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MISCELLANEOUS. MISSIONARY & TRACT SOCIETY'S and our best and most successful sermons ANNIVERSARY.

our examples as manifested in our lives.

Mr. Moss supported the resolution. The forty-fourth anniversary meeting His experience in this southern sphere of the Missionary and Tract Society of of missionary labour, he said, had hitherto the New Church was held at Argyle- been very pleasant. He would like to square, London, on Wednesday, May 10, see more tracts scattered abroad among 1865. A preliminary tea meeting was our country friends. He doubted if tract held as usual, being but poorly attended distribution was sufficiently appreciated; on account of the inclemency of the and he thought that the practice of weather. The public meeting was held giving out, at the conclusion of lectures, in the church, commencing at 7 o'clock tracts appropriate to the subject lectured and closing at 9-45, it being felt that upon, was necessary to secure the full the inconvenience of prolonged meetings fruition of missionary labours. “Many exceeds their benefits. Mr. H.R. Williams run to and fro, and knowledge is inhad been announced as chairman, but a creased;” schools, colleges, and univerletter received from him was read, stating sities are extended in number, and imhis regret that unavoidable absence from proved in excellence; the sciences and town should prevent his fulfilling the arts are being developed, and are daily engagement. Mr. Gunton took the chair, increasing their contributions to home and, after calling upon Dr. Bayley, who comfort. But did we see in the same opened the meeting with prayer, he made proportion the cause of truth and heasome brief remarks of an appropriate venly wisdom advanced amongst men ? character.

Science would never give a man wings The Secretary read the minutes of the to soar towards heaven. The doctrines last anniversary meeting, which were of the New Church, and those doctrines then signed by the chairman. The Com- alone, could in the fullest degree afford mittee's Report for the past year was man that power; for, as we all know, also read by the Secretary. The Trea- the old system of theology cannot meet surer read the audited Cash Account. the advanced state of the rational mind

Mr. J. B. Keene moved the first reso- of the present age. The New Church lution :-" That the reports and accounts presents the grounds for a rational perwhich have been read be received; and ception of matters heavenly and eternal, that they be printed, under the direction in the same way that science affords of the new Committee." He spoke in demonstration of things earthly and temterms of high approval of the labours poral. As by the first advent the Lord which, according to the Report they had released man from his spiritual captivity, heard, had been accomplished.

so by the second advent He will release The resolution was seconded by Mr. man from mental captivity, and throw Potts, from Manchester, who called the light upon those who grope in darkness. attention of the meeting to the necessity As the Lord had once sent forth his for accuracy with respect to names; a disciples two and two, so He is now matter of considerable difficulty in some sending forth his labourers in twos; for instances, as in the one he referred to, each missionary should have his mind where the same place bears the three well stored with a knowledge of the names of Warren Lane, New-Church, truth, and his heart glowing with love. and Oswaldwistle. (Laughter.) He highly The resolution was then put and passed. acquiesced in the remark of the first T he second resolution, as follows, was speaker, that each one should be a mis- moved by Mr. Watson, and seconded by sionary. There were young folks in Mr. Butter :most homes, and why might we not " That Mr. Sandy be the Treasurer of begin to act at our own hearthstones? this society for the ensuing year.”—This Let our children be trained in the New resolution was also put and passed. Church doctrines and principles from The Rev. 0. P. Hiller moved the third their youth upwards, as it was said of resolution, as follows:Timothy that he was trained in the “ That in view of the important fact, Scriptures. He believed our best mis- that by means of this Society the docsionary sfforts were home instructions, trines of the New Church may be and

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frequently are presented to the attention friends in a country town when they of the public through the delivery of received a visit from a minister. It was lectures in places where there is no perfectly delightful to them, and they New Church society, or else no regular recollected it with pleasure for years. minister; and considering that without He knew that in Glasgow, until this day, the aid of a society which concentrates friends spoke with affection of Mr. Noble's the means of the church this use cannot visit to that city 35 years ago. This be extensively effected, this society is society likewise enables ministers to cordially recommended to the support of go forth to wake up receivers, give all those who desire the promulgation of them new light, new love, and put the heavenly doctrines of the New Jeru- strength into them, and thus enable salem.”

them “more and more perfectly to work He spoke of the unhappiness which is out their own salvation with fear and often experienced through an imperfect trembling.” Was not this society worthy knowledge, or a misapprehension of the the cordial support of every one who more important doctrines of Christian loves his fellow-men? faith and religious truth, contrasting The resolution was seconded by Mr. with it the happiness, satisfaction, and Goldsack, who said, nothing could be power for good derivable from the clear more dear to the heart of an angel or a and well-defined knowledge of those good man than to see extensively spread truths which the New Church affords. those doctrines which he loves. Perhaps He therefore would most cordially speak in the history of the world no time has in behalf of the resolution which he had equalled the present in an earnest desire submitted. Many, he said, are indiffer- to know and understand what the truth is. ent to the mental darkness in which This spirit of inquiry is becoming more and they live-caring not whether their doc- more dominant in a section of the church trines are true or not, and disregarding which has been very unwilling to accept the diseases which are preying upon the truth. He referred to a sermon which their spiritual nature. There are, how had recently been preached, by appointever, some not in this state. Some ment of the Bishop of London, in the there are who feel that they are wander- Chapel Royal, Whitehall, by the Rev. Dr. ing in mazes of error—that they are in F. Temple,-the chapel being densely labyrinths, out of which they long to be crowded, and there being present the extricated, and they thank any one who Speaker of the House of Commons, the will bring them light. Supposing that Bishop of Ely, and a large number of the in a country town there were only one clergy and aristocracy. In that sermon person of this latter description, dis- Dr. Temple had spoken thus :—“Refertressed and afflicted, and that he had for ring to modern controversy, they might a long time been in doubt as to the find an example of it in the opinions doctrine of Predestination ; supposing which had prevailed in reference to the him to be in darkness and perplexity: he first chapter of the book of Genesis. sees a placard announcing the delivery Attempts had been made to reconcile its of a lecture on the theology of Sweden- statements with the discoveries of modern borg. Ready to look for the light in science, but the two things were totally any direction, he goes to hear : and, his irreconcilable. On no ground could they mind being open to the reception of be accepted as two accounts of the same truth, he hears the truth, and accepts it thing, however ingeniously they might be with joy. He perhaps receives, at the dovetailed together. It was clear, thereconclusion of the lecture, a tract; finds fore, that the first chapter. of Genesis on the cover a description of the works was not the same thing that they learned of Swedenborg; sees where they can be from the study of geology, and they must obtained, gets them, reads them, and come to the conclusion that the narrative receives the truths with delight. It was in the first of Genesis was not history at difficult to over-estimate the good which all, but poetry. They had in all probaa single lecture might thus have effected. bility, in that account of creation, a poem, And was not this a great and noble use ? just as the whole of the Apocalypse was Those who were rolling in spiritual a poem. The seven days of the creation wealth-who were Dives, and had abun. did not represent time. The number dance of spiritual knowledge-who atten- seven was a symbol; and they would ded church, and constantly heard genuine never dream of inferring from the seventruths, had little idea of the feeling of fold gifts of the Spirit that the Holy

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MISCELLANEOUS. MISSIONARY & TRACT SOCIETY'S and our best and most successful sermons ANNIVERSARY.

our examples as manifested in our lives.

Mr. Moss supported the resolution. The forty-fourth anniversary meeting His experience in this southern sphere of the Missionary and Tract Society of of missionary labour, he said, had hitherto the New Church was held at Argyle- been very pleasant. He would like to square, London, on Wednesday, May 10, see more tracts scattered abroad among 1865. A preliminary tea meeting was our country friends. He doubted if tract held as usual, being but poorly attended distribution was sufficiently appreciated; on account of the inclemency of the and he thought that the practice of weather. The public meeting was held giving out, at the conclusion of lectures, in the church, commencing at 7 o'clock tracts appropriate to the subject lectured and closing at 9-45, it being felt that upon, was necessary to secure the full the inconvenience of prolonged meetings fruition of missionary labours. “Many exceeds their benefits. Mr. H. R. Williams run to and fro, and knowledge is inhad been announced as chairman, but a creased;” schools, colleges, and univerletter received from him was read, stating sities are extended in number, and imhis regret that unavoidable absence from proved in excellence; the sciences and town should prevent his fulfilling the arts are being developed, and are daily engagement. Mr. Gunton took the chair, increasing their contributions to home and, after calling upon Dr. Bayley, who comfort. But did we see in the same opened the meeting with prayer, he made proportion the cause of truth and heasome brief remarks of an appropriate venly wisdom advanced amongst men ? character.

Science would never give a man wings The Secretary read the minutes of the to soar towards heaven. The doctrines last anniversary meeting, which were of the New Church, and those doctrines then signed by the chairman. The Com- alone, could in the fullest degree afford mittee's Report for the past year was man that power; for, as we all know, also read by the Secretary. The Trea- the old system of theology cannot meet surer read the audited Cash Account. the advanced state of the rational mind

Mr. J. B. Keene moved the first reso- of the present age. The New Church lution:-“That the reports and accounts presents the grounds for a rational perwhich have been read be received ; and ception of matters heavenly and eternal, that they be printed, under the direction in the same way that science affords of the new Committee.” He spoke in demonstration of things earthly and temterms of high approval of the labours poral. As by the first advent the Lord which, according to the Report they had released man from his spiritual captivity, heard, had been accomplished.

so by the second advent He will release The resolution was seconded by Mr. man from mental captivity, and throw Potts, from Manchester, who called the light upon those who grope in darkness. attention of the meeting to the necessity As the Lord had once sent forth his for accuracy with respect to names ; à disciples two and two, so He is now matter of considerable difficulty in some sending forth his labourers in twos; for instances, as in the one he referred to, each missionary should have his mind where the same place bears the three well stored with a knowledge of the names of Warren Lane, New-Church, truth, and his heart glowing with love. and Oswaldwistle. (Laughter.) He highly The resolution was then put and passed. acquiesced in the remark of the first The second resolution, as follows, was speaker, that each one should be a mis- moved by Mr. Watson, and seconded by sionary. There were young folks in Mr. Butter :most homes, and why might we not " That Mr. Sandy be the Treasurer of begin to act at our own hearthstones? this society for the ensuing year.”—This Let our children be trained in the New resolution was also put and passed. Church doctrines and principles from The Rev. 0. P. Hiller moved the third their youth upwards, as it was said of resolution, as follows:Timothy that he was trained in the “ That in view of the important fact, Scriptures. He believed our best mis- that by means of this Society the docsionary efforts were home instructions, trines of the New Church may be and

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frequently are presented to the attention friends in a country town when they of the public through the delivery of received a visit from a minister. It was lectures in places where there is no perfectly delightful to them, and they New Church society, or else no regular recollected it with pleasure for years. minister; and considering that without He knew that in Glasgow, until this day, the aid of a society which concentrates friends spoke with affection of Mr. Noble's the means of the church this use cannot visit to that city 35 years ago. This be extensively effected, this society is society likewise enables ministers to cordially recommended to the support of go forth to wake up receivers, give all those who desire the promulgation of them new light, new love, and put the heavenly doctrines of the New Jeru- strength into them, and thus enable salem."

them “ more and more perfectly to work He spoke of the unhappiness which is out their own salvation with fear and often experienced through an imperfect trembling.” Was not this society worthy knowledge, or a misapprehension of the the cordial support of every one who more important doctrines of Christian loves his fellow-men? faith and religious truth, contrasting The resolution was seconded by Mr. with it the happiness, satisfaction, and Goldsack, who said, nothing could be power for good derivable from the clear more dear to the heart of an angel or a and well-defined knowledge of those good man than to see extensively spread truths which the New Church affords. those doctrines which he loves. Perhaps He therefore would most cordially speak in the history of the world no time has in behalf of the resolution which he had equalled the present in an earnest desire submitted. Many, he said, are indiffer- to know and understand what the truth is. ent to the mental darkness in which This spirit of inquiry is becoming more and they live-caring not whether their doc- more dominant in a section of the church trines are true or not, and disregarding which has been very unwilling to accept

their spiritual nature. There are, how- had recently been preached, by appointever, some not in this state. Some ment of the Bishop of London, in the there are who feel that they are wander- Chapel Royal, Whitehall, by the Rev. Dr. ing in mazes of error—that they are in F. Temple, the chapel being densely labyrinths, out of which they long to be crowded, and there being present the extricated, and they thank any one who Speaker of the House of Commons, the will bring them light. Supposing that Bishop of Ely, and a large number of the in a country town there were only one clergy and aristocracy. In that sermon person of this latter description, dis- Dr. Temple had spoken thus :-"Refertressed and afflicted, and that he had for ring to modern controversy, they might a long time been in doubt as to the find an example of it in the opinions doctrine of Predestination; supposing which had prevailed in reference to the him to be in darkness and perplexity: he first chapter of the book of Genesis. sees a placard announcing the delivery Attempts had been made to reconcile its of a lecture on the theology of Sweden- statements with the discoveries of modern borg. Ready to look for the light in science, but the two things were totally any direction, he goes to hear: and, his irreconcilable. On no ground could they mind being open to the reception of be accepted as two accounts of the same truth, he hears the truth, and accepts it thing, however ingeniously they might be with joy. He perhaps receives, at the dovetailed together. It was clear, thereconclusion of the lecture, a tract; finds fore, that the first chapter of Genesis on the cover a description of the works was not the same thing that they learned of Swedenborg; sees where they can be from the study of geology, and they must obtained, gets them, reads them, and come to the conclusion that the narrative receives the truths with delight. It was in the first of Genesis was not history at difficult to over-estimate the good which all, but poetry. They had in all probaa single lecture might thus have effected. bility, in that account of creation, a poem, And was not this a great and noble use ? just as the whole of the Apocalypse was Those who were rolling in spiritual a poem. The seven days of the creation wealth-who were Dives, and had abun. did not represent time. The number dance of spiritual knowledge—who atten- seven was a symbol; and they would ded church, and constantly heard genuine never dream of inferring from the seventruths, had little idea of the feeling of fold gifts of the Spirit that the Hols

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Spirit consisted of seven parts. The how far these young men are imbibing number seven signified perfection, and genuine truths. In the last publication the seven days of creation was nothing issued from Mr. Spurgeon's tabernacle more than a symbolical account of the this sermon of Mr. Beecher's is reviewed ; perfectness of that creation. The first and Mr. Spurgeon denounces the idea chapter of Genesis, then, did not profess that God is to be primarily thought of to teach history, but doctrine. Be it, as a Father; and, says he, if this be however, poetry or history, this first true, if it be a fact that God does thus chapter of Genesis bore with it the same love all his children, why the atonecharacteristic of authority. Whether it ment? why the innocent punished for were, as some thought, a history, or as the guilty ? If God loved us as children, others thought with him, a poem, all it would be enough for us to go to Him would admit that it contained a Divine and say, We are sorry for our transgresmessage.” Now there were many simple- sions, and He would need no inducement minded members of the church who to relent. (“ Hear, hear.") Under the would ask, What is to become of our extraordinary circumstance that such religion, when the Alpha and Omega of teaching as this is popular, it behoved the Book of God are decided to be them to endeavour to disseminate to poems ? Truly it was a fit and proper those around them the glorious light time for the New Church to put forth possessed by the New Church as to the its strongest efforts in spreading the true nature of God, and other subjects truths they possess. The resolution was of theological knowledge. . then put and passed.

The resolution was seconded by the Mr. Austin moved the fourth resolu- Rev. Dr. Bayley, who said he had great tion, as follows:

pleasure in seconding the resolution, as “That this meeting is well pleased he always had in taking part in any with the missionary efforts which have matters which forwarded the interest of been made during the past year, as there the Church. Our grand duty (that which is every reason to believe that they have we should postpone for nothing), our been productive of much good; and that great aim (insomuch as the Lord has the new Committee are hereby recom- made us acquainted with principles so mended to persevere in the same course good, so gracious, and so grand), was to so far as is consistent with a due regard give ourselves to this work of spreading to any exigencies that may arise."

the principles of the New Jerusalem. He referred to the immense meetings We need, from time to time, to deepen which were then being held, some of our sense of this duty; for we are apt them being so largely attended that even to forget the immense importance of Exeter Hall was not capable of contain these things, on account of their famiing the multitudes who flocked to the liarity to our own minds. Our great meetings. He felt that some of the object is no less than, by the promulgalabourers in the good cause needed mis- tion of truth, to render the earth more sionaries to be sent amongst them. for efficient as a seminary of heaven. Our what were the doctrines which these cause was now in its commencement ; men were taught to disseminate? He and as none would have thought that would give one example. In a sermon the babe whom the Lord preserved in an by Mr. Beecher, recently published, and ark of rushes would be the means of one which commends itself to all New introducing into the world an entirely Churchmen, he calls God our Father; new dispensation of religion, so we could and he tells his readers that in thinking have but little conception of the enorof the Divine Being, they must strive mous changes that will be worked out most of all to think of Him as a father, by the grand principles which they had and think that He loves them, that He in view that night. We have to spread cares for them, that He is their best the grand doctrine of love, until it is felt friend, that He desires to make all by the nation, and permeates every law, happy. Now, the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon is and governs the world. Referring to fortunate enough to be able to boast that the crude notions existing upon religious he can raise in his congregation £6,000. subjects, Dr. Bayley stated that he had per annum. He has a college under recently heard the mother of a family his own immediate superintendence, in declare that she had for a long time which, at the present time, ninety-one been absolutely afraid to teach her chilyoung men are studying. Let us see dren any religion at all; but her mind

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