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of the New Church would go on and the accoinpaniment in a pleasing and
Was it poswhen he should favour them with a visit. sible for them by exercising all their
Mr. Presland, of Edinburgh, next powers and abilities to exalt God? addressed the meeting. He said that Yes, it was possible, but this exaltation he stood in a soinewhat different posi. of the Lord must be within them, in tion from any of the other speakers. their hearts and minds, in their affections He
Mr. Pulsford's brother-in- and in their thoughts, and this they can law, and they might conclude from only do by loving what was good, and that fact that he had considerable ac- thinking what was true, for the Lord is quaintance with him. Whilst he had goodness and truth itself. To receive been listening to the various speeches Divine truth in their minds was to that had been made, and witnessing the receive the Lord, and when they cherish exceedingly warm welcome they had Him in their affections, they are exaltgiven his dear friend and brother-in-law, ing Him; and in their daily life, while many happy memories of the past had engaged in the business of the world, crossed his mind. After recounting when they were subjected to troubles some of these happy reminiscences, he and temptations, they should endeavour said it was therefore a very great plea- in thought and deed to seek at all times sure for him to welcome Mr. Pulsford to do what was right, for love to God as a fellow-worker in the Lord's New and charity to man was exalting God in Church in this important country, Scot- their daily life. They should also exalt land. One great thing for a minister to the Lord in their worship; if that worhave was sympathy, and the power of ship was not
ine, it would not pro. speaking words in season to those who duce good, and consequently could not stood in need of counsel and advice. be productive of glory, to the Lord. They should not regard him as simply an Divine worship consisted of Divine es. intellectual acqusition, or one who could altation of the Lord, and took place only explain hard passages of Scripture to according to the degree they humblel them, but they should regard him as themselves before God, as humiliation one who could enter into their trials, and before the Lord was essential to Divine who would be ready at all times to give worship, and by doing that, they would them solid counsel and assistance as far receive the blessings of His Divine love as it lay in his power. The great need of and wisdom, which constitute eternal the present day was a heart-to-heart sym- life. Their natural tendency was to pathy between the workers in the world's exalt themselves before the Lord in work and the workers in the Lord's vine- worship. By so doing they were closyard, and if they could feel themselves ing the interiors of their minds to the at one with him who was leading them, reception of the Lord, and consequently at one with him in all things, and receiving no benefit from their devoalways ready to help him in his work, tional exercises ; but each of them should they would reap a rich reward indeed. endeavour to say when leaving the
Mr. Smith, of Manchester, Mr. E. H. church, “It was good for me that I Craigie, Edinburgh, and Mr. Andrew was there." The first important thing Eadie, Glasgow, afterwards made short he wished to say to one and all of them addresses, all of a congratulatory char- on this the first day of his ministry acter, and auguring well for the future among them was, Exalt
ye the Lord." success of the Church in Alloa. During Let their chief object, he said, in all the evening the choir sang with fine their endeavours in that place of worship effect a number of anthems, Mr. John be the exaltation of the Lord, for only MʻLachlan, jun., leading and playing in that could spiritual blessings be
given. And while exhorting them for ten thousand different ways by which their own sake, for their neighbour's they might be preaching to the world sake, and for the Church's sake to exalt the pure doctrines of Divine truth. the Lord their God in their thoughts The most effectual and most powerful and affections, he would at the same way of preaching the truth to others time resolve to the fullest extent of his was to embody that truth in every action abilities, under the blessing of the Lord, of their lives. When they cheerfully, to do likewise. He was certain that if freely, promptly, and spontaneously did they joined together in striving to exalt their part in helping the cause of the God, and to worship Him, He would Church and bearing their share of its give them peace and prosperity. Their expenses, they knew that each one of meetings would also be blessed with the them was a centre of power. Divine Presence, which would tend to unite them as members of one family, SALISBURY.-A Band of Hope has and would add to the number of those just commenced in connection with our who now worshipped the Lord Jesus Society which promises to be quite a Christ as the Incarnate God, Jehovah success. At the first meeting we manifest in the flesh, Creator, Redeemer, admitted sixteen as members, upon and Saviour, who is over all and in all. their signing the “Declaration of
In the evening Mr. Pulsford preached Abstinence; songs were sung suitable from the 9th verse of the 22nd chapter for the occasion, and the interest of of Matthew—"Go ye therefore into the young people was so excited that the highways, and as many as ye shall it is hoped that the Sunday school may find, bid to the marriage."
be increased, and the church brought The parable, he said, from whence under more general notice by this new the text was taken represents a certain arrangement. king making a marriage feast for his son. October 3.-Mr. R. Gunton visited The kingdom of heaven mentioned in the Society and delivered two disthe parable is wherever the Lord reigns. courses on this date. In the morning It is within them, when the Lord's he preached to a congregation of about truth is the leading principle of their forty in number) on the subject of minds; and when the Lord's love is the Baptism and the Holy Supper, plainly leading principle in their The setting forth the teaching of the king means the Lord as to His supreme Church concerning these institutions, Divinity, and the son meant the Lord showing their significance, and the as to His Divine humanity. He was wisdom of using them as divinely also the Bridegroom and the Husband appointed” means of assistance in of the Church ; and to establish His becoming regenerated. After this Church on earth is to establish His service the - Sacrament
adkingdom in heaven. The New Church ministered to seventeen communicants. was the crown of all Churches, it was in the evening the bills which had the Church of the Second Coming of the been circulated announcing the visit Lord Jesus Christ into the world, the attracted more strangers than had ever Church which John was permitted to before been present in the building now see as the New Jerusalem descending occupied ; and all seemed interested as from God out of heaven, and that its Mr. Gunton explained, from a New establishment upon earth was not for Church point of view, "The Love of time but for eternity. The Lord God manifested in the Gift of His Son. says, Go into the cross-ways or crooked The grand truth of the revelation of ways, and as many as ye can find bid the “Everlasting Father” in the them to the marriage. But the question person of "Jesus Christ” was clearly might arise to some of them, How was presented, and also the necessity of so this to be done? They could not all believing in the God thus revealed, as work in the same way, they could not to avoid those things He has forbidden, all preach, many of them had not the and carefully attend to all the laws ability to enter deeply into theological laid down as necessary for obtaining subjects. It was true they could spiritual health and happiness. not all work in the same way, it October 4.—Mr. Gunton delivered a was never intended that they should, lecture, the subject being “Hell, and but they must know that there were why God, as a Being of Infinite Love,
permits such a place to exist." The doctrines by a steady and consistent, lecturer explained in a logical manner if uneventful, Christian life. the origin of hell, its nature, and the He had been ailing for some time, manner in which the infernals live in but neither he nor his friends antici the other world. Although the evening pated that the close of his career would was both wet and cold, an audience of be marked by the severity of struggle about forty persons rapidly assembled through which he disengaged himself at about 8 P.M., comprising a large pro- from his mortal tenement. Mercifully portion of strangers, some of whom the welcome release was given, and responded to the lecturer's invitation John Wade passed peacefully away to for questions.
At the close of the the world where there is no more pain. meeting eight books were sold, chiefly copies of the “ Brighton Lectures" and
At Headingley, near Leeds, Sep“The Spiritual World.”
tember_13, 1880, Mary, wife of Mr.
Henry Ramsden, aged sixty-six years. Marriages.
Our departed sister had been for many On the 29th September, at the New years a sufferer from a painful rheumatic Church, Peter Street, Manchester, by afiliction which she bore with exemthe Rev. John Presland of London, plary patience. Death to her was a assisted by the Rev. Charles H. release from suffering, and opened beWilkins, William Kaye Parry, M.A., fore her the hope of a happy future. Dublin, to Rose Mabelle Holland, youngest daughter of William Leake, September 13, 1880, at West End Woodlands Terrace, Higher Broughton, House, Ashton-under-Lyne, in the Manchester.
fifty-sixth year of his age, after a very
short illness, Edward Holt passed On October 6th, at the New Church, peacefully away into his eternal rest. Wretham Road, Birmingham, by the Rev. R. R. Rodgers, Walter, younger have been called to do duty at Ashton
To those amongst the preachers who son of Isaac A. Best, of Summer Lane, his familiar face will be well rememBirmingham, to Eva, fourth daughter bered, and to write his biography of the late Henry Wilkinson, Esq., of would be to recount the whole history Handsworth.
of the Ashton Society. Nothing that On the 14th of October 1880, at the concerned the welfare of the Society New Church in Antelope Square, ever took place without his hearty Catherine Street, Salisbury, by the sympathy and co-operation, and the leader, Mr. Leonard Herbert, Mr. writer of the present notice remembers William Charles Roach to Harriet, with deep, affection the endearing third daughter of Mr. Charles Best, of manner with which he always strore 31 Endless Street, Salisbury. On the to win the young to the Church. His completion of the service the bride last act, two days before his removal
, and bridegroom were presented with a in its service was to organize and carry handsome Bible as an acknowledg. out a picnic for the children, at which ment of theirs being the first marriage he entered most cheerfully into the in the building at present occupied by various games, running with youthful the Church. Flowers were also strewn agility, and encouraging them with a in the path of the newly-married pair, heartiness that seemed so unlike the and they were received with showers immediate prelude to his entrance into of rice on leaving the building. the spirit world for ever.
His sudden removal has produced Obituary.
a profound and solemn impression At Accrington, on 28th September amongst his numerous friends, ac1880, John Wade, of Plantatiou quaintances, and fellow-members of Square, departed this life, aged sixty. the Church, several of whom from three years. Our friend was not one of Liverpool, Manchester, and Southport those who actively served the Church, attended the interment of the remains. still he loved her worship, and was Prior to the removal of the body from constant in his attendance at her the house, Mr. Henshal the Lanca. services. And hence she regarded shire colporteur, delivered a touching him as by no means one of her least address and offered up an appropriate esteemed members, for he adorned her prayer.
The book of Nature and the book of Revelation are but two different modes by which the Universal Father makes known to His children His eternal power and godhead, and His loving and wise care for their temporal and eternal happiness. If men could read these two books aright, they would see that each illustrates and confirms the other, and that they unite their testimony to the existence of a Being of infinite love, wisdom, and power. It is possible to read these books wrongly, so far as their relation and testimony to each other and to their common Author is concerned. Each may be studied alone, or at least apart, and apparently without reference to the other. Yet this is only an appearance.
It is true that we cannot even read, much less understand, Revelation without having been educated in the school of Nature. Our faculties must be first opened and trained and endowed by Nature before we can know and comprehend the teaching of Revelation. And yet we could not have the power of acquiring or understanding a single natural truth if it were not for the inflowing of Divine light into the mind, and the operation upon it of spiritual agencies both angelic and human. It is not uncommon for scientific men to estimate the relative capacities of animals and men by the relative size of the brain. But the difference of volume cannot account for the great and impassable gulf that separates man and animals that lies between human and animal nature. The difference is not one of degree but of kind. Human nature in its lowest state is
capable of being elevated by education, so as to become highly scientific, rational, and religious; while mere animal nature is incapable, even with the aid and influence of man, of any measure of human intelligence, either natural or spiritual ; and, if left to itself, shows neither aspiration nor effort after a higher state than that which has ever been known to characterize it. There is a Divine influx through the souls of animals as well as into the souls of men, but both receive that influx according to their nature. To the animal it gives the innate or instinctive knowledge which guides it to all that its animal nature requires ; to the man it gives, not knowledge, but the power of acquiring it and of applying it to the requirements of his higher nature. It is a remarkable fact that animals should be born with all knowledge and man with none. The scientists of a certain school ascribe the innate knowledge of animals to heredity. They inherit the acquired and treasured-up knowledge or experience of former generations. One might reasonably think that man would transmit to his descendants, still more perfectly than his mute companions of the field, the knowledge and experience he had accumulated. There is this great distinction between animal and human knowledge—that of the animal is unconscious knowledge, that of man is conscious knowledge. And surely that knowledge which is an object of the consciousness, and every step in the acquirement of which has been made by a conscious exertion of the faculties, should be more deeply impressed upon the mind and more transmittible than that which comes unbidden and remains unrecognised. Human beings do inherit something from their predecessors. They do not inherit knowledge, but they inherit improved aptitude for acquiring, and enlarged capacities for accumulating knowledge. The faculties of animals is never improved by inheritance, and their measure of instinctive knowledge remains always the same. No doubt the character of animals is modified by change of surrounding circumstances, especially that of domesticated animals under the treatment and influence of
But no animal by the most favourable circumstances can be raised above its animal condition; and according to all accounts, when animals return to their wild state they relapse into their wild nature, although this has recently been disputed. Not only do they never of themselves improve upon what they have gained, but they are unable to sustain it; when the forcing power is removed they fall to the level from which they have been artificially raised, as cultivated plants, when left to themselves, return to their wild condition,