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by a resolution, supported by Mr. Pitman, Mr. Watson, Mr. J. C. Bayley, Mr. Oborne, &c., expressing the gratitude of the society for the prosperity which attended all its operations.
South London.—The quarterly meeting of this society was held on the 25th July, at its meeting-room, Newington Causeway. The members partook of tea at six o'clock, and the chair was taken by the leader, Mr. E. Austin, at half-past seven. Business of a formal character having been transacted, the desirability of selecting a suitable site upon which to erect a church was considered. The committee reported that after the fullest inquiry and reflection, they had unanimously resolved to recommend the society to obtain a piece of leasehold land in Brunswick Road, Camberwell New Road, that locality being, for various reasons enumerated, by far the most central and eligible of any which were accessible for the purpose. The suggestion was very generally approved, and it was ultimately decided to forthwith procure the plot in question, subject to certain favourable conditions then specified.
The Bazaar in aid of the Building Fund is fixed to be held during the second week of October next. According to previous announcement, St. George's Hall, Gray's Inn Road, has been engaged for the occasion, and as it will be thoroughly cleaned and redecorated before that time, the fears of some as to the appearance of the room being rather unprepossessing will be altogether dispelled. Many friends in London and the country have kindly promised handsome contributions, which the Ladies' Committee will be happy to receive not later than the 30th September, if possible. It is confidently expected that the undertaking will he pecuniarily successful, and it is earnestly hoped that all who are interested in the external growth of the New Dispensation will assist in realizing such a gratifying result.
Annual General Meetino op The First Association Of The New JeruSalem Church, Jersey.—On Sunday afternoon, July 9th, was held, in the New Jerusalem Temple, Victoria-street, the annual general meeting of the above named association, which was continued by adjournment, on Monday evening, the 10th. Mr. Titus Brown, the leader,
having been called to the chair, the meeting was opened by singing the 501st hymn, after which an appropriate prayer was offered up by the chairman. Mr. Philip Binet, the secretary, then read the report, from which it appeared that during the past year, eight infants and children have been baptised, six members added, and one deceased; that three funeral services have been held, and two marriages celebrated; that there has been one missionary visit; and that certain bylaws for the government of the association, in 44 articles, have been adopted. There are now thirty registered members on the books. The financial year leaves the association with a balance of £7. 16s. 2Jd. in its favour; but there is still a debt of £300. owing on the temple. The various church officers were then re-elected, with the exception of the treasurer and members of the committee of management.
The next day the meeting was resumed in the same place at six o'clock p.m. Mr. Brown having again been called to the chair, the treasurer and the committee of management were re-elected, and Mr. F. E. Du Chemin was appointed corresponding member, in order to relieve the secretary of part of his onerous duties. A conversational discussion followed respecting the most feasible means of extinguishing the debt still owing on the temple, and one member offered, if six persons would come forward with £50. each, to make one of the six. A resolution was passed to print the constitution and by-laws of the association, so that members might have a copy. The meeting separated with a feeling of thankfulness at the uses which the association has thus far been enabled to accomplish, and thereby with an incentive to renewed exertion to spread further and wider still, within the precincts of our beautiful island, a knowledge of those truths which have proved so precious to us all.
Arglye Square Junior Members' Society And Literary Institute.—The Annual Fete took place at Rye House, on the 27th July, and was in every respect one of the most successful ever held in connection with the society. The members and friends assembled at the Bishopsgate Station at 9-30, and were conveyed to Rye House by special train, reaching there about half-past ten. The friends on arrival assembled in the pavilion, to
hear the arrangements for the day announced by the Eev. Dr. Bayley, and then dispersed about the grounds or amused themselves with boating, riding, &c. until one o'clock, when a cold collation was served up in the handsome pavilion, to which upwards of sixty sat down; after which, the company adjourned into the adjoining pavilion and took part in a social meeting, presided over by the Rev. Dr. Bayley, at which addresses were delivered by Messrs. F. Braby, George Dibley, and the Chairman, and a selection from the play of "The Man of the World" was given by Messrs. J. Presland and E. M. Pulsford. It being felt that it would not be desirable further to prolong the meeting, the members and friends then dispersed to seek other amusements, for the extent and variety of which Rye House is so celebrated. Tea was provided at five o'clock, and was partaken of by one hundred and nine ladies and gentlemen; after which, dancing was commenced to the music of a very efficient band which accompanied the party, and was continued until it was time to return. The party left Eye House by a special train at 8-50, and reached London at about 9-30, after having spent a very happy day in the country. These excursions of the Argyle Square Junior Members' Society are very pleasant and profitable, and serve to cement the members of the New Church more closely, and we would earnestly recommend them to the notice of all our New Church friends in and near London.
the Lord's Supper was administered to sixty-five communicants. This service was felt to be an especial privilege; the devout manner in which it was conducted had a most beneficial and refreshing influence upon all who partook of it. Dr. Goyder's visit has been highly appreciated, both by old and young friends, their only regret being that it was so short.
Glasgow.—The New Church society in Glasgow, whose engagement with Mr. Porteus has recently terminated, have had the pleasure of a visit from their old friend, the Rev. D. G. Goyder. On Sunday, July 16th, he preached in the morning from Luke xix., on "Zaccheus: * his character, and the correspondence of the sycamore-tree." In the evening, his sermon was on the "Spiritual Harvest," from Matthew xii. 30. On July 23rd, in the morning, he preached from John xiii. 34, on "The New Commandment;" and in the evening from Matthew vi. 24, on "The Worship of God and Mammon contrasted." On July 30th his morning sermon was on "Prayer," founded on the Parable of the Publican and Pharisee, Luke xviii. 10; and in the evening on " Sanctification," John xvii. 19. After the morning service the Sacrament of
Nottingham (old Society). — This society has purchased a piece of freehold land (£200.) centrally situated, and intend erecting a church and school. The old chapel is much too small, especially in warm weather, and the progress of the society retarded by the want of a schoolroom and other conveniences. The contemplated building, which will be a plain neat Gothic, capable of accommodating between 200 and 300, will, it is expected, cost about £6C0., of which half at least will be raised by mortgage. The society believe that the time has now arrived to carry out their long-cherished desire, and they earnestly entreat a little help from distant friends. The following sums have been received, and for those forwarded by members of other societies, the Building Committee tender their most hearty thanks :—
£ s d Nottingham Society and
Friends 90 0 0
Sums yet to be received.... 50 0 0 Sale of small chapel, deducting mortgage (£80.), say 120 0 0
Messrs. Hall, London 21 0 0
Mr. Sonstadt, Salford 10 0 0
Friends at Accrington (per
Mr. Chester) 5 7 0
Friends at Heywood (per Mr.
Chester) 2 10 6
Thomas Watson, Esq 1 1 0
H. Butter, Esq. 1 1 0
300 19 6 Cost of land 200 0 0
£100 19 6
Further sums will be duly acknowledged in the Repository.
J. D. Beilry, Secretary,
Mansfield-road. J. A. Clarke, Treasurer,
45, Esplanade. July 8th, 1865.
Northampton.—The society here has been favoured with a visit from their old and beloved friend, the Eev. W. Woodman. In the early part of June, the public were specially invited to two lectures on—" The Supremacy of the Pope, and his claim to the See of St. Peter, as his Successor," to be delivered by a Jesuit, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, and we thought it an excellent opportunity to invite Mr. Woodman to deliver two lectures in answer to them. The subject of the first lecture was—" Are we to believe God or Man; or which is the Greater Authority— God's Word or the Church?" and that of the second—" Peter and the Keys: in what sense is Peter said to be the Rook, and the Keys of Heaven to have been committed to him?" Our public room was filled on both occasions by an intelligent audience, and at the conclusion of each lecture, questions and discussions were allowed. Since the delivery of these lectures, they have been spoken of in the highest terms, and the best proof of the importance attached to them by our fellow Protestants was given by the fact, that the agent of the Protestant Reformation Society, who heard Mr. Woodman's lectures, has subsequently given the substance of them in a lecture on the same subjects, in the lecture hall of the Religious and Useful Knowledge Society. It is believed that Mr. Woodman has, by these lectures, crowned his efforts to serve the Lord's New Church here, and that good of a permanent character has resulted from these well-timed and most effective discourses. Mr. Woodman met the members of our society, and administered the Lord's supper to about twenty communicants.
Leeds.—This society, which has for many years laboured under pecuniary difficulties, resolved, soon after the commencement of the present year, to raise a subscription to free itself from incumbrance; and by their exertions, with the liberal help of friends in other societies (for which best thanks are tendered), the society has been able to clear itself from all debt, and also to clean and repair the chapel.
On Sunday, the 30th of July, the Rev. J. B. Kennerley, of Salford, re-opened the chapel, with a discourse on "The
Lord's Church: who and where are its members?" The rev. gentleman opened his discourse by showing that the Lord our Saviour Jesus Christ was the sole Head of the Church, and then depicted the life and character of our Lord, as shewn by Him during His sojourn on earth. In the evening his discourse was on " The Human Soul: what is it, and why immortal?" which was a masterly exposition of the subject. All present seemed highly pleased and satisfied with the manner in which the subject was unfolded.
On Monday evening there was a public tea meeting in the chapel, for mutual congratulation on the position of the society. Mr. Kennerley presided, and opened the proceedings of the evening with a very beautiful address on charity. The meeting was afterwards addressed by other members of the society in a similar strain, and was closed with a few words of encouragement by the chairman. The members of the Finance Committee appointed to receive subscriptions for the debt on Albion Chapel, Leeds, have great pleasure in stating that the entire debt has been paid off, and beg to tender their best thanks to the following friends for their liberal assistance toward that object.
Further particulars will be forwarded after the re-opening of the chapel on the 30th of the present month.
£. s. d. R. Eddelston, Esq., Heywood 10 0 0 J. Broadfield, Esq., Manchester '.. 5 0 0
G. Meek, Esq., Manchester.. 5 0 0 J. Negus, Esq., Wednesbury 6 0 0 Mr. G. Hinchliff, Todmorden 2 0 0 Mr. E. Smith, Rochdale .... 2 0 0 Mr. G. Aspinall, Bradford ..100 Mr. Ellenthorp,Manchester.. 10 0 H. Bateman, Esq., London. .110 F. Pitman, Esq., London.... 110 Mr. Anderson, Birmingham.. 10 0 Mrs. Richardson, Manchester 0 10 0 Mrs. Cuckson, Gainsboro' .. 0 10 0 Rev. T. L. Marsden, Dalton 0 10 0
Mr. Firth, Manchester 0 5 0
Miss Swift, Wavertree 0 5 0
Mr. Pickering, Bolton 0 5 0
£34 7 0
John Boocock, Secretary, 22, Great Garden-street, Leeds.
©bituarg. sermons of Messrs. Clowes and HindRemoved to the spiritual world, July marsh. Since he came to Bolton the 21st, Mr. William Tickle, of Bolton, last time (now more than two years ago), after a short sickness, in the 74th year he has been most constant in his attendof his age. Being born of New Church ance to the services of worship, and a parents, he was very early in life instructed regular communicant at the sacrament of in the teachings and doctrines of the the Holy Supper. His death was caused New Church; and his attachment to by a fall. When it was communicated to them increased and matured itself with him that his hours were numbered, he his age. He remembered with great very cheerfully, but with deep humility, delight the preaching of some of its resigned himself to the Lord's will, with early ministers, and has with others re- a prayer that God would bless him, and peatedly travelled miles to listen to the thus passed away in peace.
TO READERS AND CORRESPONDENTS.
All communications to be sent to the Editor, the Rev. W. Bruce, 43, Kensington Gardens Square, London, W. To ensure insertion in the forthcoming Number, communications must be received not later than the 15th of the month, except recent intelligence, which will be received till the 18th.
In May last we received a letter from M. Portal, which we immediately answered, accepting his offer of an article for the Repository, but have not heard from him since.
We have in hand a long article from Baron Dirkinck Holmfeldt, containing a defence of Spiritism on the one hand, and a defence of Swedenborg against the recent attack upon him in the "Spiritual Magazine" on the other. A desire to keep the Conference number free from controversy, induces us to defer its insertion, entire or in part, till next month. The same reason prevents the appearance of a few last words with the Spiritists, partly in answer to the article in the July number of the "Spiritual Magazine."
Rev. Dr. Kahl's article received.
We are requested to state that "The Duties and Obligations," which were supposed to be out of print, may be had of the Conference agent.
The Annual Assembly of the New Church in Scotland will be held at Edinburgh, on Friday, 1st September, at five o'clock in the afternoon, in the hall, No. 6, Infirmary- street.
The Committee of the National Missionary Institution, and the Students and Ministers' Aid Fund, will meet at Bloomsbury-street, on Monday, the 25th of September, at 6-30 p.m. Members of Conference present in London are invited to attend.
Erratum.—Mr. Brayley requests us to state that he has no claim to the designation of "Dr." given him by mistake in our last, p. 376.
Cavi & Skvrr, Printers by Steam Power, Hunt's Bank, Manchester.
NEW JERUSALEM MAGAZINE.
No. 142. OCTOBER 2nd, 1865. Vol. XH.
THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN STARS AND THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS.
(The substance of a discourse, delivered from brief notes, before the General Conference of the New Church, at Bath, August 8th, 1865.)
By the Rev. R. Storry.*
The Apocalypse is a prophecy of the last time. This is generally admitted by the popular expositor. If any doubt respecting it existed, it would be removed by an examination of the commencement of this first chapter, and of the concluding portion of the last. In the first verse we read of "the things which must shortly come to pass;" in the third verse, that "the time is at hand;" and in the seventh verse, "Behold, he cometh with clouds." The same language is employed in the close of the last chapter, where the Lord says—" Surely, I come quickly. Amen." To which the Church responds—"Even so, come, Lord Jesus." All these are modes of expression employed throughout the New Testament to describe the Second Coming of the Lord. They indicate not its, nearness, but its certainty; since we have a vivid perception of the certainty of an event which we see close at hand.
The prophecies of the Apocalypse are hence of the utmost importance to the church. If we believe the Bible, we must believe the certainty of their fulfilment. This fulfilment will not accomplish the mistaken
* "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest, are the seven churches." Revelation i. 19, 20.