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Mount Zion CHAPEL, HILL STREET, DOR
SET SQUARE.- ANNIVERSARY AND RE-
This honoured sanctuary, so long highly favoured with manifest tokens of Divine goodness, is still, under the blessing of God, “the place where His honour dwell. eth,” and still He remembers his gracious promise, “Wheresoever I record My name, I will come unto you and bless you.” A numerous congregation meet from Sab. bath to Sabbath, banded together in love to the truth and its Author. The word is received with thankfulness, and blessings follow the labours of the unworthy writor.
Like most of our chapels, Mount Zion has undergone several changes. The people at first were few and weak-handed, and it was no small effort for them to secure the site and build the place. The copious blessing of God upon the labours of the revered Mr. John Foreman, however, encouraged the people to successive efforts for the improvement of the chapel. A gallery became necessary, vestries were added, and some fifteen years since a handsome roof was built, rising in the centre ten feet above the old one, affording the ventilation which had been so long desired.
Yet another change has now been effected. Two new entrances with porches have the place of the incon. venient centre one. A new baptistery, raised above the floor, will enable the congregation to witness the ordinance in comfort. The old pews have been replaced by new and commodious ones throughout, and the entire building renovated and cleansed. The whole will cost £1,100 or £1,200.
This will probably be the last alteration of importance that will be attempted at Mount Zion.
The chapel was re-opened for worship on Lord's-day, March 21st, when two sermons were preached by the pastor, and collections amounting to nearly £90 were made.
On Good-Friday, March 26th, the usual anniversary services were held, when Mr. J. Hazelton preached a most excellent sermon from 1 John iii. 5. The afternoon sermon was, as usual, by the pastor, and that in the evening by Mr. J. S. Anderson, from Exod. xii. 13.
A good company assembled at each service, and the collections amounted to
£40. It was, indeed, a day long to be remembered.
AVENUE CHAPEL, CAMDEN Town. On Monday, March 29th, we were favoured to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Mr. W. H. Evans' settlement with us, as pastor, and in doing so, desire that the praise should be given to him who alone is the source, substance, and perfection of all prosperity:
In the afternoon Mr. Anderson, of Deptford, preached to a good congrega. tion, from Colossians iii. 1 : “ If ye then be risen with Christ,” &c. The other por. tions of the service were conducted by Mr. Box, of Soho.
At the evening service every part of the chapel and aisles was full, the schoolroom and vestry being brought into use for the accommodation of those who could not find room in the chapel.
After Mr. Waite had sought for the divine blessing, the pastor, as chairman, took for the foundation of his remarks 1 Cor. ii. 1–5, observing that through grace he could claim these words of the apostle as his own.
The providential orderings of God had withheld from him to a great extent many advantages of an educational character, but having been thrust into public life, he had been a learner all through its course, and was a learner still, but through divine help he had ever found, that as circunistances arose he had been fitted for every position into which the Lord had led him, at the same time the consciousness of his own imperfections made him the subject of many fears and tremblings.
His desire had ever been, and still was, to know nothing amongst his people but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. With this he had commenced his ministry, with it he came amongst the friends at the Avenue, with it he had kept on, and the subject was not exhausted— The Person is Infinite, and His glories unsearchable."
The past year had witnessed the extinction of their chapel debt, and he ven. tured to think that what had been done at Avenue might be accomplished elsewhere through hearty co-operation and steady determination.
Their history, as a cause, might be placed before the public in one word, " Pro
Not of an exciting character; it was not so; nor did they wish for it; but gradual healthy progression, with abiding results. A good work wae going on, and, above all things as a church, they were anxious that it should be developed ac
Our prayer is “Let not the foot of pride come against us, let not the hand of the wicked remove us."
Camden Town, April 12th, 1880.
cording to the power and will of that Spirit who alone builds up Zion, and gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
As a pastor he was living in the esteem and affections of his people, irrespective of age or station in life ; and whether in the Sunday - school, congregation, or church, ahere was every cause for him to say, “The Lord hath done great things for us ;' and it was their soul's desire that he alone should have the praise.
The subject for the evening's meditatation was Spiritual Husbandry.
Mr. Masterson spoke upon the Spirit's operations in the heart, as the necessary ploughing preparatory to the sowing of the seed.
Mr. Box drew attention to the influences of saving grace as illustrated by the green blade.
Mr. Dawson spoke on the permanent and increasing power of spiritual life as set forth in the growing ear.
Mr. Flack took up the subject under the head of Planting; first dwelling upon the deepening and establishment of the soul in that which is of God, and the uprooting of that which is of the world.
Mr. Meeres led us on to the completion of the work, as seen in the ripening har
and Mr. Myerson closed up the subject in the honour brought to Jehovah in the complete success of his own work: taking for the foundation of his remarks the words in Rev. iv. 11., “ Thou art worthy, O Lord,” &c.
One of the deacons then came on the platform, and read a short letter to the pastor, from the teachers and scholars in the school, begging his acceptance of a very handsome pulpit Bible and reading lamp, which was then presented by one of the male teachers, and collector for the school.
The presentation took the chairman by surprise, and, in accepting the gift, he assured his friends that while he appreciated their kindness, he was quite at a loss for words sufficiently to thank them; his best thanks would be in saying, “ May God bless the givers, and anything further he would defer saying till Sunday after. noon, when he would, if spared, come and have a little talk with them in the school.
A vote of thanks was passed to the deaconesses and lady friends for the able management of the tea, and, with hearty "good nights,” the meeting broke up.
HoXTON. SPECIAL services were held at Bethel Chapel, Newton-street, on Lord's-day, March 21, in aid of the Building Fund; when Mr. Osmond, our pastor, preached morning and evening, and Mr. Lawrence, of Bermondsey, in the afternoon. On the following Tuesday, March 23, a tea and public meeting was held, at which the chair was taken by our pastor, who, after Brother Copeland, had sought the Divine blessing, gave in his address a financial statement of the building fund. Although not progressing so favourably as we could desire in that respect, owing to a long period of commercial depression, we rejoice that we have been preserved in peace, in unity, and in the bonds of the Spirit. Our Brother Meeres addressed us upon the subject of “Christ the Chief. est ;' Brother G. Webb, upon Horn of Salvation;” Brother Dearsly upon “ The Image of God ;” Brother W. Webb, upon the “Root of David ;” Brother Lawrence, upon
“ The Shepherd_of 9' and Brother Brown, upon Triumph of Saints.”
On Thursday, April 1, two sisters were baptized, and on the following Lord'scandidates have declared themselves on the Lord's side, and desire to be united with us.
The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we rejoice and are glad.
EBENEZER CHAPEL, NEW END, HAMP
STEAD. Mr. James Foreman, from Little Alie. street, having supplied here for the past nine months, the Lord having blessed his work of love by the ingathering of several precious souls, both out of the world, and from other churches, the church gave him a unanimous invitation to take the pastorate, which he has accepted, and commenced his stated labours on the first Lord's-day in April.
Zion CHAPEL, Heaton Road, Peckham
Rye. We had a goodly gathering of friends here on Good Friday afternoon, when our esteemed pastor preached a profitable and instructive sermon, from Cor. i. 5–7: “For even Christ our Passover is sacri. ficed for us.” At the close of the afternoon service a large number of friends sat down to tea.
A public meeting was held in the evening, our pastor presiding; when cheering addresses were given by our Brethren Osmond, Oakey, and Kempston; after which was was brought to a close a very happy and Christian meeting.
ORFORD HILL, NORWICH. We rejoice to be able to say our covenant God is faithful; the dew of heaven is felt in our midst. The Lord is leading in one by one ; more than twenty have been drawn into the little garden here : plants, we trust, of His own right hand planting. May they bloom as the rose to the praise of our Triune Jehovah.
W. E. P.
grace would certainly be answered. He thanked God that we ever had him among us, and for what He had made him. He spoke of the value of the society, re. gretted the deficiency in the number of the subscribers, and after addressing the meeting on the “Gentleness of Jesus," very cordially moved the adoption of the report, saying that it did credit to the secretary, and honour to the society.
Br. Anderson in seconding, said that the subject he had to speak upon was, “ Taking sorrow to Jesus." God takes away many an earthly prop, and closes every ear that we might take our sorrows to Him. However great and bitter, it was a real mercy if it was the means of bringing us to Jesus. He concluded by saying, that it was our mercy that we may take them, He will consider them, perfectly understands them, and will help us : for i He is able to save to the uttermost."
Br. J. T. Briscoe followed, speaking of the society as Christ-like, the key note being sympathy, he pledged his own hearty sympathy with it, and said that there were indications of the Lord's blessing, and of spiritual results; the society expected such results, and obtained them.
We must come boldly to the throne of grace; we could do nothing without Jesus. The society was Christ's representative; it helped the helpless, and made temporal help lead to spiritual instruction. The report showed that the power of Gud was proved ;
and he recommended the friends to go on trusting in the Lord for help.
Br. Dearsly spoke in warm terms of our departed brethren, and recommended the friends to wait on the Lord.
Br. W. Webb, in reference to the usefulness of the society, said, that while we had to bless God for good received, we should endeavour to do good to others.
S. J. W.
LITTLE ALIE STREET, WHITECHAPEL.
The 66th anniversary of the Sick Visiting Society was held on Thursday, April 8th. After the usual tea the pastor, Mr. C. Masterson, took the chair at the public meeting. The ministers present were-our late pastor. Mr. P. Dickerson, Messrs. Anderson, J. T. Briscoe, W. Webb, and Dearsly. After singing and prayer, the pastor briefly addressed the meeting, and called upon the secretary to read the report, which shewed that during the past year 330 visits had been paid to 83
persons, and the sum of £33 distributed. Death had removed two of the brethren, viz., Mr. W. Bear, our late highly esteemed treasurer, who had devoted his best energies to the work, and was called away, as it were, in the midst of his labours; and Br. Fereday, also a member of the com. mittee, and who had been for a long period a useful visitor of the sick.
Br. Dickerson spoke feelingly of the loss sustained by the removal of the brethren mentioned ; and went on to say that our Br. Bears' logs would never be healed as long as he lived, and expressed his conviction that the thousands of prayers sent up by him to the throne of
BAPTIST CHAPEL, TUNSTALL, SUFFOLK.
On Good Friday, March 26, 1880, two excellent sermons were preached by Brother Forman, of March. Between the services 450 sat down to tea; it was the largest meeting we have known. On the previous Lord's-day, N. Garrett, Esq., & liberal churchman, was worshipping with us, and at the close of the service told our pastor he would repair and paint the outside of the chapel at his own cost. This is not the first kind act shown by the above to the Suffolk Baptists.
i That Blessed hope."
“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and
our Saviour Jesus Christ."--Titus ii. 13.
HERE is, in the first place, a two-fold object,—“That blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; and secondly ,here is an act described, -looking. The two-fold object is—
1st. That blessed hope.
There is something very expressive and comprehensive in these three words, that blessed hope." It is hope—a blessed hope—and that blessed hope. The emphasis must be laid upon the word “ that," and all that is included therein I apprehend no tongue can tell. The question arises, what is intended by the words, “ that blessed hope ?” The apostle evidently does not refer to hope as a. grace. This is a very blessed reality, a good hope through grace, wrought in the heart by the Holy Ghost. It is a treasure ; it is a part and parcel of our salvation ; for we are saved by hope. This hope, however, is in the heart of the vessel of mercy as the anchor is in the ship, and forms a necessary part of the vessel, being attached to the vessel by the cable. Thus precious faith and precious hope, as graces, are united, and both so really one with the soul of the believer, that all must be lost together if the believer is lost—if the vessel of mercy could become a wreck; but this is impossible. This hope the apostle describes as an anchor of the soul. Which hope we have. This hope we are not looking for, because we have it in possession, and learn its use and value while sailing on the stormy sea of time. This hope, as an anchor, entereth into that within the veil; grasps and holds on Christ; and Christ, the eternal Rock, holds fast and firm this believing, God-wrought hope. This anchor is proved by various storms and tempests to be good; and so is the ground on which it anchors. Both are sure and stedfast; but neither the grace of hope, nor the foundation on which a good hope rests, is exactly the blessed hope described in our text. What, then, is the meaning of the apostle, and what is the nature of the hope here looked for? It is evident it is something to come, something in prospect, something looked for; and as it stands connected with the glorious appearing of the great God our Saviour, I take this blessed hope to embrace and mean heaven, eternal glory, a state of blissful perfection ; that which faith and hope have in view, and which, when realised and gained, will be the great climax of all that hope, with all its grace-expanded powers, could expect—the full and everlasting fruition of a gracious hope. "That blessed hope" comprises all that God has prepared for, and promised to his saintsan inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. It is the full and everlasting possession of a grace-given inheritance. We are begotten to a lively hope, says Peter, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, to this.“Be sober, therefore," he says, “and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you, at the revelation of Jesus Christ. This is the blessed
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hope in our text-the glory that is to come, the grace that is to be brought There is grace in its highest form to come, in its fullest manifestation to be brought unto us, when Christ shall appear in His glory. It will be the full manifestation and possession of that glorious life we have in Christ; that life which is now to a great extent hid and concealed. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory." Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Here are things hoped for. Now what are they? Well, all God has promised in His word; and they are exceeding great and precious things. Faith believes in their existence, and hope, as an expectant grace, looks out for the possession and enjoyment of them. The apostle Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans (viii. 18), speaks of a glory which shall be revealed in us. " For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Here is a manifestation and a revelation to be made; and what is this but the entrance into, and full possession of the prepared kingdom and glory given us in Christ before the world was.
The apostle further describes in the same connection what is included in this glorious revelation, namely," the redemption of our body," waiting for the adoption; that is, the blessed results of rich adopting grace. We were constituted sons before the world began, “Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will." We received the nature of our Father when we were regenerated, and then actually became sons. “ Because ye are sons God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father,” so that, as the beloved John says, “Now are we the sons of God; but it doth not yet appear what we shall be ; but we know that when He shall appear we shall be like
; Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” This, then, is that blessed hope, the object looked for, the open and clear manifestation of the sons of God. Redemption in its full completion, body and soul in a glorified condition like Him, and with Him. “ I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." All the grace and all the glory that was given us in Christ is to be brought to us by Christ. This is the climax of gracious hope, and a blessed hope indeed it is. This is that of which the apostle writes to the church at Colosse.
“For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven;" all the unsearchable riches of Christ; all the covenant goodness of God. “Oh how great is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee, which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men.”. This is the matter or object of a good hope. “Knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance”-a solid reality, and that which shall for ever endure. 6.-Rejoicing in hope of the glory of God;" and this glory is said to be a weight, an eternal weight, an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. “The glory which thou gavest me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one." We are now perfect in Christ. Then our Christ will be relatively perfect-perfect in all His members, and all His members eternally perfect in Him; the whole family perfect and complete. “Here am I and the children whom thou hast given me." One unbroken family--not a child missing, not a seat empty, not a mansion vacant, not a want unmet, not a wish unsatisfied, not a desire unrealised ; the great and godlike end for which we were predestinated accomplished, namely, perfect conformity to our great Head