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means that could be adopted; and said On Sunday morning, April 30th, he that all new systems of theology were preached to an excedingly attentive conintroduced to the great body of the gregation, on “ The Science of Correspeople by that means.
pondences, the only true key to unlock The chairman having briefly summed the Word of God.” He demonstrated up, Mr. Edward H. Bayley proposed the this in the work of creation, from the following resolutions, viz. :
first to the eighth verse of the first chap1. “That in the opinion of this society ter of Genesis. Then he showed that the writings of the church, and, as far Genesis was not geology, but in reality as expedient, its proceedings, ought to the genealogy of the Word of God, or be thoroughly advertised in the publi- the first fruits of the Divine Will to cations of the day; and that greater man. As such, it was the origin of all efforts should be made to bring its pro- truths to enlighten and bless the mind ceedings before the public through reports of a being destined for an eternal existin the press.”
ence. Men are bound, therefore, to in2. “That arrangements be made for vestigate with candour, and to examine the institution of a shilling' fund to with gratitude, the beginning of Genesis. promote this object, the proceeds to be In the afternoon Mr. Marsden baptized placed at the disposal of the Swedenborg eight persons, seven belonging to one Society.”
family; and, as several of these were The resolutions were seconded by Mr. adults, he took the opportunity of giving C. W. Smith, supported by Mr. Arthur an address to all assembled, on the Day, and carried unanimously.
solemn nature of the baptismal covenant. On the 26th April this society gave a He explained the ceremony as performed social soirée and concert in aid of the in Jordan, and gave the correspondential Argyle-square church day-school fund, significance of waters, of the forehead, which was well attended. Tea was pro- and of the triune name of the Lord Jesus vided at half-past five o'clock, to which Christ. All present appeared delighted, about 150 sat down, and at seven o'clock especially with the beautiful services of the concert commenced, under the able the liturgy, and the parents felt deeply superintendence of Mr. John C. Bayley, the sacred responsibility of thus initiating assisted by a numerous choir. Several their children into the Church, for inpieces were rapturously encored, and the struction and regeneration. whole progressed in a very satisfactory In the evening the room was well manner..
filled. The subject was, “ Is repentance At the general meeting held on the at the last hour by faith alone to be 5th May, the following resolution was found in the Word of God, or is it a relipassed, expressing indignation at the gious delusion of the age, destroying the assassination of President Lincoln :-- souls of mankind.” (Luke xxiii., 42.) The
“That this meeting desires to give preacher alluded to repentance as going utterance to the feelings of grief with before faith; he explained its nature, which it has heard of the assassination and the import of the two terms used to of President Lincoln; and to convey to express it; showed forcibly its necessity, Mrs. Lincoln, and to the United States' then unfolded the means of repentance, Government and people, an expression and described its blessedness. Lastly, of deepest sympathy and condolence.” he went minutely into those stages of
Messrs. George Dibley, George Wallis, the religious life of the thief on the cross, R. Jobson, E. H. Bayley, J. A. Bayley, so clearly indicated by his exalted percepG. M. Pulsford, and the Chairman (Vr. tions concerning the Redeemer, as Israel's John Presland) addressed the meeting. deliverer, by his confession; his humility,
A copy of the resolution was forwarded and his reproof of the other thief. to the American minister in London, and On Monday evening, May 1st, a cona reply, in courteous terms, has been re- versational meeting was held, the subceived from that gentleman, stating that ject being " The death and burial of it has been forwarded to Washington. Moses." Mr. Marsden presided, and
introduced the subject by some very SHEFFIELD.—By the kindness of the instructive and pleasing remarks, showNational Missionary Institution, the ing the glorious beauty of the science Church in Sheffield has been favoured of correspondences as unfolded by with the services of the Rev. T. L. Swedenborg, and gave a few hints on Marsden, of Dalton, Huddersfield. the nature of the words, " preservation"
and “glorification," as represented by attention; after which, Mr. Ray gave the the death and burial of Moses on the members of the church some very admisummit of Moab's mountain.
rable advice on church matters, and
then administered the Lord's Supper. ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE. — The anniver. There was a good attendance. sary sermons of the Ashton Society were The members and friends are deeply preached by the Rev. T. L. Marsden, of indebted to their Newcastle brethren for Dalton, on Sunday, April 9th. In the these missionary visits; also to the Misafternoon the rev. gentleman took his sionary Society for its invaluable assisttext from Matthew xi., 4-6, on the won- ance in aiding the spread of the truths ders of redemption, which brings sight of the church in Carlisle. to the blind, the power of walking to the lame, purification to the leper, life to the RAMSBOTTOM.— The Sunday School dead, glad tidings to the poor, and bless- anniversary sermons of this society were ings to all who are not offended in Jesus. preached by Mr. E. J. Broadfield, B.A., In the evening the subject was “ The of Accrington, on the 14th instant. The manifestation of God to Moses, and the sermon in the afternoon was from Luke holy fear which followed :” “Moses hid viii., 39—“Return to thine own house, his face, for he was afraid to look upon and show how great things God hath God.” (Exodus iii., 16.)
done unto thee;" that in the evening On Thursday, the 13th, Mr. Marsden from Exodus ii., 9—“Take this child gave a most interesting lecture on “ The and nurse it, and I will give thee thy manners and customs of the Orientals.” wages.” These sermons were peculiarly With the help of a few beautiful coloured excellent, and were listened to with quiet diagrams, the lecturer was enabled to and earnest attention. There were about present his subject in a pleasing and 300 persons present, both at the afterinstructive manner. Some excellent glees noon and evening services. The singing were performed at intervals by the mem of the choir, and the instrumental music bers of the glee class, Mr. William Lomas accompanying, added to the devotional presiding at the piano.
spirit of the services. In the morning On Good Friday, a social tea meeting an address was delivered to parents and was held in the schoolroom, and a delight- scholars. The collections amounted to ful evening was spent after tea in amuse- £22. 18s. The collections of this and ments of various kinds, songs, recitations, the preceding year average double the &c. Mr. Marsden, who occupied the amount of any previous years. The chair, gave an address, encouraging the society begs to return its sincere thanks friends to persevere in their efforts to to the committee of the society in strengthen and build up the Lord's New Accrington for having spared Mr. E. J. Church, both internally and externally ;- Broadfield on this occasion. to do their utmost in the present, trusting in the Divine Providence for a more KERSLEY ANNIVERSARY SERMONS.prosperous future—for the passing away These sermons were preached on the of the dark cloud under which so many 30th of April last, by the Rev. E. Madehave been struggling hard and long. ley, of Birmingham. The congregations
were good, comfortably "filling the spaCARLISLE.—The members and friends cious church in nearly every part; whilst of the New Church society meeting for the services of our reverend friend gave worship in Slack’s-court, Milbourne- unmixed pleasure to the numerous audistreet, on Sunday, the 23rd ult, were ences he addressed. This visit will long favoured with a visit from the Rev. be remembered with gratification. The W. Ray, of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who collections amounted to upwards of £24. preached two sermons on the above date to very attentive audiences. Mr. Ray SWEDENBORG SOCIETY.-The members chose for his morning discourse “ The and friends are affectionately invited to character of Sampson spiritually consi- attend the fifty-sixth anuiversary, which dered, and its adaptation to the forma- is appointed to be held on Tuesday, tion of the Christian character,” which June 20th, at St. George's Hall, opposite discourse was very instructive and im- St. Jude's church, Gray's Inn-road, near pressive. The evening was devoted to Argyle-square. The reports of the Comthe question, “Is there an intermediate mittee and Treasurer will be read, the state ?" which was listened to with every Committee and Treasurer appointed, and
some important matters affecting the tions of about sixteen hundred people, vital interests of the society be brought and would no doubt have addressed as before the meeting. The chair will be many this time had be been able to retaken at seven o'clock, by the Rev. A. main. It is interesting to note that the Clissold. Tea will be provided from Norfolk News, the most widely circulated half-past five to half-past six; tickets for paper in the district, devoted four columns which, 1s. each, may be obtained of Mr. to reports of the Doctor's lectures. Alvey, 36, Bloomsbury-street; of Mr. Pitman, 20% Paternoster-row; or at any South LONDON.—This society now of the churches.
numbers 50 members, and is slowly but
steadily progressing. Its current exNORWICH.—The friends in this city have, penses of £100. per annum have been through the kindness of the National so far met, and its members are stimuMissionary Society, recently had the lated to increased exertions for the future, gratification of a visit by the Rev. Dr. by the fact that their past labours have Bayley. The doctor arrived on Tues- been attended with some visible fruits. day, April 18th, and attended a tea They are anxious, however, to possess a meeting of the members and friends, church of their own as early as possible, held in the French Church the same and to effect this laudable end, are enevening, at which about sixty persons deavouring to increase the Building Fund were present. After tea Mr. Spilling which was established 18 months since. was called upon to preside, and addresses It is gratifying to report that this fund, were given by the chairman, Dr. Bayley, which amounted to £116. at the end of Mr. Harcourt (the society's much respec- 1864, has since had £138. added thereto. ted leader), Mr. E. D. Rogers, Mr. Cold- To still further augment it, the Bazaar ham, and Mr. Wise, of Yarmouth. The referred to in the March Repository was meeting was a very pleasant one, and projected, and all connected with the the good counsel and encouragement society are now labouring to render it given by the doctor were very gratefully thoroughly successful. It is to be held received.
at St. George's Hall, Gray's Inn road, a On the three following evenings Dr. fine room situated in a central part of Bayley delivered a series of lectures in London, and well known to most of the the Lecture Hall, St. Andrew's, not fewer New Church friends in the metropolis. than a thousand persons being present on At first, the month of June was fixed for each occasion. The subjects were holding it, but it having since been “Woman as Maiden,” “Woman as Wife," ascertained that the hall would be reand “Woman as Mother,” and the ad- painted and decorated during the apdresses comprised a deeply interesting proaching autumn, it has been decided exposition of the views of the New Church to defer it until October next. This poston the mental and spiritual relation of ponement will, it is hoped, enable many the sexes, the true doctrine of marriage, parties to supply a variety of useful and and the spiritual signification of the terms ornamental articles, who could not othervirgin, daughter, bride, wife, and mother, wise have done so conveniently. Already as employed in the Sacred Scriptures. many handsome contributions have been The audiences showed by their marked received or promised, and it is believed attention and frequent applause how that the project will more than realize greatly they were delighted, and at the expectations of its promoters. The the close a well-known Wesleyan local bazaar is designed to be of a decidedly preacher spontaneously moved à cordial New Church character, and to bring vote of thanks, speaking of the lectures together those connected with our varias amongst the best he had ever heard, ous societies, who rarely can enjoy the and expressing an earnest hope that it pleasures of social intercourse. It is would not be long before Dr. Bayley earnestly hoped that every one who is would be able to pay the city another interested in the progress of the New visit. The only regret expressed by those Jerusalem, will cheerfully assist this who heard the lecturer was, that he was effort to erect, in the midst of the many unable to stay over the following Sun- thousand inhabitants of South London, day,-a regret which the members of the a church dedicated to the exclusive wor. society fully shared, seeing that on the ship of the Lord Jesus Christ, as the occasion of his previous visit (just six only God of heaven and earth. years before) he preached to congrega.
NATAL, SOUTH AFRICA. -- We have THE CHURCH OUT OF DEBT.-As the been favoured with the perusal of a effort last year to pay off the debt on the letter from a member of the church church at Chatteris was successful, and in this colony to a relative here, from as one good deed generally leads to which we learn that there are at least another, so the success of the appeal for two families in Durban who profess Chatteris has led to one for St. Ives. the faith of the New Church. The writer The debt remaining on the church here says they have thought about meeting was £61. 10s. Our esteemed friend, for public worship, but as they are not Richard Gunton, Esq., of London, kindly sufficiently numerous, and as there is no undertook the laudable work of getting one who is able to lead, they have de- the debt paid off. We thank him most cided to defer any public profession of sincerely for his noble efforts, and the their faith till some more favourable cir- many friends also who have so generously cumstances encourage them. Meantime helped us in the matter. The following they find uses for tracts, which appear to contributions are gratefully acknowbe well received. "Dr. Colenso has so ledged :far unsettled men's minds, that they are various sums .................. £10 0 0 now glad to listen to a few truths, and Mr. Lyon, Chatteris.......... 5 0 0 to turn their minds to any views that " R. Gunton, London ..... 5 0 0 promise them anything they can safely - Pickstone rest upon.”
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£61 10 0 and the Rev. Dr. Bayley from London, whose address was very interesting Signed on behalf of the Society, and affectionate. He congratulated the
WILLIAM TALL, Minister, society on their past success, and urged
RICHARD CULPIN, Secretary. them to renewed exertions in a work so great and glorious. The meeting ac LONGTON.—The society in this town corded a vote of thanks to Dr. Bayley received a visit, on Sunday, March 26th, for his valuable services, and the mem from the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, of Manbers are thankful to the Missionary chester. He visited the school in the Society for the help so kindly afforded morning. In the afternoon he delivered them from time to time.
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subject—"If God is Love, why is Hell?” and employers of the young will do well After service, Mr. Kennerley adminis- to get it, and judge for themselves.. tered the Sacrament to twenty communicants: the administration was the most DISCOURSES ON THE APOCALYPSE.impressive ceremony that has been wit- We willingly give publicity to the follownessed in this society for some years, ing circular, and wish the author success and produced a deep impression on the in his undertaking :minds of all concerned. At the conclu- “To be published, Sermons on the sion of the ceremony the members Apocalypse, explanatory and practical, adjourned to Mrs. Brown's, to their by Rev. T. Chalklen, (Minister of the monthly tea meeting, at which Mr. New Church, Bristol), in two vols. Kennerley presided; and by his sensible These sermons are upon the entire text and cheerful conversation, the friends of the book of the Revelation, taken from were both pleased and instructed. After its commencement and proceeded with tea, the members again adjourned to consecutively without omission. Their the meeting-room, to hold their annual purpose is to give an unbroken interpregeneral meeting, Mr. Kennerley again tation of the whole prophecy as applicpresiding. A code of rules for the able to the consummation of the first society, respecting the admission of Christian Church, and the commencemembers, &c., and also a code of rules ment, progress, and establishment of the for the library, were read over and con- New Church signified by the New Jerufirmed. Five young men signed the salem. They will also elicit from the Articles of Faith, and received the hand text, practical instruction adapted to the of fellowship from Mr. Kennerley, who individual in whom the New Church is delivered to each a brief but earnest and making progress. Some friends of the impressive injunction to be useful and author have expressed their desire to see practical members of the Lord's church. the Discourses in print, and their opinion It was a happy and heavenly day of rest that their publication would be acceptand enjoyment. The members beg to able and useful to the members of New acknowledge the kind and useful labours Church truth in general. If, therefore, a of Mr. Kennerley while amongst them. sufficient number of subscribers can be obIt may also be stated, for the encourage- tained, the first volume, containing about ment of other societies labouring under 35 sermons, will be sent to press without difficulties, that although for a number delay. Price, neatly bound in cloth, to of years we had but one Sunday-school subscribers, 5s., to non-subscribers, 6s. teacher, and received no additional mem- Friends intending to subscribe will oblige bers, and that all efforts to establish by sending their names to the Author, Sunday evening conversation meetings with the number of copies they wish to and monthly tea meetings had failed, take. now we have, since last Conference, “ Address, Rev. T. Chalklen, 55, St. acquired eight teachers and five addi Michael's Hill, Bristol.” tional members. We have a conversation meeting every Sunday evening, and a HOCKLEY SOCIETY, BIRMINGHAM.—This tea meeting the first Sunday in every society has been favoured by a visit, on month, well attended.
C. B.: Sunday, April 23rd, from the Rev. E.
Madeley, minister of the Summer Lane New PUBLICATION.-" Is the Pleasure Society; and also on the 24th, in the Worth the Penalty? A common sense evening, by the Rev. John Hyde, of view of the leading vice of the age.” By Derby. The occasion of these visits was Henry Butter. London: Job Cardwell; a collection towards defraying the cost pp. 16. Of this penny pamphlet we are of a new harmonium. The collection enabled to give the opinion of a clergy. (including a donation of £10. from Mr. man of the Established Church. He T. Humphreys) amounted to about £29.; says :-" It appears to me to exhibit the cost of the instrument was £28., so much careful reflection, and the dis- there was a balance left sufficient to pay criminating delicacy without which the incidental expenses. The services were treatment of such subjects may do almost well attended, the friends from Summer as much harm as good.” Concurring in Lane Society giving their liberal support. this opinion, we think the pamphlet The society steadily progresses, under worthy of extensive circulation. Parents the leadership of Mr. J. R. Lee.