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of adult baptisms took place at the evening service, and at Hammersmith the sacrament of the Holy Supper was administered by the Rev. E. Madeley. All the services of which we have received notice were impressive and interesting. At most of the places the attendance was over their average num ber, and the proceedings were through out such as to encourage the hope of usefulness to the Church in this large metropolis.

CONFERENCE TEA PARTY. This annual party of the Conference was held in the Church recently purchased at Kensington. Upwards of 410 persons assembled to tea, and over 600 were present after tea. The body of the Church was comfortably filled, and a sprinkling of friends occupied the spacious gallery. Hymns suited to the occasion were printed and circulated in the assembly. The interest of the meeting was heightened by the presence of strangers from distant parts, as well as friends from all parts of the country. The inscription upon the building, “JESUS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, AND THE KING OF ISRAEL,” was selected as the general subject for discussion, and branches of the subject, together with the names of the speakers, were printed and circulated on a small handbill. The meeting was such as to attract attention in the neighbourhood and respectful notice by the public press. Weare happy in being able to give a condensed report of the proceedings.

The Rev. Dr. BAYLEY, on taking the chair, remarked that the etiquette of Conference at this Thursday evening's meeting was, that the President should take the chair, but on this occasion the President felt himself too pressed with important business to do so without serious inconvenience, and he had requested the present Chairman to preside and relieve him in this respect. He welcomed the meeting in the new place of worship so commodious, and so noble in all respects. He congratulated the meeting on its numerous and enthusiastic character, and he felt confident that the evening would be one which all would remember with delight. There were several circumstances which were known to those who had been more intimately acquainted with the particulars connected with this new

acquisition, which were striking indications of the working of Divine Providence in relation toit. Twelve months ago, said Dr. Bayley, I was hunting up and down in Kensington for a place in which to deliver some lectures, but none could be had. One chapel was quite unused, but was refused. Little did I imagine this noble building would so soon be at our disposal. It is a case similar to the one when the two disciples went at the divine command to seek the ass, and the colt, the foal of

The Lord said, if any man ask you what you do, say “ The Lord liath need of him." The Lord had need of this place, and here it is

. Then look at the inscription on the front, Christ the head of the Church, and the King of Israel. We shall now without doubt put the crown of undi. vided royalty on the Saviour's glorious head, and hail Him in this place as King and Lord of all. The speakers to-night willin several ways illustrate the various branches of this great truth, and to them I will now entrust it to unfold the divine character of our blessed Saviour, who is God over all, blessed for ever.

Rev. E. D. REN LL said that the first principle of religion is the knowledge and acknowledgment of God. For this knowledge we must go to the Word of God, and seek also an extensive acquaintance with its teaching. It is not in any one passage or in any one set of passages that we can find this knowIedge. That Christian faith may be. come an intelligent faith, it must be enlightened by an extended knowledge of the truths of the Word. God has from the earliest ages manifested him. self to man. His first appearance was to Adam. Subsequently He appeared to the patriarchs. Whenever seen He appeared in a humanity. If we think of the infinite apart from the human, we shall find that we are thinking of nothing. In the many manifestations made to his people under the older dispensations, He appeared as an angel, whence He is called “the angel of His presence. Angels are men in a glori. fied form ; and these manifestations of the Lord were the appearances of the Divine Human before the incarnation. But as society sunk into wickedness and error, they separated themselves from the Lord, and in the fulness of time

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that men might not perish, Jehovah The problem of salvation is not how to appeared as Jesus, the Divine descended escape hell, or to creep through some into the human, God appeared as man. pigeon hole into heaven as an outward Appearances were against this Divine paradise, but how the soul is to be Human, but as these appearances were brought again into a living relationship removed, all the angelic hosts acknow- with the Being from whom it has been ledged · Him.

The preaching in this separated, and this can only be done in Church will be to maintain this truth Christ. of a Divine Human Saviour, and to

The Rev. R. STORRY said the Chairproclaim Him to the world.

man has introduced to us the subject of Rev. Mr. WALTERS- The motions the sovereignty of the Saviour. Îhis is and thoughts in my mind are conflict- matter of distinct scriptural announceing. If I could express my deepest ment. It is predicted in the prophets, feelings they would be burning hot in and repeated in the Gospels and the love to Christ. My position at this A pocalypse. But in view of this great ineeting is strange and mysterious. fact, the objection with which the This Church was erected for a Baptist Saviour was reviled not unnaturally congregation, and I, a Baptist minister, rises to the mind—“If He be the King am addressing you on the highest sub- of Israel, let Him descend from the ject of New Church theology. In the

If the entire creation is denatural order of things I should have pendent upon His influent Spirit, and been addressing a Baptist congregation in His extremity He could command on baptism ; but, in the divine order of twelve legions of angels, why should things, I am led to address you on the He submit to sufferings ? The suffergrandest object of spiritual Christianity. ings of Christ were matter of revelation If asked by my own dear people, how and historic fact. To understand the it is that I am thus employed, I should cause and trace the consequences of say that I am telling you what I have these sufferings was of the highest imtold them, that the Lord Jesus Christ portance in the formation of an enis the one only Jehovah. The New lightened faith. The sufferings of Church teaches, and is the only body Christ attained their climax in Geththat does teach, the true Godhead of semane and on the Cross, and a thoughtJesus. This it is which unites me to ful examination of these fearful scenes you. We are united to the same Lord. of sorrow would show that they were We recognise together the divinity of of the nature of conflict and temptathe humanity of Christ. The New tion. In Gethsemane the sufferings are Church again is the only Christian or- described as an agony, in which He ganization that has formed definite ideas sweat as it were large drops of blood. of the prophecies of the Apocalypse. The word agony was an untranslated What

you call the Old Church makes word. It denoted the contortions and the saine mistake in relation to these writhings of a wrestler engaged in a prophecies that the Jews did in relation conflict, in which was victory or death. to those of a former time. The Lord And the narrative disclosed this enemy descended and fulfilled former pro- as the power of darkness—“This is phecies without their knowledge ; and your hour and the power of darkness." again He is fulfilling prophecy and men It was the concentrated effort of hell to know it not. The New Jerusalem, defeat the great purpose of the Lord's however, can only descend upon the descent into the world.

The same earth as it descends into regenerate lesson is taught by Calvary, on which souls. The regenerate soul has realized was heard the despairing cry of the the Lord's Second Coming, and as all human to the divine—“My God, my men recognise this they will be brought God, why hast Thou forsaken Me.” into the grand organization of the true These were the commencing words of Church

the living body of Christ. the 22d Psalm-a Psalm which deWhat use, it is said, is there in the scribed the Lord's conflicts in language doctrine of the Trinity and in preaching which clearly indicated the enemies abstract truth? I believe the most

with whom He had to contend. The practical doctrine of spiritual Christiani

bulls of Bashan, which gaped upon ty is the doctrine of the Trinity as re

Him with their mouth as a ravening vealed in the Godhead of Jesus Christ. and a roaring lion, the dogs that com


passed Him, and the assembly of the wicked that inclosed Him, could only represent the spirits of darkness whom He overcame, and from whom He delivered His people.

The Rev. Mr. REED, of Boston, U.S., was next introduced to the meeting, and in the course of a pleasing and impressive address, said — The object before us is to lift up our souls to Him to whom we desire to dedicate this house in which we are assembled. We would have our souls lifted to Him and would join in the song of the angels and say, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour, and glory and blessing: It is a remarkable circumstance that the minds of men are turned everywhere as never before to this great subject. Books, such as “Ecce Homo,” behold the Man, “Ecce Deus,” behold God, letters from every quarter, earnest men, like Robertson of Brighton, seeming to wear themselves out in trying to solve this strange personage.

Is it not strange that after eighteen centuries men are again asking with renewed intensity of interest, What think ye of Christ? The question comes when the answer is ready, “ Have I been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known Me?” What He said to Philip He says to me, He says to all, “ He that hath seen

Me hath seen the Father.” There is the answer required. “ Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me.” The Father was in Him reconciling the world to Himself. Those who desire a nearer approach to God will only be satisfied with these words, “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father. But these words have a double meaning The disciples saw Him with their bodily eyes, we see Him with the understanding—we see Him more truly. When we see Him, when we look to Him and pray to Him, we are looking to the Father in the Humanity, and there is no other way of going to the Father. There are many aspects in which to look to Him. Swedenborg has said that God became Man and Man-God in one person. In the doctrines of the New Church we are able to understand both these sides of the person of the Lord. When we are thinking of the divinity of His humanity we may lose some lessons

He has taught us. How near He appears to us when we think that He has passed through all we pass through. Little children in their little trials, great to them though small to ushave a very real idea of Christ. He is 110 abstraction to them. They think of Him and they love Him. And we also as we pass through our trials are to be drawn closely to Him as our present Saviour and loving Father.

Rev. W. WOODMAN said-Christ is revealed as the head of the Church. Christians have not sufficiently considered the teaching of Paul that He is the head of the body, so that the Church receives from her Divine Head vital influences corresponding to those which the body receives from the brain. The Church without Christ is a headless body; and what is a headless body but a corpse? Christ is the Resurrection. The idea of the resurrection is com: monly confined to the idea of the resurrection of the body.

Scripture speaks only of the resurrection of the soul. The body never lives, it is the soul that lives in the body and animates it with its presence. When the soul is withdrawn from the body we are said to die, but man never dies; the soul rises immediately after the death of the body into a world for which it is fitted and prepared. The Resurrection, however, is a character ascribed to the Lord. There is but one life and that is in the Lord. The soul is not life, but an organized vessel receiving life from its one fountain. It is the Divine life which animates the soul and gives us the power of affection and thought. God is the very life itself. “ In Him we live and move and have our being.” The Lord Jesus Christ is this life. He says: “I am the

way, the truth, and the life;" and as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself.” As there is only one life, and that life is God, these words clearly prove that Christ is God. There are two aspects in Christ—the Divine and the Human. If we pursue the Divine we are lost in infinity. It is only in the human we can think of God-not, indeed, in a finite but an infinite human. We read of Christ as love. God is love, and life is the activity of love. It is as love that He is the Resurrection. There is no power so

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attractive, so irresistible as love. “I, if I be lifted up,” said the Lord, draw all men unto Me."

Rev. Dr. HIBBARD, of Chicago, next addressed the meeting, selecting as his subject the Lord Jesus Christ as the universal King of the universal Church. The prophecy and the promise concerning the New Church is, that “In that day the Lord shall be King over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Lord and His name one." This prophecy of Zechariah has begun to be fulfilled. That day points to this day. Assembled from the four quarters of the earth in this metropolis of the world, we meet together on this basis

- That the Lord Jesus Christ is the only God of heaven and earth. The declaration of the inscription placed over the head of the Saviour on the cross is what has brought us here. This title, written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin-the three crystallised languages in which the revelations of divine truth have been made to the Church-is claiming fulfilment in this day, when the Lord has again come and again been crucified in that great city which is Sodom and Egypt. When the Lord came and was rejected, then was set up the inscription, “ Jesus of Nazareth the King of the Jews.” It is the accusation of His death. Death means resurrection, and these words signify to all hereafter ages that He is the everlasting and risen King of the Church. The Old Testament in Hebrew, the New Testament in Greek, and their unfolding in Latin, all testify that He is King of the Jews. not Jews, however, who are called Jews, but he is a Jew who is one inwardly in the spirit. The inscription has in it therefore, more than we suppose. It has in it a prophecy of the Church of all the future ages-a New Jerusalem which is coming down from God out of heaven, of which we all here are witnesses. This is to bind men in one universal Church of which the acknowledgment of the Lord, the holiness of the Word, and the life of charity, are the distinguishing features. To cheer each other onward in the dissemination and the life of these three great central doctrines are we assembled. Our work is one, as the Church for which we labour, and the Lord in whosel vineyard we are employed are olie. Why are we all here so much at

home? Why do I a stranger, one thousand miles away from the eastern coast of my own country, feel so completely at home? It is because the doctrines of the New Church, have come down from God out of heaven to me, and they have also come down froin God out of heaven to you. Whether I preach on the prairies of America, or our brother in Scandinavia, or Senor Scocia in the sunny plains of Italy, or you in England, we are engaged in one work, and are the servants of one Master, who is God over all. The Lord Jesus is our King, His country is our country, His subjects are our fellow-citizens, brethren of the same family and heirs of the same inheritance.

Mr. GUNTON was next introduced to the meeting, and in a short address described the circumstances under which the Church had been presented to the Conference, and dwelt upon the importance and value of external things to promote the growth of things in. ternal. Difficulties were foreseen and anticipated, but did not produce discouragement. The hope of those who had taken part in the purchase was to make it a centre of usefulness and blessing

At a few minutes after nine the meeting was closed by the Chairman with the usual benediction.

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MISSIONARY AND TRACT SOCIETY.The following interesting items of intelligence were communicated to the Committee at their last meeting. A correspondent from Wilton writes,

The Rev. Mr. H. took the precaution a few Sundays since to warn his hearers with tears against the New Church as being a set of heretics denying a Trinity, Atonement, Resurrection, &c. One of his parishioners wrote him a letter showing how he had misrepresented our views, and desiring him to correct his statements. Mr. H. had the manly courage to do so, and announced in his Church that he had spoken without knowing what our doctrines were, a notice which will do us no harm. It is also intended to discuss the claims of Swedenborg as a religious teacher at the Baptist Church, and one of their leading members is to introduce the subject.

Another correspondent writing from Shields says, “I have found the

doctrines of the New Church to be and unless an additional £100 can be much more widely diffused than I at realised by subscription the Society will first supposed. For instance, a reformed be compelled to borrow a larger sum French priest writing in the True than is thought advisable if it can be Catholic, a Low Church periodical, avoided. Subscriptions, therefore, howstates that a great many Romish priests ever small, are earnestly solicited to be in France secretly hold and teach the forwarded either to Mr. Rhodes, leader doctrines of Swedenborg. Again, in a of the Deptford Society, or to Mr. Gun. small volume of poems lately issued by ton, Treasurer of Conference. a well known publishing firm, and

Births. edited and written by an eminent Low Churchman, I met with several papers

On the 23 July, at the residence of touching on the nature of Christ, the

her mother, 35 Penton Place, Mrs.

Milton Smith of a female child still. doctrines of the Trinity, and future

born. rewards and punishments, which agree entirely with the doctrines of the New

On the 5th of August, at 98 Offord Church.”

Road, Barnsbury, London, the wife of It is now under the consideration of

Mr. W. Spear of a son. the Committee to have a course of

Marriages. lectures delivered by Dr. Bayley at the On June 29th, at the New Jerusalem Church at the Mall, Kensington, in Church, Accrington, by Mr. E. J. reply to those delivered by Mr. Voysey Broadfield, B.A., Henry Gibson, second at St. George's Hall, on the character

son of Mr. Henry Cunliffe, to Alice of our Lord, and the inspiration of the Ann, elder daughter of Mr. Nicholas Bible.

Waddington. DEPTFORD—Opening and Consecra- At Embsay, on Monday, Aug. 14th, tion of the New Church.After a severe by Mr. R. B. Swinburue, Mr. John and protracted struggle, the Deptford Davy to Miss Sarah Ann Mason. Society has at length realised the object At the New Jerusalem Church, Old of its wishes, in having obtained its Lane, Worsley, by Mr. T. Mackereth, much needed new place of worship, a

Mr. J. Newton to Miss Ann Hall, short description of which appeared in

both of Worsley. This being the first our June number; to which we will marriage at the Church, and both being only add that now, the church is fin- members of the Society, the bride and ished it has elicited the admiration of bridegroom were presented with a all who have seen it, and is declared to handsome family Bible and New Church be an ornament to the neighbourhood

Services. and a credit to Mr. Gosling the archi

Obituary. tect. The consecration and opening Mrs. Pilkington, on the 5th of May, took place on Sunday, Aug. 13, when at the residence of her daughter Mrs. Dr. Bayley read the dedication service Sowey, of Brooke's Bar, near Manand the Rev. John Hyde preached in chester, in the 78th year of her age, the morning from the significative words Mary Pilkington, widow of the late in John xvi, 12 and 25. In the even- Rev. Thomas Pilkington, of Hasling; ing the Rev. R. Storry preached from den, passed peacefully into the eternal Rev. xxi. 9 to 11. Both discourses world. Her remains were interred at were well suited to the occasion, were Haslingden. For many years, in the ably delivered, gave great satisfaction early existence of the Haslingien to the members and friends of the Society, Mrs. Pilkington received and Church, and made a very favourable entertained nearly all the preachers impression upon the strangers present. who came, and her wise interest in all The congregations were very good, that was good and true, and cheerful especially in the morning, when many encouragement to every effort for the of the London friends, together with advance of the Lord's Church, imsome visitors to Conference staying in pressed those who had the advantage London, were present. The collections of her acquaintance that she was a true amounted to £13, 4s. 4d. Mr. Gunton mother in Israel. Her children revered also received during Conference from and loved her, and her memory to them several friends £13, 11s., making a will be for ever surrounded with a halo total of £26 15s. 4d. There still re- of all the virtues which constitute the mains a large amount to be made up; character of a true Christian mother.


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