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the house of Israel; therefore hear the word people, and that you are really interested in at my mouth, and give them warning from the truths you declare. Unless you are me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt influenced by love to your people, you are surely die; and thou givest him not warning, not likely to reach their hearts; and unless nor speakest to warn the wicked from his you show that you are interested in your wicked way, to save his life the same wicked subject, you are not likely to gain their atman shall die in his iniquity; but his blood tention. Why is it,' said a bishop to a will I require at thine hand.' Remember distinguished actor, 'that people flock to also, dear brother, that the great qualifica. hear you recite your fietions, and so few tion you need to stimulate and sustain you come to hear us discourse on the most moin your work is love to Christ in your own mentous truths ?' The reply is worthy of soul, a love ever kept in lively exercise by a being remembered. You speak your truths felt sense of his pardoning mercy and sancti. as if they were fictions; we rehearse our fying and comforting grace. When Isaiah fictions as if they were truths.' And now I had experienced the Lord's mercy, he heard pass on to say a word or two about your the voice of the Lord saying, ' Who will go pastoral work. It is an important part of for us, and whom shall I send ?' and he re- your work to visit your people, that you sponded with devoted alacrity. “Here am I, may become acquainted with them, and may send me;' and when the Saviour was about give to them instruction and consolation to give Peter his commission, he put the suited to their circumstances. In all your question, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou intercourse with your people make it manime more than these?' He replied, ' Lord, fest to them that you are living habitually thou knowest all things, thou knowest that under the influence of those truths which I love thee;' and then the Lord said unto you preach to them from the pulpit. If a him, 'Feed my sheep.' Love stimulates to minister would raise the standard of his duty, and love makes labour light. Having people's spirituality, he must be himself the made these general remarks on the spirit in most spiritual man among them. In your which you should begin, and carry on your visiting do not be satisfied unless you find work, allow me to suggest a few directions or make an opportunity for planting in the as to the doing of it. There are two great minds of those with whom you converse departments of ministerial duty,--preaching some seeds of divine truth, which may bear and pastoral work. Let me exhort you to fruit unto life everlasting. Be careful of give most of your time and care to your pul- all your conduct, for a minister's success pit work.
On the Sabbath you meet with greatly depends upon his character. His the whole of your congregation, and you errors are soon widely spread, and they are should make it a matter of conscience to be not soon forgotten. . Take heed therefore to as well prepared as possible. Never serve thyself. Remember that by grace alone you the Lord with that which has cost you can stand. You may expect to meet with nothing. For the sake of your Master's difficulties and discouragements in your honour, your people's good, and your own work, but let none of these things move credit, always make the best preparation you you. In all your 'ways acknowledge the can for your Sabbath work. To prepare Lord, and he will direct your steps. The thoroughly, two things are necessary,- Lord you serve is no.' hard taskmaster,' prayer and pains. You need light from 'seeking to reap where he has not sown, and above to enable you to understand God's to gather where he has not strawed,' for every word; and that light is given to those who duty to which he calls his servants he gives ask it. Luther was accustomed to say, 'to all needed grace and strength. have prayed well is to have studied well.' work faithfully as unto the Lord, and though "Give attendance to reading,' was Paul's ad- your success may not be so great as you device to Timothy, and it is one which every sire, you will hear at length the approving young minister must attend to if he would words addressed to you by your Master, be a scribe-instructed unto the kingdom of Well done, good and faithful servant: thou heaven-a workman that needeth not be hast been faithful over a few things, I will ashamed. In the matter of your discourses, make thee ruler over many things: enter I trust you will ever give prominence to the thou into the joy of thy Lord.' great doctrines of our religion-ruin by the the God of Peace, who brought again fall, redemption by Christ, and regeneration from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that by the Holy Spirit ; and while you give pro- great Shepherd of the sheep, throngh the minence to these truths, you will not fail to blood of the everlasting covenant, make you unfold the whole counsel of God. Whatso- perfect in every good work, to do his will, ever things are true, honest, pure, lovely, working in you that which is well-pleasing and of good report, these you will teach in bis sight, through Jesus Christ our Lord. your people to love and practise. Seek also To whom be glory for ever and ever, amen. to show, by the manner in which you preach, The rev. gentleman then proceeded to adthat you are seeking the good of your dress the congregation.
PARKGATE, CHESHIRE. – A congrega- tributed £500, and generous subscriptions tional tea-meeting was held in the school had also been received from others. He room, on Monday evening, the Rev. A. thought it was a noble thing for the conMacdonald Halket in the chair. After tea, gregation of St. Peter's to have subscribed the chairman made a brief but encouraging £1,000, of which they had already paid statement in regard to the work in the con- £862. The new church would cost gregation, and in the district. He reported £5,500, and £1,000 would be required to an increase both in membership and in clear St. Peter's of debt, so that about attendance. The Missionary Association is £1,850 had yet to be raised to accomplish the means of maintaining and deepening that purpose, but he had no doubt it would interest in the cause of missions, and of be obtained. He hoped that what they had supplementing the collections. The school been enabled to accomplish, and the geneat Little Neston continues to prosper, as rous help they had received, while it made also did the Sabbath-schools. The meeting them humble and thankful, would also was afterwards addressed by the Rev. stimulate them to renewed exertion. He George Johnston, of Liverpool ; the Rev. trusted also the bazaar to be held in May D. Henderson, of Rockferry ; Thomas next would prove a success. All must Mathieson, Esq., of Poolton Hall; H. work together, earnestly and harmoniously, Mowbray, Eeq., and R. A. Macfie, Eeq. and with God's blessing their object would
ST. PETER'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, be accomplished. LIVERPOOL. - The congregation of this THE ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN AND THE church have just beld their appual soirée. UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES There was a very large attendance. The South SHIELDS.-As a slight evidence of Rev. James Paterson presided on the occa- the growing feeling amongst the members sion. The annual report of the office of these churches in favour of approximabearers and committee of management, tion and union, we may notice that a short which was read by the secretary, Mr. A. time ago it was agreed to dispense the Stewart, stated that during the year 106 Communion on the same days in all members had left, while 107 had joir:ed, and churches, and that arrangement was carried that the number of members at present on ont on Sunday last. It was also resolved the communion roll is 691 ; the average that all the four congregations should every attendance of children at the Sabbath quarter of a year, prior to the Communion, schoo's 288, and the number of pupils on hold a joint devotional meeting: and the the roll of the week-day schools 235. firet of these prayer-meetings has been held During the year the congregational mission in St. John's Church. Arrangements are had made 3,091 visits, including 359 visits being made, likewise, for a united misto the sick, distributed 3,053 tracts, and sionary meeting. held 102 meetings, which had been attended by an aggregate of 2,801 persons. The new church in Everton Valley, now in MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS. course of erection, is expected to be opened in June next, and the total amount sub- INCREASE OF ROMISK INSTITUTIONS.scribed towards its erection and the extinc- The Roman Ca'holics have nearly doubled tion of the debt on St. Peter's is about their priests and chapels in England and £4,641, of which the congregation had Scotland since 1851; while of convents contributed £1,001, and the Synod Church there are now 211 in the two kingdoms, inBuilding and Debt Extinction Committee stead of the 53 which existed 15 years ago, had granted £750. The aim is to open it There are now more than 1,300 accredited free of debt, and to wipe off the remaining priests at work in England alone. debt of £1,000 from St. Peter's, leaving it BEQUEST TO THE ESTABLISHED CHURCH in a condition to be self-supporting; and, as OF SCOTLAND.-A lady, lately deceased, has one means of accomplishing thie, a bazaar bequeathed about £7,000 to the Endowment is to be held in May next in St. George's Scheme of the Established Church of Scot. Hall. The report having been adopted, as land for the endowment of Chapels of well as the treasurer's statement, which Ease. showed a balance in hand of £8 53.5d., PRESBYTERIANISM IN LONDON.
The and that the total receipts from the congre- United Presbyterians have resolved to open gation were £1,523 16s., the chairman con- a station in St. John's Wood, having taken gratulated the meeting on the prospect a hall within half a mile of Dr. Roberts's they had of accomplishing what was aimed Church. at, namely, clearing St. Peter's and opening Dr. BUCHANAN.-Dr. Buchanan, of the new church free of debt.
Many Glasgow, has applied to the Glasgow Pres. people did not believe this practicable, bytery of the Free Church for a colleague but it was not at all visionary. Towards and successor, on the ground of advancing this object Mr. Charles MacIver had con- years.
Etal Juvenile Missionary Association,
£0 10 0 HOME MISSION COLLECTION
Birkenhead Association, per Mr. w
27 11 0 Hyslop Street (late Heath Street),
Liverpool, per Mr. W. Pearson £2 40 Marylebone, London, Subscriptions, per Mr. Parkgate, per Mr. J. G. Thomson 7 15 5
L. GrovesShrewsbury, per Mr. Thomas Deakin 2 0 0
Mr. Alexander Adamson £10 00 Glanton, per Mr. James Miller
2 15 6
Mr. William Murdoch 5 0 Bankhill, Berwick, per Rev. R. Scott 1 3 0
Mr. T. N. Arber
2 2 0 Laygate, South Shields, per Mr. J.C.
Mr. A. Lusk Stevenson
2 2 0 17 18 4 Brighton, per Mr. w. Sanderson
Mr. W. R. Galbraith 20 0
2 2 0 0
Mr. L. Groves Brampton, per Rev. P. Taylor 0 10 0
1 1 0 Mr. D. B. Johnstone
1 1 0 North Sunderland, per Rev. W. Dunn 0 16 0
Mr. Wiliiam Hunter 1
1 Maidstone, per Mr. William Brown, 5 3
0 0 Mr. Thomas Brown
1 0 0 Rockferry, per Mr. T. Jeffreys
18 0 0
Mr. George Henderson 1 0 0
4 7 10
1 0 0 Blyth, per Mr. R. Hettle
2 3 0
Mr. Archibald Macnicol. 1 0 0 Regent Square, London, per Mr.
Mr. John Hall
1 0 Thomas Bell
0 25 00
0 Mr. Snodgrass
2 6 Lowick, per Rev. J. Fraser
2 0 0
1 10 0 Horncliffe, per Mr. James Paxton 1 5 0
0 5 0 Swansea, per Mr. A. Paton
5 5 0
0 1 3 Woolwich, per Mr. W. Rutherford 5
0 0 6 St. Peter's, Liverpool, per Rev. J.
Marylebone, Collection. 17 1
10 00 Paterson
48 8 5 Tottenham, per Mr. W. Low
3 9 0 Southampton, per Mr. G. Y. Mercer.
3 O OCHURCH EXTENSION COLLECTIONFairfield, Liverpool, per Mr. John Graham
11 6 8 Laygate, per Mr. J. C. Stevenson 5 0 0 Crookham, per Rev. J. A. Craig 1 6 6 Hampstead, per Mr. William Garden 18 10 0 Whitehaven, per Mr. R. Simpson 1 14 0 Felton, per Mr. A. Brown
1 5 6 Warrenford, per Mr. W. Anderson 1 11 6 Longframlington, per Rev. W. R. Cheltenham, per Mr. S. McCraith 11 0 Barrie
0 13 0 River Terrace, London, per Mr. H.
Dumfries, per Rev. R. H. Lundie
4 10 0 Tweedy
15 1 0 Maxwelton, per Rev. R. H. Lundie 3 10 Etal, per Mr. N. Towns
1 2 6
Mrs. T. Thompson, Donation, per Harbottle, per Mr. A. Robertson 2 14 6 Mr. A. Robertson
0 5 0 Bolton, per Mr. P. McKelvie
4 18 4
ROBERT LOCKIART, Tweedmouth, per Mr. A. McTavish 1 0 0
Treasurer. Birkenhead, per Mr. William Walker 13 80 Douglas, Isle of Man, per Mr. Thomas
1, Rumford Place, Liverpool. Jones
3 100 Salford, Manchester, per Mr. J.
FOREIGN MISSJONS. Mitchell
7 0 0 Seaton Delaval , Newcastle-on-Tyne,
Collectionsper Rev. J. Brown
15 0 Risley, per Mr. Thomas Wightman
7 10 0 1 4 6 Grosvenor Square, Manchester, per
Bolton Sabbath school
1 14 1 Mr. W. Thorburn
13 8 2 43 00 Sheilield
: Broad Street, Birmingham, per Mr.
3 7 4 J. Byers
4 0 0 St. John's, South Shields, per Mr.
Associations D. Reid
2 10 0 Berwick-on-Tweed, Bankhill Ladies' Wooler, per Mr. John Moffett 1 11 9 Association
1 13 9 Ancoats, Manchester, per Mr. R.
Sunderland, St. George's :
2 0 0 Johnston.
23 14 11 Sunderland, North Bridge Street Guernsey, per
0 5 0 Belford, per Mr. James Gibson. 0 16 0
Liverpool, Canning Street :
4 19 6 St. Andrew's, Manchester, per Mr. A.
Liverpool, Canning Street Sabbath Gutbrie 23 10 0 School Boxes
8 13 1 St. Andrew's, Manchester, Association,
Manchester, Trinity, Juvenile Fund :
6 10 0 per Mr. A. Guthrie
12 09 Manchester, St. Andrew's, St. Andrew's, Manchester, Juvenile
Juvenile Fund, 1865. £3 10 0 Missionary Association, per Mr. A.
Mauchester, St. Andrew's, Guthrie
3 11 9 Juvenile Fund, 1866. 10 1 1 Hampstead Association, per Mr. Wm.
13 11 1 Garden 58 11 6 Birkenhead.
15 15 6 Trinity, De Beanvoir Town, London,
8 8 9 per Mr. W. Tulloch.
3 12 0 Birmingham, New John Street Sab: Canning Street, Liverpool, per år. J.
2 8 5 McDiarmid 5 00 London, De Beauvoir Town
6 16 0 Trinity, Manchester, Juvenile' Mis:
56 5 0 sionary Association, per Mr. N.
104 19 3 Meadows.
6 4 0 London, Islington, River Terrace 13 5 6 Woolwich Juvenile Missionary Asso
London, Stepney, John Knox Sabbath ciation, per Mr. W. Rutherford 1 0 0 School
2 0 0
London, Hampstead, Mr. H. M.
£100 00 Belfast, a Lady, per Rev. D. Morgan £100 London, Hampstead, mi. J. E. Sunderland, North Bridge Street,
50 00 Mrs. Robson
1 0 0
Rockferry, Donation of Mr. Thomas
10 0 0 meeting, Mrs. Waterhouse and
Birmingham, New John 'Street Sabbath daughters.
5 0 0
2 Mrs. Bowen Thompson
1 0 0
1 0 0 London, De Beauvoir Town, Mr. R. Bowman
3 0 0
James E. MATHIESON, London, Marylebone, Mr. James
25 0 0 77, Lombard Street, London, E.C. London, Marylebone, mr. w. .
** With the above remittances are closed the Anderson .
10 0 0 Foreign Missions Accounts for 1865-66.
English Presbyterian Church at
Number of sittings To the Editor of the English Presbyterian Messenger.
Estimated cost £ Sir,- The work of Church Extension is
Sum subscribed of so much importance, and is assuming Deficiency such dimensions, that I think the time has
Treasurer come when our Synod night, with
Address great advantage, designate and ordain a by whom subscriptions will be thankfully minister to the office of Home Mission received. Secretary, whose exclusive duty, under the Such a summary, continued and revised Home Mission Committee, should consist month by month, would, at a glance, show in originating, visiting, and fostering our the extent and progress of the work of infant charges.
Church Extension, and would tend to enlist Or, as an experimental movement in this the sympathies of your readers and draw direction, our Synod, at its meeting in April, forth subscriptions towards the new undermight select four of its ministers for this takings. Some, like Mr. Barbour, of Manwork, assigning to each three months' service, chester, might be disposed to give a suband, during that period, finding supplies for scription to every new church erected in their respective pulpits. The success at- connection with the Presbyterian Church in tendant on such an experiment would act England; while others might limit their as a gauge to show the advantage of such subscriptions to such localities as they are a permanent appointment.
specially interested in. I take also the liberty of suggesting that If these hints meet your approval, please a list might be given, month by month, in give them a place in the pages of the Mesthe columns of the Messenger, of such senger. churches as are in the course of erection, or about to be erected, in connection with
Yours truly, the Presbyterian Church, in somewhat like
PRESBYTER. the following form :
19th March, 1866.
Votices of Books.
The Sabbath Question, Historical, Scrip- petual obligation in the Christian Church; tural, fc. By the Rev. JAMES Mac- and the various practical questions conGREGOR, Paisley. Edinburgh: Duncan nected with the duty of Sabbath observGrant. London: James Nisbet & Co. ance in the present day. The work from
beginning to end is intensely interesting. This is a production of which it is diffi. It is a massive structure, coinpounded of cult to speak truly without seeming to iron logic, ripe and well-digested learning, incur the charge of extravagant laudation. and thorough manliness of tone and earnesiMr. Macgregor discusses in succession the ness of purpose. Those who wish to under: opinions of the Reformed Church, of the stand the grounds on which the orthodox Reformers, and of the primitive Fathers; faith and practice of the Church as to Sabthe Scriptural grounds for regarding the bath observance rest, should possess themTen Commandments in general, and the selves without delay of this masterly Sabbath law in particular, to be of per- ! volume.
THE LATE SYNOD.
The Synod of 1866 will be remembered as a very harmonious, hard-working, and practical Synod. It accomplished a great deal in a short time, and has left, we are persuaded, a pleasing impression on the minds of all who took part in its labours. It was truly a council of brethren, who had one common end in view, and were deeply sensible of the magnitude of the interests involved in their deliberations and judgments. We thought we could discern a more than usually solemn sense of responsibility at work throughout its proceedings. It was so clear that God is graciously blessing our work both at home and abroad, and thereby creating a necessity for greater liberality and more earnest and prayerful effort than have yet marked our course, that it would have been strange indeed if a peculiar seriousness had not pervaded the action of this Synod. There are many praying Christians among our people. We cannot but believe that their prayers have had power with God when we contemplate the recent successes of our China Mission, and the enlargement that has been given to our institutions and labours at home. All such will doubtless rejoice and give thanks. But while praise and joy are the feelings naturally excited by “the glorious things that are spoken of Zion," other feelings are introduced by the thought that every new blessing brings with it a new responsibility—that every extension of the field of labour not only requires an increased expenditure of money and effort, but prepares the way for further extensions, all having special claims on the resources of the Church. When God begins in answer to prayer to shower down the influences of his Spirit, and to quicken and fructify the good seed, a prospect is at once opened up of indefinite enlargement, both as to the area of work, and as to the demand for men and money. And then, too, comes the trial of a Church's sincerity and faith. Our prayers have been heard, our labours blessed ; are we prepared to assume the new and solemn responsibilities that are thus laid upon us—are we ready to meet God, so to speak, by devising such liberal things as will secure that due advantage be taken of the gracious opportunity, and that the advancing work go on and on? Our blessed Lord confers an unparalleled honour on his people by making them co-workers with himself. He is willing, as facts prove, to work with and for us; are we willing to work with and for him? Our people, we fear, have not duly considered this matter; for they have as yet made no addition to the resources of the Church corresponding with the abundant blessing which the Lord of the harvest has poured out upon her labours. It is a sweet and pleasant thing to find God smiling on our poor instrumentalities and efforts, but it is at the same time a very solemn thingsolemn as regards the fact itself, so honouring to any Church or soul, and bringing God so near in all the power and love of the Gospel; solemn in the light of its developments and issues; and solemn in its attendant obligations. No. 221.--New Series.