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Rowley Fem. Cent Society, by
First Bap. Soc. Haverhill,
Lynn Fem. Cent Scc.
From Mrs D per Dr Bolles,
Apr. 6. By cash, dividend at Columbian Bank, 30,
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Sabbath School Union, and on Friday, the Auxiliary Union of Boston, for promoting the observance of the Christian
» Contributions to Rev. S. Crowell, 1,70 Sabbath, attended their annual meet
From William Nichols, profits on
Rev. N. W. Williams moved its acceptance, seconded by Rev. J. N. Brown, accompanied with appropriate addresses, and it was unanimously accepted.
Rev. Mr Knowles, seconded by Mr Pattison, offered the following Resolution-That the command of Christ, and the destitutions of our country, render it an imperious duty to make more vigorous efforts for the support of Domestic Missions. This resolution was supported by conclusive arguments, and urged by affecting motives. It was unanimously adopted.
A collection was taken, for Domestic Missions, amounting to $73,20. The following Officers were chosen for the ensuing year:
ings at the Federal Street Meetinghouse; but our limits will not permit us to present the deeply interesting details.
A large number of Baptist Ministers assembled at the Lecture Room in Federal Street, and organized a Society, to be styled the Massachusetts Conference of Baptist Ministers.
On Wednesday and Thursday mornings, public prayer meetings were attended at the Meeting-house, and were experienced to be seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.
It is devoutly to be hoped, that these seasons, when multitudes of saints are brought into interesting associations, will result in marshalling for action, the sacramental host of God's elect,' and hasten the latter day glory, when the knowledge of the Lord shall fill the whole earth.
SUPPRESSION OF INTEMPERANCE.
When efforts were commenced a few years since for the suppression of intemperance, many benevolent individuals in our country were hopeless of success.
But although much remains yet to be deplored, in viewing the fatal ravages of this pestilence, and parents are called to weep over the destruction of many hopeful youth, yet the success of recent efforts is most heart cheering to the Christian and Philanthropist. A rapid decline in the use of intoxicating liquors is apparent in all the respectable walks of society. Whereas in years past, it was conceived that common civility rendered it necessary to place spirits before a visitant, as a mark of hospitality, it is believed that a large portion of the community would consider it a breach of decorum to be invited to a repast of this nature. The happy change which has thus been effected should excite continued and more strenuous efforts for complete victory. A total absti
nence is the only safe course, and this is the point at which efforts should be directed. At the late Baptist Triennial Convention but one voice was heard among the members, and that was, that total abstinence from ardent spirits was the reigning doc
trine in their several sections of country. The members of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, at Philadelphia, presented similar statements. Bishop Chase, from Ohio, has also stated that the doctrine of total abstinence was becoming the common opinion in the region to which he belongs.
The Hon. Judge Parker has lately written to the Massachusetts Society for the Suppression of Intemperance, giving a gratifying testimony to the happy reformation which he witnessed in relation to the use of spirits in the western counties of this State. Let the friends of the best interests of man be awakened to holy vigilance and vigorous effort.
"THERE IS NOTHING LIKE PRAYER.'
In one of the villages in England, where evangelical truth was not preached, there was an aged man, who remarked, that 'there was nothing like prayer.' He had been praying to God for eighteen years to send the Gospel to the village. At the end of this period, through the agency of a lady who was awakened to the object, meetings were commenced. He was called to offer prayers at these seasons, and several persons were deeply impressed. The gospel was introduced, a church formed, a place of worship erected, and the old gentleman who had prayed for the object eighteen years became a deacon. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
THE TRIUMPHS OF GRACE. When Saul was arrested in his persecuting career by divine grace, it is said, then had the churches rest. The conversion of a bold leader in transgression is often a happy mean of
awakening the attention of many others to their eternal interests. An instance is related in the Wesleyan Magazine. At Kilronan, (Ireland) the Lord com menced a gracious work in the conversion of a man who had been a proverb for wickedness, the leader of one of the renewing power of the grace of God When he felt the fighting factions. in his own soul, he was determined he would make it known, and lead others to the enjoyment of the same grace. He began to establish prayer-meetings in the neighborhood. From these efforts a class of sixty members has been collected, among whom are two Roman Catholics, who are truly converted to God. Several others attend the
preaching, and hear the word with deep attention.'
April 12, 1829, Mr Jeremiah Hendren was ordained to the work of an Evangelist, in the Baptist Church, Cumberland Street, Norfolk, Vir. Sermon by Rev. D. M. Woodson of Portsmouth, Vir.
On Thursday, April, 16, Mr Thomas Driver, was ordained at South Boston, as an Evangelist. Introductory Prayer by Mr E. Lincoln; Reading the Scriptures by Rev. Joseph Driver; Sermon by Rev. C. P. Grosvenor, from Isa. xlv. 15, Verily, thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.' Ordaining Prayer by Rev. Daniel Sharp; Charge by Rev. Rufus Babcock; Right Hand of Fellowship by Rev. Howard Malcom; Concluding Prayer by Rev. Bela Jacobs. The Congregational Meeting-house was kindly opened for the services, which was well filled with a listening audience.
April 23, Rev. James Gilpatrick was installed Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Bluehill, Me. Sermon by Rev. Daniel Merrill.
May 6, Mr Veramus Bemis was ordained at the Baptist Church in Newfield, N. Y. Sermon by Rev. Aaron Abbott.
May 6, Mr Edward Hale was ordained in the Baptist Meeting-house, Keene, N. H.
May 20, Mr Erastus Andrews was ordained Pastor of the Baptist Church in Middlefield, Mass. Sermon by Rev. Elisha Andrews.
A new and beautiful house of wor
ship was opened in Bangor, Maine,
June 8, A new Baptist Meeting-house was opened at the Paper Mill Village, in Alstead, N. H.
June 18, The new and beautiful edifice, erected by the First Baptist Church and Society in Boston, was opened by appropriate religious services, in the following order: Invocation by the Pastor. Anthem. Dedicatory Prayer by Rev. J. D. Knowles; Anthem; Reading the
Scriptures, by Rev. Dr Sharp; Hymn; Sermon by Rev. Mr Grosvenor, the Pastor, from Rom. xi. 36, "For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things, to whom be glory forever." Concluding Prayer, by Rev. Howard Malcom. Our limits will not admit of presenting an outline of the interesting discourse delivered on this occasion; but it was listened to with peculiar attention. The house was crowded at an early hour. This ancient church is now accommodated with a highly finished place of worship, in a very central situation, and enjoys a fair prospect of enlargement. The building is located at the corner of Union and Hanover-Streets, and built of brick, with a basement story. Its dimensions are 73 feet by 674, containing 138 pews. A second gallery is erected over the singers for free seats, and the building is ornamented by a beautiful cupola, and furnished with a good bell. This church was the first Baptist Church gathered in Massachusetts, and has enjoyed the labors of twelve pastors, many of whom have been men of great distinction in the church of Christ. Here the pious and venerable STILLMAN labored with eminent success for more than forty years. May the fervent prayers of a long succession of devout, and zealous, and faithful disciples, be answered in copious showers of blessings on the present and future generations.
Account of Moneys received by the Treasurer of the General Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the United States, for Foreign Missions, from May 22, to June 22, 1829.
By cash from the Female Industrious Society, belonging to the Rev. Dr
From Lydia Gordon, Belfast,
Primary Soc. Freedonia, per Mr E. Lincoln,
From Rev. Joseph Grafton, it having been collected by female friends
Rev. Dr Sharp, it having been contributed by friends belonging to his congregation, to aid in printing the Bible in Burmah,
Miss Hannah Whitney, Royalston, Mass. per Rev. Mr Metcalf,
Of Rev. H. Malcom, from a "poor woman" of his congregation, for
A Friend to Christian Missions, (lately ordained to the work of the
From Rev. Thomas B. Montaine, Southampton, Pa. by Rev. J. Going, 10,00 An Attorney at Law, on reading the Memoir of Mrs Judson, per Rev. Jonathan Going,
Mrs P. Farwell, Cambridge, for Bengal Christian School Soc.
From Mrs Bucknam, Lexington, being the avails of a gold ring, ,55
Col. at monthly concert for prayer in first Bap. Ch. Cambridge, 30,82
Proceeds of a pair of gold ear-rings, received by Mr C. Bennett, and sold by Master W. C. Bolles,
Carey Soc. of First Bap. Ch. Boston, for the support of an Indian child at the Carey Station, by the name of James M. Winchell, per Miss T. Rogers, Treas.
Abel Parker, Esq. Jaffrey, N. H. per Mr E. Lincoln,
A member of the Bap. Ch. in Kingwood, Hunterdon County, N. J. for
Collection taken at the late meeting of the Convention in Philadelphia, 59,65 Mrs Mayhew, for the Carey Station, per Mr E. Lincoln,
Mrs Esther Waters, widow of a Baptist minister, for the Burman mission, per Rev. J. Going, of Worcester,
Mr Archer B. Sinith, student in the Theol. Inst. Newton, to aid in publishing the Bible in Burmah, per Rev. Dr Bolles,
Samuel Day, Esq. Treas. of Lincoln (Me.) Aux. For. Miss. Soc.
The Oliver-Street, N. Y. Bap. For. Miss. Soc. per Rev. S. H. Cone, *250,00
Calvin Blanchard, Treas. of Middlesex Bap. Miss. Soc.
For Burman Female Schools, from a female friend, per Mr. E. Lincoln, 1,00 From Hon. Walter Lowrie, Washington, D. C. in aid of the Burman translation of the Bible,
*The Treasurer has often had occasion to notice the liberality of the Missionary Associations connected with the Oliver-Street Baptist Church; and it is with great pleasure that he now records another proof of their Christian benevolence. This extra effort was made for the purpose of purchasing a "Super Royal Washington Printing Press," (now on its way to Burmah, with a pious and efficient Printer) the beneficial operations of which it is believed will be experienced in future years by MILLIONS of the heathen who shall be converted to the faith of the Gospel.
Communications are received from our respected correspondent, at Kingsville, Ohio, for which he has our thanks; and we regret that the information they contain was not received at an early period. The moneys received for the Newton Theological Institution, the account of the Federal-Street Baptist Maternal Society, and several other articles on file, are unavoidably deferred to the next Number.
THAT prayer is a duty we need not labor to prove. The volume of inspiration has decided the matter; for it informs us that our Lord spake a parable to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.' It directs us to pray without ceasing. It points to Calvary; it exhibits there the blood of atonement, and shows us the way of access to the mercy seat. It teaches us how to come, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.' It abounds in exhortations and commands to offer prayers, and in assurances that, ascending from contrite and believing hearts, they shall be heard. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.'
We live in a world of trouble. Often the brightest morning is soon overcast with clouds and darkness. Our favorite plans are frustrated. Our fairest hopes in life are cut off, as the blossoms of spring by an untimely frost. We are visited with losses and sickness. We see our dearest kindred and friends torn from us, and laid in the cold grave. Living troubles also, in various forms, arise from sources from which we least expected them. Perhaps, too, the light of God's countenance, which once beamed upon our souls, is withdrawn; while the sinfulness of our hearts and of our lives fills us with distress and gloomy doubts.
At such a time, brethren, you well know where, and where only, relief can be found. 'Is any among you afflicted, let him pray?' Instead of increasing the weight of his afflictions by an obstinate and silent melancholy, or by constantly complaining to men, let him retire and pour out his complaints in secret to God. He may then hope to come forth comforted, sweetly resigned to the will of his heavenly Father, and rejoicing in the precious promise, 'As thy days, so shall thy strength be.'