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Light at the Grave.
51 The series of meetings was brought zeal of many of Christ's professed to a close on Friday evening by an disciples. expository address (called in the bills, Our own readers will be interested "A Lecture to Working People'') do- to know that on the Thursday morning livered in the Mechanics' Hall. In Mr. Varley visited the College at Chilconnection with this occasion, several well, and at the request of the tutors of Mr. Samuel Morley's warehousemen, gave a short address to the students. acting on the suggestion of their noble- Later in the day, the studente, together hearted employer, had made special with the Nottingham Town Misefforts to bring the fact of Mr. Varley's sionaries, took tea with Mr. Varley at visit under the attention of the opera- the house of our hospitable friend, Mr. tives of the town, and the result was Goodliffe; and the time between tea and a magnificent gathering and inost in- the public meeting was most delightteresting service. Never surely has fully spent in conversation and prayer. our renovated and enlarged Mechanics' A friend who was present describes it Hall presented a more animating or as one of the most hallowed and profitimpressive scene than it did when the able seasons he has ever enjoyed. immense throng stood up to sing the The writer of this notice would last hymn
respectfully suggest that it might “There is a fountain filled with blood, prove useful to many of our churches Drawn from Immanuel's veins.”
if they would arrange for similar series Altogether there is amongst the of services, and secure the help of our Christian friends who have had to do estimable brother Mr. Varley. For with the getting up of these meetings the guidance of any friends who may but one feeling of thankfulness and joy wish to write to him, it may be added in the review. The only regret on that his address is 13, Brooklyn Road, the part of many who attended them Shepherd's Bush, London. Only let it is, that they are now over. It is be observed that, for the success of pleasant to know that several hopeful such meetings, it is essential that there cases of decision for God on the part of should be previous effort and prayer, the previously undecided have already and expenses should be met by a pricome to light; but it is believed that vate subscription, so that there may the chief benefit resulting has been the be no collections. evident quickening of the piety and
W. R. STEVENSON.
LIGHT AT THE GRAVE. GATHERED around the open grave of a how much worse amidst such a temLondon cemetery stood a group of pest of discomfort those only know lonely, orphaned children, weeping who have been called to endure it. bitter tears over the sharp stroke The unrest without makes more painwhich had separated them from a ful the grief within. Rough winds beloved and precious mother. A fierce almost put out the flickering lamp of storm was raging. Rain, snow, and hope, and the “comfortable words of hail dashed with wild and merciless everlasting life are hardly heard above fury upon that sorrowful band, as if the din of the elements. The heart to drive further into the wounded already burdened enough is ready to and quivering heart the poison-tipped break under the double strain of its arrows shot from the Archer's fatal bow. load of grief, and the close fight with Nature was in one of her harshest, these armed messengers of despair. most sullen, and cruel moods, utterly But in a moment, in the twinkling of without sign of living pity, and seem- an eye, the whole scene changed. ingly full of malignant revelry at the Just as the preacher read with tremusight of useless tears welling forth over lous voice the words given for our conthe spoils of Death. Scarcely could we solation by Him who is the resurrecpicture a sadder fate. To look on our tion and the life, “ And I heard a voice coffined dead down in the deep dark- from heaven saying unto me, Write, ness of the grave, and hear the words, Blessed are the dead which die in the "earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to Lord from henceforth : Yea, saith the dust," is at any time a woeful lot, but Spirit, that they may rest from their
labours,"—at once, Nature, if checked in its course by a transient sympathy, cast aside her dark and dismal robe, and stood forth in garments of unwonted beauty. The beclouded sun, glad to be released from the mountains of “black foam" that had held him captive, leapt from his hiding-place, and flushed his glory all around. The storm was chased away. The growing darkness was dispersed, and the light of heaven blazed upon those rueful countenances, and sent a thrill of inspiring hope through those mourning hearts. Welcome visitant! Even sorrow is easier to bear if thou dost smile upon us.
Instructive and beautiful symbol! Acceptable image of the rising of that “better sun" with healing in His wings upon the mistencircled souls of the bereaved. For
as on that afternoon the beams of the
This is the dead.
THE CENTENARY FUND. THE following urgent appeal has been sent Denominational celebration. The Cen: to the ministers or deacons of all our tenary Fund will be a perpetual and public churches :
memorial of thankfulness to God for His · DEAR BRETHREN,– I am charged by favour during a hundred years, a token of the Centenary Committee respectfully but respect to the fathers, and a pledge of earnestly to urge upon you the fitness and new zeal in the Lord's service for years to propriety of making immediate efforts on come. Nothing short of such a memorial behalf of the Centenary Fund, or of con- will appropriately signalize an occasion so tinuing with increasing vigour the efforts extraordinary as the Hundredth Anniver. already begun. We ask for a Congrega- sary of our Connexion. tional Collection everywhere, in every “I enclose a copy of the first list of subchapel and preaching station throughout scriptions, with all needful information as the Denomination, before Midsummer to plans and modes of action. The Fund next, and for a thorough canvass of every has been increased by £160 since this list church and congregation for subscriptions. was published, and now amounts to £780.
“I am requested to remind you that an It is desirable that half the £5,000 shall occasion of distinguished privilege for our be obtained before the Centenary Associachurches has arrived—the Centenary year tion in June. of our Connexion. It will be exactly & “May I again press upon you the imhundred years on the 7th of June next
portance of making, before midsummer, since the New Connexion of General Bap- congregational collections for the Fund, tists was formed. By the mercy of God it and of appointing some energetic and is given to us to see this memorable year. earnest friends to canvass the church and It is ours to rejoice with the exceeding congregation for subscriptions. The exact great joy of a double jubilee. An oppor. birth-day of the Connexion was the 7th of tunity thus offers for special service for June, 1770. The Delegates met on the God in our churches which will not again 6th, and dissolved on the 8th, but it was occur in the lifetime of any of us. Shall on the 7th that the New Denomination it not be promptly and zealously used ? was born. A simultaneous collection in
“ The Committee duly appreciate the all our chapels on Sunday, June 5th, 1870, wisdom of individual churches in seeking would be appropriate, but it may not to enlarge their houses of prayer or liberate everywhere be possible. It will be posthemselves from oppressive debts. But so sible, however, everywhere to do somerare an occasion as the Centenary of a thing for the Centenary Fund before the body of churches can only be fitly employed next Association; it will be possible everyfor larger and broader purposes, and the where to hold a Centenary prayer meeting Committee feel assured that no private on Tuesday, June 7th; it will be possible interests or local enterprises can be suf- on the Sunday previous to this our Hun. fered to stand in the way of this general dredth birthday everywhere to prepare the
Brief Notices of New Books.
53 mind for the Centenary celebration, to failed him. He can give even now to all preach or speak to the people, recounting who speak of or who place “lions in the the toils and rehearsing the memories of a way," "a reason for the hope that is in hundred years. The occasion comes to us him;" and he appeals with especial emonce for all. Every one of us must desire phasis but with unshaken confidence to suitably and worthily to observe it. Take the ministers, deacons, and members of ye, therefore, from among you an offering the churches in the Midland district to unto the Lord,'—a free-will offering to render prompt and immediate aid in this the Lord God of our fathers ;' whosoever timely and seasonable effort. In the Mid. is of willing heart, let him bring it."" land Counties, where most of the fathers
were born or laboured and died, where the The Secretary sincerely hopes that in first and most signal successes of the Con. every case the appeal has been, or will be nexion were won by the grace of God, without delay, brought before the assem- where the remembrance of the Deacons, bled church, and fully and favourably con. the Smiths, the Pickerings, of Donisthorpe sidered. He feels deeply that what four and Grimley, of Orton and Felkin, of the Associations have deliberately endorsed elder Stevenson, Jarrom, Pike, and Goadby, and sanctioned, what every friend of our still lingers fresh and fragrant in the churches who has any public spirit at all churches; in the Midland Counties, which must in his conscience thoroughly ap. gave in the beginning five out of the seven prove, and what all the world would admit first churches that stood firm and true to to be a suitable and appropriate com. the pledges of 1770, and where now are memorative movement, cannot be regarded found those flourishing societies that by our churches anywhere but with rightly regard themselves, and are rewarmest interest and most hearty sympa- garded, as the centre, the mainspring, the thy. Already from some quarters the forefront of the Connexion; in the Midresponse has been prompt and liberal. The Jand Counties, where the public spirit of London district speaks of strenuous the denomination has ever been nourished effort” for the Fund; Yorkshire and Lan. and fostered, and the earlier zeal of the cashire were “ forward a year ago ;" denomination has left its deepest and most Cheshire and the West are showing hope. abiding mark upon the public mindful signs of co-operation; Lincolnshire here assuredly rather than anywhere else and the East sent the first contributions the joy of the Centenary will be most and the first words of cheer. No one can intense, enthusiasm in its celebration will doubt that in these quarters the fullest be most easily kindled, and the desire to share of energetic and helpful work will be upite in raising a worthy denominational done, and as much as the fair proportion memorial will be most apparent and or more will be contributed to the Fund. zealous. Called by the memory of the
It remains now for all the churches of Past, by the needs of the Present, by the the Midland district to awake to the groat- hope of the Future,-actuated by respect ness of the opportunity, to put aside self for the fathers and by respect for their for the moment and the pressing calls of own good name,-moved by sympathy home, to rise to the measure of this with their brethren, by the love of God, memorable occasion, and show themselves and by zeal for the kingdom of Christ worthy children and successors of the among men,-the churches in the heart earnest men of a hundred years ago. of our Israel must respond, and respond The Secretary has never once dared to at once nobly and freely, one and all of doubt that they would do so, and that his them, to this urgent appeal, and pour into brethren in the ministry would gladly the treasury thank-offerings to the Lord speed him in his toil. He would not God of our fathers; for the grateful comhave undertaken his task, and given his memorative work that is contemplated by time and labour so freely and cheerfully in this Centenary enterprise is work beyond its discharge, but that the faith which is the narrow sphere of local and private “the substance of things hoped for and interests-out in the great wide fields of the evidence of things not seen" has never the world around. THOMAS GOADBY.
Brief Notices of New Books.
The Hallelujah; or, Devotional Psalmody. Memorial Edition. Edited by Dr. Waite. London: J. Haddon & Co. This book is second to none & choral book of psalmody. It is a manual of cultivated taste and musical skill, full of rich melo.
dies and varied harmonies, convenient in form, cheap in price, and comprehensive as to metres. It is the sort of book to give to a friend for educating and elevating his taste, refining his feelings, and taxing his skill. But it is ill-adapted to
the present state of congregational singing. Many of the melodies are set so high, that only trained voices can reach them, the harmonies are too florid and difficult for general use, and the modulations are occasionally abrupt and unnatural.
Christian life and sentiment will rapidly make it a favourite. We have one regret. We miss many endeared strains from this collection, and for various reasons this was unavoidable. But we must prepare ourselves for further changes; the volume of Christian song increases from year to year, and our hymnals must expand pro. portionately if we are to make the most of some of the richest gifts of our heavenly Father. It would have been an additional charm to this appendix if the names of the authors had been given.
An Apology for the True Christian Divinity, as held by the people in scorn, called Quakers. By Robert Barclay. Thir. teenth Edition. Manchester: Irwin, 21, Deansgate. – To those who wish to understand the doctrines and principles of the Society of Friends, we cordially commend this volume. Others, such as Clarkson and Gurney, have written expositions of the principles of Friends in a more popular style; but no one, so far as we know, not even George Fox himself, has ever given such a succinct and lucid statement of their fundamental beliefs as is to be found in this volume. The fact that a new edition of 10,000 copies has been printed nearly two hundred years after its first publication, is a striking testimony to the inherent worth of the book. Probably no Christian community has exerted such a widespread and beneficent influence, not only upon Great Britain, but upon America also, as the Society of Friends. Still that Society is imperfectly understood. This is greatly to be regretted. For whilst intimacy with their sentiments and practices may fail to convince us of the sound. ness of their principles as a whole, yet there is no Christian society, and scarcely an individual outside their circle, that might not gain considerable advantage from a better acquaintance with their history, beliefs, and polity. We hope at some future time to give our readers a more detailed statement of the contents of this remarkable book, and to shew some of the many points of agreement between the “ Friends" and ourselves. J. C-k.
Help-Book for Travellers to the East. Rev. J. Burns, D D., and T. Cook. Cook's Tourist Office, 98, Fleet Street. It was a good thought in preparing a guide-book to the East to unite the labours of the divine and the professed and experienced tourist. Mr. Cook's descriptions, directions, etc., are given with the clearness, brevity, and sufficiency of one who knows exactly what is wanted, and how to supply it: and Dr. Burns has gathered together a quantity of pertinent information that will make the book an acceptable companion and help to those travelling in Eastern lands. The associations of Egypt and Palestine with the Biblical records are fully pointed out, and the chief " objects of interest” are specified with that brevity which is one of the chief merits of such a work. There ought to be a full and alphabetically arranged index to everything contained in the book. This, our experience suggests, is an essential element. A Table of Contents is not sufficient. And why call it Help-book ? “Guide' is a much better word in every way; and 6 Burns's Guide” would mark it off definitely enough from all others.
Appendix to the New Hymn Book. Nottingham: Allen & Sons.—This long desired supplement to our Hyrnal contains eighty. six hymns and nineteen anthems. An appropriate passage of Scripture is prefixed to each hymn, and the collection is arranged in alphabetical order and printed in clear type. The character of this brief compilation is seen in the fact that the chief singers of the church are represented in its pages by some of their best productions. We recognise the works of Alford, Bernard, Bonar, Bowring, Heber, Keble, Lynch, Lyte, Longfellow, etc.-a sufficient witness to the catholicity of the compilers, and also to the essential unity of all christian men in the higher moods of religious feeling and worship. Wher. ever this book is adopted, its hymns of
A Catechism of Christian Baptism. By Rev. J. Gall. Edinburgh: Gall & Inglis. --Here is another book in favour of infant baptism, in which all the old foemen reappear, engage in a contest, and then pass away with a declaration of victory to Pædobaptism. Mr. Gall, acting as commanderin-chief, sends out into the arena with tolerable skill, but with little freshness, those time-honoured warriors, “ Circumcision,"
," " Households," Hereditary Godliness," Tradition,” “ Propriety," etc.; and after having managed the war to his liking, shows the causes of the error of the Baptists on this subject. Now we saw these self.same veteran soldiers slain in our youth, and joined then in the shout of triumph. We have since been at a few conflicts, and witnessed the defeat of the thrice slain, and yet here they are again ! Is this controversy never to end? Might not conference of Christians and scholars, more easily than is imagined,
" that agree
55 help us to decide this subject, and so his despísal of all pretence and veneer, and secure on one more point
his manly and religious spirit, as displayed ment of numerous and impartial inquirers in these discourses, prove that he is fitted to which the most cautious and erect in an eminent degree for the work he has understanding wisely and readily defers." undertaken. Hence we have in these The cause of this difference of judgment is “ Ancient Maxims" a faithful exposition of surely not in the laws of our Master, but each text, a skilful setting forth of the in the judges and interpreters of those principles which penetrate at every point laws, and it is to be hoped that the time is the Proverbs of Solomon, and a manifold not far distant when these judges may application of both principles and expo. give a clear and unanimous opinion on sitions to the conditions and needs of our this question of Christian baptism. We modern life. are certainly much nearer such unanimity on the main points now than we were Days at Millgate; or, Lame Johnnie's thirty years ago.
Holiday. London: E. Marlborough & Co.
- Here we have a well told story intended Ancient Maxims for Modern Times. By for, and calculated to arrest the attention Rev. H. S. Brown. London: Elliot Stock. of, the young. The incidents are natural, -It would be difficult to find a better the style is simple and easy, and the purexample of the fitness of things than the pose is to inculcate principles of generous one offered in these sermons. There is consideration for the need of others. A scarcely a single imaginable qualification critic who has just passed his seventh for the “understanding and interpretation year says, “It's a capital tale.” of a proverb" that Mr. Brown does not possess. His practical common sense, his The following Magazines for January sharp, forcible, and thorougbly Saxon have been received: The Scattered Nation style, his strong humour (all the more -Jewish Herald_Church-Appeal- Hive powerful because you can see it is under Gilead - Old Jonathan Sword and restraint), his habit of " straight bitting," Trowel-Sunday Magazine.
THE LATE GALES AND LOSS OF
LIFE AT SCARBOROUGH,
I can scarcely find words to express my gratitude to those who have thus made me the almoner of their bounty; and at the same time renew my solicitation for further assistance in lessening the sorrows of those on whom God's hand has so heavily fallen.
Allow me space for the following inci. dent, not for its own sake merely, but for the purpose of suggesting to your juvenile constituency a simple method of doing good. A ladies' boarding school attends my ministry, and the principal is a member of my church. As soon as the fatal issues of the late storm were known, an
Orphan Box” was put in the schoolroom, and it was resolved to forego the usual “
breaking up" party, and have a Christmas Tree for the benefit of the orphans of the drowned fishermen and other poor children. Each young lady put something on the tree, nine little bags of money, into each of which as a special favour your correspondent was allowed to put a small silver coin, were also suspended from the boughs. A happy group of young ladies and friends assembled, and several of the widows and orphans were present, and received from “Old Father Christmas" a little bag of money, with the addition, in the case of the children, of a
TO THE EDITOR
Dear Sir,--Permit me to acknowlege the kindness of your predecessor in allowing the insertion of the article entitled,
Incidents in a Seaside Pastorate,” in the Magazine for December last. I have now most gratefully to acknowledge the receipt of the following sums in answer to my appeal::
£ s. d. E. Sully, Esq., Nottingham
5 0 0 S. Stone, Esq., Leicester
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2 0 Miss Simpson
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