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THE EARTHEN VESSEL.
[JUNE 1, 1857.
in my law place as a transgressor; and after for several Sabbaths, but I could not obtain
Christ. Alas! my heart grew cold and in-
"Who does my wandering soul restore :
AS PASTOR OF BEULAH CHAPEL,
word of encouragement from the people: no RECOGNITION OF MR. S. COZENS,
1, therefore, resolved not to think upon it,
I was again strengthened to go to his house
new pastors, ordinations, recognitions, and other
noticed that ministers and people go on very well
sermon closes up
honoured, our much-tried, and well-qualified
church, we took a leading part in the services; and
version and of his call; but we suppose in the
ples and never-to-be-divided ordinances of the New Testament.
Most of the men whose names we have mentioned, have had a hard and a long day's work in Zion; and, although John Foreman seems as strong to labor as ever, and James Wells is more valiantlar and more successful than ever, yet, these, and the much older men must go to heaven. The numerous churches which now fondly unite beneath their ministry must loose them. The fathers must "finish their course;" and it is, therefore, cheering to see, in this our day, that the Lord is not unmindful of Zion's future wants. He is preparing a school of young prophets, and is training them, we hope, for great usefulness in the church when her present pastors shall have entered into their rest: then, the Cozens's, the Chivers's, and the Caunts; the Bloomfields, the Bowles's, and the Butterfields; the Davises, and the Flacks; the Hanks's and the Hazeltons; the Meeres's, the Parkers, and the Palmers; the Wilkins's, the Williamsons, and the Whitteridges, with a host beside, will stand up to verify that beautiful prophecy-"Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all
But we must return to the recognition day. Our reporter has furnished lengthened notes of the striking and suitable sermons preached on the occasion; but we have not room for them. We can only give the following outline of the services.
"The public recognition of Mr. Samuel Cozens, as pastor of the church meeting for Divine worship at Beulah, Somer's Town, took place on Tuesday, May the 12th, 1857. Amongst the ministers present we noticed Mr. J. Wilkins, of Greenwich; Mr. W. Flack, of the New Road; Mr. Hazelton, of Mount Zion, Chadwell Street; Mr. Benjamin Davis, of Leighton Buzzard; Mr. Dickson, late of
The morning service commenced by MR. DICKSON reading a portion of Scripture and prayer. After which,
MR. JAMES WELLS preached from-"But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will." Mr. Wells divided his subject into four distinct depart
said :-Having made you wheat, I shall now turn
For full one hour and a-half this rapid speaker illustrated and opened the different sections of his subject. About 150 sat down to dinner; and Dearly 300 to tea. In the afternoon, Mr. J. E. Bloomfield delivered an able address from the words "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." But the most powerful and delightful part of this day's privileges was the perfectly original and profoundly interesting sermon in the evening, when Mr. James Wells took for his text-"Behold! the days come, saith the Lord, that the ploughman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt." Noticing,
II. The ploughman.
III.-The treader of grapes.
This discourse was full of experimental and ministerial truth. We only give a morsel:-Election is often made a scythe. One evening while preaching, a woman ran into the Surrey Tabernacle out of the way of a dog-fight, and her husband (as all good husbands should do) ran in after her. I was speaking about those whose names were written in the Lamb's Book of Life. They went away; the woman said to the man, "I don't like that man; yet there is something in him I do like." They came again: both were brought to know the truth.
Under the head of The Ploughman, Mr. Wells
We should like to have given some portions of the church's history where Mr. Cozens now is the pastor; but this must come another day.
MR. MOYLES' NEW PARSONAGE.
Lane Chapel, Peckham, on Monday, May 11th, to A TEA and public meeting was holden in Rye aid the erection of a parsonage for their esteemed pastor, Mr. George Moyle. About 200 sat down to tea; and at a quarter to seven the meeting commenced by singing
"Dear Lord, we now together meet, And flock around thy mercy seat," &c. After which, Mr. Moyle read a Psalm. Mr. G. Wyard, of Tring, implored the Divine blessing. Mr. Moyle then said: Dear friends, I thank you for your company on the present occasion. We are brought together to-night for something rather particular-it is to erect an house for the minister, for me; whether it be a long time, or a short time, I shall want it. If death or Providence removes me, there will be an house for the minister who shall stand in this pulpit. The church has unanimously agreed to it. Mr. Congreve said: Two months since we had a meeting for the building of an house for our pastor: at that time we had not entered into a contract with a builder, but since that time we have done so it will cost £315. The collecting books and donations were called for. The money collected by books was £61 68. ld. Donations received the same evening, £12 14s. 6d. Subscriptions received before, £25. The Chairman then said £100 has been gathered all but 9s. and 5d. A gentleman then said: We must make it up an £100 this evening. This was done. Addresses were then delivered by Mr. Bloomfield, on The Pillar of Cloud and Fire; Mr. Milner, on The Passage of the Red Sea; Mr. Meeres, on The Smitten Rock; Mr. Austin, on The Daily Manna; Mr. Attwood, on The Brazen Serpent; and in the absence of Mr. Bland, the Chairman called upon Mr. George Wyard to speak upon "The Promised Land." Mr. Wyard said: Though he liked the promised land, he found it was too late to travel there at that hour of the night. He made a few practical remarks, and the happy meeting closed with prayer by the pastor.
THE sixteenth anniversary of Bethesda Chapel, Ipswich, was held on Lord's-day, April 26, when three sermons were preached by Mr. J. E. Bloomfield, of London. More than a thousand persons were present to hear a full and free salvation, published, in no mean manner, by one who they had
long known, and now loved such preaching, and such a preacher. Our good brother felt, on seeing so many who had known him from his childhood, unusually excited, and appeared as though he could not say enough in praise of his gracious God and Master; but he was enabled to speak blessedly, and to crown him Lord of All. May his Master stand by him, and make, and keep him, faithful unto death. Collections amounted to £21. "And, again, praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people." Rom. xv. 11. May 9th, 1857. J. Poock,
THE EARTHEN VESSEL.
In the year 1855, the majority of the church, formerly meeting in this place, built a new house for Divine worship. We do not question their right to do so: nor find fault with them in this matter; but would bid them "God speed." Five
[JUNE 1, 1857.
members of the Old Church thought well to remain in the Old Chapel, where, for many years, the Lord had fed his flock like a shepherd. We have since been organized into a little church; and the Lord has increased our number to twenty-one,
by three of the Lord's servants; but after united persevering prayer, the church was led to make For a period we were supplied with gospel bread choice of Mr. Bartholomew, who has been with us the last fourteen months. His labours have been greatly blest: the presence of our God is richly enjoyed in our midst, and he hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.
sary services, when three sermons were preached by our good brother, Mr. Cornelius Slim, of HailOn Lord's-day, April 5th, we held our anniversham, Sussex. The truths spoken came not to us in word only, but in power in the Holy Ghost, and
in much assurance.
meeting: about 135 sat down. meeting, brother Curtis opened the service by On the Monday following, we had a social tea prayer; after which, our minister addressed the At the public providence and in grace, the Lord had brought him among us. It was stated, during the evening, that meeting at considerable length, shewing how, in the friend (who owns the chapel as his own property) resigned it into the hands of the church for three years; to be renewed at the expiration of that term, at the nominal rental of 641
which time he enjoyed many precious visits fact, his recent removal from Stonehouse to
The love of Christ was his darling theme, as manifested to his never-dying soul. He would say it was a sea without bottom or shore. He spoke sweetly of that river John spoke of in the Revelation; on either side was the Tree of Life proceeding out from the throne of God and the Lamb. He seemed to anticipate by faith the glorious inheritance in that land, where every hour shall
Clapham appears to have been a providential and ministerial mercy both for the church at Garner, and Mr. Rowland himself. In consequence of the severe and protracted illness of their late much beloved pastor, Geo. Elven, the former were greatly in need of a sound and comprehensive ministry: while the latter (Mr. Rowlands) was anxious to find a people among whom he could comfortably settle. They have been brought together for a time. The chapel is crowded with hearers, and some hope is entertained that great good will flow out of those singular and mysterious events which are connected with the history of this somewhat recently formed church at Clapham.
The works to which we have referred may be had in the vestry of Garner Chapel; of that dear and long afflicted man of God, R. Eve, of Balham-hill; or of Robert Banks and Co., Dover-road, Southwark.
find sweet employ,
In that eternal world of joy." Though he had many dark seasons, and privations of communion with the Lord, yet he said, "The foundation of God standeth sure," and heaven was his home.
His love towards his church and congregation was great; so much so, that even in dy. ing circumstances he expressed a desire if he could be but carried to the chapel to see them, NEW GERMAN REFORMATION, would be a great gratification to him. He preached so long as he could well stand, to proclaim the truth of the ever blessed gospel, and the love of God in Christ towards poor, perishing sinners before the foundation of the world, through the teaching of the Holy Spirit
A few hours before he died. he prayed that his heavenly Father would cut short his work, and take him home to himself, that he might live and reign with him for ever. As he lived, so he died, believing, trusting, and resting on the oaths and promises of his Lord and Master. His end was peace. After having faithfully preached and served as pastor of the Loddiswell Independent Chapel, Devon, forty-eight years, was taken from the church militant to the church triumphant above, in the 79th year of his age; was interred in the tomb with his beloved wife on the 6th of May, 1857, in the presence of a great concourse of people. He was highly respected, and his name much revered. Loddiswell, May 8. JOHN GAY. "ROWLAND'S DREAM," "EXPOSITION OF THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM."
THOMAS ROWLAND is now the useful minister of Garner Chapel, Wirtemberg-place, Clapham; and the author of the above two pamphlets; the first, a metaphorical dialogue, illustrating the love of Christ to his church; the second, an exposition of the twenty-third Psalm. Our brother Rowland being deprived of his natural sight, and consequently debarred from the advantages of those most excellent privileges, reading and writing, certainly could not find authorship to be a very easy matter. Both these works, however, are calculated to be very useful to believers, and especially to doubting and distressed souls; and it has been our happiness to move among some good Christians who have not only derived much comfort from these works, but also from Mr. Rowland's ministry. In
MR. J. G. ONCKEN,
THE HAMBURGH MISSIONARY.
DURING the last two months, professing Christianity has been exceedingly busy, and a nearly every day in the public buildings and large variety of meetings have been holden spacious chapels of the metropolis. We could only attend two of them-the Society for carrying the Gospel to the Jews, and "The Continental Evangelisation" Society. Our object in noticing the latter is, for the purpose of calling special attention to the good and the great work which, we believe, Mr. Oncken, under God, has been the means of effecting. And as we had a fair opportunity of hearing that devoted man's account of his labours, trials, and persecutions; as we personally witnessed his noble and his unflinching determination to stand by the principles and the practice of the New Testament, although Dr. Steane, and Baptist Noel, had endeavoured, publicly, to censure the German Baptist Churches for their strict communion allegiance; and, furthermore, because we have every reason to believe that Mr. Oncken has been sent into the work by the Lord; and, consequently, has been called to suffer many things, while, by heavenly help, he has been instrumental in planting many churches, gathering in many precious souls, and spreading, far and wide, in Germany, the name and fame of that glorious Shiloh, of whom the inspired patriarch said-" And UNTO HIM SHALL the gathering of THE PEOPLE be;" therefore, we feel it to be our privilege, this month, to publish it as our most decided conviction that Mr. Oncken, and the German mission, deserve the sympathies, the prayers, and the practical co-operation of all the churches in Great Britain who stand fast by those revelations and laws which our Lord and Saviour, and his apostles after him, left for our instruction and obedience until the end of time.
We have not room, this month, to enter so
obtained the indulgence while on a visit to England, authorised Mr. Oncken to procure as many Bibles for ready money as he wanted, in his name. But when the secretary of the Bible Society found this out, he refused to allow Mr. Oncken to have any more copies. Therefore (said Mr. Oncken) I called on that gentleman, and, with a fearful curse and an awful imprecation upon me for preaching the Word of Life, he declared that I should have no more Bibles. "What do you know about preaching ?" said he; and then smiting his breast, he exclaimed, "We are the men-we are the men!" And the poor man got into such a rage, that I thought of what Paul said about fighting with wild beasts at Ephesus. It was, therefore, under the most unfavourable circumstances that the work of revival was commenced in Germany. The ecclesiastical and civil power united to prevent any efforts being made for the spread of the gospel out of the pale of the National Church; and, ever since the Reformation, till the Baptist movement, twenty-five years ago, none did ever take place. As pioneers, the Baptists had been obliged to bear the heaviest persecution. And let this ever be borne in mind, that all persecution for conscience' sake, in Germany, had been originated and carried on by the National Protestant Church.
His object in coming to England at this time was twofold-to awaken in the hearts of all who love Christ greater and greater interest in the spiritual condition and necessities of the continent of Europe, and to secure active co-operation in the work in which he and his brethren are engaged. Every missionary effort of the right stamp would be sure to meet with opposition; persecution ought not to be thought surprising, for the Master himself had distinctly told his disciples-and the declaration applied to those who live now as well as to his immediate followers-that in the world they should have persecution. It was his lot more than twenty-five ago to begin to labour as a home missionary in his native country. His work was to go into the heart of Christendom, and to proclaim to the people with a loud voice, "You are no Christians;" and this solemn charge he adduced evidence to prove. At the close of the last and the commencement of the present century, there was little else left of the glorious German Reformation besides the errors which Luther unhappily embodied in his catechisms. Twenty-five years ago, out of the He believed that there had been given to the large number of ministers in the city of Ham- nonconforming Christians generally in Gerburg, there were only five who maintained the many a spirit of great wisdom, so that they doctrine of the divinity of our adorable Lord, had never provoked persecution, which would all the rest were Rationalists And it seemed be a wicked thing. On the contrary, every that this state of things would continue, for means that could be employed had been used out of thirty-four students for the ministry to conciliate and prevent persecution. Before who applied for examination at the hands of he was incarcerated, he went to the head of Dr. Rambach, only one professed his faith in the police, then a distinguished member of the the proper Divinity of Christ. Consequent senate, and asked him, at a private interview, upon such teaching in the pulpit the churches not to employ his measures against the Chriswere deserted; for out of a population of tians to the uttermost. But that gentleman 150,000, in the city of Hamburg, not more replied, "Whilst I can move this little finger than 4,000 attended the places of worship. it shall be moved to your destruction." Mr. He had heard a home missionary in Hunt-Oncken replied, "You will find it is all labour ingdonshire say, in a tone of deep lamentation, lost. You are a scholar, and know history, that in that country, numbering 60,000 people, and must be aware that persecution has never only 33,000 attended places of worship on the succeeded in its design." He replied, "If it Lord's-day. For himself, making the com- does not succeed in Hamburg, it shall not be parison between that county and his own city, our fault." And that gentleman had kept his he felt the proportion of attendance was most word. The police were constantly on the alert delightful and encouraging. Only think of for the suppression of the Baptists; and many the difference,-150,000 people, and only 4,000 of them were imprisoned, as he was also himworshippers, and 500 of these attended the self, and his goods confiscated and sold. But poor humble Baptist chapel. And let it not be the Word of God and the power of God was supposed that Hamburg was the worst city or not; and when the place where the one church district in Germany. In the Grand Duchey used to meet was closed then it multiplied of Mecklenberg, for example, things were still into twelve churches; so that Christian life worse. In one district it appeared that a was not only not destroyed, but fostered and minister went to his church twenty-nine times strengthened. Their success had been wonwith a sermon in his pocket, but had to return drous, and all the glory must be given to God, as often without preaching it, because not a for it was clearly his work. Twenty thousand living soul went near the place. precious souls and more had been converted to the faith, seventy four churches formed, and 586 preaching stations opened. The church members numbered some 7,000, and about 1,500 good and devoted Christians had emigrated to the far west of America.
In Hamburg, when he began his labours twenty-five years ago, the ministers of the National Church were utterly and irreconcilably opposed to the circulation of the Scriptures except by means of themselves; and he, not being a Lutheran clergyman, was looked upon as a heretic. He could not therefore, obtain Bibles in his own name from the depot. But the pastor of the Independent church, who had
We hope to furnish our readers with facts and comments connected with Mr. Oncken, his work, his opposers, and his friends, in future numbers.
fully into the history and present prospects of the German Baptist Mission as we could wish. Mr. Oncken, in the course of a lengthened address at the meeting we have referred to, said