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Hedges, of Barrowden, also took part in the 1 GILDERSOME. -- The opening of a new services. A public tea was provided in the Baptist place of worship took place on Wedinterval, at which about 150 persons partook. nesday, May 2nd, when the Rev. S. Green, The congregations were good, the meetings of London. conducted the devotional exer lelt a hallowed influence, and the aspect of the cises. The Rev. S.G. Green, B.A., president of affairs of this church generally is very en Rawdon College, offered the dedicatory prayer; wuraging.

and a sermon was preached by the Rev. ASTON PARK, BIRMINGHAM.-On Sunday,

Charles Vince, of Birmingham, from John vi. April 22, the first anniversary sermons were

54. In the afternoon a public meeting was preached by the pastor of Christ Church, the held in the chapel, presided over by Mr. Est. Isaac Lord. On Tuesday, April 24,

J. B Bilbrougb, when ministers and friends the irst anniversary gathering of the

of the Congregational, Wesleyan, and Bapcharcha and congregation took place; when

tist denominations gave short addresses, exabout six hundred persons partook of

pressing Christian sympathy with those who ten, which had been generously sup

have so earnestly and perseveringly devoted phed by the ladies. Afterwards a meeting

themselves to the erection of a new chapel. was held in the church, over which the Rev. The weather was not very propitious: neverI. Lord presided. Addresses were delivered

theless, the attendance was very encouraging. by the pastor, by the Rev. J. P. Barnett,

and the collections during the day amounted and by Messrs. A. J. Allbutt, J. A. Cooper,

to £200, The building is a neat structure. 1. C. Woodhill, and J. S. Wright. It was It stands on the site of the old chapel built stated that the entire cost of the church and above one hundred years ago, which, from schoolroons had been £6,000, and tbat in

the increasing wants of the denomination, has addition to the subscriptions previous to the

become too small to accommodate the worOpening ertides, the newly-formed church

shippers. The cost of the chapel and alterand congregation had recently raised more ations in schoolrooms, &c., will be about then 9700 towards the building fund. Sunday

£2,000. The Rev. J. Haslam is the pastor of schools have been established, which are

the church. attended by upwards of 300 children ; a NEATISHEAD.-On Tuesday, April 10th, a library has been formed, and the auxiliary ten-meeting was held in the schoolroom of institutions usually identified with Christian the Baptist chapel, Neatishead, for the purCharches are in active operation. During the pose of taking leave of the Rev. J. Hasler. evening additional subscriptions towards the After tea the company assembled in the chapel, bulding fand were promised, which together when Robert Cook, Esq., of Stalham, was with the collections on Sunday, and the pro called upon to preside. The chairman reCeeds of the tea meeting amounted to £220. quested Mr. W. Quincey Cubitt to present to CHILVELL COLLEGE, NEAR NOTTING

Mr. Hasler & testimonial which his congreMAX.-The spring meeting of the committee

gation desired him to accept as an expression this institution was held in the College

of their esteem for him, and their regret at his Litrary, on Monday, May 7. It was numer

removal. The testimonial consisted of a very mely attended, and pleasantly conducted

elegant electro-plated tea-service, and a skeletoder the presidency of the Rev. Isaac Stub

ton timepiece; the latter bearing a suitable bis, late missionary in Orissa. The tutors

inscription. Mr. Hasler, who was greatly Sports Were accepted as highly satisfactory,

surprised at the handsome and unexpected Sith the exception of a reference to the failing

gift, with considerable difficulty acknowledged health of one of the more advanced students.

the kindness it embodied, and of which he The two seniors have received most eligible

had, through his ministry of nearly nine offers to settle at the close of the present session ;

years, received so many proofs. The meeting Str. Atkinson was ordained to accept the call

was subsequently addressed by Rev. J. Veinfrom the church in North-parade, Halifax, in

more, of Ingham, and Messrs. C. Darkens, sonjunction with the Rev. R. Ingham; and

and F. Wheeler, of Norwich. Jr. Wooley that of the church in Archdeacon Poole, DORSET.-On Monday, April 9, lane, Leicester to be assistant to the Rev. the first stone of a new Baptist school room was Thomas Stevenson. A selection was made laid by James Wodd, Esq., Mayor of Bourne

an a number of applicants to fill up these mouth. The ceremony having been duly perFrancies. The funds were reported to be in formed, the congregation adjourned to the suspeful condition, but å deficiency still re chapel, where the Rev. R. T. Verrall (IndeTaizes in the College Building Account. It was pendent) delivered an address. A public tea polved to make an earnest appeal to the took place afterwards in the Town Hall, which Diegt annual Association of the General was densely crowded. The public meeting

sptiat body for the removal of this debt. was presided over by Kemp-Welch, Esq., two gentlemen who have already contributed who was supported on the platform by Y. largely have promised £100 more if the other Johnson, Esq., and — Forster, Esq., of

Manchester, J. Lankester, Esq., the Rev. R.

part be raised

T. Verrall (Independent), the Rev. James presided; the speakers were the Revs. T.C. Cook (Wesleyan), the Rev. R. Tanswell f'inch, E. Moulton, T. H. Leale, E. Merti. (Baptist), the Rev. W. W. Sherren (Inde man, and J. Stevens. £20 were obtained pendent), the Rev. S. Patten (Independent), during the day. and the Rev. J. H. Osborne. Speeches were

WOKINGHAM, Berks.--On Wednesday, also given by the Rev. W. W. Sherren, Mr.

May 2, services were held in the Baptist Forster, Mr. Jobpson, the Revs. T. Cooke,

chapel, Wokingham, for the purpose of recog. R. T. Verrall, E. Hancock, and other gentle nising the Kev. C. 0. Munns as pastor of the men. The collection amounted to £68.

church. In the afternoon a sermon Fas CHUDLEIGH, Devon.-On Thursday, April preached by the Rev. J. Aldis, of Reading. In 19th, the fourteenth anniversary of the Rev. the evening a public meeting was held, # W. Doke's settlement at this place, was com which the Rev. J. Aldis presided, and admemorated by special services. In the dresses were delivered by the Rer. T. . afternoon the Rev. T. C. Page, of Plymouth, Roberts, B.A., of Newbury; the Rev. W. preached. After tea a meeting was held, pre Legg (Independent), of Reading; the Res. sided over by the senior deacon, W. Rouse, W. B. Davies, of Coventry; and the Rev. H. Esq., when a purse of gold, the gift of the Von der Heyde Cowell, B.A., of Taunton. church and congregation, was presented to

TOTTENHAM.-The members of the church Mr. Doke by the Rev. E. Webb, of Tiverton, and congregation assembling in the Baptist secretary of the Devon Association. The

Chapel, Tottenham, lately presented their Rev. W. Doke, in responding, gave an inte

pastor, the Rev. R. Wallace, with upwards resting review of his fourteen years' labours

£100, as a testimonial of their esteem and among an attached people. The following

affection, and in token of their appreciation of ministers were present, and addressed the

his ministerial services among them during meeting :-The Revg. W. T. Whitmarsh, of

upwards of twenty years. The testimonial Brixham; E. Webb, of Twerton; J. Field

was presented by the senior deacon, Joha and S. Mann, of Exeter; J. Kings, of Tor

Henchman, Esq., on the occasion of the anquay; T. Cannon, of Newton Abbott; J.

nual tea meeting of the members of the church Davis, of Teignmouth; and T. C. Page, of

and congregation. Plymouth. The services were largely at

MINISTERIAL CHANGES.—The Rer. B. tended, and of a deeply interesting character.

Jenkins, student of Pontypool College, Sonth WOODFORD, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE.- Re

Wales, has accepted a cordial invitation to cognition services were held at Woodford Bap

take the pastorate of the Welsh Baptist tist Chapel, on Wednesday, April 18th, in

Church meeting at Granby-row, Manchestet. connection with the settlement of the Rev. T.

- The Rev. N. Haycroft, M.A., of BreadJ. Bristow, as pastor of the church. In the

mend, Bristol, has accepted an invitation from afternoon the Rev. E. J. Silverton, of Lon- | the new church at Londo don, addressed the church, and the Rev. B.

the new church at London-road, Leicester.

The Rev. Edward Evans, for 34 years pastar Davies, of Greenwich, delivered the charge to

| of the Baptist Church, Snailbeach, Shrop the pastor. Tea was provided at five o'clock

shire, has, in consequence of bodily infirmity, in a spacious barn, close to the chapel. After

resigned his charge, and removed to Nante tea a public meeting was held, presided over

wich, Cheshire. Though unable to take 3 by the pastor, when addresses were delivered

regular pastorate, he will, with others, tik by the Revs. W. Kitchen, of Ringstead; S.

deavour to raise a Baptist cause in tbat tosta H. Akehurst, of Oundle; E. J. Silverton, of

- The Rev. John Thomas, of Llandudno, has London ; B. Davies, of Greenwich ; T. J.

accepted the cordial and unanimous in vitaEwinge, of Bythorn : W. H. King, of Thrap

tion of the Baptist Church, at Llanrwst - The ston; and other Iriends.

Rev. J. P. Campbell, of Sheffield, has 80BRIDPORT.-On Monday, April 16th, the cepted a cordial and wanimous invitation to foundation stone of a new school-room in the pastorate of the church meeting in Zion connection with the Baptist Chapel at Brid- Chapel, Cambridge.The Rev. Joseph Haport, of which the Rev. T. C. Finch is the | ler has resigned the pastorate of the Baptist pastor, was laid by the Rev. J. Rogers, a Church, Neatishead, and has accepted the Congregational minister of that town. The | unanimous invitation to the pastorate of the intended building, which will consist of one Baptist church, Downham Market.--The large room on the ground floor, with another Rev. J. Clough has resigned his charge of the roum over, to be devoted to class-rooms, will Baptist Church, Malton, Yorkshire, having cost about £300. Mr. Rogers, in his address, accepted the pastoral care of the Baptix spoke of the importance of Sabbath schools, Church, Astley Bridge, Lancashire, in answer and of the benefits which they had bestowed to a unanimous invitation.- Mr. James W. on the scholars. After the ceremony the nu- | liams, of Haverfordwest College, has accepted merous company adjourned to the Congrega- | a cordial invitation to s'icceed the Rer. T. A. tional school-room, where a large number sat | Price, Carmel, Aberdare, in the pastorate of down to tea. The tea was followed by a the churches at Mapobier and Cold Inn, Perdpublic meeting, over which the Rev.J. Rogers | brokeshire, South Wales.

THE CHURCH.

" Built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ himself being

the chief corner-stone."

JULY, 1866.

THE FAITH OF ABRAHAM AND ITS REWARD.

BY THE REV. EDWARD WHITE. Tuz history of Abraham has always received, as it well deserves, the most attentive study in the Church. He ranks with such men as Noah, Moses, David, Isaiah, Peter, and Paul, the great pillars that shine along the lofty front of the temple of the living God, and his “ faith " is set before us as an

xample of piety to the end of time. Let us note the points in which it is Vietly commended to our imitation.

1. His faith is exemplary in his obedience to the first call of the Almighty is leuce his native land. The civilized world had even so early sunk into Jo.atry. The human mind, unable to maintain its hold upon the spiritual

rid, had already directed the force of the religious sentiment to the visible peation, Conceiving of the heavenly bodies as endued with life, men had begun to worship them. The forces of nature on earth soon shared in the devotion of the superstitious multitudes of Egypt, and Assyria, and the helgibouring nations. Images, symbolic of these powers, and commemorating

e illustrious dead, soon followed and were worshipped. It was in the suust of this prevailing tendency that God appeared to Abraham in Meso

mia, and required him at once to abandon his country with its idols and perstitions, and to follow whithersoever He should lead him. Abraham

once obeyed. We can form an imaginary picture of the emigration. Collecting together his property, he started with his family, his flocks,

Ind bis hierde, to commence a journey towards an unknown land across the s pirates. The reasons of the Divine command would be very imperfectly widerstood by him. The nature of the country into which he should travel helst have been quite unknown. “ He went forth, not knowing whither he sett." He left the familiar scenes of his childhood and the home of his

uth, committing himself wholly to the guidance of the mysterious Being wit appeared to him there. His journey would be through unsettled and Ngerous tracts, inhabited by predatory barbarians ; but he started at once, tilling himself up to the protection of the King of Heaven. here, then, is an example for all his children. They, too, are visited by

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a Divine command to arise and commence a journey under the guidance of an invisible Protector. They are to go forth, “not knowing whither," words which aptly describe an ignorance of that which is before us both on earth and in heaven. On earth the way is dark, and often unintelligible. The first step in a religious life is often into great afiliction. It sometimes happens that a Christian, in obedience to his “ heavenly calling," is compelled to abandon his secular occupation, if it be one which conscience condemns as sinful, and to commence the world anew. In many subsequent stages of his pilgrimage all is difficulty--difficulty occasioned by the endeavour to resist temptation, to apply right principles to conduct in the midst of a world “wholly giren to idolatry.” We know not what is before us. The soul, therefore, is obliged to cling to the providence of God as a child to its father's hand, cortented with being sure of its principles when it cannot be sure of its circumstances. And if we “ walk with God,” as Abraham did, we may always bu certain of these. When we proceed according to right principles, we have the Author of the Universe on our side, the Master of Circumstances as our light and defence, or there is nothing in religion. « Commit thy way unto Him, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass."

Much more is it true in relation to the unseen world that we go forth, “pot knowing whither.” How great is our ignorance of that invisible region towards which we are advancing ? Scarcely a few rays of the rising sun gild the distant mountain-tops of that kingdom which “cannot be moved," and which "lies beyond the flood." We know nothing of the Heaven which is promised us, except that Jesus Christ is there. Amidst the infinite darkness which surrounds the world this light alone shines-that Christ in already there. But as when Abraham approached nearer to the confines of Palestine the crest of Hermon and the mountains of Galilee began to reveal themselves more clearly to his eye, so do Christians, as they draw near to the termination of their pilgrimage discern the land of Beulah shining from afat, and the faith of a lifetime is rewarded by the brightening gleams of the ever lasting hills, and of the sunlit city of our God. And those alone who bare left their native Chaldea, and torn themselves away from their home and rest on earth to follow their God, will be permitted to enter into everlasting repose.

2. Abraham's faith in sojourning in tabernacles" is set before us for it imitation. There is no stronger passion in man than a love of Lome, of settlement, of rest. Man is created with roots, and he loves the place in which he is planted at first. When men overcome this passion it is to grantly some strong temporary desire, either for wealth, for pleasure, for knowledge or for power, and they look forward to a return at the end. So strong is that love of rest that when a man like the Apostle Paul consents to have "no cero tain dwelling-place” for nearly thirty years we are assured that some motive of immense potency must have acted upon him to persuade him to agtuk to such a perpetual exile from his home, and that that motive must be souge in an overpowering conviction of the truth of the Gospel. Thus Abraham dwelt with God “in tents," moving from place to place, among setting populations, and owning not a foot of land in the territory where he 80. - journed. And character is no way tried more thoroughly than by such a migratory mode of living. The local and transitory elements of character are thus easily shaken off ; the real and permanent remain, and exhibit themselves forcibly at each successive stage of the migration. Those principles alone which operate in unspent force in all places and in all companies are divine and immortal. Thus wherever Abraham pitched his tent, whether in Haran or on the banks of the Euphrates, or at Shechem, or at Hebron, he “ built an altar to the Lord.” Many persons lose all their religion immediately that they are removed from the scene of their habitual aksviations. They are wholly dependent on the support of customary sympathies and established worship. Left to themselves, or surrounded by a foreign atmosphere of irreligion, the internal atheism stands revealed to the blaze of day. Thus there are people who, when in England, seem to be worshippers of God and to build altars to the Lord, but who immediately they land on the shores of France or Italy, “build an altar” to the devil, and yield themselves servants to obey the “god of this world.” They depend for their principles on the accidents of their society; they are moral chamelions, and take the hue of the nearest object which confronts them. “ Thus did not Abraham." In a barbarous age, and in the most difficult circumstances, in the freedom of the wilderness, and amidst the temptations of heathenism, during all the changes of a long life, and amidst all the varying experiences of a journey through many lands, he “kept the faith," and died as he had lived, a faithful worslipper of God.

3. And now see Abraham's reward. He “received a hundred-fold" in this present world for all that he had left behind in Chaldea. Silver and gold, and suals, and covenants, and heavenly visions, and precious promises, a peaceful life, a quiet death, and an honourable burial like a king in Macpelah of Hebron. Everything on which he laid his hand prospered. In the vale of Sutom his flocks and herds multiplied so that they could no longer abide in he same pastures with those of Lot his nephew. He came up out of Egypt nich in all the wealth of Memphis, and with a household so large that he vas able to arm three hundred and eighteen men for a sudden pursuit of the Bedouins of the Euphrates. He now required whole territories for his enampments and demesnes, and treated as an equal with the chieftains of Palestine. The hills of Hebron were white with his flocks, and when he nuoved it was like the advance of an army. But this was not Abraham's true Sealth. His chief riches belonged to the spirit and the supersensuous realms. He had pleasant companions in his travels—Sarah, of princely beauty in her pime, of mellowed and radiant aspect in her sunny old age ; Hagar, a tawny

gyptian, endeared as the mother of the brawny Ishmael; Eliezar, the faithlu old steward, who had gathered wisdom and prudence in many lands; and Rapecially Isaac, the child of promise, the heir of vast but indefinite hopes, and the willing student of the holy mysteries of truth. But there were higher Colupanionships than these. It was more than rumoured that to this great man appeared mysterious visions in the silence and gloom of night; that not angels alone conversed with him in the solitudes of the mountains, but that

former of the Universe Himself deigned to reveal His presence, and to

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