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SUNDAY SCHOOL EFFORTS.
week evenings. The chapel at Fon a week evening, with from 70 to
The greatest of all hindrances to 100 persons, looks animating, and our
the work of the evangelist in the rural week evening service at T–, with a
districts is the ritualism of the High house overflowing — though a long Church. A little book for example, journey for me always repays for the
called “ The Manual : a book of delittle service I render and the sacrifice
votion chiefly intended for the poor, of some comfort. God appoints the
by W. E. Heggate, priest of the place and labour for his servants; may
Church of England,” has reached a we know what our work is, and do it
twelfth edition, and is circulated by earnestly and prayerfully!
thousands, especially in Dorset and Somerset. A few extracts from that
Manual will best show its character, Since I last wrote, our Sabbath
and the need of earnest and perseSchool has been steadily increasing in
vering effort to carry the Gospel to the numbers, and we have now on the
poor. books, I believe, over 400 children.
The clergyman who writes the The order is better, and would be still
Manual, says in the preface :further improved if we had more efficient teachers. The moral condition
“ This is not a book to sit down and of the neighbourhood continues to
read through and through like a book of grow better. Our Sunday or week
It is not a book to sit evening services are scarcely ever
and read. There are psalms and hymns disturbed now. One public-house in
to stand up at, and prayers to kneel down the district, through lack of trade, has taken to selling sweets; and the land- The following appears under the lord of another opposite called me heading "Reading":over one day as I was passing, and
“A poor man has not much time for told me very mournfully, “ That he reading,
... neither is he the best might shut up for the trade he was
judge of what is true or false, or what is doing.” I attribute these moral im- good for him. The poor should, thereprovements chiefly to the influence fore, never buy the tracts and cheap our Sabbath School is exerting in the prints and songs which are hawked neighbourhood, and to the special in- about. The one-half of them is bad, and terest we take in the young.
the other half useless. Nor should the I do not get so many adults at our
poor man read newspapers, which only services as I used to do ; indeed on
trouble and deceive him, unless there is the week evening they have nearly all
some great news like a battle, or a shipdropped off, but the Sabbath School
wreck, or a fire. . ... The poor man's children still cling to us, and about
books are his Bible and Prayer Book and
this Book, and, if he can get them, “Nel. twenty on a week evening, and from
son's Fasts and Festivals,' “ The Imita. eighty to ninety on a Sunday evening,
tion of Christ,' and such others as the attend the service, and I believe there
clergyman of the parish may lend or is a good work going on amongst them.
give.” About twenty-four, chiefly of the elder scholars, usually stay to be talked to As to the reading of the Bible, and prayed with apart from the rest the poor man is to attend to the after the Sunday evening service, following:some of whom I believe to be children
They also read in pride who think of God.
they can find out the faith by themselves
“ The Priest does not, or ought not, to turn to the people when offering or praying."-ib.
"The Priest stands to intercede for the people according to his office. As Christ is thy advocate in heaven, so he is thy advocate by Christ's appointment on earth.”—p. 18. “I should be
dutiful to the reverend the Bishops and Clergy of Christ's Church, and specially to my own Parish Priest.”—p. 44.
“Read or pray until the Bishop enters, then stand up and honour God in His apostle.”—p. 55.
The Church is the judge of the meaning of Scripture.. follow their own judgments in reading Scripture, there will be as many religions, or rather errors, as there are chapters; but if they hear the Church.
Do not perplex thyself with prophesies about Antichrist and the end of the world.
Do not read much at a time.
In all difficulties consult the Parish Priest.”—p. 183. “The
poor man” is supposed to be incapable of judging what is sin and what is not. In the “devotions" for self-examination he is told:
Now, if thou findest some things which thou dost not know whether they were sins or not, open thy heart to thy Parish Priest.
And if some great and grievous sins weigh upon thy soul, and thou dost often think of them, tell him even these. Confess to God's minister, for so thou confessest to God.
Thou shalt be absolved. The Priest shall lay his hand upon thee and thou shalt be forgiven by God himself, who looseth men from their sins by His Priests."
Submissive reverence to the clergy seems to be the predominating idea.
Is it not a sad thing to find such teaching in a Church which calls itself the Church of the Reformation? At Cambridge, mass is said for the repose of the soul of the Archbishop of Canterbury, and not even a complaint from his successor against it! Since 1845 nearly 600 ergymen have gone over from the Church of England to the Church of Rome! Our duty is to preach the simple Gospel, and seek thus to overcome the evil with good. The poor are crying for bread, and the “priests” are giving them a stone.
OBITUARY: REV. ALFRED J. MORRIS. The remains of this good and much- removed to a village in Gloucesterloved minister of Christ were laid in shire. That was the first home that the grave in Highgate Cemetery, on he could remember, and to it he ever the 19th November, 1868. From the looked back with fond recollections as funeral sermon, preached on the fol- the scene of his childhood. Very early lowing Lord's day, by the Rev. Joşlua in life, when quite a boy, he exhibited C. Harrison, we extract a brief but the marks of true religion. Probably, deeply-interesting account of his life as in the case of many who have had and character :
pious parents, he received the grace of He was born at Hampstead, in God with the earliest dawn of intelMarch, 1814, in a house which over- ligence, and began to love the Saviour looked the Vale of Health ; but when as soon as he heard of His name. At he was only three years old his parents any rate, his mother was accustomed to tell how she often overheard his six months passed away, the request fervent prayers, which were at once was renewed, and he became their the expression and the support of his pastor. No sooner did he enter upon tender spiritual life; and how he wrote the oversight of the Church than he hymns, some of which were of suffi- threw himself into his work with a cient merit to appear in a periodical zeal which quite overtasked his of the day, and how delighted he and strength, and issued in an illness his brothers were to receive some which nearly brought him to his magazines in return. Before he was
He felt that he could not do nineteen years old he agreed to assist too much. He had a yearning desire Mr. Edkins, of Nailsworth, in his to save souls. Often would he preach school, on the condition that he should five times on a Sunday, and engage in be aided in the completion of his own some service almost every evening in education. But Mr. Edkins not only the week. He sought to reanimate set him to teach, but to preach, not the Sunday-school—to awaken the unfrequently three times on the Sun- slumbering population around — to day, which he did with great fervour enkindle new life and zeal in the and great acceptance.
Church. His desire for the salvation The work was mcst laborious, but it of men was then à consuming passion trained him to habits of independent with him—it was truly the burden of thought and ready expression. It the Lord. After five years of incesalso was a work into which he threw sant toil at Warrington, where he his whole heart, for on visiting Lon- was married to her who is now his don he went into many of the low bereaved and deeply mourning widow, lodging-houses, and preached Christ he removed to Salford, Manchester, to the neglected and perishing in- and continued there four years. But mates. Many of those sermons, care- the health of both his family and fully written, still remain and testify himself suffered. Commercial panic to the painstaking with which he did caused great distress among his his work, as well as to his zeal. After people, and at length he was obliged this he went to reside at Painswick, to remove. Thence he came to Holand it was while there that a gentle- loway, the chief scene of his minisman, who had become acquainted with terial labour, where he became widely his originality and power
as a preacher, known and greatly beloved, not only by advised the Church at Warrington to his own flock, but by many thoughtful seek his services. He preached first persons in different parts of London, for one month, and then for a second ; who liked, as often as they could, to and then the people gave him an hear his terse and vigorous expoinvitation to become their pastor. At sitions of evangelical truth. There first he was quite startled by the he took his position as one of the request. He had received no special ablest of our ministers. His congreeducation for the ministry, and he had gation increased, and built this beautiby no means made up his mind to give ful church in which you now we
worship, himself up to it as his vocation. He, with the school-room in the rear. For therefore, asked them to allow him to twenty years he served his Master retire from Warrington for six months, here, loving and beloved. All his and if at the end of that they wished mental characteristics had full play. him to return, he promised then to From the habit of his early life he give their request his most prayerful looked at every subject for himself, and thoughtful consideration. The saw it sharply and clearly before he
spoke of it to others, and then dis- then so helpful and so precious that cussed it in a style equally sharp and they were often never after forgottenclear, of which a dry humour often they were hoarded in the memory as increased the point and power. His a special treasure gained in sickness. reading was not so extensive as his Little children, too, found themselves thinking, for he always chose to at home with him, for he had always examine every doctrine with his own some pleasant words to say to them ; mind rather than learn what others and, indeed, it was very significant thought of it. Hence, while the sub- that the last publication which he stance of his views was by no means gave to the world was that beautiful original, the tone and colouring were little book, “ The Shepherd with His peculiarly his own. He was a quiet Lambs.” but shrewd observer of human nature Something more than six years ago and social life, admired what was he left Holloway for Bowdon. That admirable, exposed what was defec- fearful malady which caused him so tive, and wrote and spoke with a much bodily suffering, and finally practical power which none could fail issued in his death, had already begun to acknowledge. He held the grand to trouble him, and probably caused central truths of the Gospel with a that general derangement of the nertenacious grasp, and yet treated them vous system which threw the shade of with a freedom which imparted an an insupportable melancholy over his air of apparent novelty. But in all spirit, and totally incapacitated him he did and said it was clear that he for ministerial duty. What he then never aimed merely at effect. None suffered in body, and what in mind, could ever doubt that he was absolutely none but those around him can possincere, that he spoke that which he sibly imagine, yet he never murmured. knew, and prophesied that which he But the one burden which pressed on had seen. And the same qualities his spirit was, that in the thirty years appeared in his social intercourse. of his ministry he had preached to so Though often very quiet and taciturn, many who are still unconverted and when he spoke he always spoke with unsaved. Could it be possible that deep conviction, shed light—the light he had been faithful when so large a of his own thought on the subject proportion who had listened to his and left no doubt that he was deeply preaching were still undecided? “Oh,” in earnest. Every one felt that he he exclaimed, in bursts of sorrow, was thoroughly genuine, and that the
they professed to admire
minissun would as soon swerve from its try, to prize my ministry, and yet they course as he be turned from principle are unconverted by my ministry; can and honour. Though strangers might I have preached as I ought?" And suppose that his forte was the pulpit, one occasion, when wandering his own conviction was that his forte amidst the lovely scenery of Dovedale, was in the room of sickness. His own he exclaimed, in an agony of distress, people would probably agree with Oh, if this is so beautiful, how much him in that judgment, for there the more beautiful must heaven be; and deep tenderness of his heart, which yet many who have heard me will was somewhat hidden in public under never see heaven, for they are still a veil of sharp irony or quiet drollery, unconverted and unsaved.” But the came to view, and with tears of sym- cloud was gradually removed. He pathy and love he sought to bind up regained much of his wonted cheerthe broken heart. His words were
Friends at Bowdon were A STORY OF THE BROAD WAY AND THE NARROW WAY.
drawn to him as by a new charm, and she added, “ Cheer up, for Jesus is hoped that soon he might again preach with us,” he looked up with an expresas before ; but the bodily suffering sion of ineffable serenity, the calm of was still intolerable. Something must heaven on his face, and sweetly fell be done. He came to London; he asleep in Jesus. So lived and died consulted Sir Henry Thompson ; he your beloved friend and former pastor. found his own apprehensions con- He is gone to that world where there firmed. Nothing could relieve him is no more death, neither sorrow nor but a severe and dangerous operation. sighing, nor any more pain ; for the He prepared to undergo it with calm- former things are done away.
“I ness and intrepidity, yet not without heard a voice from heaven saying a secret presentiment that it would be unto me, Write, blessed are the dead fatal. He had paid a visit to Glou- which die in the Lord from hencecestershire ; he had seen many of his forth; yea, saith the Spirit, that they chosen friends in London; he had may rest from their labours, and their walked with his son on Hampstead- works do follow them." And now to heath, where he had played as a child, many of you he, though dead, now and discussed as a man the grandest speaketh. His living voice pleaded subjects with his revered friend Caleb with you in vain; will you resist the Morris; and he expressed his belief voice that speaks to you from his that he had probably only one more tomb? “I preached to you of Christ, journey—the journey to his grave at but you are still without Christ: turn Highgate. The operation seemed suc- ye, turn ye, why will ye die ? There cessful. For twelve days his family is no other name under heaven given were sanguine as to his recovery, but amongst men whereby ye can be saved. on the thirteenth his strength failed ; Oh, look to Him and live! Oh, let the internal hæmorrhage set in; he com- burning wish of my heart be yet plained of inability to breathe. His accomplished, that by all means I may wife said, “ Bear up; dont faint.” He save some.” briefly replied, “I can't;" and when
Pages for our Young Friends.
WRITTEN AFTER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM.
and fertility, through their whole jourPART I.
ney, to the far-off ocean. Then I ONE Sunday night, wearied with the thought, that the trees and flowers labours of the day, I retired to rest, bade me welcome, whilst nature spread and soon falling asleep, I dreamed a a carpet of living green on either side dream. I thought that I was on the of the road. King's highway, sauntering along, look. Whilst thus musing, my attention ing now at a fountain, whose waters was arrested by the galloping of a bubbled up at my feet, and then horse, wbich came by at a most furious flowed onwards, ever widening as they rate. My alarm was increased when on went, dispensing gladness, and beauty, turning round, I saw a lad upon its