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Mr. Aldridge : and she remained a : The scene this afternoon was member with that church until her truly solemn :- the corpse of a death. In the beginning of last young man, aged twenty-one years, May she was attacked with the a member of the church here, and dropsy in her chest: all means used who had not been married one to remove it proved abortive. At month, was conveyed to the grave: the commencement of her illness a similar sight the oldest inhabite she was in her mind (as she had ant does not recollect. It is rather been for many, many years) a singular, that three succeeding subject of bondage through fear Lord's Days I was called upon ia of death. But after visiting her preach funeral-sermons: the first two or three times, she said to me, for our aged sister ; the second, a “ Death is now no King of Terrors young man; the third, a man in the to me; all fear is removed, the prime of life, One Lord's Day work of salvation is a finished work; intervened ; and on the succeeding and wed is it for me that it is i one, was called to improve the What should I now do, it any thing death of a child, three years old. was wanting, on my part, to com. These are loud and solenia calls to plete it? Zech. ix. 12, had, from the survivors. “ Prepare to meet her first setting out in the way to thy God," O man ! O woman! Zion, been peculiarly supporting to I will conclude this memoir of her mind; and that promise of the our much esteemed and dear de. Divine Redeemer,“ Because I live, parted sister, by saying, that, dur. ye shall live also," now afforded ing my acquaintance with her, Ker strong consolation : she longed which was but short, she appeared to be with Christ. The world, much devoted to God, greatly she said, was nothing to her now. concerned for the advancement of She took singular pleasure in hear. the divine glory, loved and lived ing or repeating the words of good under the influence of the doctrines Mr. Hart:
of free and sovereign grace, and
was constant in her attendance on * Your tenpers may rury, the appointed means. Let us, let
Your comforts decline,
her bereaved husband, let her nu. Your aid is divine !"
merous relatives, follow her as she
followed Christ. Sitting by her one day, when her Hartu, Essex. J. B. hesh and heart were rapidly failing, Upon finishing the above, I was I asked,. Are you turning to your desired to bury Mr. Sam. Swain, strong-hold ? Is Christ precious ?' brother-in-law to Mrs. S-- His To both questions she replied, “I death was improved the Lord's Day ain!” The day before she gave up after the child ; which made five her soul into the hand of God, her funeral sermons in five weeks. Saviour, I called on her, and asked one question, · Is all well still, be. tween your heart and God > With MARY RENFREW. great difficulty, in consequence of In hope of eternal life, departed, a mighty oppression on her breatli, July 26, 1894, Mary Renfrew, of ina singing tone of voice, she said, Penryn, in the twentieth year of her “All is well !" To order to ac- age. It was not her privilege to commodate her mourning relatives, enjoy the advantages of a religious her remains were kept until the suc- education, yet, in early youth, she ceeding Lord's Day, when they had impressions upon her mind or a were committed to the grave (" in serious nature; and, for some time sure and certain hope of a resårrec- before it pleased the Lord to impart tion to eternal life) in the burying. unto her i he knowledge of the truth ground, Potter Street, Harlow. A as it is in Jesus, she was accustom, sermon was preached, from Zech. ed to attend the public ministration ix. 12, to a very primerous and ate of the word of life, under a con. tentive congregation.
viction that, what she heard, mighi,
through the blessing of Almighty
She then took up her Bible, and, God, be made spirit and life unto turning to the 15th verse of the 50th her soul; and, as she lived to re
Psalni, she said, “ I have found alize the conviction, so was she, that a precious promise - I have shortly after, called to bear a pub been in great trouble, but the Lord lic testimony unto the truth of it; hath delivered me.
Being re. for, being threatened with expul minded of several other promises, sion from the house of her friends,
and particularly Isaiah xli. so. and imless she would forsake the house
John vi. 37, she observed, “ that of her God, she assured them, with
they were all precious ;” adding, all meekness and firmness of mind,
with a smile, “I can believe them that she would much rather submit
yes, I can believe them.” to the former than the latter; and Then, pressing the Bible in both added, that she had no doubt but, her hands, she exclaimed, -"01 in the event of being called there. this precious book; this precious unto, the Lord would provide.- book!" On parting with her friend, However, from that time forwards, she begged an interest in his supthe Lord so inclined the hearts of her-friends towards her, that she plications, adding, “ I shall not be
long here - I am going home was permitted to attend, as often as
thy will, O Lord, be done." Early her bodily strength would admit, the courts of his holiness in peace.
on the morning of her dissolution,
she said to a friend, who was atAt the commencement of her tending upon her, “ My doubts and confinement, which only lasted a
fears return ---few days, she laboured under great heart!
the Lord, I fear, will distress of soul, from the suggestie leave me, after all.” Asking for ons of Satan with respect to her ha.
her Bible, she turned to the 18th ving an interest in Christ, and the chapter of John; and, after reading blessings of redemption thro' him.
some time, she exclaimed, “ I am The hardness of her heart was the burden of her complaint.
very happy – the Lord himself is "Sure.
with me - I want no other com. ly,” she would often exclaim,“ Ne
pany.” A friend observed, “You ver was such a heart as mine."There were, however, seasons where. lines :
now feel, Mary, the truth of these in she found sweet peace and comfort; and particularly on the ever- “ Jesus can make a dying bed ing preceding her death, being Feel soft as downy pillows are," &c. called upon by a friend, who remarked that he was happy to find “Yes,” said she, “ I am sure of her spirits so composed and tranquil it: I now feel it, and I know the -she said, “ I have been thinking Lord will be with me!”. Shortly on the word GRACE, but I am such after, she repeated these lines of Dr, a poor ignorant creature, I cannot
Watts : comprehend, as I could wish, the
“ A guilty, reak, and helpless worm, meaning of it.” Some attempt be. ing made by her friend to explain Be thou my strength and righteousness,
On thy kind arms I fall! the terin, and to shew how emi
My jesus and my all!" nently the grace of God appears in the salvation of the soul, she said, Then taking up the Bible again, sho
" Yes, I see clearly, now, that it turned to the saine chapter in John, is all of grace; and O! how dis- which she had before been reading; tinguishing it is! My sins, I trust, and while reading it, her counteare washed away thro' the blood of
nance changed, and her speech fait. Jesus!”-and added, with her hands ed; but still her lips were ob. uplifted, and her cheeks bedewed
served to move for some time, whey, with tears, -" Lord, why me! without a struggle or a sigh, she " Why was I made to bear thy voice, exchanged this mortal for a state of “ Aud enter while there's room; immortality, " When thousands make a wretched
T.W. * choice, "And taber starte than comer
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Lectures, delivered at the Parisha formal prayer are the disgraće of
Church of Ickefirld, in 1802, on olir churches, and the real ground that Part of the Liturgy of the Church of objection to men of religion and of Englanil contained in the Morn- observation.”
Prayer. By T. Rogers, A.M. (P. 28) If " tears, and the cor60. Tavo Vols. small Svo, 125. Tows of the heart are necessary to 609 And many
prove a broken spirit, I am afraid THESE Lectures are pious, plain, such persons will be found rari. and practical. It is certainly of the nanies in Gugite vasto.” As, on the last importance to
other hand, that such “deep con churchman, that lie should under trition (p. 35) is an acceptable sa. stand thoroughly the import of his crifice to God, and must afford inOW!! prayers; and pray with the stant and effectual relief to the Spirit, and pray with the under. broken hearted sinner,” might lead standing also. As the frequent (which the author surely never and restricted use of the same for meant) to a false ground of hope; of words inay have a tendency to when tears of blood can never ex. deaden the ardour of devotion, and piace the least of our sins, or pru. to lead to a supposition, that the cure peace with God for a wounded service is performed when the conscience. words are repeated, it is certainly Happy would it be, if every highly proper to admiorish his clergymar felt, when he addresiven hearers (p. s) “ That our ad. his bretliren, that he was “ actuato dresses to God must be with in- ed by a religious and sincere regard ward breathings, and longings of for the souls of the people:"This the soul ;" for cold and careless alone would engage him to such a prayers can only afiront the great performance of ihe service as would object of devotion, instead of ob
do more to stan p excellence on the taining answers of peace ; and Liturgy, and excite devotion in 25 when we praise him (p. 222) “ It he:rers, than any thing beside. It implies inward joy and delight in is the cold, careless, uninteresting him, which nothing can produce manner, in which prayers and praise but a sensible experience of his are ofered in our churches, that grace and goodness; and he has write. Ichabod upon them. j roinised this to his worshipping In his observations on the hunpeople; therefore, it is neither pre. ble confession of sin, after mention. sumption to expect it, nor tand. ing a variety of offences, le aries ticism to feel its influence." We (p. 124) “We will not suppose apprehend such inward breathings that all the sins enumerated in this and longing of soul in prayar, and catalogue attach to any of "; such inward joy and delighe, flowing but are we not justly chargeable from sensible experience of God's with some of thein ?" When every grace in praise, will savour a little per on in church cries “ Lord liave fanariaal in the ears of the rational mercy upon me,” afier reading each divines, and the bulk of the church. of the Ten Commandments, it doth going people, who go to say their not seem congruous afterwards, not prayers. Happy would it be in. to suppose the cry neces-ary; or deed, if every worshipping assen- that we have only been ctrargeable bly in the Church of England were with the breach of some of them. A composed of those who thus wor- humble heart needs no palliatives: ship in spirit and in truth"Other he says, “ Forgive my sin, for it is wise," as he well observes (p. 223) great!" "vur praises will be a dead ser- The applications and interrogs. vice; and cur appearance in the tions are always desirable : congregation of his saints mere fory preacher cannot press his subject nality and such dess singing and too closely on the conscience ;
REVIEW OF RELIGIOUS PUBLICATIONS. sermon can only do us good as the for his text, Isa. ii. 3, truths it urges are felt important people shall go and say, Come ye, and interesting.
and let us go up to the niountain The commendation of reading the of the Lord, to the house of the Scriptures in public worship is just; God of Jacob,” &c. Mr. Loader * but to have lessons taken from apo. considers, cryphal books, and containing 1. The nature of public wor. suich sentiments as that prayer and ship; II. The ends of public alms make atonement for sins, ought worship ; - Ill. The obligations surely never to have been allowed, of public worship; - IV. The
The author appears to be a good advantages resulting from it; man, and true; a faithful pastor of V. The objections against public the flock over which the Holy worship, which are well answered. Ghost has made him overseer; and The preacher conciudes with some greatly were it to be wished, that directions for the suitable discharge these sentiments might be incul. of public worship. Towards the cated, and the eternal redemption close, he enters into the true style of God our Saviour, and the of preaching,
short sentences, powerful influences of the Spirit, frequent interrogations, warm apform a portion of every discourse. peals to the heart and conscience. Our chirches would not then be. In fact, he preaches to the people ; desolate, and the people driven and not, as is too much the prace at a distance from us to seek food tice, merely delivers an oration bee for their souls. Our brother, no fore them. We recoinmend this doubt, will bear the reproach of discourse to the serious perusal of the cross for the faithful testimony Christians; and hope they will he hath borne ; and be classed avail themselves of it to distribute among the Dissenters in the church, among those persons who neglect and the Methodistical. Let any the house of God and despise his minister in the church carry his cup worship. as even as possible, he will find his prudence and cantion vain, if he is faithful. The, reproach of the The Introductory Discourse, Con. cross is not ceased, -cannot cerse:
fession of Faith, and Charge delicount it all joy dare to suffer,
vered at the Ordination of the Rev. and be singular!
George Clayton, at Walworth,
Tile Introductory Discourse was
Mr. G. Clayton had “ served in
the gospel, as a son with the fda If we allow weight to the opi. ther,” for more than two years; nions of a sceptical historian, the and was intended as a testimony of subject of this sermon is of the ut- Mr. Kingsbury's unabatcd estcem. most importance to the public. The Confession of Faith is short, “ The devotion of the poet or but compressive and pointed. The philosopher,” says Cibbon, “ may Charge, given by the Rev.Mr.Clay. be secretly nourisher by prayer, ton, father of the minister ordained, meditation, or study but the ex- is founded on 1 Tim. vi. 20,“ () crcise of public wor:
Timothy, keep that which is com. be the only solid fou on of the mitted to thy trust.” Mr. Clay. religious sentiments we the people. . ton, first, shews what a minister, by The interruption of that public ex. ordination, has committed to his ercise may consummate, in a few trust :
" You have an office come years, the important work of a na- mitted to you ; that is your authotional revolution."
rity; you have the gospel; thai is Though we should rather have your instrument of labour: you seen some precept of the New Tes- have the souls of men; they are ine tament, the preacher tras chosen materials on which you must act ;
you Irave gifts; and they include nity. A new edition has long been your capacity: you have, more. wanted ; and we are happy to see orer, a station committed to you, it executed in so neat a style. That a populous neighbourhood. What great man, Mr. Toplady, we are an important frust!" The minis. informed, had so high an opinion of ter's duty as a Depositary is next con- this work, that he transcribed va. sidered :
:-"It is to preserve your rious parts of it into his Common. office froin contemyt, by support. Place Book. We certainly agree ing its scriptural dignity.” “Avoid with the recommenders, that it is debasing associations,' be tenaci. one of the most useful works a Di. ous of the editying anthority of vine or a Christian can read; since your office, keep back no part of it abounds with original thoughts, the message, present your gifts by happy expositions of various pas. diligent improvement, and by a sages of Scripture, faithful ad faithful exercise of them,” &c. dresses to the conscience, and the The Address is closed by an affee. most powerful arguinents to excite tionate and energetic exhortation. to diligence in duty.
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