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Divine Energy, and that the Lord Jesus endeavoured to find scientific reasons Christ was Himself the only and Eternal for the expected destruction of the God. He taught that the natural and earth. The lecture was followed by a spiritual worlds were set over against sermon in the parish church by the each other, the last being symbolized in Vicar on 2 Peter iii. 10, 11. In this the phenomena of the first. He taught discourse the preacher gave a strictly that the genuine Scriptures contained literal interpretation of the text, and an external and an internal sense, and an imaginative description of the burnthat the internal sense was absolutely ing elements, in which, while the rightand infallibly true, in every minute eous are miraculously preserved, the particular. His work on heaven and wicked will be burnt up. These dishell was the most profound volume on courses seem to have excited considerthat subject in any language, but it was able attention, and were followed by burdened and darkened with the terrible letters in the local papers criticizing error of the dogma of eternal damnation. their statements and arguments. The He did not appear to have understood members of the New Church resident very fully many of the doctrines of in the neighbourhood were not backorthodoxy, and much that he wrote ward to avail themselves of the opening against justification by faith alone, the thus made to call public attention to doctrine of the Atonement, &c. &c., higher and truer views of Scripture would be very properly repudiated by teaching on the subject. Our active intelligent orthodox believers of the and earnest friend, the Rev. Mr. Marspresent day,” [but not in the time in den, has published two pamphlets on which he wrote,] “as caricatures rather the subject, in which he discusses in than fair representations of the matters the light of the teachings of the New in dispute. But he taught, with tre- Church the several topics to which promendous energy and rare felicity, the minence has been given in these disabsolute necessity of piety in the heart courses and the subsequent discussions. and good works in the life, or love to These topics take a wide range.
BeGod and love to man, as the alone sides the passages immediately appealed foundations upon which human happi- to, “ The Days of Noah,' “ The Deness here and hereafter could be secure- struction of Sodom and Gomorrah, ly built. Mr. Young went on to say &c., &c., are introduced. A third that the sect bearing the name of the pamphlet is in the press, which will “New Jerusalem Church” owed its complete the series. Lectures have existence to a number of Wesleyans also been delivered by Dr. Bayley and who left the parent body ; but, princi- Mr. Gunton, which have been very pally, to a man named Robert Hind- favourably received, and left an abiding marsh, a printer, and the son of a Wes- impression on the minds of many whose leyan preacher. The members of the attention had thus been attracted to sect were ordinarily highly intelligent, these important inquiries. Further while their lives, morally speaking, efforts will doubtless be made by our were very much above the average. friends to diffuse right views respecting But in their ecclesiastical relations they the Lord and the glory of His second were painfully exclusive, and they ap- coming peared to look down upon those who did not agree with them with a kind of BERLIN, ONTARIO, CANADA.—The mild pity which narrowly escaped from Messenger of March 1st gives the folpassing into contempt.'
lowing account of the temple erected
by the members of the New Church at DURATION OF THE EARTH.—The doc. this place, and of its dedication :-"The trine of the destruction of the world by members and friends of the New Jerufire, as supposed to be involved in the salem in Berlin and vicinity will long prophecies respecting the Lord's second remember, with unalloyed pleasure, the coming, and taught by the Apostle opening of their beautiful new temple Peter, has been the subject of an excit- for divine worship. Being, as it is, the ing discussion in the town of Maidstone. most beautiful structure of its kind, not The question appears to have been in- only in Berlin, but in the whole county, troduced by a scientific lecture on "The it stands a monument of the zeal of the Forces of Nature.”in which the lecturer Society. The building is composed of
stone, beautifully edged with white dressed stone, and built in the pure Gothic style, in the form of a cross, the top of the cross being towards the east. The size of the building is eighty by thirty-two feet, except the two arms of the cross, which project five feet beyond the main building on each side. Thesteeple rises 103 ft. from the ground, and is surmounted by a cross. The basement is divided into three apartments, the largest being intended for the Sunday-school and social gatherings; of the other two, one is the pastor's room, the other contains the heating apparatus. The entrances to the vestibule are from the west, by two doors. Above the right-hand entrance in the bottom of the ple, is a tablet with a representation of the open Bible in the centre, with the all-seeing eye above, and the words, 'Nunc Licet' beneath it. Surrounding the Bible is the inscription, 'Verbum Domini manet in Eternum,' and beneath is the name of the church, and the date 1870. From the vestibule the audience-chamber is gained by two short curved flights of stairs. At the further end of the room is the chancel, containing on the right the pulpit, with the words, 'Nunc Licet' inscribed on it. On the left is the reading-desk, and further back are the communion table and the repository for the Scriptures, this last is a beautiful piece of carved work and white pine ; at the top are the initials ‘I. H. s.' and a cross. The circular light behind the chancel contains the monogram, • Alpha, Omega,' in its centre.
The organ occupies the north wing of the Church, and contains 632 pipes. It is beautifully carved, and is made to correspond with the main building. Un it are the words, “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Next to the organ is the baptismal stand. The cost of the Church, including the organ, has exceeded $7000. On Sunday, 29th ult., at 10.30 A. M., the dedication took place. The service was commenced with the beautiful dedicatory ceremonies of the New Church, the music being under the able direction of Mr. Zöllner, of Waterloo, Miss Zöllner presiding at the organ ; after which Mr, Türk, pastor of the Society, delivered a most excellent sermon from Genesis xxviii. 17, 'How dreadful is this place ! this is none
other but the house of God.' He was listened to with deep attention by an audience of upwards of 500, many of whom had probably never heard a New Church sermon before. At 2 P.M. the rite of baptism was administered to six infants, and the Holy Sacrament was partaken of by quite a large number. In the evening the Rev. J. Parker, of Toronto, delivered a very able and impressive address to a very crowded house. His text was taken from John viii. 31,
On Christmas Day, Mr. Türk and Mr. Parker dedicated the new chapel, lately erected by the Toronto Society. Mr. Türk intends to preach in English every second Sabbath evening. This will give great pleasure to the English portion of the Society.”
CONFERENCE FUNDS.-We are informed by the treasurer, that a benevolent lady, recently removed into the spiritual world, has manifested her desire for the progress and support of the Church, by bequeathing to its various institutions the sum of £1,400. Of this sum, £700 is to be invested by Conference for the benefit of the church, library, and schools at Bath ; the other £700 being £100 each for seven of the Church institutions.
NATIONAL MISSIONARY INSTITUTION. - The national missionary is at the time of our going to press pursuing his labours in the north. These services will close on the 19th of March at York. The only services of which we have received notice are at Middlesborough-onTees, where Mr. Gunton, in the month of February, gave a course of lectures in the Town-hall, and preached in the Society's meeting-room on the Sabbath. The first lecture is partly reported in the Middlesborough Exchange newspaper, and from this report we learn that the lectures were favourably received, and followed by animated discussion at the close of each lecture. In introducing his first lecture, Mr. Gunton said: “We lived in an age
of progress, and it would seem strange if there was not progress in their understanding of religious truth, as well as in every other description of knowledge. No part of the world's history, he believed, ever indicated such rapid strides in the development of knowledge as the last fifty years. And could they for a moment conclude that they understood
all that the Divine Word contained any most advantageous manner. The more than they understood all that speakers were limited to the ministers Nature contained ? Nature and Revela- and leaders of the association, to each tion were two books presented by our of whom a theme was given, which were Heavenly Father for the instruction as follows :-Mr. E. Austin-The Work and development of our minds. Nature of Ministers in regard to the Church ; was given for the opening of our natural Mr. Ramage-- The Duty of Individual faculties ; revelation for the opening of Members ; Mr. Bateman-The Duties our spiritual faculties.
Truth was of Members in regard to Public Woreternas, and would never be changed. ship, in which he was supported by the It was only our perception that changed. Rev. T. L. Marsden ; Dr. Tafel--Our No established law of creative wisdom Duties in regard to the Young People that related either to things material or of our Societies; Mr. Rhodes-Our things spiritual ever underwent any Duties in regard to Sunday-schools ; change. The change was in their pro- Mr. E. Madeley-Our Duties in regard gression. And how could they possibly to the Press and Literature ; and Mr. conclude that they knew anything like Gunton—Our Duties in regard to Misa hundredth part what the Divine Word sionary Work. The proceedings were contained ? The Word was the fountain enlivened by singing three hymns and of Heavenly Wisdom not only to men, by some excellently rendered music by but to angels, for the angels were pro- the admirable choir of Argyle Square, gressive as well as men.
and were altogether of a most enthusiceased to progress, we ceased to have astic character. The speeches were any enjoyment. All happiness, all en- marked by a depth of thought and an joyment, resulted from the activity of eloquence of expression not often met our faculties. This was as true of the with in one of our public meetings, and mind as of the body, and it was as true were so complete a success that hopes of the spiritual as of the material world. were fully expressed that another and It was therefore a reasonable presump- even more public one would soon be tion that when we left this world we held. should go on progressing in knowledge of the Supreme Being, of our own souls, HACKNEY.--During the past year and their capabilities of the spiritual Sunday open-air meetings were held on things of the world, in which we should the London fields in this locality. then find ourselves.”
Short addresses on New Church sub
jects were undertaken by several of our LONDON NEW CHURCH ASSOCIATION. friends, and a great number of tracts -The first meeting of this important were distributed. Although the talent association, designed to advance the was humble and effort feeble--since the interests of the Church in the metro- cessation of those meetings, it is pleaspolis and neighbourhood, was held at ing to note the interest awakened about Argyle Square on Monday, Jan. 16th. A what the Swedenborgians believe. Invery large gathering attended tea, which habitants of the neighbourhood exwas provided in the school-room, and pressed a wish to hear more of these kindly presided over by Mrs. F. Pit- things ; but up to the present time, man and ladies from each society, after owing to the long distance of our nearest which an adjournment to the Church Church, which is in Buttesland Street, took place, when the number present Hoxton, have been unable to do so. increased to nearly 400. Dr. Bayley This has induced our Hackney friends took the chair, and after singing a hymn to form a committee, for the propagaand
prayer, opened the meeting by very tion of New Church truth; Dr. Bayley briefly stating the general objects of the having signified his willingness to help association. These may be stated to be on the work, they have hired the large the regular interchange of all the mini- room belonging to the Working Men's sters and leaders of the district, at Institute, at the triangle (a well-known stated services—a plan felt to have centre), for the delivery of twelve been attended with the best results- lectures on consecutive Wednesday and the discussion of plans for the evenings. Dr. Bayley will give the development of the Church and the ac- opening lecture on the first of March ; complishment of Church work in the other esteemed lecturers will immedi
ately follow, and there is strong ground present occasion. It is with this Society for anticipating a thorough success. the day of small things. Their neat The only difficulty experienced is the little Church seems to attract little atsupply of books for distribution at the tention from their neighbours and the meetings. If there are any subscribers general public, and their own numbers to the Missionary and Tract Society have become reduced by deaths and rewho are seeking a channel of usefulness movals. The Society continues, howfor the books or tracts they obtain ever, to patiently persevere in its work, by their subscriptions, they will find and in the midst of discouragements to the present movement an opportunity bear its testimony to the truth. Confor doing real good to the cause. Com- nected with the Church is a successful munications may be forwarded to Mr. Day-school and a small Sunday-school. NOEL, 146 Kingsland Road, E.; or the Arrangements have also been made Secretary, Mr. NEWELL, 4 Essex Street, since the lectures for a more steady Mare Street, Hackney, E.
occupancy of the pulpit by missionary
preachers on the Sabbath ; and the MISSIONARY LECTURES IN LANCA- lectures are doubtless useful in keeping SHIRE.—During the winter months up the interest of the Church, instructlectures of a missionary character have ing the members and quickening their been delivered in several of the churches zeal in the good work, and in calling in the neighbourhood of Manchester public attention to the subject. that are without settled pastors, the ex- Oldham.-Two lectures were delipenses incurred being jointly sustained vered in this town in January, the by the National Missionary Institution first by the Rev. R. Storry on “The and the Manchester and Salford Mis- Prophecies relating to the Second Comsionary Society The following is a ing of the Lord;" the second by the brief notice of these services :
Rev. J. Hyde on “Swedenborg, his Cheetham Hill.- At this place, a life and teachings." The attendance, populous suburb of Manchester, no though not so numerous as was hoped, Society is formed or public worship of was encouraging, and from the attenthe Church established. A course of tion given to the subjects discussed, we lectures, however, was arranged in the may reasonably hope for good results. Hewitt Street School-room in the month Burnley.—We extract the following of November, and publicity given by an notice of lectures at this town from the extensive distribution of cards and hand Preston Guardian of February 1st:bills. These lectures on leading sub- Two interesting lectures were given in jects of Christian theology, were de- the New Jerusalem School-room, Keighlivered by Mr. Mackereth, and Revs. ley-Green, on Thursday and Friday R. Storry, J. Hyde, and W. Westall. evenings, January 26th and 27th, by The attendance was thin, but the the Rev. R. Storry of Heywood, under strangers who attended manifested con- the auspices of the Manchester and Salsiderable interest in the subjects dis- ford Missionary Society.
The chair cussed, and some have continued their was occupied on Thursday evening by inquiries respecting the doctrines. Mr. G. Grave, the subject being "The
Middleton.—In December, a course Supreme Deity of the Christian Šaviour, of lectures was given in the Church &c.,” which was treated in a very able in this place, bý Messrs. Westall,
The lecturer was listened to Storry, and Hyde. The subjects were with marked attention throughout his “ The Fall of Man," “ Redemption address. After the lecture, the Chairby the Blood of the Lamb," and man said that the bills announcing the " The Resurrection.” The attendance lectures did not state that discussion was good, the Church being two-thirds would be allowed, but he had no doubt filled. The lectures were listened to that Mr. Storry would be glad to answer with attention, and we cannot doubt any question that might be put to him with good results.
in a proper spirit. A number of quesAshton.—During the time of the lec- tions were asked and answered in a tures at Middleton, a similar course was friendly manner, and the meeting was delivered at Ashton by Revs. R. Storry brought to a close about ten o'clock.and W. Westall. The attendance at this On Friday the subject was " The Bible town is usually small, and was so on the a revelation from God necessary for the
full development of the nature of man, &c." Chairman, Mr. R. Bardsley. The lecturer, as on the former occasion, seemed quite at home in his quotations of Scripture to substantiate his views of the Divine inspiration of the Bible, and rapidly passed under review the different points of his subject. The lectures will no doubt be long remembered by many who heard them as able and eloquent. A number of questions were answered in a satisfactory manner. A vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer, the chairman, and the Man. chester and Salford Missionary Society, for their various efforts in carrying out these lectures. The lecturer said he had only opened the gate, it was for them to go into the meadows and gather the beautiful flowers.
Failsworth.-A course of lectures was given here, with the view of reviving and continuing the interest excited by the lectures and discussions last winter at Hollinwood. The Committee were unable to obtain the use of the lecturehall they then occupied, and were compelled, therefore, to give these lectures in the Society's place of worship at Failsworth. The distance from Hollinwood was not convenient for the attendance of those who had attended the former lectures, though several of this number were present. The general attendance was good, and the audiences interested in the subjects discussed. Since the close of these lectures, two other courses have been arranged, one at Middleton, the other at Rhodes. These are at present in progress. The lecturers are Messrs. Storry, Westall, Pilkington, and Deans. These lectures are announced on a card recently provided by the Missionary Committee, on the back of which is printed the particulars of faith from the T. C. R., No. 3. The card thus becomes a means of spreading the knowledge of the leading principles of New Church doctrine, and is itself a silent missionary. In addition to the services we have intimated, Sabbath evening lectures have been given in several of our churches by the ininisters. Those in Peter Street, Manchester, have excited considerable attention, and been very numerously attended.
modious school-room, for the accommodation of their Sunday and day-schools. It is an oblong building, constructed with convenient class-rooms, and other necessary conveniences for the schools and the social meetings of the Society. The opening took place on Saturday, December 31, 1870. An excellent tea, partaken of by about 100, was provided in the school room, the walls of which bore a number of mottoes, some having reference to the season, and others to the doctrines of the New Church. An entertainment, consisting of addresses, songs, glees, &c., was given in the evening
The chair was occupied by W. H. Pilkington, Esq., J.P., of Enfield, near Accrington, who in opening the proceedings said his earliest remem. brances of religion and of the New Church were connected with the village of Embsay. When quite a lad, he remembered a young man coming into his father's shop at Haslingden and saying to his father, “Mr. Pilkington, I thought you were a man of your word.” His father replied, “Yes I am.” Then,' said the young man, why did not you meet me at Colne according to arrangement ?” His father replied that he had received a letter stating he was not to
Such being the case, there must have been some mistake about the matter, and he volunteered to start with the young man the same evening. That was on the 20th April, 1833. There were then no railways, and travelling had to be done by gig, horse or cab. His father left Haslingden, a distance of forty miles from Embsay, at midnight, to present himself before them on the following Sunday morning. In looking over his father's diary, he found the following, “On April 21st, 1833, I went to Embsay and preached the doctrines of the New Church in the open street to a very large audience. I trust and pray that Almighty God may make it the means, through the instrumentality of his humble servant, of inducing the people of Embsay and neighbourhood to take heed to what I said, and I hope ere long to hear of a public place of worship being dedicated there to the Lord Jesus Christ, the true God of Heaven and earth."
That wish was realized in less than twelve months, for on the 13th April, 1834, he came over to Embsay, with the Rev. D. Howarth
EMBSAY.—The society at this place has recently erected a neat and com