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and graveyard with its tombs and epitaphs, 1 having left the text untouched, and said it so worthy of the Baptists of this interesting would do for some other time. village and neighbourhood, the large
In the afternoon. I went to Wanseygatherings from sister churches, and the street, Walworth road, and heard Mr. excellent sermons and addresses greatly Wells at his new tabernacle, this being the impressed us all. The ordination services first time of my entering it. The taberwere as follows: Mr. Horne, of Norwich, nacle appears to be a good serviceable read the Scriptures and prayed, Mr. Brown building, put up with common sense, of Attleborough, preached at 3 o'clock from economy, and exemption from the Popish Rev. iii. 4. After tea, which was presented ornaments with which many dissenting by the ladies of the congregation, of which chapels are now contaminated. Would not some 220 partook, a public meeting was | Mr. Wells be able to dispose of several of held; Mr. Harvey read the Scriptures, and my little books ? With Christian respects, Mr. Dearle prayed. Mr. Gilbert, the senior I remain yours sincerely, RICHARD CORDdeacon, presided over the meeting, and WELL. gave a history of the church and its former pastors ; Mr. Hawkins stated the nature of
ORDINATION OF MR. THOMAS à Gospel church; Mr. Ewing related his
STEED. call by grace, and to the ministry, to the thrilling and solemn pleasure of us all;
REHOBOTH CHAPEL, SHADWELL. Mr. Brown gave the charge to the pastor, The thirty-seventh anniversary of the and Mr. Korne prayed the ordination formation of this church, took place on prayer. Mr. Gooch, of Diss, addressed the Lord's-day, August 11th, 1867, when three church, Mr. Noble, of Carlton, Rode, spoke | sermons were preached, that in the morning briefly, because of time, on the connection and evening by Mr. Steed, that in the afterof the Sunday school to the world and the noon by Mr. Stringer, which proved favourchurch. On the Tuesday, the children of able opportunities and were well attended. the school had their annual treat in a On the Tuesday following, was the day meadow about a mile distant from the appointed for the ordination of Mr. Steed, chapel, kindly granted for that purpose by as pastor of the church. Mr. Bryant, where they joined in various The service having been opened by singinnocent sports, and the weather being fine ing, Mr. Dixon read and prayed. Mr. many friends assembled to share in the Webster described the nature of a Gospel pleasant holiday.
church, and in the course of his remarks
referred to its materials, offices, and disciMR. KERSHAW, AND THE
pline. This part of the service being con
cluded, about 150 friends sat down to tea, a DECEASED MINISTERS.
greater number than we have been favoured Death is continually taking down some with for some time past. of those whose names and labours have
The evening service commenced a little been fragrant in the hearts of the Lord's after six o'clock, Mr. Mote in the chair. Mr. people. Mr. Cordwell, a citizen of Glouces
Bradley engaged in prayer. Mr. Mote, in ter, writing to us of his journey to London, stating the object of the meeting said, “it says:—“On the Sunday morning after I was an important one, and as affecting the was with you, I went to Gower-street future of both it was no common union, it chapel, and heard Mr. John Kershaw. He was akin to the marriage union, he hoped gave for his text Deut. xxxiii. 3. But his it was a union formed by God as well as by mind appeared to be so deeply impressed themselves, and then it would prosper. with the solemnity and blessedness of the He concluded by asking Mr. Day to read saints' departure to glory, that he occupied the report that had been drawn up, giving the whole of his time in commenting on an account of the rise, progress, and changes the last words of Moses, Jacob, and Stephen. that had happened unto Rehoboth since its He remarked that he had been led to this | formation in the year 1830, which was train of thought from circumstances with highly interesting to those who had been which he had been lately brought into con associated with the cause in its infancy, tact. I could scarcely hear all he said; but and had helped in some humble measure to I think the following is about the sub make its history. With regard to Mr. Steed, stance:- That he had recently preached at it set forth that he having supplied us for the anniversary of the Widow's church at two years, by the will of the church, was Cirencester, where the minister (Mr. Tan invited to the pastorate which he acner) died several months ago; and while cepted. there he heard of the departure of Mr. Mr. Wale then asked the usual questions, Beard and Mr. Gorten. He earnestly which Mr. Steed satisfactorily replied to, prayed for the continuance of the life of with much feeling, and at times with Mr. Philpot. And as to himself, Mr. Ker emotion. shaw said, while feeling grateful to the A show of hands was taken, which proved Lord for the comforts and conveniences of unanimous. Mr. Wale then gave the right this life, he felt more detached from the hand of ordination ; Mr. Stringer gave the world daily, and a greater desire to live ac- charge to the newly appointed pastor, from cording to God's word, and as an example | Deut. xxxi. 23. ; Mr. Webster the charge to to the church. He then apologised for the church.
This happy and important occasion was ! years a member of the Church of Christ at then brought to a close by singing, and Mr. | King's Langley, Herts. Our dear friend, Wale engaging in prayer.
who may be truly called a mother in Israel,
departed this life on the 3rd August last, HITCHIN, HERTS. — MOUNT ZION and her death has created a blank in the CHAPEL.-The annual festival of the Sun little assembly of saints at Langley, which day school was made very encouraging this will not easily be filled up. And we proyear on 11th August last. The sermons pose in our next, to insert a brief memoir were preached by brother Hawkins, who is of this aged Christian. leaving Tunbridge Wells. The people of [From the testimony which our venerated God here have had great opposition, be and beloved brother Hanshaw bas borne cause their pastor and they held immovably
to the Christian life and death of Mrs. in adhesion to the glorious covenant rela Turner, we shall be thankful to Mr. H. tion of the Son of God, the Word, in all Brown for the promised memoir.-ED.7 its divine and ancient glories, His underived, infinite, and eternal Godhead. But JIREH CHAPEL, EAST BERGHOLT God has graciously blessed his labours, and -On Lord's-day July 28th, our much esthey enjoy occasional additions in peace teemed pastor T. Poock, with his untiring and harmony, with the closest affections to zeal for the great Master, preached two one another, through grace, perhaps equal sermons in the above chapel, (on behalf of to any church in England. The debt that the same) and I must say, although the fell on their own, comparatively, little band, cause is young, there was a chapel full of and which was expected to crush them, is warm hearts. Yes! hearts warmed by the now reduced to nearly £100. The teachers fire of Divine love, anxious to hear and and friends were much cheered at this an learn somewhat more of God's redeeming niversary, and had a greater gathering to love. And then the earnest prayers of gether of the children than ever dared to God's children, it reminded me of the meet with them before on like occasion, children's hymn, it was said. These annual seasons often
“ A day's march nearer home.” cheer the teachers in their arduous work, and increase their supporters and labourers.
Our dear brothers, W. and J. Churchard, of May this, and such like institutions in our
Ipswich were present and took part in the churches of truth flourish the world
services, which I must again say were throughout! After fourteen years' labours
earnest and full of love to our heavenly our brother W. Tucker's ministry is as
Father, Son and Spirit, blessed Trinity.
We finished with fresh to the church as at the first. This to him, is as he feels, a marvellous mercy, and
“Grace 'tis a charming sound,” he desires the affectionate fervent prayers and so it proved to be, for while faces were of the true ministers of the Gospel, and lit up with glory the heart and tongue the spiritual churches of Christ. Brother shouted forth its praise to Him who did it Hawkins was seen, they said, to be as all. There appeared a most remarkable pleased in the field as the children them desire in all to listen, and tears were seen selves, as he raised the shouts of huzzahs trickling down the cheeks of some, oh in loyalty to the Queen, in respect for the then, dear brothers and sisters let us pray pastor, in gratitude for the friends, and in that the Holy Spirit may work in the youthful glee for these opportunities given midst of those, who live in the dark Roby Christian benevolence.
man Catholic village of East Bergholt.
Yours in Jesus, KING'S LANGLEY.- DEAR SIR, -On
ONE PRESENT. Friday last in company with an old and esteemed brother in Christ, Mr. Hanshaw, PRESENTATION TO MR. WILLIAM STOKES. of Watford, (who is well-known to you) -A large tea-mee we committed a departed friend to the the school-room, George-street, Oldham, grave. A lady whose devotion to God's Mr. Stokes in the chair, to make a present ministers at King's Langley, for many to the chairman from the teachers and years, had entitled her to the name of a friends of the Sunday school, Oldham. The mother in Israel; and at a meeting of true object of the meeting was kept profriends afterwards, it was proposed that a foundly secret up to the moment of the brief memoir of so esteemed a Christian presentation. It consisted of a very handshould be prepared by me, and sent to the some mahogany writing desk, with every EARTHEN VESSEL for insertion, (if admis article useful to a literary man. A chaste sible) but as the time at my disposal will brass plate bore the following inscription : not enable me to prepare such memoir be -"Presented to the Reverend William fore the middle of next month, I have Stokes by the Sunday School teachers in prepared a brief notice of her death, which connection with the Baptist church, Kingif you think proper to insert in September, street, Oldham, as a token of affection, and will be gratefully appreciated by the friends | grateful recognition OI
grateful recognition of his self-denying at King's Langley. I am Sir, yours in efforts to serve them during his pastorate." Christian fellowship, HENRY BROWN. Mr. Stokes, having been taken by surprise,
We have to record the death of Mrs. could only acknowledge the present in very Elizabeth Turner, who was for thirty-two broken terms. Mr. Stokes's pastorate at
was recently held in
the Stokes in han from.chool, Ola kept pine Oldham was but temporary, but in accord- | Esq., who in the name of the church, gave ance with the wish of the church, would Mr. Cracknell, a very hearty welcome to have been a permanent one, had that been the town. Addresses were given by the practicable.
newly chosen pastor, the Revs. John Aldis,
R. Jenkyn (Wesleyan) E. W. Shalders, IPSWICH, BETHESDA CHAPEL. (Congregational) and Mr. G. Buckingham, The Sunday school anniversary of this deacon of Baptist church, Blackheath. favoured cause of Christ was holden at the end of July last. The sermons of brother BROCKHAMPTON, GLOUCESTERHawkins, and that of brother Poock, the SHIRE.-The anniversary of this cause pastor, were each illustrative of the was held on Tuesday, July 23rd. Mr. Pegg, character, the nature, and the blessed fruits of Bethel chapel, Cheltenham, was engaged ef teaching the youthful minds the pure to preach the sermons. A monster wagword of God. The lessons which Hawkins gonette was secured to carry him, the gave the whole school were not only thril senior deacon of Bethel, Mr. Broom, and ling to the children themselves, but the over twenty other of the friends from pastor, teachers, and friends present, all Cheltenham, to Brockhampton, a distance united to ask him to give them a second of about nine miles. In the afternoon a evening on the Friday ere he left them for large company, for a village service, were St. Neots. This he did, and it was grati present, among whom we observed the fying to him and friends to witness elder ministerial brethren, May brey, Bell, and scholars waiting for him at the station, a Bridgeman. After the afternoon sermou, little after six in the morning of his depar the chapel was filled by those friends who ture, to bid him once more, “good bye." came to partake of tea. And again, in the Goil has blessed Bethesda school with godly evening, Mr. Pegg preached the word of teachers, and it has gone on with the labours life to a congregation of attentive hearers, of the pastor, by God's grace, in adding to who filled the chapel, Many of the friends the church of souls, who, being saved declared they never more enjoyed a service with an everlasting salvation, had through on the earth; and the deacons of the cause their instrumentality, become quickened by were, on their part, elated with the collecthe Spirit of God. And the prayers of tions, which considerably exceeded that of teachers and friends are that God would former years. ONE WHO WAS PRESENT. bless them yet ten-fold.
STEPNEY.-On Thursday, July 25tli, BIRMINGHAM.–The Constitution hill 1867, the twelfth annual excursion of the Baptist chapel Anniversary this summer children, teachers, and friends of the Cave was a success. We find on a note the fol Adullam Sunday-school, was held. Four lowing :-"Mr. Bullen gave a Scriptural vans and an omnibus were well filled; the discourse in the afternoon, which was company, accompanied by Mr. Webster, thought valaable in its doctrinal testimony, their pastor, repaired to Queen Elizabeth's and healthy practical bearing. It dove Lodge, Chingford. The party returned to tailed Master Williamson's sermons to the chapel in good time highly gratified gether well. We trust Mr. Bullen will be with the fineness of the day, and the rural long and successfully devoted to the minis beauty of the forest, and were dismissed try of the Word. On Monday, we had a home by the singing of a suitable hymn. happy meeting. Mr. P. W. Williamson An address commendatory of the good constood before us, as a father, as a wise coun- | duct of the children, and benediction by the sellor, and a sympathising friend. Mr. pastor, thus terminated a day of mutual enBullen well sustained the spirit of the joyment and comfort. The school is inmeeting. Brother Lodge was very clever, creasing, and working efficiently under the and opened up some secret treasures ; | superintendency of Mr. Henry Freeborn, while brother Whiting evinced the same aided by able and united teachers. kind heart toward us he has ever done. Our deacons, the Messrs. Drew and Vallis, | COGGESHALL. — Coggeshall not a with their wives and families, were indus wreck yet: praised be the Lord of Hosts. trious and happy. I would like to add On the first Sunday of August, I baptised more; but not now."-A STRANGER ON two sisters, believers in eternal happiness THE ROAD.
in Christ Jesus. We also admitted two: NEWBURY. - The Rev. J. E. Cracknell, a brother and sister, from London, to fellowlate of Cambray chapel, Cheltenham, was ship with us; also, one that returned from publicly recognised as the pastor of the among the wanderers. Praise God for the Baptist church, Newbury, on Monday, July increase of five. To Christ be the glory, 15th. The Rev. John Aldis. of Reading to the Holy Ghost be the honour. As a preached in the afternoon. After tea, the minister of Bible truth, I am, yours respectmeeting was presided over by H. Flint, | fully, ISAAC Dixon.
full Satisfaction in Propect. A SERMON DELIVERED ON LORD'S-DAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 1, 1867,
IN SOHO CHAPEL, OXFORD STREET, W., BY PASTOR J. WILKINS.
" I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.”—Ps. xvii. 15. THE good man is sometimes in such a condition of mind that the present time seems to afford him little or no consolation. Such, indeed, was the case with poor Job; with David, also, when he said, “ My tears have been my meat and my drink day and night;" and, doubtless, it is the condition of some in God's house this morning. Such is your present state of mind, such your experience that, like the patriarch of old, you turn first to the right hand and then to the left, and exclaim, “ 0, that it were with me as in days past, when the candle of the Lord shone upon me, and when in His light I could walk through darkness.” Beloved, I say again, this is the experience of many a good man and woman. The wicked man, too, may be in the same condition of mind; but then he has no consolation with it ;—not so with the Christian.
I find that comfort is derived from two sources : 1st. Past experience; and 2nd. Future joys. Yes, if this day be not a happy Sabbath, I can look back upon many such past, and say with the poet
“ Did Jesus once upon me shine ?
Then Jesus is for ever mine;" so that when the present time is destitute of comfort the past and future seem to come in, and we say of such experiences
“ Though painful at present,
'Twill cease before long; And then, O how pleasant
The Conqueror's song;" and in looking to the future raise our Ebenezer and say,
" Each sweet Ebenezer we have in review,
Confirms His good pleasure to help us quite through.” It is far better to look back upon a life spent in God's service than one in the devil's. Such a review of the past as the latter is dreadful to think upon, and can bring no consolation to the soul. But we look back upon the past and see what Divine grace has saved us from; see the friendship, and foretastes of eternal joys realised, and stand amazed. But, again, if the past should seem to look dark and dreary, and you say, Well, perhaps, after all, it is only a little excitement; then, Christian, look at the future, and say, " I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.” It is as though David had said, if the past and present times fail to afford me comfort, then I'll look to the future. St. Paul could say, “I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course ; I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness,” &c. Look, then, beloved, at the future in the text, for consolation. I wish to call your attention to three things in connexion with the text this morning :-.
1st. The Assimilation to Christ;
Ist. The Assimilation. – What a thought! To be like Christ : " Like our glorious Emmanuel," our risen and exalted Saviour. Why, to me the very thought is almost overpowering. It has been said of one of our missionaries, that when he was translating this part of our text to the poor natives, one of them exclaimed, “ 0, massa, that be too good.” He thought to kiss the Lord's feet would be a great favour, that a greater could not be conferred upon him; and we read, “ This honour have all his saints." But we remark further, this assimilation to Christ suggests two thoughts :
1st. In what it consists ;
1. In what it consists.-In the Lord's dealings with us, in our experience. I do not think myself that by being assimilated to Christ we shall be exactly like Him ; no, He does not intend to deify us. Oh, no; it comes in three things—viz., being morally, mentally, and spiritually like Him-we are to be perfectly holy. There are two principles at work in our hearts now if we are real Christians-good and evil. But Jesus was entirely holy; and so in Him every individual member is holy. We are to bear the image of the heavenly, then we shall be pure; there will be no sin in our lips, hearts, or lives—quite free from sinful longings; our thirsts will be holy, desires and thoughts pure, and everything that will make our celestial bodies perfectly happy and satisfied. Indeed, the Christian has this principle in his heart already; and sometimes he says, O that I could get away from these scenes, from business cares, into some quiet glen—a retired spot—and there sit and read my Bible, and meditate upon it, and enjoy fellowship with God. I know such are your thoughts—you hate sin; but then, if you did this, you would carry yourself there with you, your evil heart would come too. Do what you will you cannot get rid of sin until you get to heaven.
But again, “ bodily perfection,”-not that I believe the component parts of our bodies will enter heaven; no, but what Paul means when he says, “ He shall change our vile body, and fashion it like unto His glorious body.” We shall have a body adapted to its sphere; our present body is mortal and corruptible; but this mortal is to put on immortality, this corruptible must put on incorruption; and then shall be brought to pass the saying, “ Death is swallowed up in victory;" just, for instance, as the fish and the bird have bodies adapted to their spheres, so our bodies--they shall be free from all that is vile and gross, and be spiritual like Christ's. And not only this, but our state here will bear no comparison with that hereafter. John seems to have thought thus when he said, “ We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” Christ's is now a state of rest, ours is one of conflict; Christ's is one of glory, ours of shame; the world mocks, hypocrites revile. But I will not tarry here further than to say, we shall be in our celestial bodieslike Him-morally and spiritually perfect.
But 2nd. Just a thought on God's object contemplated in our spiritual calling. This enters into the great economy of salvation. It is to be His own glory; and He will never leave His Church until He has assimilated it entirely to Himself. I cannot explain to you the great ma