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same time he affirmed his entire readiness I had plainly opened up, in the most obvious to obey the call of the church, and to under-manner, the way he should go, and that take the proposed charge according to their He would not fail to over-rule and bless his desire, if the members continued unani- ministrations, to the increase of the conmously of opinion that he should do so; and gregation, the additions in numbers to the their former decision being confirmed, this church, the advancement of its spiritual spiritual negociation was ratified in due welfare, and the unfoldings of the divine course; an application was made to the glory; in fullest confidence that He that church in Artillery Street for the transfer sent him to labour in this part of his vineof his membership from them to us; and at yard to that end, will assuredly provide for a church-meeting convened for the reception his warfare, and his wayfare too. of the honourable dismission which had This day being set apart for the public been granted, the right hand of fellowship recognition of our dear pastor, we have inwas given to him on behalf of the whole vited the brethren present to behold our church, on which occasion he delivered a order, to give, as the Lord shall enable them, pleasing narrative of the Lord's gracious suitable advice to him as our pastor, and dealings with his soul, and his call to the also to us as a church. We doubt not that ministry, together with a definition of his the advice will be fully ample and approfaith and practice, which appeared to us priate: and are quite sure it will be affecunexceptionable, and in entire accordance tionately delivered; while we pray for with the grand doctrines of the gospel which grace, not only to listen to, and retain, but he has uniformly and undeviatingly main- practically to attend to the instructions so tained among us; and which we doubt not intimately connected with our prosperity, he will continue to advance and contend for peace, and welfare. boldly, fearlessly, and unreservedly, leaving the Holy Ghost to bless the word of his an account of his conversion
and call to the
Mr. Jones next called upon Mr. Moyll for grace, as may consist best with his sovereign ministry, of which the following is the subgood will and pleasure. It has appeared to us no light matter to
stance : decide on the successor of our late pastor, Mr. Moyll said—“I cannot remember the whose doctrines and manner of life were so time when I was not possessed with reliwell known and appreciated in the churches ; gious impressions, although I had not relibut our minds have been greatly relieved of gious parents. I do not recollect their ever anxiety by the manifest light which the taking me to the house of God; nor do I Lord has shed upon our path, directing us ever recollect having seen a Bible in the to our present choice. We believe firmly house. I had been taught at some time, I that the mantle which fell from our late know not when, nor by whom, the Lord's beloved pastor, has alighted on our present prayer. I recollect as far back as six one-that the affectionate regard the former years of age having a consciousness of the breathed towards the church, is no less ex- presence of God. These impressions did pressed by him who has taken up, and now not produce any dread of sin, but a fearful possesses the sacred vesture. We are fully apprehension of the punishment for sin. persuaded that he will sacrifice no part of Things went on so till I was eight years of truth, or the ordinances, from carnal policy, age, when I lost my mother; and so sensible but hold them fast through evil and good an impression did her death make upon my report-that the theme of redeeming love mind, that it laid me upon a bed of sickwill comprehend the sum and substance of ness, and brought me so near to the grave his ministrations—that, in fact, his whole as to be pronounced dead. They were about testimony will be of Christ, the all in all, to lay me out, when my sister cried out
For the character of our dear pastor, Mr. to them that she thought she felt my breath, Moyll, suffice it to say, that it needs no and requested them to leave me a little eulogy from us, being well known to be be-while. I recovered; but the death of my coming the gospel he professes, and without mother still dwelt much on my mind. The reproach-a matter of vital importance in Lord's prayer was my whole body of divithis day of almost universal profession of nity. When anything happened to me, I godliness, without the power and grace. It would be sure to fly to that, and often is, however, but an act of justice to him, on repeat it many times. Thus I went on till this occasion, to acknowledge the integrity I was twelve years of age, when I was of his motives in accepting our call to the bound apprentice to a shoemaker; and now pastorate, unaccompanied as it was by any I had to work hard-to live hard-and to very tempting offers of worldly aggrandize- sleep hard; but still the Lord's Prayer kept ment. No alluring baits were, or could be by me. I used to go to the Baptist chapel, presented to his view to influence his deci-|(this was at Leominster) and I made applision. And, while he placed a proper re- cation to the teachers to admit me to the liance on the activity of the officers of the Sunday-school; for what education I had church to provide all things necessary for had was next to nothing; they very kindly himself, the church, and the poor of the and affectionately received me, and I conflock, as far as their means and abilities tinued there. It was when I was about would extend, he evidently responded to fifteen or sixteen years of age, I was sittheir call to the sacred trust, from a firm ting in the gallery of the chapel; and belief that the Great Master of Assemblies stretching forth my neck to catch the text
-it was this—' Thou art weighed in the bal- | The time came for departing, and he said ances and found wanting.' The words 'You must come along with me. I went. struck me with such a power as I never felt And he began, Now, (said Mr. Church,) before. I threw myself back on the seat; you have been laid upon my mind both and at once the simple thought occurred to night and day; I feel persuaded you are
What! does God Almighty weigh either preparing for the mork of the ministry people in scales? Then I thought to myself or the grave. I think it is for the former; How does he?' and I imagined it was in as such, I would have you look well to your this way: he put all their good works into motives. I was panic struck; and began one scale, and their bad ones into the other, to protest against it. Well, well, (said he) and according to which scale preponderated, leave it. Will you come to the prayerso sentence was passed. I immediately be- meeting on Friday-evening?' I answered, gan to look for my good works. I searched Yes. As soon as I left him, I felt in a through near the whole of the time of dreadful dilemma; having promised to go sermon, but could not find one to put in the to the prayer-meeting, they would be sure scale; bad ones came up of themselves in to call upon me. I knew not what to do. great' numbers--they wanted no looking By day or by night, preaching or the grave for. All at once in his sermon I caught was uppermost in my mind. At last, the words—' This man comes down full. But Friday came, I knew not what to do, or who this man was, I could not find out. . I what excuse to make that I should not go. would have given all I possessed to have I thought I would say I could not leave my known what he said before those words. I work. The time came, I jumped up off my was engaged looking for some of my good seat and went to the chapel, and went up works, but found not one. I went out with behind the pews and hid myself. But prefeelings I never did before. At this time all sently up comes Mr. Church, and reaches the forms of prayer I had used, and which over his long arm, takes me by the collar, I had learned in addition to the Lord's and so dragged me to the table pew; and Prayer, availed me nothing, neither did me asked me to read a chapter and speak a any good. Things went on this way a con- few words. A Psalm had been uppermost siderable time. Despair seized me, and in my mind all day, so up I got, and began hell stared me in the face. I was under - forgot my own timidity, and went on for the powerful influence of infidelity—if there half-an-hour-then I thought of myself, is no God-if there is no heaven-no hell and down I sat, and would have given anyand the Bible only a book drawn up by thing to have escaped out of the way. After men! All these things caused a dreadful this I was sent for to go to one place and state of mind.
another, so that sometimes I was much “ Under these feelings I came to London engaged. But I was much afraid I was when about twenty years of age. Went first running without having been sent. It was to one place of worship and then to another. about this time I joined Mr. George FranI heard Mr. Upton, and having Rippon's cis's church, under the idea that I would Hymn Book, I thought he must be a good preach no more. But it was not long beman; so I went to hear him. At last I fore invitations found me there. I made heard of a man of the name of Church; and all the excuses I could and got off somemade up my mind to go and hear him. I times. In the providence of God while I met with a man whom I knew, and he ad- was preaching at Hoxton, one Sabbathvised me not to go to hear him; and gave the trustees of Providence Chapel, Featherhim a most dreadful character. But I said stone Street were there, and they begged of to myself I'll go and see what sort of a man me to come and preach there; I went and he is. I went. He took for his text, 'Let preached to a little better than half-a her glean even among the sheaves, and re- dozen persons, from 'Fear not little flock,' proach her not; and let fall, some of the &c. I continued to go; the congregation handfuls of purpose for her. In opening increased, and the place became too straight. up this text, it seemed as though some- We removed to Albion Hall. Here it was body had been and told him all about me. that those who heard me, wished to be Happiness, peace, comfort, and joy followed. formed into a church upon gospel princiI continued under his ministry for about ples. Our esteemed brother Foreman then six years, when circumstances induced me and there united us into a church. The to leave that place. About this time I met church increased; during the sixteen or with a friend who said to me in a familiar seventeen years that I was with them, way, 'Come and hear old Father Francis ; about two hundred were added to the I think you'll find a home there. I went, church: about one hundred of whom were and I found a home; and there I stayed called through myinstrumentality. During till I was called out into the ministry. I the latter part of the time that I was there cannot say that I was particularly anxious I found that the tide had ceased to flow, about this matter until I was spoken to on and therefore began to ebb. I mentioned the subject.
it to some, and after consulting a minister “ Being one day at a friend's house, Mr. or two, I gave in my resignation of the Church was there on a visit. After sitting pastoral office. At the same time I HAD there some time, he fixed his eyes on me in NOT ANY FORECAST VIEWS OF PECKHAM, a singular way—and says, ' I have a word orany other place, but threw myselfentirely to say to you, young man, before you go.'l on the Providence of God. It was about
this time the Peckham friends wrote to me In July, 1846, I again left home, but wishing me to supply for them. You know told the poor old man I should write to him, the results."
and hoped he would write to me if he was Mr. Moyll then read clearly and distinct-able. He felt very much when I took my ly a confession of his faith and belief. The leave of him, as he said he had no other Doxology was sung, and the morning ser- with in the things of God.
friend he could talk to, and feel communion vice ended at Two o'clock.
In the afternoon, Mr. Geo. Wyard read a The following letter I received from him, portion of Scripture, and offered up what September 14th, 1846 :was termed the Recognition Prayer. After “ Dear Friend and Brother--I have felt which Mr. Jno. Foreman, gave the charge. anxious to hear from you, for did you know In the evening Mr. P. Dickerson preached the state I am in at this present time; my to the church and congregation.
trembling limbs, and tottering hands; and to visit and comfort me, I have nobody;
and in my own house I find nothing but SOME OF THE DYING EXPERIENCE OF
stumbling blocks, and none careth for my
soul. When I lie down I am full of tossings William Upton, of Leicester.
to and fro, wishing for the morning; and
when the morning comes, it brings reflecContinued frorn page 118.
tions to mind, that I have no one to comfort WHEN I returned home again, I was sur-me. Then I think of those blessed priviprised to find him still in this world, but ledges 1 used to enjoy, when you came to gradually sinking in a deep decline. I re- read and pray with me; 0 how many times marked to him, that I thought his residence we have been blessed together; well, bless would have been changed long ago. He re- the Lord, he is just the same: he will plied, with calm composure, I am waiting and does hearken to the cries of his elect till my change come; but it appears God children. O my dear brother, your prayers has something to do with me yet, there is and mine, I hope, are bottled up in heaven! some reason, (though only known to Omni- And the thoughts of going home to my potence himself).
heavenly Father, sweetens all the bitter There is some purpose of the most High cups I have to drink. to be accomplished ; and when that is done, “ The bud may have a bitter taste, I shall be taken to my eternal rest. I asked But sweet will be the flower." him how he felt in the prospect of that when we arrive at home.- Please to excuse great change, which could not be far dis- my writing much, I feel very ill, and tant? I remarked that it was a solemn scarcely able to hold up my head. From point, to take a leap into eternity. (He re- your loving brother in the Lord, plied,) ah! I do feel it to be a solemn
WILLIAM UPTON." consideration, sometimes I am overwhelmed with the thought, and wonder how it I heard no more of this afflicted servant will be with me in that solemn hour. But of the Lord till I arrived home again, which (said he) grace is all-sufficient! Some- was in December, 1846; when I was told times when I have been meditating upon he was not expected to live a day. I these things, I have felt the devil insinuat- hastened in the morning to see him, and I ing into my mind distrustful and hard shall never forget the joy that appeared thoughts of God. He said to me, how do visible in his countenance when I was inyou know God will be with you at that im- troduced into his chamber.
It appears portant moment? Sometimes you are in that he earnestly desired to see my face bedarkness; and think God cares not for you. fore he died, for he had been crying out Perhaps it may be at that moment when you Thomas in the night several times. This most need Him. (O, says he,) when I feel was very singular, as he did not know that these vile insinuations, I know they are I was coming home at that time; but the from the devil; for he tries to get me to Lord granted him his desire, and I was doubt, and discredit what God has spoken. brought home sooner than I anticipated. But God is faithful. He has said, "I will(“He worketh all things after the council never leave thee, nor forsake thee." I be- of his own will."). He began by saying, I lieve this in my judgment. But the thing have been wishing for you to come, that I is, I want the feeling sense in my heart at might tell you what great things I have all times, and this I have not. I know if I experienced of my Father's love; how I am one of God's,(and I firmly believe I am:) have been blessed with manifestations that I am safe at all times, and under all from God. I feel myself built upon the circumstances, whether in darkness or light. rock Christ,-now and then I feel his Why should I'not, God is the same, Jesus love sweetly shed abroad in my heart. I is the same, and' " loveth at all times?" remarked, I am thankful the Lord favours Yet I do feel dying, and entering into the you with his gracious presence in your last presence of God to be such a great thing, hours : you see ke is better to you than all that I have need of more strength than I your doubts and fears. Have you passed now have to go through it; but his blessed through much darkness of soul ? He replied, word says, I shall have strength according no-this last few weeks I have been highly to my day: I rely upon his faithful word; favoured; for I have been free from the believing, I will trust, and not be afraid. perplexing temptations of Satan. O! God is a good God to me; I feel he is a merciful the Lord had not taken me away into the God, and I shall soon be with him in glory. country to die; I dare not say that I felt at
He continued-Thomas, though I am so all uneasy about the matter. Living or highly favoured, and so blest, yet I feel still dying, I trust, I am the Lord's. Through the remains of sin in my heart. O, he the kind instrumentality of means used by said, turning up his eyes–O my vile and my very dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Richard sinful heart. Then (said I.) you cannot talk Berry, of Rollright Heath, I sufficiently reof any perfection in the flesh as many
do. covered to return home to my church and No, Thomas, (he replied,) I feel my heart is friends on Saturday, May 20th.
I can sinful and vile; yet, though I am brought never forget the truly christian tenderness, down to this low and feeble state, I feel the sympathy, and care with which both Mr. leprosy is in my very nature, which causes and Mrs: Berry ministered to my necessime to cry out with Paul,“O wretched man ties in my sickness. That the Lord may that I am.” I am sure, that in my flesh very richly reward them, is my most dwelleth no good thing; and yet I can at earnest prayer. Indeed, all through this the same time thank God, through Jesus month, the goodness of the Lord has been our Lord, I am brought to seek all my per- wonderful towards me. The friends at fection in my blessed Lord.
Wolverhampton, and at Oldham Street, I remarked to him, that God suffered sin Manchester, received me so kindly, and to rise and show itself, from time to time, such a union sprung up between us, that I in the hearts of his dear children, that they really fell right into love with them, and I may know that sin is not done away from felt I could do anything to serve them. our nature, as many light and frothy pro- And yet withal I could not preach to fessors imagine: but that it is there still, please myself. No. My preaching appeared to vex and tease, though not to conquer or (to me) to be so lean and lifeless at some to reign; for (says Paul,) grace shall places, that I really felt quite ashamed of reign... And this implies, that sin would myself. When I came to Chadlington, reign if it could ; but it is kept under, over- however, (the last time I preached in Oxcome, and vanquished, by the all-sufficient fordshire,) the Lord did so nicely break into grace of our adorable Lord Jesus ; for (says my soul, and gave me such a feeling sight he,) 'my grace is sufficient for thée, for my and sense of his everlasting love towards strength is made perfect in thy weakness.' me, that I really preached away all my Feeling then our own weakness, emptyness dreadful pains and distressing fears; and and sinfulness, we are brought to this point after spending a night at good brother --to renounce ourselves, and to look out of Aldred's (at Charlbury-and he and his ourselves to that finished work of Christ; dear spouse were as kind to me as if I had and herein we are accepted, justified, sancti- been their own child,) I came home with fied, and shall be conducted safe to glory. a heart filled with thankfulness and praise Yes, yes, (he replied,) I feel it so—I am sure to the God of all my mercies. of it, Thomas: there is no other hope, here Now, dear friends, I am going to be plain I feel I am resting upon a rock. This is no with you. In consequence of the heavy delusion, no fancy of the brain. After our losses and disappointments which I have conversation, I read and prayed with him, experienced during the last two years, I in which he heartily responded. When I was sunk so low that I could not tell which was about to leave him, he said, Thomas I way to turn, nor how to act. But through am so glad you are come to be with me in the goodness of the Lord unto me this my last moments ; I thought I should have month, I have been enabled to pay my died without seeing you again on earth, but landlord, and a few other claims : but I am if I had, we should have met in heaven, to still greatly encompassed ; so, unto you that sing the praises of God together. I left him wish well to the EARTHEN VESSEL, I say, promising to come and see him again in the do what you can to help her on her way. morning.
My apology is this. On my return home, To be concluded in our next.
I found a vast number of communications; and some letters requiring immediate an
swers. By the help of the Lord, I will read Acknowledgment and Apology. and reply to them all in July. Join with
me, dear friends, in praising my everDEAR FRIENDS, Readers, and Correspond- bountiful Lord ; and do not forget to pray ents,-Since I packed up and sent you off for your willing servant, the EARTHEN VESSEL for May, I have
THE EDITOR. been to Wolverhampton, to Manchester, to P. S. This brief acknowledgment I trust Oxford, to Chipping Norton, Rollright, will not be misconstrued. The hand of the Ripley, Farnborough, and a number of Lord hath been so powerfully manifested other places in different parts of England, towards me, in raising me up, and making preaching the Gospel of our Lord on an use of me both in preaching and publishing average eight or nine times a week. At his truth, that I dared not withhold it. Rollright, in Oxfordshire, I was seized with And he knoweth with what increased love very violent pains in my head, and for two and zeal I do desire to spend and be spent nights, and parts of two days, I did suffer in his service. Never, surely, was that text extremely; so much so, that one morning, more wonderfully réalised—“ Where sin I had some serious thoughts as to whether labounded, grace doth much more abound !”
The Bodies of the Saints the Residence of the Holy Spirit. THE SUBSTANCE OF A SERMON PREACHED IN PROVIDENCE CHAPEL,
Biggleswade, Sept. 12, 1847, By John CORBITT.
“Know ye not that your body is the tem- \ I have crucified the Son of God afresh, ple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, and put him to open shame. Yes! there which ye have of God, and ye are not your remaineth nothing for me but a fearful own, for ye are bought with a price; there looking for of fiery indignation, fore glorify God in your bodies and in your wretched man that I am! How shall I spirits, which are God's.” 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.
escape the wrath to come! O, that I The subject matter contained in the had never been born! Woe is me, woe above text is of great importance; for is me.' By this he is taught to see and to know that our bodies are the temples to feel that God is gone out against him, of God, insures to us all the blessings of as a sinner, in the curses of his holy this life, and that which is to come; and law, and he verily knows now what is without this we are exposed to all the meant by being cast out to the loathing curses contained in God's Book. It of his own soul, to wallow in his own matters not how virtuous, moral, de- blood, to abhor himself in dust and cidedly pious, or strict in our attend ashes; no eye to pity; no hand to assist ; ance, or charitable and benevolent, with the priest and the Levite both pass on out being made new creatures in Christ the other side. In this confusion of soul, Jesus, or being born again of the Spirit, he is like one just awoke from a sound and having Christ formed in our hearts sleep, in the darkness of midnight, with the hope of glory, and all our religious his house all on fire; the sight terrifies exercise turning on the pivot of affection, him, the fire scorches him, the smoke we shall be found as sounding brass and smothers him, and a fear of death distinkling cymbals. Seeing, then, that tresses him; in this confusion he runs this matter is of so much importance I from door to door, from room to room, will try, as the Lord shall enable me, to from landing to landing, until he arrives give a description of the effect produced at the top of the house all in confusion, in the heart of those prepared by the yet in his right mind, having, in this Holy Ghost for his own residence. time of emergency, forgot and left every
Here are three things I shall notice thing for his own life. In this distiess, under this head : First, Confusion ; Se- he cries out;' LORD, SAVE, OR PERISH !' cond, Confession; Third, Rectification. Thus the Holy Ghost exercises those
First, it is written that while the strong whom he will have for his temple ; and man armed keépeth the palace, the thus the Scripture is fulfilled, Seek ye goods are in peace, but when a stronger first, the kingdom of God and his righthan he cometh, and bindeth the strong teousness, and all things needful shall man and turneth him out, then Con- be added unto you;' thus they forsake fusion begins: the soul now begins to father, mother, sister, brother, louse, feel his lost, ruined, and undone state ; land, friends, and treasures, and follow and confused thoughts of death, judg- the Lord whithersoever he goeth, and ment, and eternity flash through every esteem the reproach of Christ greater corner of his soul, making such awful riches than all the treasures of this world. discoveries to him of his inward depra- Secondly, Confession. The poor sinner vity, that quite astonishes and almost now begins to be in real want, and nodrives him to despair. In this confused thing but having those wants supplied state, he turns to the book of God, and will satisfy him; therefore, he is brought finds it written, For every battle of to this conclusion, to go to his father, the warrior is with confused noise and and confess, • Father, I have sinned garments rolled in blood; but this shall against heaven, and in thy sight, and be with burning and fuel of fire. (Isa. am no more worthy to be called thy ix. 5.) This, for want of better judg- son.' • Thou hast set mine iniquity bement, (or being applied by satan,) he fore thine eyes, my secret sins in the light takes to himself, and in ardency of soul, of thy countenance; I have sinned and cries out, “Yes! I am the man ! I come short of the glory of God;' () enhave imbued my hands in innocent blood;' ter not into judgment with me, but