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and at half-past seven Mr. E. Austin, the New Church respecting the employ. the minister of the church, entered the ments of the future life, and explained pulpit, whence he from time to time the true doctrine on the subject. read the selections from the Bible which linked together the musical pieces. BIRMINGHAM (From the “ Manual” The service selected was one of the of the New Church, Wretham Road, admirable series published by the Sun. Birmingham).-On Sunday, August day Union, entitled “The Desire of All 5th, a highly interesting meeting was Nations.” Containing as it does music held in the Lecture Room of this culled from all sources old and new (we Society. The sunday-school teachers recognized friends as old and dissimilar of present and former times, feeling that
“Christians awake” and “Beautiful Mr. I. A. Best's official connection with Star"), it is difficult to criticize the the schools for upwards of forty-six service as a whole, but it must be ad- years ought not to lapse without some mitted to supply efficiently tuneful airs formal commemoration, invited him to suited to juvenile singers. Interpolated meet them at tea on the Sunday stated solos from Handel's “Messiah and above. After tea, Mr. John Osborne Mendelssohn's “ Elijah” were given by having taken the chair, the secretary Miss Andrews and Mr. Walter Penn. of the school, Mr. T. C. Lowe, pre
At the quarterly business meeting of sented to Mr. Best, in the name of the the Society the chair was taken by Mr. School Committee, a beautiful album, E. Austin, the minister. In his opening containing the portraits of about 120 remarks, the chairman congratulated former and present teachers who had at the audience upon the fact that their various times co-operated with Mr. Best esteemed secretary, Mr. Alfred Braby, in Sunday-school work. Mr. Best had so far regained his health as to be having expressed the gratification he able to fulfil his duties on the present felt in receiving such a memorial by occasion. The minutes of the last meet- a letter to the meeting, read by the ing having been read, two new members secretary, the meeting terminated by were admitted, making the number of special votes of thanks to the members registered members 120. The Commit- of the sub-Committee, who had zealously tee, having at previous meetings been done almost all the work connected instructed to devise plans for increasing with the presentation, and to Mr. G. F, the accommodation afforded by the Jones, whose artistic taste and skill had existing buildings, now made a report been of the highest value in the decoraadvising the Society at once to purchase tion of the album. an iron room, which had been offered on the most advantageous terms, and CLAYTON-LE-MOORS.-On Sunday, which could be built upon the vacant August 19th two sermons were preached land at the back of the church, without in this place of worship by the Rev.G. H. prejudicially interfering with the future Smith of Bolton, on the occasion of its erection of the permanent building, for reopening. This church has just underwhich plans have been already prepared. gone important repairs, which have After considerable discussion a resolu- greatly improved it. The north and tion empowering the committee to forth. south walls and west end have been lined with commence the work was carried with a casing of pitch pine, rising about with but one dissentient.
four feet from the floor. This has given a
warm and comfortable appearance to BARNOLDSWICK.-On Friday evening, the interior. The lighting of the place September 7th, a lecture was delivered has been also improved by placing handin Anderson's Assembly Rooms, under some gas brackets along each side-wall
. the auspices of the
New Church Society, The roof and walls are neatly coloured, Embsay, by Mr. E. Jones of Embsay, and the east end, upon which the Comon “The Doctrines of the New Church. mandments are suspended is of a pale Mr. Robert Wilson of Embsay presided. green tint. These alterations and imThere was a very good attendance, the provements have both increased the comnumber present being twice that of any fort and added to the beauty of this neat former occasion. In answer
to à little church. The sermons were well question at the close of the lecture, the attended and attentively heard. The lecturer refuted a prevalent objection to collections for the day amounted to £35.
LONGTON.—We cut the following from the Potteries Examiner of Septem
Obituary. ber 1st-"A discourse was delivered at On the 11th of May 1877, at Onargo, the meeting-room of the New Jerusalem Illinois, United States, Henry Benson, Church, Wharf Street, Longton, on aged 65 years, passed into the spiritual Wednesday evening last, by the Rev. world. Mr. Benson was one of the R. Storry, of Heywood, the president of oldest New Churchmen in Illinois, the General Conference, on the relation having identified himself with the New of religion to intellectual development. Church at Accrington, England, about The text selected by the preacher was the year 1832. He was a member of Zechariah xiv. 20 : In that day there the Batavia Society of the New Jerusalem shall be on the bells of the horses Holiness at its organization, and so continued to nnto the Lord.' The prophetic expres- the time of his death, though he had sion that day,' the preacher remarked, removed from Batavia several years had relation to the day of the Lord's before. He was a kind neighbour and coming to the Church and to the souls father, a good citizen, and a consistent of men. The horse was a Scriptural Christian. His faith in the beautiful symbol of the understanding of man, doctrines he professed was always strong and the bells of the horse, of the motion and enthusiastic. (From the Messenger.”) and music of enlightened intelligence At Owl Hall, Accrington, on the and rational thought. This interpre. 27th of June, Susan Grimshaw, widow tation might appear fanciful, but was of the late James Grimshaw, J.P., decapable of much Scriptural illustration. parted this life in the 77th year of her The preacher reviewed several portions age. She was daughter of the late of Scripture in which the horse is in- Joseph Cronshaw, one of the founders of troduced, and where no intelligible the New Church Society at Accrington, sense can be obtained from the letter. and from her youth was actively engaged These were shown to yield a consistent in fulfilling those duties which loving meaning, when interpreted, of the in- hearts and willing hands ever delight in tellectual nature of man. Religion doing for the advancement of their also was intellectual. True, it was beloved Church. Failing health and emotional, but this was only one side of accumulating years had for some time religion. It embraced the whole nature back prevented her taking any active of man, and when the Church obtains part in the Society, yet her deep interest its perfection and glory, religious truth in its welfare and progress continued to will be seen to be the perfection of wis- the last. dom as well as the fountain of holiness. Died on the 3rd of August, at Preston, Interiorly all true intelligence is the aged 89 years, Mrs. Lamb. The subject spirit of holiness, for genuine truth of this notice had been an admirer of looks upward to goodness and onward the New Church doctrines for more than to God. Nothing is more beautiful fifty years. A small band of receivers than a sanctified intellect, which fears of New Church truths used frequently no inquiry, welcomes all discovery, to meet at the residence of Mrs. Lamb seeks to penetrate all the mysteries of for the purpose of mutual instruction creative wisdom and all the miracles and encouragement. Later on she of grace, and gains from all the acquisi. regularly attended the services held at tions of knowledge increased evidences the church in Avenham Road, until of the power, the wisdom, and the prevented by old age and bodily infirmi. benevolence of God. Faith is not an ties. During her last illness she mani. impediment in the way of knowledge. fested a spirit of peace and submission Christian faith is not the blind accept- to the Divine will, and at last passed ance of mental contradictions and intel. calmly and peacefully away. lectual obscurity and confusion, but the At Wood-Green, near London, August, light of truth.
“The pure in heart in the 64th year of her age, Ann, the shall see God.' They that love the wife of John Clemson, Spa House, Lord will not lack knowledge respecting Derby, passed into the spiritual world. Him, and knowledge of the Highest The deceased had gone to the above will irradiate all inferior subjects and place for the benefit of her health, which make all knowledge cheerful to the had been failing for some time past. mind and musical in the life.”
During the first week after her arrival
hopes were entertained of her recovery, Those years of duty were years of joy. but soon after that other symptoms In quiet and unostentatious manner his appeared which gave alarm to her uses to the Church were performed, and friends, medical aid proved of no avail, he always spoke of them as things for. and on Sunday morning, August 26th, gotten, rather than remembered with 1877, she breathed her last. Her re- any self-adulation. Yet there are points mains were interred in the old cemetery, in our friend's career which deserve Derby. In early womanhood our de- notice. That he was of a peculiar charparted friend became a sincere believer acter no one could doubt; that within in the doctrines of the New Church, and beneath the mere external world in For several years she laboured earnestly which he lived to those around him he in the work of the Sabbath school, and had another world, and another life, many are now living who testify to her was certain. It was not only that uniform Christian conduct and teaching. continual reading of the doctrines of the Her love for this important field of Church had thoroughly turned his Christian work, and for those engaged mind towards spiritual things, but it therein, was warm and constant. Her had a remarkable effect upon him phy. cheerful presence will be very much sically. Call it fancy, or delusion, still missed from the social gatherings of our the fact is undoubted, that in later Society. In this phase of Church life years, whenever engaged in reading the she took a most active and prominent writings of the Church, his whole body position. As a friend she was liberal would be permeated and filled with and true. Her husband loses in her a warmth, and to such a degree that on faithful and loving helpmeet. Into all the coldest days in winter, as he read, his labours for the Church of the Lord he could not endure a fire in the room, she entered with all the strength of and would be compelled to divest himwoman's devotion and ardent zeal. A self of a great part of his clothing. He funeral discourse was preached by the called it internal heat, as it affected him minister of the Derby Society on Sunday only while with the works. The fact is evening, September 2nd, to a large and well known to all who knew him ; it was most attentive congregation.
no matter of boast, but a continual Died at Liverpool, August 12, aged experience that he used to smile at again 79, Mr. J. Bolton, a well-known old and again. But his belief in the verities Lancashire New Churchman. For some and existence of the spiritual world time past he had been in failing health, was not limited to mental associations. and though unable to attend the services Say what we may about it, he had a of the Church, was ever with them in firm conviction lately of seeing and spirit. He was interred on the 16th, speaking with those who had before the service being conducted by the Rev. him, and he used to talk of his departed R. Goldsack, who came from the Con- wife and other friends as if he was ference to perform that duty, as Mr. often with them, and conscious of their Bolton had particularly requested he presence, and conversing, with them. should do so. The following extract Knowing that his time of departure was from Mr. Goldsack's funeral sermon will drawing near, it had not the slightest be interesting as the memoir of a char. effect in disturbing his tranquility, nor actersomewhatunique:-"Fifty or sixty did it interfere with his regular duties, years ago, we find him an active young as far as he could perform them; and man, ardently promulgating the truths thousands every day give themselves of the New Church. He was leader of the more trouble over a simple journey than Wigan Society, before the present race did he in this joining the friends above of ministers was known; in the days who were waiting for him. As he lay when Noble, and Sibly, and Jones, and on the bed from which he rose into the T. Goyder, and Mason, were the leading spiritual world, fully alive to the great men; one of that band of determined change taking place in his existence, he and devoted servants who struggled seemed quite prepared for it, sometimes through the difficulties of organization speaking as to unseen visitors, yet per: and settlement, working freely and fectly sensible, and conscious of all lovingly without any other pay than the around him, and uttering as his last reward of duty. It would be of little words on earth those in our chosen text, service to detail this portion of his life. “the Morning Star.”—Rev. ii. 28.
The relation which exists between the essence and the form of religion, both in regard to life and worship, should be clearly recognized by the members of the Church, otherwise they are liable to fall into idealism on the one hand or into formalism on the other. The essence and the form of religion can have no existence separately, nor can one exist in greater proportion than the other. The graces of religion cannot exist separately from, or in greater measure than, its virtues, nor its virtues separately from, or in greater measure than, its graces. The same is true of piety and devotion, by which we mean the feeling and the exercise of Divine worship. The members of the Church may attend to the one more than to the other. Some may more carefully cultivate the essential, others may more scrupulously attend to the formal; but whatever is really defective in one part produces a corresponding deficiency in the other. Like goodness and truth, which are essence and form, whatever is in excess of the other passes off, until they come to exist in a state of equality.
This fact, so clearly set forth in the Writings, is of great practical value. It teaches us to combine as far as possible these two things, which, by action and reaction, strengthen, enlarge, and confirm each other, and constitute a full and perfect one. In the partial apprehension and application of this truth, to which we are all more or less liable, we are perhaps most in danger of erring on the side of the external observance, not in the attention which we bestow upon it, but in the importance we attach to it compared with that which we assign to the inward principle. We are initiated into the externals of worship in our earliest years, and the practice of them becomes to a greater or less extent the habit of our lives. And a very necessary and useful habit it is. Youth is the time for forming habits as well as for acquiring knowledge. Right habits keep the external man in a state of order, on which the principles of order afterwards to be established in the inner man can rest as on their true bases, and by which they can bring themselves into orderly manifestation. It is possible, of course, that nothing more than the habit may ever be acquired, in which case it will either be abandoned as a useless encumbrance or be retained as a superstitious observance, as a decent covering of respectable indifference, or a cloak for designing hypocrisy. But this possibility does not lessen the value of early habits, but only reminds us of the necessity of cultivating the spirit while attending to the form of holy worship. There is, however, one act of Divine worship, and that the highest which the Christian is enjoined, or rather commanded, to perform, into which we are not introduced by early habit, but which is to be the spontaneous or voluntary result of the feelings and convictions of our riper years. In instituting the Holy Supper, the Lord enjoined on His disciples its solemn observance, saying, “This do in remembrance of Me" (Luke xxii. 19). Nor are the members of the Lord's Church to do it once for all. The Primitive Church frequently revived, through this Divine ordinance, the solemn and loving remembrance of the Lord's death, and the redemption which He sealed by His passion of the Cross, the breaking of His body and the shedding of His blood for the salvation of His lost creatures. There is no doubt that where a sense of the Lord's mercy in our redemption is sincere and deep, no persuasion will be needed to bring us to the Lord's table, but we shall be able to say with the Apostle, on another occasion, "The love of Christ constraineth us” (2 Cor. v. 14). For the Lord's Supper is not an arbitrary appointment, nor is it an artificial form of ritual observance intended only to impress the feelings or refresh the memory. It is the very form which, by the law of correspondence, the entire result of the Divine work of redemption assumes, when embodied in a commemorative institution and act of Divine worship. There is, therefore, not only a fitness but a correspondence between the state of mind produced by a deep sense of the Lord's mercy in our redemption and the ordinance