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the morning was “ The Pool of Be- new chapel, while it had not been taken thesda,” John v. 8, 9; in the evening, advantage of to the extent anticipated, “Valiant for the Truth upon the Earth,' was satisfactory in that it was in advance Jer. ix. 3. The services were well at- of the former building. Five new tended, and all were highly delighted members have been added, and six with their clear elucidation of the doc- children and one adult baptized. Durtrines of the New Church, and with ing the year, in addition to Dr. Goyder the zeal and energy with which they and Mr. Bateman, the Society has had were delivered.
the pleasure of hearing sermons from On Tuesday evening, a lecture was the Rev. 0. P. Hiller, Dr. R. Tafel, delivered in the Sailor's Institute, to and Messrs. Gunton, Goldsack, Moss, upwards of 250 persons, on the subject, Presland, and Reed, to its great advan“Will this Beautiful World ever be tage. Dr. Goyder in the early part of Destroyed ?" All who were present ap- the year delivered a course of interestpeared to be highly delighted with the ing lectures upon “The Spiritual Creamanner and spirit in which the subject tion of Man. Lectures upon week was treated, and the clear Scriptural evenings have been delivered by Mr. truth that this world was not created D. J. Smithson: subject, “The Eminent for destruction, but to be a seminary Characters of the Eighteenth Century;" for heaven.
Mr. Taylor, “Heads and Faces,” “The On Wednesday, April 28, the anni- Science of Pictures and Art,” and “The versary tea-meeting was held, when 90 Manifestation of the Lord in all Ages ;" persons sat down to tea. The leader and Mr. H. N. Barnes, “The Mission of the society, Mr. Best, presided over of Swedenborg.” The junior members the meeting, and addresses were de- have held their quarterly social meetlivered by Messrs. Henshall, Hersberg ings. The reading meetings have failed of Grimsby, Needler, Potchett, and to attract an average attendance as comPresland. Mr. Henshall, from being a pared with the previous year. A singlocal preacher among the Wesleyans, ing class, established in February, has had been driven by the irrational doc- hitherto proved very successful, and a trines of popular Christianity into the performance of a considerable portion ranks of the secularists. The reading of Handel's “Messiah,” in aid of the of Swedenborg's “Heaven and Hell” led Benevolent Fund, on May 31, was him to see that there was a future state, marked with an efficiency which proand after some inquiry he was induced mises well for future efforts. to read Swedenborg's “ True Christian
SOUTHPORT.-On Monday evening, Religion and Divine Providence," which
the 24th of May, the first tea meeting ended in his reception of the doctrines
in connection with this Society took of the New Church. He made a very
place in the small meeting-room, in interesting address, showing the beauty
Chapel Street, in commemoration of of the doctrines as a bed on which a
the commencement of this Society and man can stretch himself, and a cover
the opening of the room for public woring in which he can wrap himself. He
ship, which took place on the 17th of was especially interested in the “Science
May 1868. Tea was served to fortyof Correspondence,” by which a man
three persons, the number being aftercan dig and find hidden treasures in
wards increased to fifty. The Rev. W. the Word of God. Mr. Hersberg re- Woodman was called to the chair. The marked on the slow but sure progress
report for the year, which was read by of the Church at Grimsby; after which,
tie sec:e'ary, Mr. J. Smith, showed the Mr. Presland gave an interesting ad
Society to be in a prosperous condition. dress. During the evening several
The financial part of the report is not pieces of music
were sung by the choir, less cheering. After the report the which greatly enlivened the meeting. chairman addressed the meeting, im
ISLINGTON.—The annual meeting of pressing on his hearers that to become the Devonshire Street Society was held a useful society we must be a united on the 18th May. From the report of band of workers, and then with the the year's proceedings which, was laid Lord's help we should build up the before the members, we extract the fol. church in ourselves, and also become a lowing items of intelligence. The in- blessing to those around us. The creased accommodation afforded by the meeting was also addressed by Mr. R.
Goldsack, of Liverpool, and Mr. Adam Haworth, of Manchester. The choir rendered a selection of music during the evening in a very satisfactory manner.
GENERAL CONFERENCE. — The Derby friends solicit from the Secretaries of the New Church Societies as early information as possible respecting the number and names of the representatives appointed to attend the ensuing Conference. A programme of the proposed arrangements will appear in our next number. Communications should be addressed to Mr. Ward, South Hill Villa, Derby.
(Marriages. May 27.--At the New Jerusalem Church, Heywood, by the Rev. R. Storry, Mr. Joseph Berry to Miss Eleanor Cresswell Smith, eldest daughter of Mr. Elijah Smith, all of Oldham.
At the New Jerusalem Temple, Bolton Street, Salford, June 16, by Mr. Thomas Mackereth, F.R.A.S., Mr. Alfred Brammall, of Hadfield, near Glossop, to Emma, youngest daughter of John Monks, Esq., of Temple Lodge, Swinton, near Manchester.
Obituary. On the 8th of May, at St. Heliers, Jersey, Abraham Jones le Cras, Esq., in the 71st year of his age. Mr. le Cras has been a receiver of the heavenly doctrines upwards of forty-five years. His attention was first directed to them by Captain Gomm, who introduced the doctrines into the island. Though holding opinions regarded by the members of the New Church generally as peculiar, he never separated himself from the Church, but laboured with zeal to promote its establishment. He was a man of superior intelligence and literary habits. He was an occasional contributor to the Magazine and other New Church periodicals, and, whenever his services were required, he cheerfully aided in conducting the public worship of the Church. His life was largely devoted to the improvement of the social and political condition of the island on which he resided. His political opponents admit that in the reform he sought to accomplish he was influenced by the most upright motives, and that some of the changes he initiated are measures of public utility, by which he acquired indefeasible claims
on public gratitude. In the course of his life he has published several works, chiefly bearing on the laws and institutions of the island. He has also com. piled a large amount of manuscripts, both of a secular and religious character. He was a diligent and devout student of the Holy Word, devoting in the summer months two or three hours every morning to this favourite study. In private life he was affectionate, cheerful, and hospitable. He had experienced severe domestic afflictions. His children were removed to the spiritual world in early life, and his amiable and excellent wife preceded him to this final home. On the tomb which enclosed the earthly remains of these loved ones he placed an inscription calling attention to the writings of Swedenborg as the great teacher whose expositions of the Word had afforded assurance and hope to the departedthus making the tomb the means of directing attention to the messenger of the Second Advent. Mr. le Cras has suffered for several months from severe attacks of bronchitis, by which he has now been removed to his final home.
On the 10th of May, at Lewisham, Kent, Mr. Mabbott, after a rather long and painful illness, was removed to the spiritual world, in the 61st year of his age. Though he had been ill so long he did not expect his departure was so near at hand, for on the Wednesday previous he expressed his intention of going to church on the Sunday evening, weather permitting. The weather not being favourable, his non-appearance created no surprise.
He was taken somewhat worse during Sunday night, and on Monday at 10 A.M. took his departure for that land where there is
no more death,” saying, “Let me go, the day is breaking,” being the first line of a poem entitled, “The Dying Christian's Adieu,” and which he was very fond of singing. Mr. Mabbott was, as far as we know, the first receiver of the New Church doctrines in Deptford.
May 17, 1869, of disease of the heart (from which he had been suffering for the last two years), Edward Jones, aged 55. He had been an active member of the Birmingham (Summer Lane) Society for nearly thirty years, and was both a teacher and superintendent of the boys' Sunday school for a number of years during the early portion of his connection with the Society.
A DISCOURSE, DELIVEREY ON THE OCCASION OF THE REMOVAL TO A HIGHER
WORLD OF Emily PICKERING, OF BOLTON, AGED FOURTEEN. By Mr.
“Now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again ? I shall
go to him, but he shall not return to me.”—2 SAMUEL xii. 23.
It is recorded in the chapter from whence our text is taken, that during the time that the child of David was ill, David's anguish was so excessive, and the expression of his grief so very violent, that when the child died his servants were afraid to inform him of the fact. “The servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead : for they said, behold, while the the child was yet alive we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice : how will he then vex himself if we tell him that the child is dead. But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead : therefore, David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord and worshipped ; then he came into his own house, and when he required they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What is this that thou hast done, thou didst fast and weep for the child while it was yet alive; but when the child was dead thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive I fasted and wept; for I said, who can tell whether God will be gracious unto me, that the child may live? But
now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” (2 Samuel xii. 18-23.)
There are many among us, who, like the servants of David, cannot see the source whence the pain of parting from beloved children can be assuaged, because we fail to come to the house of God to worship, receiving in that act the fulness of consolation which the Lord is able to give to every sorrowing soul. I “shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” These words at once indicate the reason of our grief and point us to the great comfort which springs from a knowledge of the existence of a future state of happiness.
We may look at death from two standpoints : that of the world, and that of heaven. If we look at it simply as material beings and dwellers on earth, it is full of gloom and sorrow. We see the cold inanimate face and the wasted form—we behold the coffin, the shroud and the grave—we view the streaming eyes of friends and the sable suits of woe—we know that the loved one who has mingled among us and has cheered us by her lovely smile and her sweet voice will be no more a dweller upon earth—we know that the smile is gone from her countenance and her voice is hushed for ever. It is indeed a gloomy prospect that we behold; we feel conscious of a great void, and are cast down by the course of an overwhelming so “The silver cord is loosed, and the golden bowl is broken" (Eccl. xii. 6), and with the prophet of old we feel that “the joy of our heart is ceased ; our dance is turned into mourning" (Lament. v. 15). In the bitterness of our grief we feel that life has become burdensome to us, and we long to be at rest.
For a while perhaps we refuse to be comforted. But whata relief comes to our troubled hearts, when amid our tears the glad thought comes from heaven, that death has another and a brighter side. That it is not only a parting but a meeting ; not only a burial but a resurrection; that it is in reality the gate of life, life in its highest and happiest form in a bright and joyous world, among loving and tender friends. Then sweet thoughts about heaven recur to us, and and we begin to feel that it would be wrong to sorrow as those who have no hope, for, if she cannot return to us on earth, we may go to her in heaven. Oh it is pleasant to treasure a train of thought like this, until we are finally enabled to say it may be in a voice choking with sobs, but still earnestly and reverently) “the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job i. 21). “ Now she is dead,
wherefore should I fast? Can I bring her back again? I shall her, but she shall not return to me.”
Let us for a few moments strive to catch a few glimpses of the bright side of the death of
children. We believe that they were all created for the purpose of enjoying an eternity of happiness in heaven, and that parents receive them as a precious trust belonging to the Lord. They were made for heaven, and their whole training should be such as to fit them for the world of light.
" It is not the will of our Father in heaven that one of these little ones should perish” (Matt. xviii. 14). They are given into our hands to be tenderly cared for, and if we perform our duty aright they serve to draw us towards the love of those high virtues which constitute the life of heaven. While under our care, every day's communion entwines them more firmly around our hearts—we love to have them with us, that we may see them and hear them and help them. What, then, is the meaning of the death of the young ? It is that the Lord has taken them to Himself, to tend and to instruct under the charge of the most perfect among his creatures—those angels who “always behold the face of the Father who is in heaven" (Matt. xviii. 10). The Good Shepherd has gathered them as lambs to His fold, where they can live in the enjoyment of eternal peace, secure from every influence which might tend to draw them toward evil. Death has no gloomy side to them—they are translated at once to a bright sphere of life, where everything is blessed and joyous and gladsome.
Believe me, the deuth of a dear child is a great blessing to it. The summons which calls it away is a summons of mercy. And though its relatives and friends may feel ready to sink beneath the stroke which severs the child from earth, it is a stroke dealt by the arm of eternal and unchanging Love.
Reflect but for one moment. Try to call to your remembrance any loving parent, who believed in the promises of God, who when the first stroke of anguish was over would have willingly called back the departed one to a life amid the many cares and trials which all must encounter on earth! You cannot remember one. No! when a child has been called away, all doubt as to her welfare has been for ever removed. She is safe in heaven, with angels and with Jesus the loving Saviour of all. It may be hard, more especially at the first, but what father can long repine that the little one of his household has risen to the eternal mansions in the house of the great Father