Abbildungen der Seite
PDF
EPUB

9

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGence.

171 Last Sabbath week he preached he gained into Christianity was his first sermon. I may call it a rapid ; especially as our beloved coinment on the first epistle of St. minister was expounding the Acts Juhin, ist chapter, particularly the of the Apostles. Hearing a dis. seventh verse in that chapter; and course, in the month of January, the second verse in the second upon the conversion of Lydia, and chapter,“ Christ the Propitiation.” her public profession of ChristiIt was a very solemn sight to see anity,-he waited upon Mr. Dewthe church crowded within and hirst the following day, to declare

without. Mr.Mason, with a psalın, what God had done for his soul, * called on all things to praise God, and express his desire of being bapa

and then ottered up a very solemn tized. The interview was pleasing prayer; and when he spoke to his and affecting; the account he gave church and people, it was very af- of his conversion was simple, clear, fecting indeed; and all seemed much and striking. After this he was impressed. I can. speak for one, it waited upon by a number of Chris. was a refreshinent from the Lord's tian friends at different times, who presence."

were more than satisfied with the the

account he gave. On the first SabThe Conversion of a Jew. bath in March he was baptized,

when, before a very numerous and SIK, To the Editor.

crowded audience, the service was Desirous of communicating to the conducted in the following manner : religious public an event calcu. after singing, Mr. Dewhirst offered lated to display the efficacy of di- up a solemn prayer ;-then delivervine grace, and to gratify devout ed an introductory discourse, -after and fervent wellwishers to the which the following questions were cause of Christ, we transmit to you proposed : “ Solomon Joseph, as the following short narrative:

your parents were Jews, and as you George Paul,

were educated in the Jewish prin.

ciples, what induced you to embrace Eury St. Edmunds,

the Christian faith? What are March 12, 1803

your reasons for believing that Jesus The gospel of late, in this place, of Nazareth was the Son of God? has been attended with great suic

As you know that you are a guilty Accessions to our church condemned sinner according to the have been numerous, and the sweet

the law of, Moses, how do you ex. influence of vital religion increas- pect to be saved ? ingly felt by us all. Among other To these he made very satisfacinstances, is a Prussian Jew, of the tory replies, and was then baptized name of Solomon Joseph, whą has according to the mode used in the been in this kingdom upwards of independent churches. Immediately thirty years, and, three or four of after his baptism, he was unani. them, a resident in this town. mously admitted a member of the

From the earnest and repeated church; and then Mr. Dewhirst ad. entreaties of his wife, who is a se- dressed him upon his public profesrious Christian, he was induced, near sion of Christianity,-ihe church of twelve months ago, to hear among which he had become a member, us the glorious gospel of God our

and the surrounding audience; conSaviour. The subject to which our cluding by prayer for the extension esteemed Pastor (the Rev. Charles of the Redeemer's kingdom. Thro' Dew hirst) was providentially di- the whole of the service, which rected at that time, was founded on was near two hours, solemnity filled. Heb. xix. 10-13. After his first the place; and at particular seaattendance, he began to suspect his sons, the whole congregation was own religion, and was influenced to much affected. pray that “ God Almighty would In the evening an appropriate kad him into wjiat was truth.”.

sermon was preached by the Rev. From that time he omitted no op- William Hickman, of Wattisneld portunity of attendance. The light from John XX. 29,

Abraham Maling, } Deacons.

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

cess.

22

Colonel Despard. Being again pressed on the same The trial and execution of Col.

subject, he said, “I have ferrer's Despard for high treason, have beea

on my legs; do not endeavour to put reported to the public through so

ferters on my inind." He also obe

served that he had studied Theology many channels, that it is scarcely necessary for us to meption them;

a great deal, had attended all sorts nor should we take any further no

of places of Worship, and, had many tice of him, but on account of the

years ago made up his mind on that spirit of infidelity by which he seem,

subject; adding, that he did not be, ed to be actuated, living and dying.

lieve the truth of religion. He This unhappy man, atter having

seems to have persisted to the end thrown away his life, by making fying his political conduct with his

in the saine irreligious state, just, proposals, to a set of ignorant fellows in an ale-house, to murder his

last breath, and rejecting the Sa,

viour of the world. To such awful Majesty, and overturn the present hardness of heart may men attain, system of government (in which it is hard to say, whether weakness or

who have forsaken God, and who wickedness had the greatest share)

may therefore juftly leave them to appeared to be totally insensible of

strong delusion, that they may be, his guilt, and avoided the very

lieve a lie, because they receive not means of conviction.

the love of the truth,

When the , Rev. Mr. Winkworth, an evanger Jical clergyman, and who is Chaplain to the Surrey Gaol, kindly of Bedford Union. fered his services, he declined them, and refused to enter in any religious

"The seventh general meeting of conversation. He also declined

the Union of Christians formed at reading Dr. Doddridge's Evidences Bedford, is expected to be held on of Christianity, saying to Mr.

Wednesday, the 27th of April, Winkworth, Sir, I might with

The Rev. Rowland Hill, A.M. has equal

request you to read engaged (God willing) to preach this book,” shewing him a Treatise on the occasion, at Bedford, in the on Logic which he had before him. forenoon of that day."

ORDINATIONS.

JULY 15, 1802, Rev.D. Jones, late hili, delivered the charge to the student at Wrexham, was solemnly congregation, from Phil. ii. 29. set apart by the imposition of hands, Mr. J. Wilson, of Northwich, and to the pastoral office in the inde several other ministers, engaged in pendent congregation at Holywell. the afternoon and the preceding The service was introduced by Mr. evening. D. Davies, of Welchpool; Mr. T. Jones, of Newmarket, read a portion Nov. 18, 1802, Moses Fisher was of the Scriptures; Mr. G. Lewis, ordained pastor of thie particular of Llanuwchllyn, delivered a dis- Baptist church of New Brentford.

' course on the nature of a church, Mr. Uppedine, of Hammersmith, pertinent on the occasion, and asked began the service, with reading the usual questions, to which satis- 2 Ïim. ii. and then prayed ; Mr. factory answers were given; Mr. Button, of Dean-street, explained W. Brown), of Wrexham, then the cause of dissent from the estab. prayed the ordination prayer; Mr. lishment, and received the account J. Lewis, of Wrexham (his tutor) of the Lord's dealings with this addressed the minister, from , Cor. church since its commencement ; ii. 13. ; and Mr. B. Jones, of Pwll. the church avoned their call; Mr.

RELIGIOUS INTELLIGENCE.

173 Fisher signified his acceptance, and gation was numerous and attentive: gave a confession of his faith ; Mr. and solemnity inarked the whole of Phillimore, of Kingston, prayed the the service. ordination prayer; Mr. Upton, of The members of this church Blackfryars, delivered the charge, gratefully acknowledge the kind. irom 1 Tim.vi. 11-14. ; Mr.Hutch- ness of the friends in Mr. Wesley's ings, of Unicorn - yard, preached to connexion, who attorded them the the church, from 1 Cor. xvi. 10; use of their chapel in Old BrenuMr. Torlin, of Harlington, con- ford, for the occasion. cluded with prayer, -The congre:

CHAPELS OPENED.

Dec. 27, 1802, a small chapel by Mr. D. Davies, of Welchpool, was opened at Verwood, Dorser, si- who also dropped a few hints on tuated in a most dreary part of the the privileges of Dissenters, to cau. Old Borest, about seven miles from tion

against persecution; Mr. Fordingbridge. Though the popu. White, of Chester, preached from lation of the neighbourhood' is Acis xvii. 30; Mr. J. Lewis, of small, the mental darkness of the Wrexham, from Prov. viii. 31. and inhabitants is extreme, and justi- concluded by prayer. hes the benevolent zealot the Chris. tian friend who stepped forward to

We are happy to hear that the rear this little tabernacle for God.

town of West Corves, in the Isle of Mr. Lewis, of Ringwood, explained Wight, which, in the summer seathe advantages of public worship,

son has long been a place of fasttrom Psalm xlii. 2.; Nir. Button,

ionable resort, possesses now, what of Downton, prayed; and Mr. will be deemed by the serious funiLoader preached, from Ezek.xxxiv. lies who may be disposed to visit it, 11, 12. For some years, two or

one great advantage, a stated mithree plain Christians, and occa

nistry of the gospel. Mr. Styles, sionally regular ininisters, have held when preacliing some months at forth the word of life to the people,

Newport (at the request of Mr. not without some tokens of success.

Walker, who sometimes preached a Greater hopes are now entertained

lecture on a Lord's Day evening) from a Sunday-school, which is to

visited Cowes occasionally; and." be formed on one half of the Lord's on quitting that scene of his labours, Day: Hitherto, whole families have by the unanimous wish of the lived and died without being able

people, undertook to preach statedly to read the Scriptures,-which alone

at Cowes. The progress of the are able to make us wise unto sal

gospel has been great during the pation.

Jast six months. The place occu

pied for divine worship (which is a FEB. 23, 1803, was opened, a new storehouse fitted lip for the pur. chapel in Bagell, near Holywell, pose) is not by any means large Flintshire, under the pastoral care enough to contain those who are of the Rev. D. Jones. The ser- willing to attend, and to contribute vice was introduced by Mr.J Jones, to the support of the cause. of Liverpool; Mr. W. Brown, of commodious meeting-house, thereWrexham, preached from Is. xxv, fore, is now being erected ; and it 6; and Mr. T. Jones, of Beau. is hoped, it will be completed about maris. from 2 Chron. vi. 20. - In the time when the company visit the afternoon, the service was begun this watering-place.

67 Having received many complaints of the Abridgment of this Department, through the late Arrival of Intelligence, we are happy, this Month, to give an Additional Page, by way of Compensation.

EXTRACT OF A LETTER

FROM THE late Iilliam Cowper, Esq.

TO A LADY.

The works of man tend, one and all, As needs they must, from great to small; And Vanity absorbs, at length, The monuments of human strength; But who can tell how vast the plan Which this day's incident began? Too small perhaps the slight occasion For our dirvinish'd observation ; It pass'd unnoticed, like the bird That cleaves the yielding air unheard ; : And yet may prove, when understood, An harbinger of endless good! Not that I deem, or mean to call Friendship a blessing, cheap or small; But merely to remark, that ours, Like some of Nature's sweetest How’rs, Rose from a seed of tiny size, Which seem'd to promise no such prize. A transient visit inicrvening, Alid made almost without a meaning; Hardly th' cffect of inclination, Much less of pleasing expectation, Produc'd a friendship thus begun, That has cerucuted us in one ; And plac'd it in our pow'r to prove, By long fidelity and love, That Solomon has wisely spoken, “ A threefold cord is not so or broken."

you, theo

FOR THIE MISSION ARY MEETINGS.

Mysterious are his ways, whose pow'r
Brings forth that unexpected hour,-
When minds to at never met before,
Shall meet, wote, and part no more !
It is th' allotinent of the skies,
The hand of the supremely wise,
That guides and governs our affections,
And plants and orders our connexions :
Thus when we setil'd where you found us,
Peasants and children all around us,
Not dreaming of so sear a friend,
Deep in th' abyss of Silver-end * ;
Thus Martha, e'en agaiose her will,
Perch'd on tbe top of yonder hill ;
And

you must needs prefer The fairer scenes of sweet Sancerre, Are come from distant Loire + to chuse A cottage on the banks of Ouse,

This page of Providence quire new,
And now just op'ning on our view.
Emplays our present thoughts and pains,
To spell and guess what it contains !
But day by day, and year by year,
Will make the dark ænigma clear,
And furnish us perhaps at last,
Like other scenes already past,
With Froof that we, and our affairs,
Are part of great Jehovah's cares :
For God unfolds, by slow degrees,
The purport of his deep decrees;
Sheds ev'ry hour a clearer light,
11. aid of our deiective sighe;
and spreads at length, before the soul,
A beautiful acá pertect whole,
Which busy man's inventive brain
Toils to anticipate in vain.

Say, Anna, had you never known
The beauty of a rose full blown,
Could you, though luminous your eye,
By looking on the bud descry ;
Or guess, with a prophetic pow'r,
The future splendor of the flow'r ?
Just so, th’Omnipotent, who turns
The system of the world's concerns ;
From mere minuiiz can adduce
Events of most important use,
stod bid a dawning sky display
The blaze of a meridian day!

ETERNAL Saviour, Prince of Peace,

Thy gospel send from shore to shore ; To guilty souls it brings release,

And makes the sinner thee adore. The mountains level, vallies raise,

And give it universal spread ; Let it inspire our souls with praise,

And raise to life the singers deado Bid, Lord, this conq’ring word go on ;

Bless who the gospel message bear ; Let it d-strov the tempter's throne,

And Nations in its blessings share. Our brethren bless in southern isles;

Success to ev'ry effort give ;
Let them enjoy thy gracious smiles,

And bid th' untutor'd heathen live.

Let those abroad, and these at home,

Be useful to ihe souls of nien : Through them to Christ may sinners comex Let all the people add Amnen ! Bodborough

0. A. J.

* The place where Mr. Conpr then resided.
+ The Lady had recently returned from France.

roar

care.

POETRY:

175 CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE.

Yec still the same, he wooes this heart of as winds, and storms, and dasbing surges

stone,

And makes his love by countless mercies Wiih dreadfui fury on the sea-skirt shore;

known ! At viher times, the gentle zephyrs play,

What can I say, dear Lord, to love so And the unrutfied stream pursues its way:

strange? 'Tis thus, methinks, it passes in my soul,

To love that all my rebeiacss can change! One day the weather's fair, another foul. Language here fails; an angel can't exNow tempest cost with various doubts and plore ! fears,

Be hush'd then, Muse, and silently adore My heart o'erwhelin'd with woe, my eye

Or if some zephyr breathe upon thy with tears,

strings, Impending clouds of darkness o'er me Or passing angels touch thee with their spread,

wings, And in the paths of Hell I seem to tread;

Let thy best notes resound my Saviour's My ways all strew'd with chorns, while. praise ! black Despair

And all thy theme be his redeeming grace! Would fill the measure of my days with

That shall employ in Heav'n my better

pow'rs! Oppress’d, çast down, and almost robb'd of That shall on earth solace my captive hope,

hours ! To the poor sinner's Friend I then look ; That shall my chartér be to worlds above ! Cast at his feet my burden and my griet,

And then no Heav’n I'll ask but Jesus' And there, and there alone, I find relief.

love !

G. R. He says to each rude passion, “ Peace,

be stil!;" And straight it yields obedience to his will.

THE DEW.DROP. 1 orders light where darkness reign'd before,

MARK the resplendent orb of day, And bids me disbelieve his love no more.

Early diffuse his orient ray, Ac his command my hope once more ap

Enliv'ning all around ! pears,

The dew, soft trembling, then is seen And flow'ry of Eden deck this vale of

On ev'ry beauteous spire of green
tears ;

That decorates the ground,
To Zion bound, refresh’d, 1 speed my way, As, if the op’ning scene invite
And travel on by nigist, as well as day. To hail his mild returning light,
At times I sing, but oft iny harp's un-

Each drop refulgence gains;
strung,

The prism's diverging colours tov, Or set to noces which captive Israel sung

On ev'ry humid bail we view, When they the Babylonian streams ex.

That clothes the verdant plains. plor'd,

But should the sun his glory shroud And Zion's loss in plaintive strains de

In some opaque obtruding cloud, plor'd.

Sovo is their beauty lost : Yet if niy anchor's cast within the vale,

So Christians, if their Lord remove, Tho' now oppos'd by many a boilt'ruus

The sudden loss of comfort prove, gale,

Nor longer beauty boast. My little vessel shall the storm outride,

Warn’d by the dew-drop's transient show, Nor fear a wreck, for Jesus is its guide. All self-depende.ice I forego, How oft has he been better than my fears, Nor trust my treach'rous heart. And with a promise check'd my flowe Jesus! to thee my soul would tly, ing tears,

Thou Son of rightcousness on high, Met my requeft, prevented my desire,

Thy quick’ning beams impart ! And turn'd to songs of praise my mournful lyre !

The smallest drop throughout the field But oh, what base returns my heart has

Will somewhat of sweet radiance yield,

Cheer'd by the rising day ; made!

So I, the meanest of thine own, How oft his love by coldness has been paid !

Dear Lord! would dwell before thy How oft I've sligheed, turn'd away my

throne,

And shine with borrow'd ray. face From all the invitations of his grace |

ANNITTS.

[ocr errors]
« ZurückWeiter »