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PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH YOUNG MEN'S (the “Poetry of Common Life." His ideas SOCIETY, GROSVENOR SQUARE, MAN- were good, thoroughly imbued with the CHESTER.—The thirty-second anniversary religious element, and being expressed in a meeting of this Society was held in the lively and ingenious style, his paper was hall of the church on Wednesday, the 29th well received. Mr. James M‘Master, as the November, 1865. The ball presented a evening was far advanced, confined himself most pleasing appearance, being tastefully to a few felicitous remarks. The evening decorated for the occasion, and was com. was much enlivened by tastefully-selected fortably filled with the members of the and well-sung pieces of music from the Society and their friends. The President, church choir, under the able leadership of Mr. J. Mackay, occupied the chair, sup Mr. Phillips. After the customary votes ported by the Rev. Dr. Munro, by Robert of thanks had been passed, the Rev. Dr. M’Ewen, Esq., T. Aitken, Esq., John Munro pronounced the benediction. Parlane, Esq., and a number of other FAREWELL PRESENTATIONS gentlemen. After tea the new session was Rev. JOSEPH MRS. BURNS.--A opened by an excellent address, replete meeting was held in the Presbyterian with good sense and lively illustration, Church School-room, Irish Street, Whitufrom the President, upon “The Cultivation haven, on the evening of Thursday, Novr. of Thought.” The Secretary then read the 30th, for the purpose of presenting some Report, and we learn from it that, while the farewell mementoes to the Rev. Joseph Society has, during the past session,“ suf- Burns, on his resignation of the pastorate fered the logs of some of its most trusty of the Presbyterian Church in James Street. members, from various causes," other mem. The room was crowded, a large proportion bers having been added to the roll, the of those present being ladies. The articles Society, in its thirty-second year, continues for presentation were displayed on a table to prosper and flourish. The new syllabus, at the head of the room. One of the wbich was distributed, gives promise of articles was a most elegant timepiece in the considerable interest and ability when we new material called Algerine onyx, surlook at the writers and the subjects of mounted by a very chaste vase. Under the which they are to treat. The Rev. Dr. shade is a silver plate bearing the following Munro gave a most able and interesting inscription :-“Presented
the Rev. paper. Its title was,
“The Abbey of Port Joseph Burns on his resigning the pasRoyal, with Glimpses of its Literary torate of the Presbyterian Church in Wörthies." One object, amongst others, Whitehaven, by members of the congreof the paper was, while expressing a due gation, as a token of their regard and appreciation of the devout excellences, the esteem for his faithful ministrations during heroism, and high talent of the Port a period of twenty-one years. 21st NoRoyalists, to show wherein they failed as a vember, 1865."
There were also a very religious community; how, halting between neat gold chain and locket, the latter contwo opinions, they marred the effect of taining a photograph of the Rev. Mr. their appeal to the Scriptures by their Burns, which was to be given to Mrs. slavish deference to the Church of Rome as Burns. A third article consisted of a of paramount authority; and how, by very chaste silver inkstand, of two cups, clinging to a falsely organized hierarchy, with a taper stand in the centre. they, as a body, exposed their doctrinal may mention here that the rev. gentleman principles, as well as their spiritual vitality, has received many other tokens of esteem to constant detriment, ending in their total from friends who were in a manner shut extinction. From the striking history and out from subscribing to the above testisorrowful fate of the Port Royalists, hemonials from the shortness of time there drew and enforced the lesson, so momentous was to get up the presentation in. The at the present time, that if we desire that Chairman (Mr. R. Simpson), in a few apsound spiritual religion is to be enjoyed propriate remarks, explained the object of and perpetuated, we must attach a corre- the meeting. Mr. Richard Sands presponding importance to right, Scriptural, sented the gifts, and Mr. Burns replied ecclesiastical principles. In the course of in feeling terms. The meeting was then the evening the meeting was addressed by addressed by the Revs. Mesers. M‘Leod, three of the Society's members. Mr. J. A. Manson, Charles, and others, all of whom Berth read an interesting paper on “Robert expressed the most cordial wishes for Mr. Burng." With forcible remarks, and by Burns's welfare, and testified to the good many well-selected quotations from the which he had done in the district. poet's writings, he did ample justice PRESBYTERIAN SCHOOLS AT ELDAD.to his genius, his kindly and generous dis- We learn from the Western Daily Mercury position, and his love of nature ; while, at that the Presbyterians at Eldad, attached the same time, he faithfully noted his to the congregation of the Rev. Joseph faults. Mr. W. T. Hislop read a paper on Wood, have been making a vigorous effort
to increase the amount of day and Sunday Clerk pro tempore, it was moved, seconded, school accommodation at that place. The and unanimously agreed to, that the name school accommodation will now accom- of the Rev. Robert Mitchell, M.A., of modate 400 children, and the cost received Edinburgh, be inserted in the call
. Thereamounts to £200. A bazaar has been held after the call was signed by the members to aid in raising the necessary funds. and adherents present, and, having been
TIVERTON CHURCH.— The Rev. John cordially sustained by the Presbytery, was Kelly preached his farewell sermon, and left in the hands of the kirk session for the church will be closed for the future. additional signatures. Mr. Mitchell, we The text chosen on the occasion was the understand, has been lately officiating at first clause of the 24th verse of the 10th Bridge of Allan, and his call to Boltonchapter of Hebrews.
which is a very cordial and unanimous ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. BOL-one-augurs well for the future of the TON.—On Thursday week the Presbytery congregation. of Lancashire met in St. Andrew's Presby- TIVERTON ENGLISH PRESBYTERIAN terian Church, Bolton, to moderate in a CHURCH.—The members of the Young call to a minister for the vacant charge. Women's Bible Class, who have attended Public worship having been conducted by regularly from the beginning, have presenthe Rev. Samuel J. Dickinson, Moderator ted two handsome embossed plated-silver pro tempore, and the usual form of call mugs, to the Rev. J. and Mrs Kelly, as a read by the Rev. John Gordon, M.A., token of their affection and gratitude.
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CARE AND ITS CURE.
THOUGHTS ON 1 PETER V. 7. “Casting all your care upon Him, for he careth for you." BY THE REVEREND ALEXANDER LEITCH, M.A., STIRLING. It is not care as to some things to the exclusion of others. It is "all" care that is to be dealt with as here directed. Care as to temporal matters; care as to spiritual matters; care as to the body and as to the soul; personal care and relative care; care respecting business; care respecting duties more ordinary and more special; care as to matters greater or smaller; care concerning intercourse with fellow-men; care as to success in any undertaking entered on ; care as to losses ; crosses and disappointments of all sorts; care as to the past, the present, the future; care about the subjugation of sin, and its expulsion from the soul. Indeed, there is no matter so trivial as not to be comprehended in the expression, “ All your care."
On whom is care to be cast ? On the Lord. You are not to retain it in your minds—you must put it away ; you are not to cast it on friends or any fellow-men-it is to be transferred to your Saviour; he can and will sustain it. In his compassion and mercy he will relieve you from it. By what means is care cast upon the Lord ? By faith-believing that he will undertake for you; believing that he will support you and give the needed strength; believing that the Lord will accept the commitment of yourselves and of your interests which you make to him ; believing the declaration (Rom. viii. 28), “ All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
We cast all our care upon the Saviour by going to him with it, conferring with him in regard to it, and leaving it with him. “ Come unto me,” he says (Matt. xi. 28), “ all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Rest from the burden of care, by which you are oppressed.
We are to cast all our care on the Lord by prayer. “In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Through prayer, in this connection, we are to plead the accomplishment of all the promises bearing on this subject.
Let us practise the blessed art of casting care on the Lord. Though the performance of it looks easy, it is not so in reality. Oh, how kind in God to take your care upon himself whenever you transfer it to him!
The effect of casting your care on the Lord is, that (2 Cor. iv. 8) though troubled on every side, yet are you not distressed ; though perplexed, you are not in despair. The peace of God fills the soul.
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“ He careth for you.'
What a precious declaration that ! He cares for you at all times; he cares for you when you are in difficulty, and when it is otherwise ; he cares for you when you are in health, and when you are in sickness; he cares for you on all occasions, and specially when you are dying. "Precions in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints." Hezekiah is a notable example of casting care on the Lord, going up unto the house of the Lord, and spreading before the Lord the insulting and blasphemous letter sent him from Rabshakeh (Isaiah xxxvii. 14).
Casting your care on the Lord does not imply thoughtlessness on your part; you are consider
you are not to be painfully careful. There is perfect harmony between casting care on the Lord, and diligence in the discharge of every incumbent duty.
Delightful it is to think that the Lord careth for his people. See how impressively this care on the Lord's part is set before us in Isa. xlix. 15, 16, “I will not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands ; thy walls are continually before me.” Also in John xiv. 1, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
Why does the Lord care for you, his people ? Because you are his jewels, his flock, his spouse ;
cares for 'you because he has graciously undertaken to conduct you through the wilderness of this world to the celestial Canaan.
There are certain classes of people by whom the privilege of casting care on the Lord ought to be regarded as particularly valuable. Among these are the widow, the fatherless, the poor, the afflicted and the grieved.
With all of us, casting care on the Lord is to be a continued exercise. The word is not “cast,” but “casting.”
The Lord has cared for you all along up till this time; he cared for you in your infancy, in your childhood, and in your maturer years.
“ When all thy mercies, O my God!
My rising soul surveys,
In wonder, love, and praise.” What a sweet life do those live who act according to this direction—" Casting all your care upon him.”
The Lord must be known by us; we must be regenerated in order to our casting our care upon him (Psalm ix. 10). They that know thy name will put their trust in thee, for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Unbelievers ! consider what heavy burdens of care you needlessly bear.
Unbelievers! the Lord has a care regarding you; it is that you may not perish. It is this care which moves him to address you in great compassion, saying, “Why will ye die ? ” And why will ye, in the view of a gratuitous salvation set before
? Lord ! I thank thee for this remarkable privilege of casting care upon thee. Help me to estimate it as it should be. Lord ! enable me to cast my care, and all my care, continually, and about all things, on Thee.
Make me desirous to perform this precious exercise of casting all my care upon thee. I have grievously failed in this blessed exercise; failed—to my own hurt, and to thy dishonour.
“ Jesus, my strength, my hope,
On thee I cast my care,