seek to establish the testimony of the Bible. There are two subjects which run through the whole revelation of truth. These are the Lord and the Church from Him. The Lord is revealed everywhere in the Word. He is represented by the patriarchs, was before Abraham, greater than Solomon, and to Him bear all the prophets witness. The teaching of the Old Testament Scriptures was that Jehovah was King for ever and ever. Prophecy, afterwards confirmed by the New Testament, with equal clearness and emphasis, announced that the Lord Jesus Christ was King. He referred to the 45th Psalm, showing its relation to Jesus Christ, its reference to His warfare with the spirits of darkness, whom He overthrew in His redemption, and dwelling upon the statement of the 6th verse, "Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre." This passage is cited in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews in the words, "Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom." Two great truths were clearly involved in this application of the teaching
and of peace and progress, and he closed his lecture with an eloquent appeal to the audience to always, and in all places, exercise this great principle of truth and order. Votes of thanks were given to the Rev. R. Storry for his able lecture, and to Mr. Jones for his services in the chair. The lecturer, in returning thanks, said he was pleased at their kindness and attention to him in the course of his lecture, and trusted that they would go home and think carefully over the words that had been spoken during the evening. meeting was then closed with the doxology and benediction.
BESSES.-On August 30th the annual exhibition in connection with the Mutual Improvement Society was held in the school. About forty friends sat down to tea. After tea the Rev. I. Tansley presided over a numerously attended meeting. In the course of his remarks the chairman urged upon the young men the duty of culture, and advised them to take up some branch of science or literature and devote their leisure moments to the acquisition of useful knowledge. Mr. T. W. Grimshaw, Mr. Robert Taylor, Mr. Chadwicke, and other gentlemen addressed the meeting. Several glees were sung by the choir. After the meeting the friends inspected the exhibits. These embraced collections of wild flowers, meadow plants, and cut blooms. Also there were several capital tables of geological specimens. A stage of curiosities also attracted some attention. The awards were adjudged to the successful competitors by Mr. James Taylor of Rainscough, and Mr. Hansefield.