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Articipation of the Annual Meeting of the Missionary Societist
Once more returos the glad auspicious day,
And cry aloud, Prepare the Saviour's way!''
The saints of God shall in his temple stand; furt
Redemption to proclaim thro'ev'ry land !
Their works of faith and labours of their love!
Erom pole to pule thy saving pow'r make known,
And ev'ry mount of unbelief remove!
Let Sin's tyrannic empire be no more!
Sweetly reverberates from shore to shorc !"X'tare
The din o battle shall for ever cease;
And touch the sceptre of the Prmce of Peace !
Discord no more shall fill the earth with blood;
This world shall be the paradise of God!
Nor here the triumph of the cross shall end :
Where, while eternal ages shall extend,
The ransom'd throng shall praise redeening love!
[From the Rev. Mr. Keily's Hymns.] 2)
Join to plead before the Lord : 'Tis the voice of grace abounding, 'Tis his arm that brings salvation; Grace to sinners rich and free!
He alone can give the word! Ye who koow the joyful sound,
Father, let thy kingdom come, Publish it to all arouud.
Bring thy wand'ring outcasts home! Is the nume of Jesus precious ?
Brethren, let us freely offer, Does his love your spirits cheer? All we have is from above! Do you find him kind and gracious, Let us gire, and act, and sujer, Still reinoving doubt and fear
What is this to Jesus' love! Think that what he is to you,
Did he die our souls to save ? Such he'll be to others too.
Then we're his, and all we have ! Were you once at awful distance, Hark, the saints' triumphant chorus ! Wand'ring from the fold of God?
Worthy, worthy is the Lamb !'. Could no arm afford assistance,
They have gain'd the prize before usi Nothing save but Jesu's blood?
But ere long, we'll be with them. Think how many still are found,
While on earth, remember still,
They who love him, do' his will.
Till we see him as he is,
Let us prove that we are bis!
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OF, ... THE LATE REV. JOSEPH PARKIN,
MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT WIGAN. The memory of the just is blessed ;'- the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.' Sanctioned by these sentiments, the biographical part of our Magazine is peculiarly important and interesting. To the numerous sketches wbich have been given of eminent ministers and distinguished Christians, we now add a brief Memoir of the Rev. Joseph Parkin, late pastor of the church of Christ, of the Independent denomination, in Wigan, Lancashire.
This amiable and faithful servant of Christ was born at Sheffield, January 6, 1780. Both his parents dying when he was very young, he was left to the care of an aunt, with whom he resided during the early part of life, at Dronfield, Derbyshire. By the kind providence of God, he was apprenticed, at the usual period, to Mr. Roome, a deacon of the church assembling in Queen Street, Sheffield. Here he enjoyed many religious ada vantages, to which he was indebted, under God, for his acquaintance with the gospel of Christ.
It appears that, during his childhood, he was the subject of religious concern, though he enjoyed no means of promoting his spiritual interests. In one of the papers which he has left behind him, adverting to this circumstance, and to the manner of his being brought to the knowledge of the truth, he remarks, • From early life, I well remember the serious impressions with which I was constantly attended, amidst all my juvenile pursuits. My connections, however, were not favourable to early piety. Every symptom of an awakened conscience, or desire of seeking after God, was condemned as childish fanaticism, and suppressed by remonstrance. Too weak to withstand those who demanded , my obedience, and too prone to listen to the syren voice of Pleasure, I said, with the multitude of youth, Who will shew me any good ?' About the age of 14, a kind Providence brought me under the ministry of the Rev. Mr. Brewer, then of Sheffield.
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Immediately, the convictions of my sinful condition were res newed and deepened ; and, I bless God, that, under him, I trust, I was brought to that adorable Saviour, whom I now esteem as the only ground of my hope, and the object of my supreme affection."
Modesty and self-diffidence had for some time concealed the impressions which were made on his mind; but, at length, an extraordinary providence wrested from him a testimony which he could not withhold. In the middle of the night there was a most dreadful storm of thunder and lightning. The whole family, and he among the rest, arose to prayer. Such were the wisdom and the fervour of his addresses to the throne of grace, that his master could not help remarking, The youth that can pray as he does, must be under the teachings and influences of the Spirit of God!'
From this time, the light kindled in his soul, and began to shing more and more, to the great satisfaction of his master and of the religious society with which he assembled. Athirst for spiritual improvement, he met regularly, once or twice a week, with the serious young men of the congregation, for reading, conversation, and prayer; and he has often expressed the very great pleasure and profit which he enjoyed in these exercises; nor was he concerned merely for his own edification. Experiencing the blessed effects of evangelical religion in his own soul, he felt exceedingly desirous of introducing the gospel of the grace of God to the fa. vourite scene of his early days, the village of Dronfield. Thither it was sent, through bis instrumentality; and there it has ever since oontinued to be dispensed with success!
Having joined the church where he had received his spiritual birth, and given evidence to his brethren of his promising talents for preaching, he was encouraged to exercise his abilities in the neighbouring villages. These first efforts proving acceptable, he was introduced to the academy at Rotherham, that he might en. joy a regular course of preparatory studies for the Christian ministry.
During the latter part of his residence at the academy, he preached both in the neighbourhood and to distant congregations, with great acceptance and usefulness; but his youthful appearance generally produced, at first, an unfavourable impression. This was so much the case when he applied at the Quarter Sessions for a license to preach, that the worthy, chairman was very reluctant to grant it; and signified his determination to move in the House of Commons, of which he is an honourable member, for an act to limit the age of persons applying for licenses. He gave the intimation accordingly, assuring the House, that he had been compelled, by the laws of this realm, to license boys (without any education) of seventeen, to be the guardians of our souls, and the teachers of our holy religion!' This mistake has already