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through fatigue, no longer able to hold perity of Jerusalem. Consider it as them up he is assisted by Aaron on one your chief business, to pray that the side, and Hur on the other. If you kingdom of God may come. What cannot preach, you can by prayer hold though the signs of the times may be up the hands of those who do. You can discouraging; what though you live in follow the missionary, who leaves all troublesome times ; what though the to go and labour in heathen lands, with Church may be shaken, and the prosyour daily and fervent prayers,
It is pects of her increase be dark, yet renot in vain for you to live, while you member that she is founded on a rock, have access to a throne of grace. Be- and the gates of hell cannot prevail fore the advent of Christ, there were against her. The vessel which carries some aged persons who seem to have Christ, though it be buffeted by storms, been preserved in life, that they might is in no danger of being wrecked. But pray for this event, and that they might to govern and direct, does not belong to enjoy the pleasure of seeing the answer you; your duty is to pray-to pray of their prayers, and embracing him in without ceasing—to wrestle with the their arms, whom they had so often Angel of the covenant, and not to let embraced by faith. While all around him go until he bless you. Give him was spiritual death and desolation, and no rest until he return and make Jerucorruption and error had infected all salem a praise in all the earth. You canclasses, from the priesthood downward, not offend by importunity, but by this there was a little band who had taken up you will be sure to prevail; for, their residence in the Temple, or often not God hear his own elect, who cry day frequented this holy place, who were and night to him?" Therefore, never waiting for the consolation of Israel. hold your peace, but as long as you live Two of these are named, Simeon and intercede with him to fulfil his graAnna; but there were others of the cious promises, and to cause the earth same character ; for we read that this to be filled with the knowledge of himvery aged and pious widow, who de- self as the waters cover the sea, when parted not from the Temple, but served his people shall be all righteous, and God with fasting and prayers, night and there shall be no need any longer day,spakeof Christ after she had seen him, for any one to say to his neighbour, " to all them who looked for redemption know the Lord, for all shall know him in Israel.” The darker the times, the from the least to the greatest. more closely do the truly pious adhere Thanksgiving is also a duty peculiarly to each other. The little knot of pray- incumbent on the aged. In the proviing people knew each other, and no dence of God you are spared, whilst doubt spake often one to another; and most of your coevals have been cut off in this case the Lord hearkened and in the midst of their career. Some of heard ; for the object of their desires you have enjoyed almost uninterrupted and prayers was given to them. Was prosperity. When you consider the disthe life of Anna an unprofitable life, pensations of God's providence towards although she never left the Temple, and you, in the time, and place, and circumdid nothing but fast and pray? Was stances of your birth, in giving you Simeon a useless member of the Church, pious and intelligent parents, who took because he was probably too old for care of your health and education, and in labour? The truth was, and the same following you with goodness and mercy is often verified, that the true church of all the days of your life; giving you God was at this time confined to a few kind friends, faithful teachers, health pious souls; while the priests and the and reason, together with abundant reli. scribes and the rulers had neither part gious privileges, how thankful ought nor lot in the matter. As God preserved you to be! But that which above all Simeon, according to a promise made to other things enhances your obligations him, until he saw the Lord's Christ, so to gratitude is, that in his own good he may be lengthening out the lives of time he effectually called you from the some of you, my aged brethren, until devious paths of iniquity, and adopted you may have the opportunity of seeing you as a child into his own household the salvation of Israel come out of Zion. and family, and perhaps has made you Do you not wish to be witnesses of the the instrument of much good to others; rise and glory of the Church? Pray if not on a large scale, yet in your own then incessantly for the peace and pros- family, and in the church of which you are a member. If now, in addition to all these gations to give thanks unto the Lord, blessings, he has given you pious child- and continually to praise his name, ren, and who promise, when you are whose mercy endureth for ever and gone, more than to supply your place in ever. Let us, therefore, offer the sacrisociety; or even if they have been pre- fice of praise to God continually--that served from infidelity and disgraceful is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to immoralities, and are disposed to pay a his name. serious attention to the preaching of the
Yours, Gospel; no words can express your obli
CLAIMS OF IRELAND.
To the Editor of the Evangelical Magazine. Sir,- It has given many of your
Irish many eminent Christians by whom your readers no small degree of pleasure to country is dignified and blessed. Why perceive by a letter in your Magazine in should they be blessings only to the a late number, that they are cared for by land that gave them birth? Why should their friends on the other side of the they be satisfied to enrich only their own Channel ; not that we were inclined at soil, and leave us to our native barrenany time to doubt the sincerity of those ness? Why should they be content to professions of interest for Ireland that be “the salt of” their own "earth," have been frequently heard from the but do nothing to preserve ours from platform, when our country, with her corruption ? Let them come among us, circumstances civil and religious, has and they will find that though we have formed the subject of discussion ; but in faults-faults not alone as human beings, general there has been connected with but as Irish human beings; yet, that the kindly feelings which British Chris- we have hearts and understandings too; tians entertain towards Ireland, too many hearts that can glow with brotherly love, indications of despondency, as to the that can burn with love to the friend of success of any efforts which might be sinners; understandings that need but to made for her improvement, to permit us be cultivated and enlightened by the use to anticipate that those efforts would be
of appropriate means, and our now ignobegun or carried on with such a measure rant and half-savage population shall be of zeal and activity as alone would insure seen rising to a moral altitude little bethe blessing of which she stands in need. neath that of the mightiest people upon It is therefore highly pleasing and en- earth. The faults of the Irish almost couraging to us to find, as in the letter all spring from redundancy of animal referred to, Ireland, too often, and in feeling : it is not the whip but the curb many points too deservedly, the scoff and they need, (though, alas! the whip has scorn of the nations ; Ireland, the sub- been unsparingly applied by our rulers ject of the statesman's perplexity, and civil and ecclesiastical.) Now our more the Christian's sorrow; Ireland, of whom sober-minded brethren from England it is difficult to say whether she excites will form the curb, if in kindness and most pity by her sufferings, or indigna- confidence they favour us with such fretion by her crimes; presented before quent personal communion, as will blend the public in the language of Hope, and us into one character, unite us into one her children invited to spread their woes family, and bind us by one common inand their wants to the eye of their elder terest. sister, with the expectation of receiving As an encouragement to Christians, sympathy and assistance.
and especially Christian ministers from Among the means which might be England, to "come over and help us," added to those already in operation for will you permit me to glance at the reextending the light of Divine truth cent history of the Independent Church throughout Ireland, none seems to me to in this city? It will be remembered by be more calculated to produce a beneficial many of your readers that for fifteen result than that suggested in the P. S. of years that church enjoyed the ministrayour correspondent ; namely, the fre- tions of the Rev. J. Burnet, now of quent visits among us of some of those Camberwell. The seven years that have
elapsed since his removal have been indeed to us an apprenticeship of trial and difficulty, affording abundant opportunity for the display of those peculiarities of national character which disfigure us in the church, even more than in the world ; and we are called upon, in consequence of much that has occurred, not only for that humiliation of spirit that is demanded by the great Searcher of hearts, but also for such a public ex. pression of it as is due to the church that has been wounded, and the world that has been stumbled by our offences. But it is the office of experience to teach wisdom, and it is the prerogative of Him who is “Head over all things to the Church," to bring good out of evil. And the perception of those evils we have felt and acknowledged, may have tended to produce that unanimity of feeling with which our present respected and beloved pastor has been invited to take the spiritual rule over us. After so many trials and so many disappointments, it is cheering to know that our invitation has been as cordially accepted as it was cordially given ; and we have but to pray that the blessing of our Fa. ther who is in heaven may give stability to the union his grace has effected, and command it to issue in his own glory, and in the increase of the universal Church.
The Rev. John Pyer, late of Southmolton, Devon, has responded to our appeal for British sympathy. After having, in two previous visits, made himself acquainted with the character of the people, and the past and present circumstances of the church ; after having maturely, calmly, prayerfully, and with counsel weighed every argument for and against our invitation; he has left friends and country at what he deemed the call of Providence, and has cast in his lot among us, “ having it in his heart to live and to die with us."
Sir, we feel that in thus acting he has made no light sacrifice, and we desire to be reminded that we are bound to make no light sacrifice for him ; that whatever there be with us that may retard the success of his ministry should be struggled against and overcome; that what. ever there be possessed by us, that cast into the treasury of God may give efficiency to his ministry, should be cheerfully yielded for that object. We have not invited him merely to be our pastor; we have invited him to cast light on the
surrounding darkness; and we trust that the example he has set will be followed by many in the sister isle, till the missionary spirit traversing the length and the breadth of our beloved land, shall carry such a blessing in its train that she may be addressed in the beautiful language of prophecy, and commanded to “ arise and shine for her light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon her.”
On the first Lord's-day, in May, 1838, Mr. Pyer commenced his stated ministrations, as pastor of the church assembling in George's-street, Cork. On this occasion he addressed respectable and attentive congregations both morning and evening in highly appropriate and interesting discourses. That in the morning was from Eph. vi. 18, 19. The Jimits which I must necessarily prescribe for myself will not admit of my giving more than the heads and subdivisions :
Ist. The Christian invited to prayer on his own account. To constant prayer. To variety of prayer. To fervency and dependence in prayer. To persevering watchfulness in prayer.
2nd. The Christian invited to prayer for the Church of Christ generally. The character of the Church. The extent of the obligation to pray for the Church.
3rd. Christians especially invited to prayer for those who labour among them in word and doctrine. The mutual relation subsisting between pastor and people demands it. The responsibilities of the pastoral office press the obligation. The prosperity of a church individually and collectively greatly depends upon it. The end to be aimed in the ministry of the word requires it.
The discourse in the evening was from Numb. xxii. 38, the last clause. The attention of the congregation was called,
Is, To the Divinity and authority of Gospel teaching. It is the word of God. The discoveries which it makes. The influence the word will exercise on our everlasting destiny.
2nd, To the variety of its distribution and fitness for differing states of mind. It may be a word of condemnation of direction-of consolation-of reproof-of counsel- of warning-of excitation and hope, &c., &c. I may not add any thing to say what was the filling up, and the application of the foregoing heads, but I
trust there were many who heard that have heard (as we know many have) of will not speedily forget the services of the delinquencies of their sister in this that day.
city, pray for us, that now when the light Thus, Sir, you will perceive “Hope" of the Divine countenance seems again has indeed begun to smile upon us restored, our faith may be strengthened, again. I trust the name our unknown our love increased, our usefulness exfriend has adopted is ominous of good; tended, our whole moral and spiritual and that every hope which his benevo- character renovated by grace from on lent bosom may entertain respecting High, and the word of everlasting life Ireland will yet be amply realised. A held forth by us to the perishing milfew words more, and I have done. lions of our countrymen. Should these
Your correspondent invites us to prayers be answered, there is litttle danstate not only our spiritual but our tem- ger that our pecuniary resources will fail ; poral wants. Now I do not say that we or should our then expanded benevointend never again to beg from England; lence and Christian charity “ devise" we have so often and so successfully
such “ liberal things” as our own purses handed in our petitions at your doors, cannot meet, “by liberal things” among that I fear our sister would hardly give our English brethren “ we shall stand. us credit for speaking the truth did we We shall in such a case feel that we have say that the Irish would beg no more ; a claim upon their bounty, and we enat present, however, we crave something tertain not a doubt but that that claim they from British Christians more valuable will cheerfully and substantially admit. than their money,—we ask their pray
I am, Sir, yours, ers. Let all the churches of Britain who
The promise calls us near;
And waits to answer prayer.' It is much to be desired that professors " Where two or three are gathered togeof religion, and, indeed, all who attend a ther in my name, there am I in the midst place of worship, would be more impor- of them;" and for our encouragement he tunate with God in prayer for his effect- has added, “ Ask and ye shall receive; ual blessing to accompany the preaching seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall of the Gospel. And what seasons more be opened unto you." Thus hath Alsuitable, it may be asked, than those of mighty God instituted a throne of grace stated prayer-meetings For the most upon earth for the accommodation and part, there is one such meeting weekly, comfort of poor sinners; and, blessed be connected with the different places of wor- his name, there we can never go and not ship; and it is much to be regretted that, find Him waiting to be gracious. There generally, it is so thinly attended, where- it is we have communion with God, and by the minister is discouraged; the few fellowship with Christ. Then, dear reader, who do attend dispirited; and, in not a no longer object and say, that “it is only few cases, those very necessary and im- a prayer-meeting;" seeing that, in reality, portant means of grace are consequently it is a meeting with God. given up. The objections and hinderances Another does not attend because “he to attendance are numerous and various, does not find such meetings engaging or a few of which may be here pointed interesting.” The singing is not good; out.
the prayers are too long and monotonous; “Oh," it is said by some, if invited to the same persons always engage; the atgo, “it is only a prayer-meeting;" but tendance is neither numerous nor respectlet me seriously ask such persons, what able, &c. &c. Now, if such an objector a prayer-meeting is ? Is it not a meeting professes to fear God, and love his ordiwith God-a meeting which he has ap- nances, and is therefore in duty bound to pointed, and which he stands engaged to make himself useful, how comes it that attend? We speak it with all reverence, he does not endeavour to render such and confirm our assertion by his word, meetings more interesting, by helping the singing, engaging in prayer, in a their brethren and sisters in Christ, more brief and judicious manner; and, while bowing at his footstool in his house moreover, by his always being there, of prayer. adding to the number and respectability of But, lastly; there is another class of the attendance. This individual seems persons, and by far the most numerous, to see and understand the evil, and, in who do not attend prayer-meetings, just his very objections and statements, sup- because they have no desire, and thereposes an easy and effectual remedy. Let fore see no beauty in them, nor necessity him, then, come honourably forward, for for them. Such persons may hear the he seems the very man, so far as means Gospel, and many of them do, but they go, to raise and revive the prayer-meet- are, it is to be feared, “hearers only, ings.
deceiving their own souls. They hear, Another does not attend lest he should but do not in their hearts believe the be called upon to engage in prayer, hav- Gospel, therefore cannot profit by it. ing, as he thinks, not sufficient confidence Follow them home, and they have no in his powers or abilities to take upon him- family worship, or closet prayer. Alas! self thus to act in a public capacity; but they pray not for themselves, and cannot let such remember that if they indeed be be expected to pray for others! Oye desirous, in this way, of serving the professed disciples of the Saviour, who Lord, that the surest way to obtain an in- spend much of your time in prayer, both crease of talents, is making a willing and openly and alone, ought not the fact of immediate use of those we have. Most there being such an awful proportion of of us, when called to it, say when our in- Gospel hearers in every congregation terests are at stake, can open our mouths who may be justly denominated " prayerin public in worldly matters, and why not less persons,” stir you up to a more steady do so in things spiritual ? Is it that we and persevering attention to prayer, both cannot, or that we will not ?
private, social, and public, knowing this There are other persons who assign as to be God's own appointed means, and a reason for not coming to prayer-meet- that none are more likely to secure his ings, that they see so much of their own blessing on a preached Gospel ? And, for sinfulness and unworthiness, that they our comfort and encouragement, let us really cannot come forward to pray pub- remember the promise, Isaiah lxv. 24, licly. Now, this reason may seem plaus- “ And it shall come to pass, that before ible, but its application is neither con- they call I will answer ; and whiles they sistent nor commendable. For, if we see are yet speaking I will hear." our sinfulness and unworthiness so clearly Dear reader, are you a friend to prayer—and would to God that we all saw and meetings ? Do you attend them, and felt them more deeply and constantly! encourage others to do so, and believe then instead of their being a hinderance to them to be a very valuable auxiliary to such exercises, they would rather supply a the preaching of the Gospel? Seek, then, motive to our devotional exercises, both to possess a spirit of prayer, and that public and private, at every convenient God would enable and dispose you to exopportunity, for the pardoning mercy and ercise it among his people as well as at sanctifying grace of God through Christ, home, while you are equally solicitous, alike for ourselves and others.
by a holy life, to adorn the doctrine of Many persons, it is true, are prevented God
your Saviour. And, though at times by the duties of their calling, both do- you may feel duty to be a cross, still it is mestic and otherwise. But let them not your reasonable service,” and “ forget that there are prayer-meetings. crifice holy and acceptable to God," And they would do well to bear in mind through Jesus our Great High Priest, the hour of prayer; and, by occasionally who is ever pleading our cause at his dropping in, as most might do,) they Father's right hand. Let us, then, my may thereby discover their love to the brethren and sisters in Christ, not “formeans, and afford encouragement to the sake the assembling of ourselves togemeeting, whilst, at other times, by their ther” for such high and holy purposes as silent aspirations, they might prove a
PRAYER-MEETINGS. happy auxiliary thereto; and thus, though Hexham.
E. R. absent in body, be present in spirit with