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heaven. And like one who, but the And they sang, “Rock of ages, other day, untied the sandals of life, cleft for me!” and moved calmly and trustingly At its close they heard one word down the one step between earth and -the last. It was" Christ!” heaven, so she said, with a smile

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LIFE AND ITS AIMS.

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How many there are that are | is for him by knowledge to have a laborious, and live, as the great mass larger function. It is for him to of the human family must live, by have moral sentiment. It is for him the mere exercise of mechanical to strike through life higher and power! And that is not a misfortune nobler conceptions and impulses. It necessarily. But how many men are is for him to seek out above his work, satisfied with that! How many are or by his work, or beyond his work, contented to work, and to think just something that the soul can enjoyenough to get that which they shall something for the imagination; someeat and drink, and a place wherein thing for the moral and spiritual to sleep, and have a little low sentiments. That is the business of social merriment! Their whole am- every man, no matter how poor he is. bition in life is filled by these few That is one reason, I think, why God things. They care for nothing fur- has given us so much to know in ther. It is that which is a misfortune. nature—for nature is a man's library It is a misfortune that a man should / who knows how to seek for knowhave no strong ambition to make ledge. Nature is every man's pichim feel that he must have some- ture gallery who knows how to thing more than the animal has— hunger after and appreciate beauty, mere mechanism. It is not for a Nature is every man's portfolio, and man to be simply a machine. It is herbarium, and garden. Nature is not for him to be content with that. full of instruction to those who have It is for him to desire knowledge. It a heart for knowledge.-Beecher.

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THE REGULAR MEETING.

In the regular evening meeting

That the Church holds every week,
One night a listening angel sat

To hear them pray and speak.
It puzzled the soul of the angel

Why some to that gathering came,
But sick and sinful hearts he saw,

With grief and guilt aflame.
They were silent, but said to the angel,

“ Our lives have need of Him !"
While doubt with dull, vague, throbbing pain,

Stirred through their spirit dim.

You could see 'twas the regular meeting,

And the regular seats were filled,
And all knew who would pray and talk,

Though any one might that willed.
From his place in front, near the pulpit,

In his long-accustomed way,
When the book was read, and the hymn was sung,

The Deacon rose to pray.
First came the long preamble-

If Peter had opened so,
He had been, ere the Lord his prayer had heard,

Full fifty fathoms below.
Then a volume of information

Poured forth, as if to the Lord,
Concerning His ways and attributes,

And the things by Him abhorred.
Then he prayed for the Church and the Pastor,

And that “ souls might be his hire,”
Whatever his stipend otherwise-

And the Sunday School, and the Choir,
And the swarming hordes of India,

And the perishing, vile, Chinese,
And the millions who bow to the Pope of Rome,

And the pagan churches of Greece ;
And the outcast remnants of Judah,

Of whose guilt he had to tell-
He prayed, or he told the Lord he prayed,

For everything out of hell.
Now if all of that burden had really

Been weighing upon his soul,
'Twould have sunk him through to the China side,

And raised a hill over the hole.

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'Twas the regular evening meeting,

And the regular prayers were made,
But the listening angel told the Lord
That only the silent prayed.

W. G. Stoddard.

Intelligence of Churches, &q.

WHITBY.-In the providence of God a ' which took place there last year. On that gentleman from Whitby, Yorkshire, found occasion he heard several addresses, incluhis way into the Wednesday night meeting ding

one by D. King upon "The Bible : held in Newcastle, in connection with the itself a Miracle.” Annual Meeting of Disciples of Christ, pressed with the idea that Whitby should

He was strongly im.

Observer, Dec. 1, 71.

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hear a similar statement of truth. The re- , influential, and the difficulties, with which sult was that a course of lectures by David | the lecturer coped, were cleared away like King was advertized for October last, the the mist before the sun.” On the whole best chapels of the town being granted for course, the Gazette says :- -" The interest the occasion, and the evangelical parties of each evening's subject was greatly engenerally uniting to secure a large hearing. hanced by the homely and pointed illustraThe first lecture (on Friday evening) was tions used to advance the matter then in in the Friends' Meeting House, the pro- question. A vote of thanks was unaniceedings being introduced by the "Rev." mously accorded to the lecturer on each R. A. White, B.A., of St. Michael's Church, occasion, also to the gentlemen who preand the meeting presided over by Martin sided. The most sanguine expectations of Simpson, Esq. The house, which is of the promoters were exceeded, so great was some considerable size, was crowded with the success of these lectures, and we hope most attentive hearers. Questions were good and lasting effects may be produced permitted and presented. On the Lord's upon all. Mr. King also preached two day morning Mr. King preached in Bruns- excellent sermons on Sunday last: in the wick Chapel, which is a fine old building, morning in the Brunswick Chapel, and in seating some twelve hundred people, be- the evening in the Congregational Church, longing to the Conference Wesleyans. The each place of worship being attended by a large congregation listened with marked large congregation, who could not but interest to a discourse upon "The Hope of receive instruction under the clear exposithe Church of God.” In the evening Mr. tion of the Scriptures by the preacher. As King preached in the West Cliff Congrega- many of our readers will know, Mr. King tional Church, which is a fine new and is the gentleman who has combatted with commodious building. A large audience several of the leading secularists of the indicated wrapt attention as the preacher present time, and whose strong argumentadiscoursed upon the words—“I will give tive mind has won for him a name, the unto thee (Peter) the keys of the kingdom very mention of which is sufficient to enof heaven." On Monday the lecture was sure an audience, but more especially after delivered in the Presbyterian Church, Cliff hearing him. The clear definitions of the Street. This church (as it is there different subjects he treats upon show forth called) is an ancient chapel, of most awk- an expansion of mind rarely to be met ward construction, yet holding a large with, and should Mr. King visit Whitby on number of people. The building proved any future occasion, he will no doubt be too small, inasmuch as some, who found the welcomed by still larger congregations than doorway crowded, turned back. The “Rev.” have attended the course just delivered.” G. Robertson, M.A., introduced the pro- The notices in the Whitby Times and in ceedings, and R. E. Pannet, Esq., took the the Observer were of the same kind. It chair. The occasion was one of considerable thus appears that the promoters of the interest. The lecture for Tuesday was lectures and the public generally were well announced for the Brunswick Wesleyan pleased with Mr. King's visit. On the Chapel, and that for Wednesday for the other hand, he was not less pleased with Fishbourne Park Primitive Methodist | the ministers and leaders of the Whitby conChapel; but the audiences had so increased gregations. He considers that, in an imthat it was resolved to abandon the last- portant particular, either Whitby is in named, and to meet on both erenings in advance of most other towns, or that the the Brunswick Chapel. Two good congre- denominations are making progress beyond gations attended, questions were presented, what is expected, in willingness to sink the and the congregations of the town were denomination in favour of some better, considerably represented by a goodly nam- wider and more truly Christian platform. ber of ministers and leading members, for His experience is not very limited, but he whose accommodation a large platform had has nowhere found so little of the sectarian been erected. On the Tuesday evening the spirit, and so mnch seeming conviction proceedings were introduced by the “Rev.” that the present boundaries must give way J. Abbot; the chair was taken by Mr. Clegg. for a wider and more Christian platform. On the Wednesday evening the introduc. This opinion is not at all founded tion was by the “Rev” J. Warnes, the upon the fact that gentlemen of various president being John Corner, Esq. The denominations were upon the platform, next and last lecture was in the Congrega- | (that being a common event,) but upon tional Church. The meeting was, perhaps, privately expressed yearnings for a better the largest and most interesting. The in- state of things and a seeming willingness troduction was by the Rev.W.Jackson, and to let Dr. Braekenbusch presided. The Whitby

“Names and sects and parties fall." Gazette

:-“ The last lecture was entitled 'Scripture Difficulties, Real and It will give us pleasure to find many more invented. The congregation was large and / Whitbys.

says:-

WIGAN.—When our brethren returned the saving of some. Part of our number from Huddersfield, refreshed and invigor, having to remove to London, we were not ated by the services and full of good able to continue thus before the public, and resolutions for future life and usefulness, the meetings for worship and edification and communicated the same to the Church, were held in my house." Other removals it was ready at once to accept and act left myself and wife alone, when we were upon a most reasonable suggestion from well nigh ready to hang our harps upon the the Evangelist Committee, " to hold willows. After a while, sister Bates and special services for the proclamation of the family came from Piltdown to reside in Gospel.” Bro. Foote (one of the elders of Brighton, and, soon after, a brother and the Church in New York), with his sister his family from the same piace. We then wife, having come among us for a short resumed our church meetings, in the house season, we divided into bands of six or eight of Bro. Bates. In 1865 the church was each, under the guidance of Bro. Marsden, refreshed by visits from D. King, B. Ellis and in various parts of the town briefly and other preaching brethren, and after a announced the Gospel, and invited the lecture by D. King, in the Town Hall crowds who gathered round to further hear. Mr. P. Foskett (lay preacher in the Estabing in the chapel. This method told well— lished Church) became impressed with the many hearers came who could not have need of a return to primitive Christianity, been obtained by ordinary means. Crowded gave us permission to use his chapel on meetings heard the Gospel of the cross of Lord's day mornings for three months. But, Christ. We are happy in bearing testimony not being able to have it in the evenings, to the kindness of bro. Foote, in rendering we left, and engaged the Temperance Hall, Lord's day and week evening services to Winsor Street. There we remained, with the Church, prior to his return to America. little or no help, till 1867, making no perHis discourses and proclamations of the manent increase. Then, in answer to long Gospel were powerful to build up and waiting and praying for help, came our esedify the Church, and I am sure that the teemed Bro. Ellis, who, having completed his memory of this visit will long live in the engagement as evangelist in Chelsea, for the hearts of the Wigan brethren. We have good of the church in Brighton, was willing also had visits from Bren. Scott, Adam to take part in secular employment here. His Strang, Evans, Hindle and Greenwell, which labours brought many to the Lord ; so that have been warmly appreciated, and our it was needful that he devote his whole Bro. McDougall, since his return from time to the work in Brighton. Bro. Ellis Matlock, has rendered considerable help in continued his powerful preaching, and visiting members and also strangers attend many more gave up to the government of ing the meeting. His health not permitting King Jesus, so that in 1868, we were able him to stay longer than a few weeks, he to report seventy-nine members. The has left for Banbury. The Lord has in-Baptists and Revivalists also immersed deed blessed our labours-twenty have many whom we had won so far to the been added by baptism, and four restored truth-even as many as twenty at a time. to the Church since the annual meeting. Our number, as reported to the last annual Nine of those baptized are from the Sun- meeting, was eighty-five, and would have day school, several of whom give promise been much larger but for death and reof much usefulness. Winter having set in movals. But, though Bro. Ellis is now and put a stop to out-dour efforts, we hope, removed to a wider field of labour, we have by an increase of cottage meetings already great cause to thank God and take courage. initiated, to sustain the attendance, and, We take this opportunity of thanking the by persevering dependence upon God, we Evangelist Committee for liberal help renalso hope

realize an increase of con- dered during the last two years. Bro. verting power. May the Lord bless the Ellis has made full proof of his ministry by labours of all the brethren and give all organizing the church and bringing into needed grace and power for service, and for exercise its best materials, which are not the attainment and maintenance of holy extensive, but love and unity prevail. living that we may prove ourselves and some half-dozen occasionally give exhorreceive the reward of faithful stewards to tations, and teach, and three are apthe manifold grace of God. E. RANICAR. pointed as preachers. Since his leaving,

the church has been cheered by four BRIGHTON.—A brief outline of the his. becoming obedient to the faith. We shall tory of the Church here may encourage welcome his return from Chelsea, when, by small churches to pray and wait in hope. further efforts, we hope increase shall be When I came to Brighton, in 1854, I found made to the church to the glory of God. five members meeting in the house of one We shall be most happy to receive visits of them to commemorate the Lord's death. from distant brethren, who will find us in After a little, we removed to a Temperance Ship Street Chapel, Union Street, near the Hall, hoping to make known the truth to l General Post Office.

R. STILL

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SCOTLAND.-I have just returned from a treasure in heaven, make use of every very refreshing and profitable visit amongst opportunity for doing good to the bodies the churches in Scotland, where the Lord and souls of men, and then “your light will has helped me to speak plainly and lovingly so shine before men that they, seeing your on Scriptural holiness, Christian work and good works, will glorify our Heavenly Christian liberality. In every church Father.”

W. HINDLE. * visited my heart was cheered by the way

MANCHESTER AND DISTRICT.-Since last in which the plainest teaching was received, notice in the E. O. we are glad to report not only in the churches, but also in social meetings and from house to house. I think progress in Manchester. We have received

three from sister chnrches, one has been there is good reason to expect that hearts have been drawn nearer to the Saviour and baptized upon a profession of faith, and

our church nursery, the Sunday school, has to fuller consecration to His blessed service. begun to yield fruit this evangelistic year, I have also had good opportunities of in the baptism of two scholars and their telling the grand old story of redeeming addition to our communion. The church love to the unconverted. Some fruit has is in a fair and prosperous way, and the been gathered into the fumily of Jesus— Lord's work is steadily going on in our blessed be His holy name! I think I am

midst. On behalf of the sisters and in right in saying that the churches in Scotland grateful response to the last “words from need evangelistic help more than ang

the work table,” I beg to say that for churches that I know ; and, with the con

nearly two months we have been trying sent of my brethren of the committee I shall be glad to visit Scotland again in the patiently in the Lord's strength to solve the spring and do what I can to help, on the the church ? by means of our Dorcas and

problem-what can women do in and for good work-in connection with Bren. Prayer Meeting on Thursdays, held alterAitken, Hurt and Strang: I earnestly pray nately, between three and five o'clock in that the Lord may fill our hearts with the afternoons and seven and nine in the His love and with a holy enthusiasm in evenings, for the convenience of all, young, His work. When I think of the numbers old, married, unmarried. Short addresses round us, in every direction, who are living and readings on social topics and home without God and without hope, and that piety, &c., are given by suitable brethren many of these precious souls will soon pass during the first half of the meeting, and beyond the reach of the gospel, I feel how then the brother leaving, the devotion and awfully earnest every Christian should be to

work are carried on and concluded by themwin as many to Jesus as possible. If the selves. The “Mutual Improvement Class” Lord condescend to use me in this work and has also been re-organized and is doing well to stir up my brethren to increased devoted in its weekly gatherings. ness (in this heavenly service), I shall be

For OLDHAM we report two baptisms glad to put off my return to Australia, at and one restored to fellowship. The least for a time, as I have a strong desire brethren there are anxious to work for to see the Lord's work prosper in my Christ and do all in their power by_speaknative land. If I could have an interview ing and otherwise to forward it.

Further with every brother and sister in Great additions are in prospect. Britain, I would say to each one, let us For STOCKPORT we report one young each and all strive to be more prayerful; let woman, daughter of Bro. Tidswell, baptized us often study the holy Scriptures, sitting and added to the church. The brethren at the feet of Jesus till our hearts burn with here are also doing well. love to Him and to precious souls bought

Ashton, Bolton and Rochdale will report with His love ; let us unite with evangelists by and bye. Considering all, we of the and elders in the churches in bringing the Manchester district have reason to thank unconverted under the sound of the gospel God and take courage. We pray that all and examine ourselves to ascertain whether the churches of the brotherhood may grow we cannot give more time and money in in grace, knowledge and numbers, and to the Lord's service, and, in doing this we our Lord be all the praise. J. ADAM. shall increase our own happiness and

SOUTHPORT.-Since the annual meeting usefulness, and the blessing of God will two persons have been immersed into come upon us ! Some who may read this

the Lord Jesus and added to the church appeal may be getting into the afternoon

here.

E. O. or evening of life. May be the Lord has

WREXHAM.—The church here, in the blessed you in business, you have gold and midst of sorrow on account of the death of silver and property more than you really Bro. Bayley, an esteemed elder, is made to need for the comforts of life. Very soon rejoice by the immersion of nine young you will have to leave it all behind, and as

persons, seven of them from Sunday schools. a steward give up your account to the Lord. LEEDS.-Since the annual meeting we Oh let me persuade you to lay up more ' have had the pleasure of adding seven to

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