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angels to Abraham, Lot, Hagar, Jacob, angelic force on the one side, and inand Joshua. He then showed that these fernal force on the other, flowed down ministries were visible and conscious, and moved the ground of man's affection and not such as angels perform for men and thought. And because this connec
Nor was such ministry either tion is invisible, and its ministry un. universal or general then, but special, conscious, it can be given without any exceptional, and extraordinary, and was a danger of enslaving men. If men follow part of that extraordinary work which the the impulses stirred up by angels, they Lord performed through the Israelitish advance in that which is good; but if people. It was through them that the they follow the impulses of evil, they Lord gave His Word, and Himself be- sink in sin, but angels still minister came manifest in the flesh. It was for to them to restrain and check them in this purpose that the Lord adopted them their downward career. This ministry as His peculiar people, gave them a is united with the ministry of the peculiar government and worship, sus- Word. When men read its calls, extained them in their journeyings and hortations, and appeals ; when they warfare by mighty miracles, and gave read its warnings, remonstrances, and to them the visible ministry of angels. threats, angelic ministries unite there. But when that worship was accom- with to urge men to obey the calls to plished and the Word of God finished, holiness and to shun the allurements to then these exceptional agencies ceased, sin. Nor is the connection which links and the visible ministrations of angels man with heaven always the same, but terminated with them. He then showed varies with the different states of man's that the whole testimony of Israelitish mind. In infancy and childhood there history went against the idea, that the is a connection by which angels can visible ministry of spirits and angels minister in implanting the first affecwould conduce to the renovating of the tions of love and charity in the soul. Church or the regeneration of man, for In boyhood and girlhood there is anof all Churches the Israelitish was the other connection, which ministers more most carnal in their conceptions and effectually to the love of knowing, and worship of God. And yet notwithstand- to the acquisition of knowledge thereby. ing the open ministry of angels, they In manhood and womanhood there is could not be kept in that carnal faith another, which ministers to righteouseven, but killed the prophets, and ness and holiness of life, and the formastoned them which were sent unto them, tion of an angelic character thereby. and made the Word of God of none And in old age there is another, which effect by their traditions, and at last ministers to the mellowing of man, and were reduced to the most terrible bond- to the ripening or maturing of the age of all, the bondage of obsession, in spiritual character formed. This couwhich the minds and bodies of men are nection links man not simply with one taken possession of by evil spirits who angel, but with hosts, who help him in did with them whatever they chose. For the walk of the regeneration, and proChristians, then, to seek after such a tect him in temptation and trial; and ministry, is like the man upon the the visible ministry recorded in the housetop coming down to take some. Word is to be taken not as a sample, thing out of the house; it is for them but a shadow, a type, of the invisible to return from the field, where they are ministry which is given now. When cultivating Christian faith and life, and conscience is threatened and surrounded put on the habiliments of an effete and by foes, like as Elisha and his servant worn-out age. No, if men would escape were surrounded in Dothan, the prothe desolation of abomination, they tecting power of hosts of unseen angels must flee to the mountains, and trust is there and preserves it from harm. to a higher love, a higher faith, and a When integrity is assailed by passion, higher intelligence for safety.
the furnace of which is heated seven The lecturer then showed that there times hotter, the Lord enables it to was an angelic ministry which was in- pass through the fiery trial unscathed, visible and universal, for all men were like the three Hebrews, for He sends connected with spirits and angels on the down the power of angelic hosts, like one hand, and with evil spirits and devils His angel of old, which preserves it on the other, by means of spheres; and from harm. Angels also minister to
men when temptation is over, as they BURTON-ON-TRENT.-An effort to ministered to our Lord when the devil spread a knowledge of the doctrines of had left Him. Both Divine and human the Church in this town has just been ministry is twofold, visible and in- concluded. During the months of visible, external and internal. The February and March a course of five Lord ministers visibly to us through lectures has been given under the the works of nature, and invisibly by auspices of the London Missionary and the operations of His Spirit within. Tract Society. Mr. Gunton delivered Men minister visibly to us by their two of the course on successive weekworks around us, angels minister in. day evenings on the subjects, “The visibly by their operations within us. Second Coming of the Lord-How, Both are essential and lay us under a when, and where the Lord comes ; lasting indebtedness, but it is the in- “ The Scriptural Way of Salvation." visible which effects the greater good The remaining three were given by the and lays under the greater 'obligations. following gentlemen : the Rev. W. The lecturer concluded by urging his O'Mant, “Swedenborg and his Teachhearers to ponder over the subject, for ing ;" Rev. J. Ashby, “The Future it was calculated to exalt their love of Life-What can we know about it?” God, enlarge their conceptions of His The last of the course was delivered by Divine Providence, and extend their the Rev. R. R. Rodgers of Birmingham, survey of those wonderful agencies on “The Ark and the Flood.” The through which He is ever seeking to lecturer first dealt with the ordinary promote the great work of human salva- theories relating to his subject, and tion.
showed from scientific evidence that a
literal flood had never taken place, and AUXILIARY NEW CHURCH MISSION. that a literal ark was an impossibility. ARY AND TRACT SOCIETY.—This So. He then showed what was the true nature ciety is desirous of obtaining the of the flood and the spiritual significaservices of isolated receivers and readers tion of the ark, and concluded by showof New Church doctrines in the capacity ing that the Scriptures generally conof corresponding members, more especi- tained a meaning other than that conally in provincial towns where no New veyed in the letter. At the conclusion Church Society exists. It very fre. of the lecture Mr. Rodgers invited those quently happens that the Society's present to ask questions, and an hour's work might be very materially assisted very pleasant conversation was the did it possess representatives who could result. The lecturer dealt with his furnish necessary local information, and subject and also with the questions so it is believed, on the other hand, that genially and charitably that those the correspondents themselves would present, although differing from him in derive much benefit from connection opinion, could do no less than thank with a Society by means of which they him for the manner in which he had might advance in some measure the dealt with the subject. On this, as on reception of New Church truth. It former occasions, the Rev. Joseph Ashby is well known that the list of isolated of Derby presided. The audiences were receivers published in the minutes of not large, but were very attentive, and Conference is exceedingly imperfect, anxious at the conclusion of each lecture and the Society has therefore decided to avail themselves of the opportunity to issue this notice with the view of to question the lecturer upon the subobtaining the names of others almost ject discussed.
Some years ago unknown to any of the organizations of Society existed in this town, but it the Church. The duties of correspond- would seem that all its members are ing members of the Auxiliary Society departed. One young man who attended do not entail any great amount of all the lectures undertook the sale of trouble or publicity, and involve no books, distribution of tracts, and made pecuniary assistance. The secretary, himself useful in a variety of ways, Mr. H. T. W. Elliott, 122 Englefield is anxious that the effort may be proRoad, London, N., would be glad to ductive of good results, and to this end furnish, on application, copies of the is doing all that lies in his power. Society's rules and reports, and any other information that might be desired. MANCHESTER-Sale of New Church
Works.-An influential committee has schools were manageil by the same combeen appointed by the various New mittee. For many years past, however, Church institutions in Lancashire, to the conduct of the two institutions has take the necessary steps for establishing been quite distinct. a central depôt in Manchester for the qualities that have ensured success. It sale of New Church works. The com- was not until the schools had been in mittee has issued an appeal to the existence for twenty-two years that they Church for a three years' guarantee received any assistance from the Gov. fund, to which they hope to find a ernment. Inspection began in 1848, liberal response. Nine gentlemen have and the first grant came in 1849. The offered £5 each, per annum, towards money thus obtained was expended in this fund. The growing inquiry for the extending the course of study and imwritings of the Church indicates that proving the quality and method of the the time has arrived when greater teaching. The schools became popular, facilities should be afforded the general and in 1857 a sum of £2000 was expublic in purchasing New Church litera- pended in enlarging the accommodation. ture, and the committee earnestly hope The school has been fortunate in securthat they will receive sufficient encour. ing good teachers, and to the care, agement to warrant them in making ability, and teaching faculty of Mr. the effort to supply this long-felt want. Moss, Mr. Scotson, and the Misses Names of guarantors will be gladly Moss its success is chiefly due. Mr. received by Mr. W. Hughes, Cheetwood, William Hughes, a well-known member Manchester; Mr. J. Fletcher, Stone- of the School Board, has for twenty clough, near Manchester; or by Rev. years served it as honorary secretary. P. Ramage, Stoneclough, near Man. The jubilee of the school was celebrated chester, Hon. Sec.
on December 14, 1877, when many of
the pupils, old scholars, friends, and NEW CHURCH EDUCATION. Day subscribers assembled
in the large hall Schools, PETER STREET, MANCHESTER. of the Young Men's Christian Associa
- These schools, which have long been tion. On this occasion a presentation distinguished by their efficiency and was made to Mr. James Scotson. success, have now been transferred to meeting of old scholars was held a week the Manchester School Board. On the later, and the series of celebrations eve of this transfer, January 26th, the closed with the children's parties on the following article appeared in the Man- 20th and 21st. Mementos of the jubichester Guardian:
lee were presented by the scholars to “As the transfer of the Peter Street the Misses Moss and Miss Kennerley, Day Schools to the Manchester School About the middle of the year an old Board has been for some time under scholar sent a sum of £20 to be invested consideration and will probably be as a prize in the boys' and girls' departeffected at the meeting of the board ment for regular attendance. This he to-day, some particulars regarding them desired to be called “The Moss Prize,' will not be without interest. The in memory of the first master of the Manchester New Jerusalem Church Day school. The motto of “Regularity, Schools were established June 25, 1827, Punctuality, and Diligence,' was one and can thus claim more than half a strongly enforced by that successful century of usefulness. When the school teacher. The first winner of the prize began the interest felt in popular edu- was Walter Cottrell, a boy who had not cation was comparatively slight. Hence once been absent from school during honour is certainly due to those fol. five consecutive years—a fact probably lowers of Swedenborg who in 1827 unparalleled amongst the elementary were amongst the pioneers of that work schools of the country. Of the twentyof elementary education which has since five exhibitions offered by the Mandeveloped so greatly. The committee chester School Board for competition had the co-operation of Mr. Thomas by the scholars of public elementary Agnew, when the school was first schools no less than thirteen have been opened'in Bolton Street, Salford. Mr. secured by scholars of Peter Street Moss, the master, and his assistant School. When the Grammar School teachers were soon transferred to Peter Foundation Scholarships were first Street, but for some time the two thrown open to competition four candi
dates from this school offered them- should be added the art classes for selves and three were successful. At freehand and geometrical drawing. A the next examination the first place was number of the pupils cannot be preagain taken by a pupil of Mr. Scotson's, sented again for examination, having whilst five others succeeded in gaining passed all the prescribed standards. scholarships. It is a remarkable and a significant fact that these scholarships,
SERVICES IN NEW CHURCH which are open alike to middle-class
SOCIETIES. and elementary schools, have been taken principally by pupils from ele- DEPTFORD.—On Tuesday evening, mentary schools. The possibility of a February 17th, the annual meeting of the connection between the elementary Deptford Society of the New Jerusalem schools and the universities would, a Church was held, when the members generation ago, have been thought an and friends sat down to tea at 6.30, idle dream. It may, therefore, be which was presided over by the ladies worth noting that three boys, who of the church. At eight o'clock the received the rudiments of their educa- business part of the meeting commenced, tion at these schools, have taken valu- and after a few remarks from the chairable scholarships at Oxford, and are man, the secretary and treasurer read now completing their education at that their reports. From these we gathered University. It will be seen from these that while in some respects the Society brief details that the Peter Street School had made steady progress, others were belongs to a very high type of element- not quite so satisfactory. The general ary schools. Mr. H. E. Oakeley, her depression had told upon their finances, Majesty's Inspector of Schools, writes the balance at the end of 1879 was of the boys' school, I have been not so good as at the end of 1878, and greatly pleased by my visit to this ex- it was felt that an extra effort would cellent school, which is second to no have to be made or there would be a elementary school that I have ever seen.' deficit this year instead of a balance. Similar testimony could be cited from Accordingly, at the close of the meeting Professor Adamson and others well a subscription was started to meet the known for their practical acquaintance various claims as they become due. with schools and teaching. A passage One object to which special attention from Mr. A. P. Graves' report will show was called, and to accomplish which the range of the subjects taught:- various suggestions were made, was the
"Of the attainments of the boys it clearing off of the debt which still reis impossible to speak too highly. With mains on the building. If this were the sole exception of the spelling of the done they would then be able to carry fourth standard, the answering in read- out a long.cherished plan of erecting a ing, writing, and arithmetic, repetition, schoolroom at the back of the church, for geography, and grammar, throughout which there is ample room. Great interest the school is quite the most brilliant was taken in the business of the meeting. that I have received this year. Again, the knowledge of English literature, DERBY.—The Annual Church Meeting mathematics, animal physiology, and of the Society was held on Monday physical geography easily outstrips that evening, February 16th ; tea was proshown in any other department exam- vided in the schoolroom ; there were ined by me, and a dozen boys presented about forty members present, and great in French evinced an acquaintance with interest and cordiality were manifested the grammar, vocabulary, and pronun- throughout the evening. Reports from ciation of the language, far beyond the the various institutions connected with requirements of the code. The solo the church were read and received, and and part singing on the tonic sol-fa it is most gratifying to state that they principle is also exceedingly good. Al. all spoke of good work done and of together the friends of primary educa- openings for the future.' tion could have no more signal proof of the importance to which it can be EDINBURGH. — The members and brought than the develo it has friends of this Society met this evening, attained in Peter Street School.
March 5th, at their church, No. 6 "To the subjects named by Mr. Graves Infirmary Street, to welcome as their minister Mr. William Alfred Presland, him a hearty reception at their hearths formerly of Keighley. Through the and their homes as a friend. kindness of one or two of the members
The chairman, taking Mr. Presland's the church was newly painted, the hand, said, “It only remains for me pulpit painted and upholstered at the therefore, in the name of the Society, back, and the desk newly cushioned. to offer you a hearty Scotch welcome The ladies prepared a surprise for the amongst us. You will be glad to know assembly by their graceful adornment that although you come to a small of the church. Above the pulpit was Society, you come to an undivided one. placed a life-sized painting of Sweden. There is not, so far as I am aware, a borg beautifully framed. Exotics and single jarring element amongst us. I evergreens adorned the walls and the have to express the hope that during window recesses, and the windows were your labours here you may meet with no all gracefully draped with beautiful obstacle in extending the walls of the curtains.
holy city New Jerusalem.” Shortly after six the chair was taken Mr. Potts then addressed the by Mr. E. H. Craigie, who was sup- assembly, expressing the great pleasure ported by Mr. Presland, Mr. Potts from he had at being present to welcome Glasgow, Mr. Allbutt from Paisley, and another brother minister to Scotland, Mr. M‘Lachlan from Alloa. Several and to be told by our chairman that ladies and gentlemen from Glasgow, there was not a jarring element amongst Paisley, and Alloa were also present, us. He would not attempt to give any the assembly numbering one hundred advice of his own to the younger and fifty in all.
brother, but read some portions from After tea the chairman, addressing Swedenborg's “ Heavenly Doctrines of the audience, said he remembered, about the New Jerusalem "touching this special twenty-eight years ago, the members of subject. Mr. Potts then read several this Society met here for the purpose of extracts from Swedenborg, which were taking farewell of a highly respected warmly received. and much-beloved pastor, the Rev. Mr. ́Allbutt followed, expressing his William Bruce, the advantages of whose great pleasure at being present, and his services, friendship, and cultivated mind experiences of the Scottish character, this Society had enjoyed for over twenty which he found so very different to what years. Mr. Bruce was now the editor he had expected ; and from the preof our Repository, and the author of sident's report of the Edinburgh some of the most standard works of the Society, he had no doubt Mr. Presland Church. His name and his works would would have equally happy experiences. doubtless descend in New Church Mr. M‘Lachlan next addressing the literature with as much distinction as meeting, assured Mr. Presland of as the name of his ancestors did in Scottish hearty a welcome in their own way to history. The Society had kept in mind Alloa as he was receiving at Edinburgh, Mr. Bruce's last words,“ Forget not and advised him as a leader in Scot. the assembling of yourselves together,” land to study the Scotch character, and the pulpit had since been filled hy and he would find that it was much a succession of preachers and members easier to lead them than to drive them. of the Society. The chairman paid a Mr. Presland then gave a most feeling graceful compliment to several gentle- and appropriate reply to all the respec. men for their kindness in thus minister- tive addresses, which was received with ing to the wants of the church, great acclamation by all. We only especially naming Mr. M‘Lachlan, Mr. regret we are not able to reproduce it Eadie, Mr. Hjaltalan, Mr. Hay, and here, and we shall not mar it by any specially Mr. Johnston. Although well attempt at description or abridgment. served by these gentlemen, they al- Mr. Paterson from Paisley and Mr. ways felt the want of a
minister Andrew Eadie from Glasgow afterwards devoted to the duties of his office, and addressed the meeting. The remainder they had met to welcome Mr. William of the programme consisted of an exAlfred Presland as their future teacher, cellent selection of music, which was pastor, and friend. He knew they completed with great acceptance. would receive him willingly as a teacher, reverence him as a minister, and give HULL.-A movement was recently