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VALEDICTORY SERVICES. The valedictory services in connection with the return of the Rev. W. Bailey as a missionary to Orissa, were held in St. Mary's Gate chapel, Derby, Tuesday, Aug. 30. In the afternoon, at half-past three, a devotional service was held, which was conducted by the Rev. H. Crassweller, B.A., the pastor of the church. After reading select portions of Scripture, and a few introductory remarks, the chairman called upon brethren W. R. Stevenson, M.A., Nottingham; H. Cross, Coventry; H. Wilkinson, Leicester; T. W. Marshall, Loughborough; and T. Goadby, B.A., Derby; who, in earnest and affectionate prayer, commended our dear brother, his work, bis wife and children (whom he is leaving in England), to the God of missions. After tea, which was provided in one of the commodious school-rooms and was largely attended, a public meeting was held in the chapel. Captain A. T. Woodhouse, of the Madras Native Infantry, presided. In his introductory address, this gentleman stated that he had lived about ten years in India and Burmah; that at Cannanore, on the Malabar coast, where he was first stationed, and in Burmah, wbither he was afterwards sent, he fourd a real, solid missionary work going forward. But the most interesting part of his life in the East had been the five years he had spent at Berhampore, one of the stations of the Orissa Mission. He was acquainted with the various missionaries, had seen their schools, their christian locations, had met with them in their chapels, and had observed their work in various parts of the province; and he had great pleasare in stating that their work was of a real and very encouraging character. The influence of the missionaries upon the European community had also been very beneficial, and this again had exerted an indirect beneficial influence upon the natives, as they were very clever at discerning character, and could easily discriminate between real and sham christians. Reference was made to several coa verted natives who were accomplishing great good among their

fellow-countrymen, especially to the mess-writer of a native regiment, who, under God, bad been instrumental in establishing a church in his regiment, which consisted of abont forty members, and over which he was elected as pastor. This interesting address was closed by an appeal to christian friends to render help to the missionary cause. When vacancies occurred in the civil, military, medical, or engineering services, he observed there were always plenty of applicants; and as earnest christian men and women were urgently needed for the Lord's work abroad, he trusted that they would soon be forthcoming, and sent into the missionary field. The Rev. J. C. Pike, the secretary of the Society, then addressed the meeting, and briefly referred to the work in which Mr. Bailey would have to engage, and to the encouragements he had in its prosecution. Dr. Underhill, on being called upon, expressed his pleasure in being invited to be present at a missionary meeting of bis General Baptist brethren, and especially at a meeting held in a chapel so long the scene of the labours of that venerable man (the late Rev. J. G. Pike) to whose writings he was so much indebted when young. In an interesting, instructive, and philosophical speech, Dr. Underhill referred to the conditions under which we have to labour in connection with the prosecution of the missionary enterprise. The Rev. E. Stevenson, of Loughborough, offered special prayer, full of pathos and power, on behalf of the missionary and his family. The Rev. W. Bailey stated that it was twenty-five years since he

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state of the missionary band and the urgent need of more labourers had pressed very heavily upon his mind for some time; and that, though on returning to Orissa he would have, for a time at least, to leave behind a beloved wife and children, he felt it his duty to return. Even though his arrangements were made and his passage taken, yet even now he would say, “If the Lord go not with me, carry me not up hence." His only desire was to bave before him the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night, and then he should be in the right path. In a few words of farewell the missionary concluded his address. The Rev. J. Lewitt, of Scarborough, followed with an earnest and practical address. The Rev. W. Miller referred to his going out

noon.

tu India with Mr. Bailey twenty-five day, Sept. 11, and following days. Mr. years ago. He rejoiced at brother Wilkinson preached on the Sabbath, Bailey's return to Orissa, and in all that and attended as deputation. On the he would be able to accomplish; but he Monday evening, instead of a meeting at wished to state that, owing to the Barton, we had an excellent sermon on zenana work, or the openings there were the '“ Spread of Christianity," by Rev. to visit native ladies at their homes, T. Goadby, B.A., of Derby. An in owing to the large and increasing num- teresting feature in these services was ber of native christi

women, and to

the juvenile missionary meeting, which the great number of famine orphans, was held at Barton on Monday afterwhat Orissa particularly needed just

Nearly two hundred children now was christian women. The Rev. were present on the occasion, and adW. Hill, who for five years had been dresses were delivered by Messrs. Wilassociated with Mr. Bailey at Berham- kinson, T. Goadby, T. Deacon, and the pore, then proposed a vote of thanks to writer. About a hundred friends sat ibe chairman (whom he was glad to down with the children to tea. To meet in England as well as India), also quote the remark of one of the speakers, to Dr. Underhill and Rev. J. Lewitt, the Little Books have done wonders ;" after which the meeting was concluded. and if one or two energetic friends in Many friends were present from Not- each of our Sabbath schools would introtingham, Leicester, and other places. duce and manage these “Little Books," The services were greatly appreciated, and encourage the children by an occaand it is hoped that the divine blessing sional address, I am persuaded the matwill rest upon the promising Mission ter would be enthusiastically taken up, our brother hopes shortly to rejoin. Mr. and not only would the mission funds be Bailey sailed in the Bangalore, from greatly augmented, but the children Southampton, on Saturday, Sept. 10, themselves would be equally benefited. and we trust that he will be favoured Why should not all our Sunday schools with a safe passage, and a still further imitate the noble example set by Biruseful and honourable career in the mingham, Burton-on-Trent, &c., as seen missionary field.

in the subscription lists of the Missionary Report just published ? By “Little

Books" Barton bas raised £10 more this MISSION SERVICES.

year than last.

Will friends try the Our mission services were held at Bar

plan ?

W. HILL. ton and in our other chapels on Lord's

FOREIGN LETTERS RECEIVED.

CUTTACK.-T. Bailey, July 13; Mrs. Buckley, June 16.

PIPLEE.-Miss Packer, Aug. 8.

CONTRIBUTIONS

Received on account of the General Baptist Missionary Society, from

August 18, to September 18, 1870. BARTON, BARLESTONE, &c.£ s. d.

£ s. d. Collections and Subscriptions 41 16 6 ILKESTON, NEWTHORPE, & STAPLEFORDDERBY, Osmaston Road

Collections and Subscriptions 12 0 6 Public Collections

11 4 3 LEICESTER, by Rev. W. BaileyDEWSBURY

W. P. Herrick, Esq., Beaumanor 5 0 0 Rev. J. Shaw, Southwell

1 0 0
Mrs. Herrick, for Schools...

1 1 HATHERN

Miss Herrick, ditto

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1 14 6 “In memory of a sainted mother in Ö Ö HINCKLEY

WOLVEYLittle Books 0 14 0 Sale of a Quilt

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Subscriptions and Donations in aid of the General Baptist Missionary Society will be thankfully received by T. HILL, Esq., Baker Street, Nottingham, Treasurer; and by the Rev. J. C. PIKE and the Rev. H. WILKINSON, Secretaries, Leicester, from whom also Missionary Boxes, Collecting Books, and Cards may be obtained.

THE

GENERAL BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

NOVEMBER, 1870.

THE SECRET OF A JOYFUL MINISTRY.*

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ONE of the chief commendations of there will be voiceless forces within a joyful ministering of God's word them. Godliness with contentment to men is the efficiency it never fails is great gain-not without it. As to impart to all work done under its some men do business without obbenign influence. Joy in the Lord

taining a fiftieth part of the profit is strength, positive, actual power. gained by others, so some Christian, It creates around us the most favour- pastors never nett” the “great able atmosphere for evoking our re- gains” that flow from a joyful piety. sources, raises our entire nature to Vast is the difference between the highest pitch of energy, and working for God from a sense of gives unwonted elasticity and capa- responsibility, strong, clear, and opcity of tension to all our faculties.pressive, and from a delight in work When the heart is brimming over that grows out of fellowship with with gladness, labour is acceptable, Christ, and exults even in sufferings opposition helpful, duty a delight, for His sake. Jeremiah feels God's and responsibility a privilege. Joy word within Him as a burning fire enables a man to make the best and shut up within his bones, and is the most of himself in every one of driven to his unwelcome tasks with his manifold relations. Loftier de- tearful eye and breaking heart, ungrees of power are brought into play, able to hold his peace and yet vision is cleansed, and a healthy wretched to the last degree in deexcitement diffuses itself through- livering the message of the Lord. out his nature. Weakening cares Paul is sorrowing yet always reare lifted from the heart, and the joicing, poor as one who lives from whole man moves with little or no hand to mouth, and yet making friction, and with all the suppleness many rich in imperishable wealth, and flexibility circumstances demand. without anything in his scrip, and As bodies expand under heat, so the yet holding a title to, and actually soul enlarges under the genial in- enjoying the profit of, all things. fluence of joy.

Indeed men never Responsibility has but one song, reach their best before they have gloomy and funereal, mostly pitched

, mastered the whole gamut of joy, in the same key, and ending with from the lowest note of cheerfulness the same melancholy refrain, “I am to the highest of rapture. Till then weary with forbearing, and I cannot * A paper read to the London Board of Baptist Ministers, and also before the London Baptist

Association, VOL. LXXII.-NEW SERIES, No. 11.

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stay." Joy has many hymns of cious to the discharge of the highest
praise, and can sing even of “neces- function of the Christian ministry,–
sity" and delight in obligation ; but the communication of character, of
generally these more serious claimants moral life. In one sorrow reigns.
vanish to an immeasurable distance The other takes its tone and colour
under the gladdening recollection from the presence of joy. Weeping
that to one, who is less than the with those that weep, our words are
least of all saints, is this grace given, pathetic, tender, and strong; and as
that he should preach among the the moisture saturates the hard and
Gentiles the unsearchable riches of dry grain so that its envelope breaks
Christ. Responsibility is a goad. at the silent movement of the ex-
Joy is a magnet. One pricks and panding life, so our pure and real
urges forward by a sense of pain- sympathies for suffering, struggling,
fulness that reduces all work to the world-beaten men, permeate their
severe limits of obedience to impera- hearts and prepare them, not only
tive and resistless orders. The other for the reception of the incorruptible
is life ; and such is its magic it con- seed, but also for its subsequent ger-
verts even hard toil into play, and mination. Pathos is power. Gen-
makes it as welcome as song to the tleness still makes men great. We
merry birds, or sport to romping must ourselves go down to the gate
children. Overwhelmed and well of tribulation if we would get them
nigh crushed with the burden of the through it into the kingdom of heaven.
Lord, the afflicted prophet groans But not less potent is the mystery of
under his insupportable weight, and joy. Rejoicing with those that re-
is lugubrious, denunciatory, despon- joice, prayer and teaching put on
dent, and clothed with melancholy strength, overcome indifference, fas-
as with a garment. Strengthened ten attention, march forth to the
with joy in God, and partaking of chief citadels of opposition and win
His infinitely happy nature, the glad them to the sway of Christ. Joy is
pastor is affectionate, persuasive, and the ministers trusty pioneer, prepar-
radiant with cheerfulness as the ing the way to minds that otherwise
world with beauty on a spring morn- would not open, just as the morning
ing. The teacher who would do his sun coaxes the flower to unfold its
work under the most favourable con- leaves and receive his blessing in its
ditions for strength and effective- very heart. Joy is contagious. It
ness, must never forget the exhorta- radiates from a face that is illumined
tion which speaketh on this wise, by the gladsomeness of God, and
“Rejoice in the Lord alway, and unstops the deaf ear with its warmth
again I say rejoice."
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so that the message of salvation is
But besides making the best of heard as strains of pleasant music.
the minister, this holy joy secures The supreme spiritual delight at the
the greatest good of the people. centre of the preacher's being travels
Our usefulness is augmented by it outward, and rests not till it has
to an almost immeasurable degree. filled the air in which he moves with
It breaks down prejudice, sets men the exhilirating currents of gladness.
free from themselves, and clears the A joyful ministry makes a strong
way for conviction and comfort. It and happy church.
rests like a fertilizing dew on the God's best servants have been joy-
seed corn of consolation, and de- ful men. It is quaintly said of the
velopes the richest of harvests. It

It seraphic Joseph Alleine, “ Love and prepares for the sword of rebuke, joy, and a heavenly mind, were the and makes its strokes not less severe internal part of his religion, and the but more welcome and beneficial. large and fervent praises of God, and Two conditions are eminently auspi- ' thanksgiving for His mercies, espe

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The Advantages of a Joyful Ministry.

323 cially for Christ, and the Spirit, and from earth to heaven.” And sure I heaven, were the external exercises am that the apostle Paul must have of it. He was not negligent in con- been a man overflowing with gladfessing sin, but praise and thanks- ness, or he never could have floated giving were his natural strains; his from his prison at Rome the conlongest, most frequent, and hearty quering banner, "I have learned, in services. He was no despiser of a whatsoever state I am, therewith to broken heart, but he had attained be content."* This sacred and calm the blessing of a healed and joyful joyfulness, often the result of much spirit.” Payson exclaims, “ God's trial, is indeed one source of a promises appear so strong, so solid, really effective ministry, for it is so substantial, more so than the the most blessed life; the most uprocks and everlasting hills; and His lifted, and therefore the most imperfections—what shall I say of pressive and saving. The Lord wills them? When I think of one I wish His ministers to be happy. He has to dwell on it for ever, but another provided strong consolation for us, and another equally glorious, claims

and He would have our souls brima share of admiration ; and when I ming over with gladness. Charged begin to praise, I wish never to to tell such good news, commissioned cease, but to find it the commence- to plead with men in God's name ment of that song which will never and to make offer of His infinite end.” And in a similar frame of pity, tenderness, and grace, we ought, mind Pearce says.

66 Were the notwithstanding our sufferings, to be universe destroyed, and I the only the joyfullest men in the world, being in it besides God, He is fully aspiring at habitual thankfulness, adequate to my complete happiness ; and exhibiting a life of prevailing and had I been in an African wood,

cheerfulness and praise. A sour,

. surrounded by venomous serpents crabbed, cantankerous minister, pourand devouring beasts and savage ing out of the vials of his moroscmen, in such a frame I should be ness fierce showers of denunciation, the subject of perfect peace and ex- is as surely out of his place as Satan alted joy.” Doddridge writes to an amongst the sons of God. A pastor absent friend, "My days begin, pass, who never gets out of the valley of and end in pleasure, and seem short

the shadow of death is certainly not because they are so delightful. I the best guide for pilgrims to the have more of the presence of God

land of Beulah. The Lord save us than I ever remember. He enables and our churches from the misery me to live for Him and to live with and weakness of a joyless ministry. Him. When I awake in the morn

Moreover the principal design of ing I address myself to Him, and

the Christian ministry is the producconverse with Him, and He meets

tion of present and permanent joy. me in my study, in secret and family devotion. It is pleasant to read,

The object of the religious teacher

admits of manifold representations, pleasant to compose, pleasant to con

and his work is many sided. He is verse with my friends at home, plea

set to save souls, to build men up sant to visit the sick, the poor; pleasant to write letters of necessary

on their holy faith, to feed the flock

of God; but no statement ought to business by which any good can be

be regarded as final, or as adequate, done, and pleasant to preach the

which does not declare the ministragospel to poor souls; pleasant in

tion of a real and abiding joy to be the the week to think how near another Sabbath is; and oh! how much

* There are many other examples. Suffice it

that we refer to the well known fact that the more pleasant to think how near two most notable and useful preachers of our

day, C. H. Spurgeon and H. W. Beecher, are two eternity is, and that it is but a step of the most joyful men living.

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