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which freedom gives that I now respond the report which accompanies this to the affectionate intelligence which letter. “And I can assure you that the marks the cominunication of our bro- grounds of consolation and encourage. ther, the Rev. Joseph Ashby.
ment you suggest come to us as “good For the third time the annual letter words” and “comfortable words;" for from the General Conference, with the however deficient we have been in " ag valuable gift of twenty-five copies of the gressive zeal,” we have endeavoured "to Minutes of its proceedings, reached us pursue the even tenor of our way” as by the November mail. The address an orderly New Church Society. was read from the desk after the last
Still, as the principal use of these morning service of the year by our annual addresses is to receive and recipvenerable friend Mr. W. Holden, who rocate the truths in love that may be noticed in reading it that the writer had seen to bear upon our duties and our attached a significance he did not in- dangers, it is well that we should "talk tend to the two lay readers” whose with our past hours and ask what mesassistance I have in the performance of sages they bore to heaven.” the “ministerial functions,” for neither instructed by Emanuel Swedenborg that are preparing themselves for those the Divine“ auspices of the Lord are
greater uses of the ministry which continually over His Church ;” but we will have to be provided for at no dis- know that He is constantly making use tant date, inasmuch as the present in- of human instrumentality, and that cumbent is fast nearing the Psalmist's every individual that has, in the course first life's limit of “threescore years of the Lord's Divine Providence, been and ten.” It may therefore be well to made a recipient of the New Church state that one of the two “ lay readers doctrines has been also made a channel referred to in our last address was the for its diffusion to others, and therewriter of it, and he is my senior in years fore the fact of our reception of the as well as an older member of the So- truth imposes the obligation to comciety, having been one of its original municate it to others as well as to show members, and was from the first the its orderly influence upon our own lives active assistant of Mr. Jacob Pitman, and conduct. While, then, we feel the founder and leader of the Society much cheered in reading of the great for fourteen years, during which time efforts that our brethren in England he mostly preached once a month, and and America have been making to prohe has continued to do so for the whole mote a knowledge of the truth during term of my leadership, now over twenty the past year, especially do we rejoice years, and has also during that period in that “new channel " which the rein addition read prayers morning and ception of the teaching of Swedenborg evening every Sunday, although he has by the “Hindu gentleman ” has really been assisted in this labour for several opened in India. Indeed, it seems like years by that other “lay reader” offici- an orderly sequence that, having so reating in the desk on alternate Sunday cently supplied India with natural food, evenings only, and in doing this he is we should have the opportunity afforded not preparing himself for any higher us of furnishing that country with " ministerial use. You will pardon “spiritual food " in the “truths and this correction and explanation, as it is goods” of the New Dispensation, and not desirable that our friends at home thus teaching them most emphatically should think the Adelaide Society richer that “man does not live by bread in labourers than it really is.
Permit me now to assure you that it It has also been with much pleasure is a source of much pleasure and ground that we have seen in some of the literof congratulation to find that the ary articles of the Fortnightly Review seventy-second General Conference has evidence of the influence of that truth been the largest, and in many respects to which the “Symposium on Inspiramore satisfactory, than any previous one; tion” stitched within the covers of the and although it is not much that this January number furnishes the clue. Society adds to the spread of the new Yet while rejoicing in these evidences truths in the world, we have not, per of the reception of the truth in society, haps, altogether lived in vain during and in the activities of our brethren hv the past year, as you will perceive from which the impetus was first given, we
feel rebuked that we have done so little recognitions of Swedenborg with an in this direction. Still we know that estimate as high as that expressed by the real progress of the Church is to be Emerson when he called him a Mastodon looked for more in the orderly lives of in literature. One of these may be its menibers than in the external suc- noticed as appearing in the June issue çess of its propaganda; and though as of the University (Dublin) Magazine, in a Society we cannot claim any special which, while paying well-deserved honcredit in this particular, we are too our to the able translator of Sweden. often reminded in the doctrines of the borg's scientific works, through twenty New Church of the neeessity for the pages the writer seems to regard Swecultivation of good as the ground for denborg's ideas as likely to influence the insemination of truth to plead ignor- modern thought to a very great extent. ance of the fact, or to forget that, know. Indeed, literature is now very largely ing these things, our only safety is in permeated by ideas upon moral and relidoing them.
gious subjects, which follow so closely But with the facilities you possess for upon the truths extant in the writings getting access to receptive minds, you of Swedenborg as to give rise to the can hardly realize the barrier which impression that the respective writers indifference to the truth raises against have, unconsciously it may be, imbibed its communication in this very reli. their ideas from Swedenborg's writings, gious and church-going community, or from that class of New Church literawhere there is a wonderful unanimity ture that is now becoming quite extenin agreeing to differ on religious ques- sive. tions generally, and in agreeing parti- To any one who, like myself, has had cularly not to listen to the teaching of an experience of fifty years' acquaintance the New Church. “In this respect, with the history of the New Church and as one of our daily journals recently her efforts to give evidence of her existremarked in relation to another subject, ence in the world, the growth of the “Adelaide is far behind the age, and past few years has been almost marvelthis simply because of the absence of lous, especially in that of the quality enterprize shown by the inhabitants.” and extent of her literature.
There are, no doubt, many minds that The stone has been cut out of the do not believe the popular doctrines mountain, and it must grow. Let each taught in the creeds of the day, and many and all of us be “strong and work.” more who have very little regard for Signed on behalf of the Adelaide SoScripture authority. But all these attend ciety of the New Church, church or chapel, and exercise them
E. G. DAY, selves in the external uses of their
LUTON COTTAGE, BROWN STREET, tive congregations; but they manifest
ADELAIDE, S.A. no desire to know what is the truth in Countersigned, F. W. BOTTING, relation to the various doctrinal claims
Secretary, A.S.N.C. set up by the denominational Churches. GROTO STREET, ADELAIDE, S. A. It is assumed that this is a matter of Read and adopted at the annual little consequence, conceiving that their general meeting of the Adelaide Society teachers must settle these matters them- of the New Church on Monday evening, selves, and all these for the most part January 26, 1880. prefer quietly to ignore Swedenborg and the New Church. Although some fifty From the General Conference of the New ininisters from eight different denomina- Church in England to the Society of tions accepted the offer of the gift of the the New Church in Adelaide, South
* True Christian Religion” made by a Australia, Victorian friend through our Society some three years since, yet only three made DEAR BRETHREN,—Your address to any acknowledgment of receipt or ap- the General Conference of the New proval of its contents. Happily for the Church in Great Britain, dated January growth of the New Church this “colo- 26, 1880, is to hand, and our esteemed nial indifference” has some exceptions President, the Rev. Dr. Bayley, has both here and elsewhere; and it is a kindly asked me to write in reply. matter for congratulation that thereocca- It is not the first time I have dis. sionally appear in our standard literature charged this very agreeable duty, and a repetition of the service draws me more being held all over the land, and conclosely to you in spirit. I feel to be siderable attention is being given to addressing a familiar Society and a their origin. In the New Church we familiar friend, and sending in my own know that Sabbath schools are regarded name, as well as in the name of the as a mark of a new age, as an evidence Conference, in whose behalf I write that the Lord is now making His Second this annual tribute of sympathy and Advent by giving a second and fuller goodwill.
outpouring of His Divine Spirit into We learn with pleasure of the ordina- the minds of men. Before Sunday țion of Mr. Day, and congratulate you schools began how greatly was the upon your improved status, and the culture of the young neglected, and Society upon the introduction of an how much that neglect contributed to ordained ministry into the New Church Sabbath desecration and to a brutalizin Adelaide. We believe it will be ing life ! But when Sunday schools found to be useful, and you have our commenced the children were drawn heartiest sympathy and good wishes in in ever-increasing numbers from these the change which has been made. debasing pursuits, and a mighty change
I was glad to receive with your was soon wrought in their condition. address the report of your Society. I At first the chief aim was to give the read it with real satisfaction, for it children the merest rudiments of knowshows steady work and considerable ledge, but a vast moral and Christian promise. An average of twenty-one culture grew up with it. In the Sunday communicants at a monthly administra- school children were taught to sing and tion of the sacrament is an exceedingly to pray, and piety was greatly promoted gratifying state of things, and one which thereby. Teachers were
trained to we hope you will continue to experience. habits of self-sacrifice and self-denial, The acquisition of a new organ and the and we are indebted to that training for other improvements which you name many of the benevolent institutions and are evidences of devoted and very per- other works that now exist around us. severing labour. “Let us not be weary Night-schools and day-schools sprang in well-doing: for in due season we out of them ; music classes and choral shall reap, if we faint not.”
societies were offshoots from them; and New channels are continually open. Bible Societies and Young Men's Chrising up for the propagation of New tian Associations had a like origin. Church truth, and the literature of our Many of the most useful and eminent day gives abundant evidences of the of our benevolent associations can be rapid diffusion of New Church thought. traced to men whose first religious imIndia and the whole of our colonial pressions were received in the Sunday empire constitute a vast field for the schools. Rapidly, indeed, did the operations of a Christian mission ; and Sunday school become the great nursery as England has given to India a superior for the Church, and a means for quickgovernment, it should be her aim to ening spiritual life among many of her give to it a superior faith, and in this members. It has been there where the blessed work the New Church should young had been stimulated to habits of avail herself of every opportunity of Christian inquiry and usefulness, and extending to the people of that vast the power of love has shown few greater empire the light of the New Jerusalem. triumphs than in the establishment,
It is true that one of the great hind- government, and management of Sunrances to our prosperity is indifference day schools. These are but a few of the among ourselves. There is a great deal works in which we can trace the proof apathy to overcome, but let us work gress of the New Jerusalem, and the on, remembering that “they that sow advance made is as unmistakable as is in tears shall reap in joy. He that the progress of New Church thought goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious and teaching seen in the current literaseed, shall doubtless come again with ture of our day. rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with Looking onward to the future, the him."
distance the New Church has yet to The year 1880 is memorable as the travel is immense, and seems indeed centenary of the establishment of Sun- greater now than when she began her day schools, celebrations of which are march ; but turning our view backward
upon the past, the progress she has We have succeeded in entirely clear. made has been great, and the landmarks ing off the debt which existed on our from which she has journeyed have place of worship, a result for which we already receded into the dim past. Let feel called upon to be especially thank. us dwell with joy upon these triumphs ful to the Lord, for certainly when we of the Lord, and sing with the angelic acquired the property we did not expect hosts, “Great and marvellous are Thy we would so soon be able to complete its works, Lord God Almighty ; just and payment. true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints, In your address you specially allude and to Him be ascribed all glory and to the fact that we did not in our comdominion for ever and ever. Amen. munication sent last year refer to the
On behalf of the General Conference, administration of the sacrament of the and in the spirit of love and Christian Holy Supper. We did not think it brotherhood, believe me, sincerely necessary to mention this in our last, yours, WM. WESTALL. because we had done so in one of our
previous communications, but we take Address from the New Jerusalem Church this opportunity of stating that we
Society in Mauritius to the General celebrate this rite twice a year, viz. at Conference of that Church in Great Christmas and Easter, the number of Britain.
communicants varying from twenty to
thirty-two. BELOVED BRETHREN, -We received The above are the main facts connectin September last your instructive and ed with the history of our Society for the affectionate address for the year 1879, current year which we have to bring to signed by Samuel Pilkington, and with your notice; we wish they were more it six copies of the Minutes of your pro- encouraging, but with us at present it is ceedings for the last-mentioned year, for certainly “the day of small things.” which we tender you our best thanks. We learn from the Minutes of your The president of our Society, Mr. proceedings and other publications conLesage, has requested me, as its vice- nected with the New Church that dursecretary, to reply to your kind com- ing the past some progress has been munication, and I do so with pleasure. made in spreading the truths of the
It gives us sincere satisfaction to New Dispensation; and although our learn that the noble character of our share in that progress has been very late president, Mr. Edmond de Chazal, small, yet this does not prevent our was duly appreciated by the members of appreciating any success that may be the Church in Great Britain. For our achieved elsewhere, and especially are selves, although as time passes on our we glad to learn of the activity that natural regret for him diminishes, still prevails in Great Britain and America. in one sense we constantly miss him As to this colony, we wish we could see and feel how much we have lost by his any very apparent symptoms of desire removal from us as regards the mater- to accept the new truths in the underial sphere of our actions, while we standing and will, but we cannot; some nevertheless feel assured that spirit- little interest exists with respect to ually we are gainers by the dispensation them, but it is not strong or general; that has taken him from us.
During however, our duty is plain, it is to study the year that has elapsed since last we the heavenly doctrines with diligence addressed you one member has joined and care, and then with the Divine help, our Society, we have celebrated one which never fails to those who sincerely marriage and performed seven baptisms, seek it, we must carry them out in all of which one was an adult and the others the actions of our daily life. infants.
With our affectionate wishes for the The attendance at public worship success of your efforts, we beg to enclose has varied but little from what it was this address. when I last addressed you.
Signed on behalf of the New Jerusaoccasion, however, it rose to eighty, lem Church Society of Mauritius, but the average may be put down as
J. H. ACKROYD, Vice-Secretary. forty. At the lectures we give every
N. LESAGE, President. Saturday the attendances have diminished, as it seldom exceeds ten.
1st May 1880.
From the General Conference of the sink into despondency. And the outlook
New Church in Great Britain to the is not at times assuring; truth baffled Society of the New Church in the island by falsity; goodness overborne by evil; of Mauritius.
faith beset with doubt; and charity sim
ulated by selfishness. And things might DEAR BRETHREN, —Your address to be so greatly improved, and soon too, if the General Conference dated 1st May men were wise and willing. 1880 has safely come to hand, and the But let us remember the Lord sees President has intrusted to me the all. And He is fain to work and wait. pleasant duty of replying to it.
And so must we. And though our arWe note with unfeigned interest your dency is enkindled at a Divine Source, simple record of progress from year to let us not forget that success can come year, and deeply sympathize with you in only in orderly ways and by measured your aspirations after growth and useful- steps. Final victory is assured.
Ît is most becoming in you so to the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.” do. Our heavenly Father has implant. “In that day there shall be One ed in our minds these desires, and it is Lord, and His name One.” But between well for us to cultivate them wisely. then and now very much has to be done, And we may thankfully regard them as and we cannot precipitate events.
We evidences that we have indeed, in some must go on ploddingly, patiently, and measure, become partakers of the heaven- unweariedly in well-doing. ly gift of Christian discipleship when Little as it may seem to you, you we experience a growing interest in the have already done a great work in your spread of our Redeemer's kingdom, not island home measured by the standard only generally in the world, but par- of the sanctuary. Your ability to carry ticularly in our own midst. The true on regular meetings for worship ; the Christian is not content to eat his morsel occasions afforded you for calling public alone and look indifferently upon the attention to the treasure of good things thousands around him less happily cir- you hold in trust; your late successful cumstanced. He, like his God and effort to clear your church from the inSaviour, would have all men to be cubus of debt, are all tangible evidences saved and to come to the knowledge of of success for which you do well to be the truth.” Experiencing what he does thankful to the Giver of all mercies. of the comforts of fellowship with the While every mind brought to the acLord in obedience to the truth, he prays knowledgment of the sole Deity of the and labours for the coming of the glorious Lord Jesus Christ, and all that that in. time when “the earth shall be full of volves in the way of doctrine and life, is the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters a trophy of inestimable value, a result cover the sea.
compensatory of all the time and pains Brethren, accept the word of en- it cost to achieve. couragement. If you are in the place to Continue then, dear friends, in your which a gracious Providence has assigned path of holy privilege and pious duty. you ; if you are doing the work of the Cultivate communion with the Lord in day, the work that comes nearest to reading and meditating on His Holy hand; if you are seeking with a single Word in he light of the heavenly eye to glorify the Lord in all things, doctrines. Live lives of charity and then be of good cheer. You will not faith. And be ye" faithful unto death, labour in vain, nor spend your strength and the Lord will give you each for nought. You are co-workers with crown of life. the Lord, and must prosper. Through On behalf of the General Conference, I you the loving Father above is reaching am, yours faithfully, down to His needy children, and leading
GEO. H. SMITH. them, unseen by you and by them, in the way they best need to go.
SYDNEY.—The following notice, which We are telling you nothing more than may interest your readers, consists of we have occasion to repeat to ourselves a extracts from the recent letters of the thousand times. As we look abroad in secretary of the Society at Sydney, New the great world, and see so much that South Wales, to a relation in England : needs to be done, and, as we think, doné “Our Society is getting on very well at once, we are apt to grow impatient or now. We have four gentlemen taking