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mar know it--that the Baptist Church under bless his own word, as proclaimed by our the pastoral care of our beloved brother Cham- pastor, to the comforting and establishing his berlain, can say, individually and collectively, people in the truth; also to the calling others “Here I raise my Ebenezer,

out of darkness into his marvellous light, and Hither by thiné help I've come.” constraining them by his love to cast in their Blessed be God we are at peace among our

lot among us, saying, we will go with you for selves; and I believe there is a striving toge- have been added to our number in the past

we believe that God is with

you. I wenty ther, and an endeavouring to “ keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.'

year, peace and unity hath also been mainOur beloved pastor is sometimes cast down, tained among us, which we esteem a blessing because he cannot see the fruit of his labours from the Lord. The following ministers then I suppose it is because he cannut behold the addressed the meeting on given subjects, in a thick trees come tumbling down as often as he cheerful, yet soul-profiting manner: brethren lifts up the axe of God's Word against them: Foreman, Wells, Winslow and Bloomfield; but I would have our brother remember the each one congratulating us as a church, in our observation the cooper made to his pastor, who present position, stating that they felt a was beincuning the lack of fruits ; the good pleasure in meeting us again on the same Dan replied, that there were many woodmen principles of truth, with the same pastor, the who could cut down the sturdy oak’in the for- same deacons, and without the least deviation est, but it required greater skill to form the from the same doctrines we held when they oak into casks for use. So there are two grand were with us at our ordination. A spirit of points in the gospel ministry: the one to cut unity amongst the ministers, and rejoicing down and the other to build up; but God does amongst the congregation (which was numer. not always allot to each of his servants both ous) was manifested throughout the evening, kinds of work. The acorn may long lie buried and some said it was the best meeting we ever beneath the clod, but eventually there shall had. It is indeed a matter of joy to us as a be an abundant harvest: “ He that goeth forth church, especially to pastor and deacons, that Feeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless we have been thus kept together in peace and come again with rejoicing, bringing his unity, “striving together for the faith once shtaves with him." Let our brother C. take delivered to the saints," having no other obcourage, and not reckon without his host; the ject in view than the glory of God, and the God of Israel is our host, and he reckoneth welfare of immortal souls. Our prayer is that wisely, he judgeth righteous judgment. I our pastor may still be kept faithful to his would say to him and to Br. Bloomfield, and mission as heretofore, in proclaiming the to all who blow the gospel trumpet with a whole counsel of God, and we feel sure the certain sound, in the language of that good Lord will put honour upon his own truth, for man, Swaine :

he has said, “ He that honoureth me I will "Go on and prosper, for success is sure

honour." To him who lifts the standard of the cross

Tuesday Jan. 1, 1856, we held our members' With ono desigu alone, who wields the annual tea meeting, when most of the sword

church assembled together, after partaking of Of truth divine, to smite the pow'r of sin ; a beautiful tea, our pastor opened the meeting And draws his bow with this fair mark in by a short address, stating the pleasure it afview

förded him in again meeting with us, in peace Glory to God--salvation to mankind.”

and fellowship as a church, acknowledged

the Lord's goodness toward him throughout 0, there is a sweet similarity in what they the past year, in granting him health and said in heaven with what they say on earth, ability to proclaim among us the unsearchable and again they said, Allelujah !" and again riches of Christ; after which, nine or ten of We say, “ Ebenezer !"" Your's in Jesus,

S. S.

the brethren spoke of the goodness of the

Lord toward them all through their lives, esP.S.-On the following Tuesday evening, pecialty of his merey in stopping their mad Jan. 15, our usual quarterly tea meeting took career of sin, and bringing them to his feet to place our pastor presided; several ministers cry for mercy, declaring that they rejoiced addressed the meeting; and I trust the even that they were brought to cast in their lot ing was spent not without some tokens of the among us. It was truly an encouraging meetLord's approbation.

ing for our pastor to go on proclaiming the

truth as it is in Jesus. May the Lord grant us EBENEZER CHAPEL,

many such if it be his will, and he shall have WEBB ST., BERMONDSEY NEW ROAD all the praise.

W. STRINGER. The third annual meeting, to commemorate the ordination of our pastor,' Mr. T. Chivers, PASTOB AND PEOPLE UNITED AND HAPPY, AT was held December 28, 1855. Mr. Bloomfield

COLCHESTER, IN ESSEX. preached in the afternoon, after which, a The church meeting in the Bible Room, goodly number sat down to a well prepared Lion Walk, has, during the past year, been ter. The meeting in the evening commenced favored to enjoy a relieving shower of Herby singing and prayer, our senior deacon then mon's fructifying dews; the north and south read a report of the Lord's goodness towards winds have blown upon this garden of the w through the past year, showing that our Lord—the result being, the precious spices of promise making, and promise

fulfilling God is grace have flowed forth, to the glory of Zion's still falthful, inasmuch as he has continued to King. Zion's children,-the poor, tho halt,

SUSSEX.

the destitute and helpless-have, with joy, fed blessing them with that peace, union and upon the precious provisions of grace at the prosperity which now prevails. ministerial table, as spread by our beloved Several of the brethren gave vent, in stirpastor, Mr. F. Collins. The congregation has ring words, to the feelings of their hearts, increased from fifty to near 500; nearly forty expressive of their astonishment at the work souls have been added to the church; and the of the Lord, and provoking one another to ministry of our brother has been blessed to love and good works. This cheering meeting hundreds besides. It is truly affecting at was then closed with singing and prayer; times to witness the apparent unanimous forming one of the happiest seasons of our reception of the word while preached, and its earthly existence. visible effects: the solemn silence, the glisten- We are glad to say that the VESSEL is sailing eye, the copious tear, the praying heart, ing amongst us; and has been the means of and the joyous smile, all combine to express picking up some of the Lord's people who that the gospel is preached not in word only, were in deep waters, so that they have been but in power, and demonstration of the led to rejoice in God their Saviour. Spirit. One of the practical effects is the May our Lord go on to bless us, and all his liberality of the people: during this year we church, is the prayer of W. EASLEA. have discharged a debt under which we had Jan. 6, 1856. laboured since the opening of the place.

REHOBOTH CHAPEL, HORSHAM, Many pounds have also been expended during the year

in the erection of pews, seats, &c., DEAR SIR, - I have pleasure in informing which became necessary; provision for our you of the continued peace and prosperity of esteemed minister and his family has also the church of God under the pastoral care of been made; and now we are free of debt. our dear pastor, Mr. E. Mote; who baptised, The ministry is one of the old fashion sort: a on Lord's-day, December 30th, two believers simple, solemn, earnest, proclamation of sal- in Jesus, who appeared before the church to vation given to all Israel, as setting forth the give a reason of the hope that was in them, everlasting, electing, unchanging, discriminat, which was done satisfactory. Mr. M. took for ing love of God the Father; the substitutional subject, Acts ii. 41. We had some good and sufficient suretyship of God the Son; and sound remarks, and God evidently blessed the the effectual work of God the Holy Ghost, in testimony to many present. The new canconvincing, humbling, emptying, quickening, didates were received into full communion the sanctifying, comforting, and saving the church next Lord's-day. of God: the unbroken three-fold cord of doctrinal, experimental and practical religion.

How great the grace is, who can tell ?

Thus to crown our Immanuel; On New Year's Day a pleasing event oce In acts of faith-in paths he trod, cured. About forty of the members met and

And mark'd the way with sweat and blood ! drank tea at the residence of one of the deacons (Mr. Chisnell) in the sweetest harmony;

Your's affectionately, Thos. HILL. the friends, truly members of one family, enjoyed a cup of tea. After tea the 103rd

CHARLESWORTH, DERBYSHIRE. Psalm was sung; an aged brother then en- DEAR BROTHER.-I am requested by some gaged in prayer; at the close of which a of the church of Christ under my ministry to brother begged permission to speak. He said write you, to inform you of the dear Lord's that in consequence of hearing his esteemed work in this little hill of Zion here. The Lord pastor remark, some months ago, that he in his providence sent me to preach the annishould like to obtain a copy of Dr. Kitto's versary sermons for the chapel last spring, Bible, he had privately asked some of the when tne souls of his dear people seemed to be friends to assist him in getting it; and was fed, and they, hearing I was not comfortable happy to inform them he had succeeded, and at Manchester, sent me an invitation to come now would hand it over to their deacon, to and preach the Word of life to them. I acpresent it to Mr. Collins. Mr. Chisnell ob- cepted their offer, and commenced my labours served it was with feelings of pleasure he on the first Lord's-day in July with a very few met the friends under such happy circum- people; but God in his mercy blessed the stances; and with expressions of great kind- | Word, so that the congregation has increased ness presented Mr. Collins with the work, in and now we have more people who attend, two handsome volumes; remarking, it was a this chapel than ever has attended it since it testimony of their sincere affection.

was built. We had a public tea meeting on Mr. Collins said language quite failed him Christmas Day, when, to my surprise, more to express his sense of the great and unde- than 200 sat down to a good tea. Afterwards served kindness of his friends, thus shewn in we held a public meeting, when William such a valuable form. He would accept the Reiley, Esq., presided, and five good addresses favour as an additional testimony of their were given, and twelve pieces were recited by earnest love to the precious gospel of Christ, several little children of the Sabbath-school. and a pledge of their union to the ministry The tea was got up by the teachers of the the Lord had committed to him. Mr. C. then school, and the profits amounted to more than gave an interesting sketch of the life of Dr. three pounds, which was given to the minister. Kitto; and stated the manner in which the We have eight or ten coming forth to put on Lord was pleased to bring him to Colchester; Christ by baptism; somo are from other he then reviewed the dealings of the Lord churches coming in here. Yours in gospel with them during the past year, in gladdening bonds,

J. GWINNELL their hearts by the revival of his work, and January, 1856.

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ZOAR CHAPEL,

"Ah, my brother," he said, “ that promise has PEACOCK STREET, GRAVESEND. not worn out that the Lord spake to me thirty

years ago;' remarking, "I am still supThe annual tea meeting was held on Mon- ported.” It is remarkable how little he was day, January 7th, 1856. Nearly 200 sat down troubled about earthly things, but still he to tea; after which the evening's sweet and seemed to care for Zion; he seemed still to solemn exercises was opened by singing an have its welfare at heart; and he expressed hymn, and our brother Mr. Mede, solemnly but very little desire to get better. I read implored the presence and blessing of the Psalm xxvii. and prayed with him, and at partLord on all present, the chapel being crowded ing he put out his hand and said, “Good with an attentive audience.

bye, my brother, good bye, my brother, this Mr. Stringer then gave a brief report of the has been a refreshing season. I thought I progress and prosperity of the cause during should have seen him again, but I was prethe past four years and a half he has been vented. A little while before his departure, among them-in which time he has baptised he bid them all in the room good bye and fifty-five persons on the confession of their shook hands with them, and was heard to faith, and five are now candidates for baptism; say, Happy! -Happy!- Glorious !and 80 that the members of the church (under the seemed as though he wanted to repeat that blessing and power of God) have increased hymn, from twelve to seventy-two.

" What hath

“All hail the power of Jesu's name.” God wrought?"

Our brother Lingley, from Meopham, then He made several efferts, but was so low that gave us a sweet and profitable address on he could not be heard distinct. In alluding · The grace of God." A verse was sung;

to his children who were absent, he said, when our brother Foreman gave us a delight

Tell them that I am going to glory.. ful, solemn and interesting address on The Thus you see the Lord has again broke into greatness of God.” Another verse was sung; from us during the last nine months. The

our ranks: three members have been removed and our brother Neville, from Sutton-atHone, gave us a grave, good and gladdening Lord has spoken thrice to us; and, oh, that address on “ The goodness of God."

the Lord may gather others to fill up their Was sung again; and our brother Nichols, places in the church here below. It is rather from Chelsea, gave us a warm, cheerful, soul remarkable, that for five years and a half exhilerating address on "The glory of God.” there were no deaths in the church, and the A few remarks followed by Mr. Stringer, on last nine months three should have been these plain, precious and profitable subjects;

removed. Bel me your's truly in the an bymn was sung, the throne addressed, and Lord,

W. Wilson, Pastor.
everyone went peaceably, cheerfully and joy. Wooburn Green, Bucks.,
fully to their respective habitations.

Jan. 20, 1856.
Let persons oppose tea meetings to what
extent they please; but if they be not too fre-
quent, and are orderly and consistently con-

SAMUEL CARTER.
ducted, they are calculated to aid the financial
department of the cause, to increase gospel

On Friday, the 7th of December, 1855, died union among real saints, to profit and edify at his residence, Gravesend, in the 94th year immortal souls, and to bring a revenue of .of his age, Mr. SAMUEL Carter, an old disci. honour, praise and glory to our great and ple. He was the first ever baptised, and glorious Jehovah, Father, Son and Holy Baptist Meeting in that place. Being removed

received into church communion, in the Old Ghost.

by Providence, to the Borough of Southwark, *C'nited thus in faith and love,

he became a member of Unicorn Yard MeetIn all good works may we abound;

ing, Tooley-street, then under the pastoral Till call'd to join the church above, care of Mr. Thomas Hutchings; was a member And with eternal life be crown'd." of that church upwards of 40 years, and filled

the office of deacon for several years, and T. STRINGER.

“walked worthy (both as member and deacon) of the high vocation wherewith he was called.” a of

Old , City, 63 years, as a most faithful, honest, ser. MR. DULLEY.

vant, the now present head partner, and his

master, considering his age, and infirmity MY BELOVED BROTHER :- I have mournful drawing on, kindly and to his honor, settled a news to tell you. Our dear brother Dulley pension of 10s. per week, which he has received, departed this life at six o'clock on Tuesday with many other kind tokens of respect, with last

, to join the church triumphant above. He out intermission for this 18 or 20 years. This could not converse much during his affliction, gave place to his removal to Meopham, Kent, (but his mind appeared calm, happy, and from thence to Gravesend, where he ended his composed) on account of his throat being so days, and died in peace ; giving every one who sore and his cough so very trying, and for

the witnessed his last three or four days, a full last few days he had the thrush, so that he satisfaction that he has entered that place could only whisper. The last time that I saw where the wicked cease from troubling and him he was very comfortable in his mind. I the weary are at rest."

Memorials of Departed zaints. and Sons, in Southwark, now in the old Jewry,

man.

REVIEWS.

sequel to the “Fallacies of the Faculty."

By Samuel Dickson, M.D. Fourth Edition The Baptist Churches of the Midland Asso- enlarged. London: Simpkin, Marshall and ciation.

Co. Doctors of Medicine, as well as Doctors We certainly feel a curious and special inter. and it appears to be as hard a problem as to

of Divinity, are all at war one with another; est in the rise and progress of all those what will cure the body, as it is, with tens of churches in whose midst the ark of the cover thousands, an agitated question, as to what nant, and the standard of the cross is found.

will cure the soul. This half-crown royal With this feeling we have looked into a neat little volume just issued, entitled, “ The His

octavo is hardly in our line; but it comes to

us neatly clothed, and asks, “ Can you speak tory of the Midland Association of the Bap

a kini word for me ?Our answer is thistist Churches, from its rise in 1655 to 1855,

We will carefully hear, good Dr. Dickson, &c. By WILLIAM STOKES. The volume is

what you have to say; and to the best of our published by R. Theobald, Paternoster Row; and in Birmingham, by T. w. Showell

. The ability we will speak.” From a hasty glance, excellent author, Mr. William Stokes, of we believe this a pamphlet of great value, to Newall's Buildings, Manchester, will forward persons who have any regard for their outward a copy per post to any direction. We know but little, from personal acquaintance, of the real character and condition of the churches

Lines occasioned by the Death of in the midland counties; but this volume will furnish us, and the Christian family generally,

MR. JAMES RAYNSFORD, with a large amount of information, illustra- Minister of the Gospel, late of Horsham, tive of the principles and practices of these

Sussex, Midland Churches. We are safe in saying the author has rendered great service in the who entered into endless rest, about midnight,

December 25th, 1856. production of this volume. It will be found exceedingly useful to young pastors, and to the deacons and leading members of churches JAMES RAYNSFORD's gone to join the host who are not favoured to have such ministers

Of saints and angels bright; settled over them as well understand the

On Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, government and domestic arrangements of a

He gazes with delight. Christian community. To such persons, as a book of reference, this volume will be con- Lament, ye Christians, not for him, stantly useful. The volume contains an Essay You for yourselves may weep; on Creeds, Historical Articles, Sketches of His soul does in an ocean swimChurches, Memoirs of Ministers, Letters to His body is asleep. Associations, Confessions of Faith, and a host of other supplementaries. We hope more

Lament, because that brilliant star, closely to examine the work another day.

Which in the twilight shone

On congregations near and far, The Life of Martin Luther." By M. Now from your view is gone. Michelet. Translated by G. H. Smith. London : published by W. H. Collingridge, City Lament, because the star is set, Press, Long Lane. We shall never lack a

And hidden from your sight; supply of good books any more while Mr. Coll. Rejoice! he shines much brighter yet ingridge lives, and “the City Press,” and “the In yonder world of light. Bonmahon Printing School" are so prolific.

Lament, ye Christians, ye have lost We have frequently wished that we could do A teacher, and a guide; for the Church what some men are doing for While you are left on oceans toss'd, the world : that is, to issue some of the best

To strive 'gainst wind and tide. of works at the lowest possible prices ; so that the Christian cottager might have his library, Lament, ye Christians, unto whom as well as the Christian gentleman. This His ministry was blest; desideratum is now fast accomplishing. The Who travel now in ev'ning gloom, present edition of Martin Luther is of a In search of endless rest. superior character. The Introduction says, “Hitherto all that has been shown of Luther Lament, believers, who have felt is his battle with Rome. We give his whole

The glorious truths he preach'd ; life, his struggles, doubts, temptation, conso

The love of Christ your hearts did melt, lations," &c., &c. Martin Luther will never

Your inmost souls it reach'd. die so long as such pencil portraits and typo

Lament, because the Lord removes graphical memoirs of him, as this, are in exis

The preachers of his grace; tence. We should cheerfully write a few Because, alas ! it often proves chapters on his life, and draw out some of the

No better fills their place. most prominent features of his character, for the benefit of that large class of our readers Lament the loss of such a friend; who cannot even purchase this cheap edition ; But on his part, rejoice; but tossed upon the wild tempest as we are, His song shall never have an end, we must make no promises.

Nor weak shall be his voice. The Destructive Art of Healing :a Newick, Sussor,

John Bisu.

MAZZAROTH :

OR,
THE TWELVE SIGNS IN THE BIBLICAL HEAVENS.

with the same.

MY LAST INTERVIEW WITI BROTHER

GKELTON - HIS DEATH AND A BRIEF
RECORD OP THE FIRST
AFTER REACHING MY PIFTIRTI YEAR.

I left my reader, last month, at the en- | THE TWELVE TRIBBS—for these twelve sons trance of a brief review of “THE FIRST were historical and figurative portraits of the SIGNthe Twelve Sons of Jacob.. That Ja- characters who make up the visible church, cob and his sons were representative, or typi- or working family of mankind, on earth ; cal characters, is not, I believe, disputed. and a close attention to the Biblical account Benjamin Keach says, Jacob was a type of of their origin, possessions, works, and ways, Christ, in four particulars. I think our may be useful. good friend Benjamin is rather meagre here; Two things may be prefaced here. still he leads me to observe, 1, As a sup- Rachel was Jacob's lawful, loving, only wife. planter, Jacob put Esau aside, and took JOSEPH and BENJAMIN were the only sons of his place; and there is a sense in which our that union; and wbilo of all the other sons, Lord took the piáce of another. His most remarkable events are recorded, still, church might be said to be cast into prison, the most exalted blessings were poured upon 28 a transgressor; and being found guilty, the heads of Joseph and Benjamin. the sentence of death was passed upon her ; The sickness and death of Mr. Skelton; the curse of a broken law laid upon her; and and other unavoidable labors, compel me to the sword of Divine Justice was unsheathed, defer “THE NAMES OP Jacor's sons," until and hanging over her head, Jesus, the God- next month. I will therefore close this man, comes to her help. He enters the dun- month, with the following remarks, respecting geon where the church did lay. He takes

THE LATE WILLIAM SKELTON. off her prison garments, and clothes himself

He takes her curse, her sin, her shame, her wrath, her death, her all that

WEEK'S WORK ucas dreadful—delivers her from death, by laying down his life — by pouring out his soul-by the shedding of his blood-and by is nearly Hed. As 'I journey home I will en

Reading Station, Feb. 16.- Another week receiving, instead of her, the black, the deavor to say a few words to my readers, bitter cup of wrath : hence

the great Doctor calling their attention to such portions of the of Divinity, in the first apostolic churches, Word as have recently been a help to medared to write such golden letters, such glo- and to such events as I have witnessed in the rious sentences, such undeniable words of places where I have labored in the Lord's life as these _“ There is therefore now no namo. condemnation to them that are in Christ Last Lord's-day morning, I commenced my Jesus

, who walk not after the flesh, but after fifty-first year; and I hope ever to remember the Spirit.

Christ hath redeemed us that day with gratitude to the Giver of all from the curse of the lar, being made a that is good. So many Scriptures that morncurse for us.” And these 'declarations, or ing rolled into my mind, and such boly beaunew.covenant doctrines, were as clearly re- ties appeared to be revealed by them, that I vealed, and as fully stated by the prophets, discourse. At the appointed time, I walked as by the apostle. Isaiah's 63rd chapter, and Paul's 8th to the Romans, are in nowise few moments before I entered the pulpit these

on steadily to chapel, in deep meditation; a different. SUBSTITUTION, as the procuring words came with a certainty to my soul — cause of SalvatION, was Paul's theme; it “ By me if any man enter in, IR BIALL DE was was no less Isaiah's. He says of the SAVED; and shall go in and out, and find suffering Saviour "He hath borne our pasture." These served for a morning's text; griefs, and carried our sorrows : he was and a good degree of liberty was enjoyed. tcounded for our transgressions ; he was Our Lord Jesus Christ, as the mediatorial bruised for our iniquities : the chastisement Door of entrance into the covenant of

grace of our peace was upon him : WITH into the worship of God-into the visible STRIPES WE ARE HEALED, The LORD HATH church-and into fellowship with the saints;

the certainty of our salvation, and the blessed These were borne away; and by him life privilege of finding pasturo-(some sweet rest

and holy food)- whether favored to go into and immortality were brought to light. In the banquetting house, or called to go out in a multitude of instances, Jacob's typical cha- the labors of love and the fightings of faith— racter might be noticed; but I wish to ad- these were the things spoken of, and I hope vance one step forward, and examine the enjoyed. names given to Jacob's sons—the heads of There is a small flock of sheep grazing un

VOL. XII.-No. 133.

HIS

LAID UPON HIM THE INIQUITIES OF US ALL.

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