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cell door is fastened, and Bunyan is left alone. A rude lamp glimmers on the table, scarcely sufficient light to enable him to read. Yet he is most busy with his Bible, the Concordance, and his pen, ink, and paper. He writes as though joy did make him write.
His pale, worn countenance is lighted up with a fire, as if reflected from the radiant jasper walls of the Celestial City. He writes and smiles, and clasps his hands, and looks upwards, and blesses God for His great love, and then turns again to his writing, and then becomes so entranced with a passage of Scripture, the glory of which the Holy Spirit lets in upon his soul, that he becomes overwhelmed with Divine meditations and revelations. But here we must check our pen. Truly, good John Bunyan was one of God's brightest lights.
These were some who were as cities set on a hill which could not be hid. Possibly, you may never shine as they. Recollect, situations and our services are assigned us by the sovereignty of God, and, therefore, what He does not give He does not require of us, and “where there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what we have, and not according to what we have not." The Redeemer said of Mary, “She hath done what she could." Moral greatness consists not in doing great things, but in doing little things with a great mind.
”Honour and shame from! no condition Act well your part, there all your glory
lies." You cannot, perhaps, become Pauls, Martin Luthers, and Bunyans, but you may become, through grace, Godhonoured instruments for much good. If not a city on a hill, a candle on a candlestick. Have you the light of life within ? Do you possess the oil' of grace? If so, Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear
light, Like a little candle, burning in the
night; In the world of darkness so we must
shine, You in your small corner, and I in
mine. " Jesus bids us shine, first of all, for Him, Well He sees and knows it if our light
is dim ; He looks down from Heaven to see us
shine, You in your small corner, and Į in
mine, " Jesus bids us shine ; yes, for all around; Oh, wḥat depths · of darkness in the
world are found ! There's sin, there's want, and sorrow
so we must shine,
LINES WRITTEN IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAY GRACE
Beneath the willow tree,
To bind us unto thee.
Thy little wasted frame; 9:11 Lots But now we joy to think for aye No love of theirs, however deep, iwwif you ': From suffering thou art free..
Could ease thee of thy pain.
But Christ, the gentle Shepherd, came,
And tenderly he bore
To Canaan's lovely shore.
Thy spirit's upward flight,
And wear thy robe of white;
All gloomy thoughts dispel,
Should answer, It is well !
Then, parents, dry those weeping eyes,
shall surely prove Whate'er thy Father does is right,
And all in perfect love.
From sorrow, toil, and pain,
And never part again.
Thy body in the tomb,
Pews from our Xhurches.
gathered in, this Psalm should express our Thanksgiving and Presentation.
thoughts and feelings. Whilst remember
ing the Divine goodness in the material SPECIAL services were held in the Baptist harvest, we have more to praise God for in chapel on Wednesday, October 17th, 1883, the spiritual harvest, for the souls that to thank the Lord for harvest blessings, had been, and are being, gatherel into His opportunity being taken of the occasion to kingdom. Attention was earnestly directed present the late pastor, Mr. Thomas Hoddy to the great harvest, and the congregation —who, from age and physical inability, reminded that the tares and the wheat are had recently found it necessary to relin- permitted to grow together now; that as quish his office-with a token of the high the sowing so the reaping, for, “God is not estimation in which he is held, for his mocked, whatsoever a man soweth that work's sake and his own personal worth.
shall he also reap. Be not deceived by In the afternoon Mr. B. J. Northfield, of Satan, yourselves or others, in regard to Hadleigh, preached an instructive Gospel your sowing ; he that soweth to the flesh sermon from the words, “ All Thy children shall of the flesh reap corruption, he that shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap be the peace of Thy children.”—Isa. liv. 13. life everlasting. Closing with an appeal to The preacher divided his discourse under all present to think of the grace and goodfour leading ideas. (1) The persons taught;
ness of God, the chairman called upon Mr. (2) What they are taught; (3) Their G. Bunting, of Swaffham, to offer prayer; teacher ; (4) The promise of great peace to.
the leader and congregation enjoying a them. The thoughtful discourse was sense of God's presence, were led earnestly listened to with attention and profit by to seek the favour and blessing of God for the auditory, which was a numerous one. the church and its late pastor at the present At 5.30 a large gathering sat down to tea, and for the future, and for the manifesta. so large that the ample provision made tion of His grace in the messages about to was all consumed. At 7 the public meeting
be delivered. was well attended, Mr. Hoddy presiding. Mr. Northfield was called upon to ad. A hymn of praise having been heartily dress the meeting. He said that, though sung, Mr. Hoddy read Ps. lxvii. Com at Clare for the first time, it was not the menting upon it, he said that, as he under. first time he had met with their honoured stood the object of the meeting was more pastor. He well remembered hearing him especially to express gratitude to God for at Bethesda, Ipswich, some years ago, the bountiful harvest that had been safely speaking on the text, “Bless the Lord, o
my soul ;” and his first remark, after pausing awhile, struck him very much- All true religion centres in the soul”—and, as the impression still remained, he would speak to them on the present occasion on that subject. God deals with immortal souls now, and the soul will continue to exist for ever, either to dwell with God or with devils eternally. The harvest just gathered in we had seen with our eyes, and it was a token of God's faithfulness to His promise to Noah, and He would be faithful to His covenant with His people. We need have no fear about that. Our troubles may be numbered, but our mercies never. God shall bless us ; He will bless every repentant, seeking soul ; He will bless, for He loves to do it. Ho has blessings in reserve, treasured up in Christ Jesus our Lord;
and what grace to the poor and needy, first to be given to know their need, and then to receive from His fulness every needed good. There may be rough ploughing, not smooth things, before arriving
at the joy of faith. The Lord lets fall the seed of grace into the heart; by grace it is nourished in hope ; the Lord blesses it, and the child of God grows in grace.
A heart-felt joy was manifest as Mr. Northfield, in conclusion, commended their beloved pastor to the constant care of God, who had so graciously sustained him during a long ministry.
The chairman here remarked that all God's dealings with his people are blessings, though sometimes in disguise. At this moment, Mr. H. Crow, one of the deacons, asked permission to say a few words. He said that he would have wished some older and abler man had been selected for the task he was about to perform, although to him it was a most pleasant one. It was that of presenting Mr. Hoddy with a purse containing sixty; seven pounds, cheerfully, willingly, and lovingly given by friends who would ever esteem him in loving affection, and remember him in their prayers. Might he still be permitted to dwell amongst them, giving them his valuable advice, and helping them as he might be able.
Mr. Hoddy thanked the friends present, and all absent, who had helped to make so kind and generous a gift to him. He thanked them very much, and felt very grateful to God.
When he resigned on July 1st, he did not expect such a thing, and when a presentation was suggested, said, “I do not wish you to beg for me. But he very heartily appreciated this token
of their kind sympathy for him, and must express himself in the language of Jacob,
am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which Thou hast showed unto Thy servant." He had feebly served a good and gracious Master, and was himself but a poorimperfect mortal. Nearly forty-seven years had he been sustained in the ministry, nineteen at Walton, and when he went there it was before the days of railways. He remembered good Lot Crow walking with him part of the way from Clare to Hadleigh, where be slept that night, then walked on to Ipswich, where he was met by a friend, who took him on to Walton.
It seemed but a very short time, but it was forty-six years ago on the 1st of last August, that the late Mr. S. Collins, of Grundisburgh, gave him his charge on the occasion of his public ordination at Walton, which was founded on the words, "Study to approve thyself unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” That Scriptural exhortation he had prayerfully endeavoured to hold in remembrance during the course of his ministry. Since then he had been pastor twentyone years at Horham, and the remainder of the forty-seven years had been spent with them at Clare. He could have wished to have continued his ministry a little longer, but bowed in submission to the will of the Lord. He blessed God he had not been left without seals to his ministry ; believers had been edified, and sinners called by grace. God had been with him when preaching the glorious Gospel of His grace, and borne with him in his infirmity. Sometimes he had felt very near the gate of heaven in the work, at others been ready to doubt his call to the ministry. He looked to the Atonement for pardon and peace; a blessed thing, it is to rest on the atoning sacrifice of Christ. And now his prayer was that the church may have an earnest, faithful, loving under shepherd, and would like them to have a young man as a pastor, after the kind he took his young brother Northfield to be. Might they all meet in heaven, where there are no old people, no infirmi. ties, no interruption to the pleasure, but fulness of joy for evermore.
Mr. Hoddy also alluded to the charge that had been given on the previous day to Mr. Fear, who had been then ordained minister at the Independent Chapel, saying that it was a very suitable, earnest, and Scriptural address, and wished
Mr. Fear success in the work of the consideration with our forefathers, which ministry.
oversight posterior generations must more Mr. H. G. Fear, the Independent minis- or less regret. However, though not ter, gave the next address. It was with “beautiful for situation,” the chapel is mingled feelings, he said, that for the first constructed well for sound, and could only time he stood on the platform of the be improved by the ousting of the old Baptist chapel amongst his brethren. He pews for the more comfortable modern had not forgotten the associations of yester- benches. day (his ordination), the excitement of On Lord's day, November 11th, the which, with other things, made him feel pastor, Mr. Philip Reynolds, preached two' somewhat weary:
His he felt was the sermons to large and appreciative audiences; beginning of a ministry, this the close of a and on the Tuesday following, Mr. John successful one, How about the interval in Hazelton, of Chadwell Street, preached & his own case? He hoped, by the grace of God, sound, comforting, and thoughtful sermon it might not be unworthily filled up. He
from 2 Cor. i. 20. The Lord graciously alluded to the shadow that was cast over helped the preacher to deliver his thoughts, the meeting by the death of their much irrespective of the cough and severe cold respected friend, Mr., C. Hale, who had which occasionally interrupted his flow of been fifty-one years a member and forty speech. The congregation in the afternoon, years a deacon of the Baptist Church, and
as also in the evening, was very encourag, further addressed the friends in words of ing. After the sermon an excellent. tea judicions counsel and friendly good will. was served to a large number of friends.
Mr. Bunting gave a short address. In the evening, Charles Wilson, Esq., Alluding to the former pastorate of Mr. occupied the chair, and appeared, as usual, Hoddy at Horham, he said it was there he to be thoroughly at home and liappy in first heard him, twenty years, ago in a
his work of love. The churches of truth, crowded chapel, telling the old, old story
and the benevolent institutions therewith. to a country congregation, and was much connected, are not insensible to the great pleased to find the pastor so greatly help so frequently rendered by Mr. Wilson, esteemed and beloved by them. He was
whose heart and hand are full of happy quite sure that if he could interpret Mr.
wishes and good deeds for the needy in Hoddy's feelings he would say his rejoicing Zion. May God long, spare him in holy would still be in seeing the work of the
usefulness, and favour him much with His Lord continue to prosper among them.
felt presence in time, and with an abundant Mr. Crow, sen., thought it right and just entrance at last into the glory worldto state, regarding the presentation, that
“ Where seas of joy eternal flow, many friends at a distance, and some of
Without a taint of mortal woe. their neighbours, Churchmen, had volun.
Mr. Wilson having read. John i. 1-18, tarily added their gifts, in token of their
Mr. Mayhew offered prayer. Mr. Reynolds, high esteem of Mr. Hoddy. The hymn, • All hail the great. Im.
the pastor, then_expressed a few words manuel's name,
bearing upon the Lord's goodness to him. was sung most heartily
self and the church during the last twelve to the well-adapted tune Miles'. Lane. Mr.
months. Although there had been many Hoddy then commended all to the loving
favourable tokens for good during that kindness and care of God, and thus ended
period, yet the church had been called to a most happy meeting. May the Lord
endure trials and difficulties, in common still bless and build up his cause at Clare.
with other churches., Peace, one of the S. R. B.
greatest blessings of heaven, prevailed in the church. Seventeen persons had been
added to the church since last year (twelve ISLINGTON PROÝIDENCE CHAPEL.
by baptism), and four removed by death The thirty-third anniversary of the above One case, perhaps more than equally pain. chapel was celebrated on November 11th ful the rest, was the death of sister Mrs. and 13th. In many respects the sanctuary Briscoe, who left to mourn her departure itself is excellent, although its approach is a tender, loving husband and six dear somewhat objectionable, as being difficult children, for whom Mr. Reynolds felt a for a London visitor to find. A ominent deep sympathy. The pastor, in the course and suitable site for the erection of a of his remarks, stated that the church was chapel was not always a main point of free of debt, and that fresh arrangements,
of a financial order, had been entered into
RATTLESDEN, SUFFOLK. between himself and the church-namely, DEAR MR. EDITOR,—But for the 'multiplithat after the church had disbursed all
city of engagements, I should have written incidental expenses, he (the pastor) was to you last month an account of our harvesthave the residue. It is to be hoped that home meeting,' held on Tuesday, 18th the new scheme will be lasting and amic
September, when a sermon was preached able, and that the pastor, above all
, will in the afternoon by Mr. Knell, of Ringby no means suffer loss, as the workman
sha after which a tea was provided by a is worthy of his meat (i.e., maintenance). committee of ladies, consisting of Mrs. Mr. Wilson supplemented the remarks of Hixham, Jewers, Stearn, Warren, and the pastor by stating that the ministers of
Firman, at which 200 sat down and partook the present day were insufficiently remu- thereof. A public meeting followed, prenerated for their labour, and that, if they sided over by the pastor, and addresses were
more liberally provided for, there delivered by brethren Dickerson, Whatwould be more hope of success in the mough, Morling, Haddock, Knell, Ennells causes of truth. The subject-matter for and J. Clover. The collections amounted discussion by the respected preachers of to £130s. 31d., appropriated to Bury the evening was based upon 1 Tim. iii. 16. Hospital, and widows-aged, afflicted, and Mr. J. S. Anderson, being the first speaker, infirm -of the neighbourhood. addressed the friends with warmth and
happy afternoon and evening was spent by intelligence on the mystery of the incar- a well-filled chapel of friends. nation of Christ, which part of the text the On Lord's day, 4th November, I was writer also briefly treated of. Mr. Shepherd privileged to lead into the baptismal pool spoke 'admirably well on the splendid two of our young friends, who had expressed doctrine of justification. Mr. Meeres was their desire to confess the Saviour in His interesting and lively on the 'sublime
despised but honoured ordinance, having ministry of angels. Mr. Green dwelt faith
been accepted by the unanimously exfully on the distinctive features of grace. pressed approval of the church as members Mr. Wilkins testified of the wondrous thereof, of which there is great promise of effect of the Gospel, as“ believed on in usefulness, as part of the mystical body of the world,” and which made the hearts of
our once dead but now risen and exalted many present glad. Mr. Dalton, with sweet Redeemer. May the Lord Jesùs, whom they and loving words, opened the vision of have thus confessed, preserve them from heaven agreeable to the latter part of the the ensnarements of the world, the corruptext, forcing the soul of the scribe to tions of their own fallen natutes, and the whisper
overcoming power of Satan, and fulfil all “Lend, lend your wings ! I mount! I fly! our hopes concerning them. During the O grave! Where is thy victory?
day a holy solemnity appeared to pervade o death! Where is thy sting?
the congregation, especially at the ordi. A warm-hearted vote of thanks having nance, when numbers were bathed in tears. been accorded to the chairman by the I am further pleased to say there is a pastor, the happy and successful meeting prospect, as well as a hope, the pool will be terminated. Praise God from whom ali opened again shortly. All praise to our blessings flow. So-says
covenant, divine Jehovah for His love, His
W. WINTERS. blood, and His grace. I preached on the Waltham Abbey.
occasion from Acts viii. 36 and following [We wish to add to the above excellent
verses, aud dwelt briefly onreport of our brother Winters, that the 1. The attention arrested—“See, here is proceeds of the anniversary amounted to water.” about £25, which sum enables the pastor 2. The interrogation propoundedto realise quite as satisfactory an income as
" What doth hinder me to be baptized.”, he had last year. The cause at Providence, 3. The answer presented—“If thou be. Islington, has never been so peaceful and lievest with all thine heart, thou mayest.' prosperous for many years as it is at 4. The confession made-"I believe present. The kindness of the ladies in that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." giving trays made the tea almost wholly 5. The conduct adopted . And they profit. The Lord is evidently smiling
went down both into the water, "both õpon Providence, and granting both Philip and thc Eunuch and he baptized spiritual and temporal blessings. - ED.)