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theless, hardly expected that so much occupying five columns of the paper, a indignation and abuse would have been full account of the Chapel question, heaped upon him as had been the case ; which caused his excitement. From that slander could have come from so this we learn that he had leased a piece many religious hodies ; nor did he of land in his own name, and aided by expect that the doctrines of the New voluntary contributions had erected a Church would have been so much mis- building thereon. A trust-deed had represented. It had been said that been prepared, but not executed. The they practically rejected the Divine change of the minister's religions senauthority of the Bible ; that they de- timents was followed by disturbance in graded Christ to the level of humanity; the congregation. “ The disturbance and exalted Swedenborg to the throne was caused chiefly by comparatively whence the Redeemer had been hurled ; new members, some of whom had joined that they denied the efficacy of prayer only five weeks before, and positively and the necessity of sanctification ; had not contributed a shilling towards that they disbelieved in the existence the building; and yet they could storm of the devil, and other things ; in a away about what should be done with word, that they were worse than infidels. their Church ! He had been called a traitor to the The Church was now practically truth, and been told that he had sold broken up. Legally, I could have done himself to the devil, and as a proof of what I chose with the chapel, but his apostacy and the speakers' near morally, as we had acted according to translation to heaven, the passage of the trust deed since its adoption, as Scripture in which it is stated that though it had been properly executed, before the last days shall come false I was bound still to act upon the advice prophets will arise and seduce even the of the trustees till the affair was wound elect was quoted. He was one of the up. It was resolved to sell the property false prophets, and the speakers were of by tender. The sale was to be a perthe elect. He had intended to give a fectly bonâ fide one. The tenders were sketch of the life and character of opened on September 28 in the presence Swedenborg, but time would not permit, of several representatives from the and he proposed to give one or more Wesleyan Church and the New Church, lectures on this subject. ' Swedenborg the only parties tendering; though rewas, however, a very different man to port has falsely said there were several what he was popularly supposed to be ; more. The Wesleyan tender was £355, and taking him for all in all, a purer, £300 for the debts on the building, and brighter, or loftier spirit never lived in £55 compensation ; that of the New the world."
Church was £601, 14s. 8d., the £301, The speaker next gave an exposition 14s. 8d. for compensation being based of some of the leading doctrines of the on a calculation of the difference between New Church and concluded by detailing a fair stipend and what I had actually the circumstances under which the received since the Church was founded ; building in which he was speaking had and for which they were prepared to passed into the hands of a congregation give me a second mortgage on the
ns professing the doctrines of property. It was moved that the tender the New Church. The audience which of the New Church, being highest, during the first part of the address, was should be accepted, and was carried pretty orderly, afterwards became most unanimously, the six votes including unruly, constantly interrupting the one from the opposition side. It will speaker with unseemly rem urks, and thus be seen that the New Church while Mr. Tyerman was speaking about obtained the building by open and the transfer of the building, a large honourable means ; and not in the secret portion of his hearers got into a state and unjust manner that slander has of almost frantic excitement, absolutely reported.” refusing to listen to his explanations, The Church which has had for some hooted him down, and altogether the years a footing in this colony seems now scene, occurring as it did in a place of to have the prospect of a more permanent worship, was most disgraceful.
establishment. Its walls, however, are This unruly conduct has led Mr. being built in troublous times. Its Tyerman to publish as an advertisement, members will need to exercise prudence
and circumspection, but guided in their work by the wise Master Builder, they will be able, we hope, to build up the Church in strength and glory.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE NEW CHURCH IN SCOTLAND, AND RE-OPENING OF CHURCH, PAISLEY.-On Friday evening, 18th Decenıber, the Annual Social Meeting of the New Church Societies in Scotland was held in Paisley.
This meeting has been held for many years past on the first Friday in September; but in this instance, was unavoidably postponed, in consequence of the repairs the Paisley Society were making on their house of worship.
Many friends were present from various parts of the country, and our little Church, which will now accommodate fully 300, was filled in every part.
Altogether it was a very pleasant, agreeable, and profitable meeting, and the manner in which our chairman, Mr. E. J. Broadfield of Accrington, did his part, contributed in no small measure to this happy result. Subjoined are two slips—the one, cut from the Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette of next morning's date, gives a general account of the meeting, and of what the Paisley friends have been doing; the other, from the Glasgow Evening Citizen, gives a concise idea of the internal appearance of the Church, which will be doubly interesting to those friends who remember what it was previously.
Jerusalem Church.-- Last night, the Annual Social Meeting of the New Church Societies in Scotland took place in the Church, 12 George Street, which has recently underwent a thorough transformation. The wall that formerly bounded the grounds surrounding the Church, both in George Street and Storrie Street, has been removed, aud a handsome parapet wall and railing substituted. The front of the building has likewise been greatly improved in appearance -- a central doorway having been formed, and the windows, formerly lighting the upper storey only, are now cut down to nearer the floor of the lower storey, lighting not only the Church, but also the entrance vestibule. From the entrance, a flight of handsome steps on each side conducts to the place of meeting, which formerly showed a central area, with slightly ascending side seats; but has
now been converted into a level floor, with seats constructed on the newest aud most approved plan. A recess has been formed at the upper end, where a platform for the preacher is erected, lighted at the back by three tall windows filled with stained glass. The front and side windows (the latter of which have also been lengthened to a more elegant shape than formerly) have their border panes filled with coloured glass. Two handsome three-light gas standards are placed at each end of the table on the platform, and a central and four-side gas pendants, elegant in their simplicity, hang from the roof, to light the place at night. The appearance of the place of meeting was of the most: pleasing kind, the ornamentation having been gone about with due attention to the general aspect of the whole. The table on the platform was decorated with vases of flowers; and tropical varities of broad - leaved and fan-shaped shrubs rested on the several windowsills.
“The annual gatherings, of which the above was one, are held in one or other of the towns in Scotland where the Societies are of some strength in point of numbers.
On the present occasion, there were representatives from different towns, including the chairman (Mr. E. J. Broadfield of Accrington); Mr. Thomas Downes, Glasgow; Mr. James Eadie, Glasgow ; Mr. James Aspin, Glasgow ; Mr. Joseph Barnes, Accrington ; Mr. Craigie, Kilmarnock; Mr. H. Cameron, Edinburgh ; Rev. J. F. Potts, Glasgow ; Mr. Allan Drysdale, Alloa ; Mr. S. Gracey, Greenock, etc. A number of the prominent members of the Church in Paisley occupied seats on the platform or amongst the audience, including Mr. David Gil. mour, Mr. David Speirs, Mr. David Fleming, etc. Amongst the audience, which quite filled the Church, we observed a number of well-known townsmen, with their families, belonging to other denominations.
“ The proceedings were commenced by praise accompanied on the harmonium, followed by prayer; after which tea was served in a sumptuous and excellent manner, and with some little aids to the convenience and comfort of the audience that might be adopted with advantage by other congregations that hold their soirees in churches.
The Chairman then made a speech, ány feeling of disappointment at the in which, after some allusion to the general design of the work is soon lost circumstances under which they were in admiration of its rich and glowing met, he referred to the apparently slow colour. The various hues are pure bespread of the distinctive principles of yond measure, and the effect of the their Church, so far as evidence was whole, as seen either in strong sunafforded by separate organisation ; but light or in the clear light of evening, is pointed out various features of the pres- peculiarly beautiful. The Church, it ent time to show how much their may be added, is now open for public opinions pervaded society, and were worship."--Glasgow Evening Citizen, productive of recognisable results. January 12.
“Mr. David Fleming afterwards On the Sunday following, the Church spoke on the good that might result was re-opened for public worship, by to society at large from the reception of Mr. E. J. Broadfield, who preached New Church truth; and addresses were morning and evening, and Rev. J. F. also delivered by Rev. J. F. Potts, Potts of Glasgow, in the afternoon. Mr. H. Cameron, and Mr. Allan Drys- In the morning, the command “ to dale.
build an altar of earth" was the subDuring the course of the evening, ject of an earnest and affectionate disa choir, led by Mr. R. Semple, sung a
course, ap riate to the occasion. In number of fine anthems, accompanied the afternoon, “The Mountain of the by the harmonium ; and services of House of Jehovah exalted above the tops fruit were occasionally handed round. of the Mountains.” In the evening, “Gog
“A vote of thanks to the chairman and Magog was taken up, and fur brought the proceedings to a close nished a good example of the manner in shortly before ten o'clock, in order that which the New Church interprets Scripthe numerous strangers might be able ture. For nearly an hour, Mr. B. was to leave the town by the late trains.” listened to with marked attention, the
“ The New Church,' Paisley. — large audience evidently highly pleased Several important alterations have been with the forcible, clear, and earnest recently made in the New Jerusalem manner in which he handled his subChurch, George Street, Paisley. The ject. interior of the building, which has been The attendance in the morning and entirely remodelled and seated with ele- afternoon was very good, about 150 gant pews, presents an airy, and at the would be present; but in the evening, same time a most compact appearance. the Church was quite filled. The colA new pulpit or reading desk has also lections in all amounting to the handbeen provided, the front of which is some sum of £173, 19s. 3 d. covered with a series of tasteful and We thank Mr. Broadfield for his appropriate ornaments. But the chief kindness in coming so far north to assist feature of the Church, as now restored, us, also the Accrington Society for is a window of stained glass which fills having spared Mr. B. on this occasion. the wall at the back of the pulpit. We may add, that we have continued This is divided into three panels, which the evening services, inaugurated by are the work of our townsmen, Messrs. Mr. Broadfield, with much success, the W. and J. J. Kier. (The two side Church being quite filled every evenwindows are designed by the above firm, ing-Mr. G. W. Baynham of Glasgow while the centre one is from a design having begun a series of lectures, which by Sir Noel Paton, R. S. A., presented are attracting some attention. R. to the Glasgow Society many years ago.) At first sight, something seems wanting
BIRMINGHAM.- On the evening of in the design of the window, the orna- Sunday, January 3, 1869, a Special ment and figure groups of the side Service, was held in the New Jerusalem panels being, if anything, rather defi- Church, Summer Lane, at which the cient in character, while a figure of greater number of the members and
Our Lord,' which occupies the centre friends of the three New Church Sociepanel, is almost tame in its simplicity ties attended by invitation, and to -the artist, Sir Noel Paton, having whom, after the service, the Sacrament obviously shrunk from any attempt at of the Lord's Supper was administered elaborate or even minute detail. But by the Rev. Edward Madeley, who had
kindly consented to officiate. Before commencing his sermon, the Rev. gen. tleman observed that the words, “What mean ye by this service ?” which the lawgiver of ancient Israel assured his people would be asked by their children, in regard to one of their representative ceremonies, might be an appropriate one at that moment, and therefore it would be well to offer a few words of explanation. It was at the suggestion of an esteemed lay minister, who had recently visited Birmingham, that an invitation was sent by the Society worshipping in Summer Lane to those in Cannon Street and Hockley, to join in a solemn service, on the evening of the first Sunday in the New Year, ard which had been accepted. It was felt that it would remove many prejudices and errors, enkindle within them that mutual love which should exist between them, nerve their hearts, and unite their energies in the one great aim which they all had in view. The subject of the discourse was found in Rev. iii. 20 : “Behold I stand at the door and knock.” It was shewn that the mind of man was in the Word frequently compared to a house or palace, having its corridors of thought, its halls of reason, its council cham bers of judgment and conscience, its imagery for the imagination, its storerooms of memory. But in the midst of this house or palace, in the highest story of it, was an inner chamber which the Lord ever reserved to Himself, and in which alone He could be present with man, if he opened the door of his heart, and admitted his Divine Guest. There, if he did so, was the table divinely spread, there the Divine Human beamed with eternal consolation, and heavenly sustenance satisfied the longing soul. After forcibly pointing out the necessity and value of this blessed change in all, the minister concluded, and the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was administered to nearly 120 communicants.
raise the remaining £140 within a given period.
The Society, since its commence ment, has had to struggle with many great and unforeseen difficulties, and the whole of the property is now placed in trust, and secured to the New Church. It is hoped that this appeal will meet with a kind response, and so enable the trustees to relieve themselves from their unpleasant position in being called upon to pay off the required amount.
EMBSAY.-On Saturday, Jan. 2d, 1869, the annual tea party of the Church at this village took place, when upwards of 150 partook of an excellent tea. The Chapel was neatly decorated with evergreens.
After tea a meeting was held, presided over by Mr. Stephen Mason, who gave a brief and appropriate address. Some pieces of music were sung by the choir in a superior manner. A song called the Vacant Chair, sung by Mr. Shacklock Mason, elicited much applause. Several speakers addressed the meeting, among them the Rev. R. Cadman of Grassington, a Wesleyan minister, who kindly favoured us with his presence.
The whole of the provisions for the party was presented by the members of the Society, so that a sum of £4, 5s. 10d. was realized in aid of the building fund the society is endeavouring to raise for the erection of a new school-room.
LIVERPOOL.- The members friends of the society in this town held their annual tea meeting and soiree on the evening of the 7th ultimo. About 200 sat down to an excellent tea provided by Mr. Johnson, who was well assisted by the ladies of the society. After tea the meeting, considerably augmented, resolved itself into one of instruction and amusement. The chair was taken by our old and respected friend, Mr. Pixton, and on the platform were the Rev. J. Hyde, the Rev. Alex. Gordon, Unitarian minister, Mr. Scotson of Manchester, Mr. Heywood of Waterloo and Mr. Goldsack, the minister of the society. The first part of the evening's entertainment consisted of addresses from the above gentlemen. The chairman in a short opening speech wished all present a very happy new year, and after alluding to the gratification afforded at so large an assemblage
BIRMINGHAM, HOCKLEY.-It will be seen from our advertising columns that a Bazaar is to be held at Easter next in connection with the above Society, the object being to liquidate an old debt of £200, incurred in the erection of the Schoolroom in 1860. £60 has been promised, on condition that the trustees
of friends, expressed his great pleasure at meeting the Rev. A. Gordon on the platform, and noted the fact as evidence of the advance of true Christianity and the improved position of the New Church. After stating that the length of the evening's programme would preclude any long speeches, he called on Mr. Goldsack, who in a few brief remarks disclaimed any intention of giving an address, and merely as their minister welcomed the gentlemen who were on the platform, and spoke a few words to the members and friends present in regard to the position and welfare of the society. The Rev. A. Gordon then gave a very pleasing address, followed by Mr. Heywood of Waterloo in a speech full of loving sentiments. After him Mr. Scotson and Rev. J. Hyde gave addresses full of instruction.
The second part of the entertainment consisted of songs and recitations, all of which were admirably rendered. It was one of the most successful meetings the Church here has ever had. We hope it may contribute to the unity and strength of the Society, and do much towards building up the Church in this large and fine town.
considerable satisfaction. A plentiful dessert, of various fruits, was supplied. As a part of the evening's enjoyment, two "Christmas trees” were introduced; these were loaded with a great number of fancy and tasteful articles, got up and supplied by some of the ladies of the congregation, and the result was nearly £15. On the morning of the same day, the treasurer of the church left a kind and complimentary note at the residence of the minister, the Rev. E. D. Rendell, presenting him with the handsome sum of £500, as a mark of the esteem and respect of the friends by whom it was contributed. In March next, Mr. Rendell will have been the minister of the church in Preston for 25 years."
PRESTON.— The following notice of the Christmas festivities of the society in this town is from the Preston Chronicle :-“On the evening of Christmas Day, the usual tea party in connection with this church was held in the school-room, which was neatly decorated for the occasion with evergreens and mottoes. The arrangements for tea were abundant and well appointed. A new tea service, of neat design, consisting of several hundred pieces, having the monogram of the church engraved on each piece, was presented by Mr. Parkinson, the superintendent of the school. The service was supplied by Mr. Aston, of Fishergate. After tea, prizes of books, of various interest and value, were distributed, with suitable remarks by the minister, to twenty-one of the Sunday scholars. Encouraging speeches were delivered by some of the friends, and several pieces of music were sung with
Obituary. On the 30th of July, Mr. Daniel Wilson, aged 76, one of the oldest members of the church in Edinburghan earnest and upright man. During an illness of nearly four years, which he bore with exemplary patience, the Word and the writings were his almost constant companions. On the night of his departure, while suffering under great trial, he prayed that the Lord would enable him to be resigned to His will, shortly after which he was released from the tribulations of the world, to enter into rest in the kingdom of his Saviour.
On the 13th of January 1869, Leonard Terry, Esq. of Scarborough', after a short but severe illness, was removed into the spiritual world, aged 85. He was for more than 65 years an earnest receiver of the doctrines of the New Church, and carried them into daily practice. Mr. Terry was one of the last links between the present and
the early receivers of the doctrines. He was intimately acquainted with the Revs. Mr. Clowes and Dr. Coulthurst, and other early members, and a subscriber to the Intellectual Repository from its commencement. His exemplary Christian character and gentlemanly deportment caused him to be greatly respected by all who knew him, and deeply lamented by his family and friends.