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Moseley, Williams, and Sissons. A church is now formed and settled in a place, which, being very dis. taut from all the means of grace, was, a few years ago, remarkably ignorant and profligate.
lo the evening of the same day, a new chapel was opened at New. port, in Shropshire, the former being obliged to be pulled down. Part of the same ministers engaged.
April S, 1803. In the afternoon, a small church of the particular Baptist denomination, was formed at Camberwell, near London. In the evening there was a public meeting; at which several ministers from London were present, to recognise and improve the important union. Mr. Carr, who has statedly
supplied the people .for somt tim*,, having accepted the call of this infant church, wasr on the lit of June, solemnly set apart by imposi. tion of hands. The service was introduced by Mr. Gray (assistant to Mr. Booth) who read a portion of Scripture and prayer; Mr. Thomas Thomas stated the nature of ordination, and asked the usual questions; Mr. Carr then delivered an account of his religious sentiments; Dr. Jenkins, of Walworth, prayed the ordination - prayer, and addressed the pastor, from Acts xx. 17; Mr. Coxhead, of Wild-street, prayed; Mr. Upton, of Blackfriars, preached to the people, from 1 Peter v. 10.; and Mr. Ready, of Peckharu, con, eluded with prayer.
Jan. 4, I8oj, was opened Bethesda chapel, Liverpool, a new and commodious placeof worship, erected by the Independent congregation under the Rev. John Ralph, late of Clock Heaton, Yorkshire. Three sermons were preached by the Rev. P. S. Charrier, W. Roby, and S. Bradley, of Manchester, from Ps. xc. 16.; Phil. i. 17.; and 1 Cor. xii. •7.; Messrs. Johnstone, Davies, Sharp, Bruce, and Alexander, engaged in prayer in the different ser. vices.
A private house was opened for preaching, in the ancient town of Cor/e Castle, on the 10th of January last, by Mr. Banister, of Wareham. Mr. Sedcole of Swanage, and Mr. Banister, have engaged to preach there alternately, every fortnight.
May 5, 1S03.—A neat and commodious place of worship was opened at Cress-Street, near Manchester.
In the morning, Mr. HanforrYi, 0$ Gatley, introduced the service by reading the Scriptures, and by. prayer; and Mr. Bradley, of Mlnchesler, preached from Ps. lxxxix, 15.—In the afternoon, Mr. The&t dosius, of New Windsor, near Manchester, prayed; and Mr. Roby preached from Ps. cxviii. *5-—A chapel was very much wanted in this populous village y and there is, a pleasing prospect of usefulness, .
We have the pleasure to hear, that the chapel at leignmouth, Devon, built by the late Rev. Mr. Holmes, of Exeter, is again opened for public worship, after having been shut up for a considerable time. The people are now favoured with a regular minister, the Rev. Mr. Trap; and we hope the great Head of the church will be pleased! to bless his labours iu that place of genteel resort.
We are very much concerned to learn that an Act of Assembly has been passed in Jamaica, which subjects all persons "not qualified according to the laws" in that island, and who shall " presume to preach
and teach in any meeting or asscrrt* bly of negroes, or people of c<tt lout," to be "deemed and taken to be rogues and vagabonds ;*» and accordingly, such are liable to be apprehended and comtnitted to the common gaol $ anOMpou conviction before three magistrates, may be -*S committed to the workhouse, there to be kept to hard labour; "for the first offence one month, and for every subsequent offence, six months each." — If a slave, the penalty for the first offence is the same, and for each succeeding one a public \fioggixg; — if a white, to sulfer such punishment as the ** court shall see Jit to inflict, not extending to life."— Pained as we are by this informa. tion, we feel confident in the guarxlian care of Providence; and are persuaded that no Prince of the -House of Brunswick will sanction any laws which tend to rekindle the flames of religious persecution.'
ArRIL 19th, the Bishop of London held a visitation of the clergy at St. Martin's Church, where a Sermon was preached by the Rev. Gerrard Andrews, rector of St. James's, Westminster, from Roru. xi. 13. *• I magnify mine office:" after which his Lordship delivered a charge to the clergy.
On Sunday afternoon, May 15, ryjr. ■frey, a converted Jew, now under the tuition of Mr. Bogue,for missionary labours, preached a sermon to thejews at Sion Chapel, from Gen. K'iii.i. "And Abraham said unto Lot, let there be no strife, I pray thee, between roe and thce,&c. tor we be brerhren." The texts referred to in the discourse, were first recited in Hebrew, and then in English. • A prodigious congregation was collected, among whom were observed about two hundred of the children of Abraham. After the sermon, several of them came into the vestry, and spoke in a friendly manner to the preacher.
Tuesday morning, May 31st, the Rev. Richard Cecil, A. M. preached before the Society for Missions to Africa and the East, at Blackfriar's Church, from Isaiah xi. 3-. ** Prepare ye the way of the Lord." The moral state of the heathen, the means, which it is our duty as Christians to use for their salvation, and the motive" to stimulate us to ihe use of such means with energy and fervour, formed the leading branches of his discourse. In de
sionary called and lent of God, Mr. Cecil paid an honourable tribute to the memory of the late venerable Mr. Swartz, the Danish Missionary, who died in India, Feb. 13, 1798. — The church was well filled, and. many evangelical clergymen and dissenting ministers were present.
The Rev. W. B. Williams, late Curate of High Wycomb, succeed* Mr. Eyre, as Minister of Homerton chapel.
The Rev. Watts Wilkinson, chaplain to the Haberdashers'Almshouses at Hoxton, is appointed, by the Haberdashers' company, to the, Lectureship of St. Bartholomew behind the Royal Exchange, vacant by the death of the late Dr. Finch.
It is a circumstance worthy of general notice, and peculiarly encouraging to the ministers of the gospel, that, of late years, a generous attention has been shewn by the British churches to the widows and families of deceased pastors. In addition to former instances of this kind, it is with pleasure we record, that the sum ol 1611I. has been raised. by the congregation and friends of the late Mr. Maurice, of Fetter Lane, London, for the use of his family..
The death of the Rev. Mr. Newell (mentioned in our Obituary) who has left a widow and three children, totally unprovided fur, will give another opportunity to the religious public, who, we trust, •• are not weary in well.doing," to testify their regard tc the Lord Jesus, by their kindness to the bereaved and distressed family, of one of hit most fumble and faithful ministers. Benefactions, we understand, will be received by O. Oldham, Esq. of Brook-House, HoL born; and by the Rev. Mr. VVilks, of Old-street Road.
The Rev. George Burder, late of Coventry, is removed to London, liaving been recently chosen Secretary to the Missionary Society, and final'Editor of this Magazine, instead of the late Rev. Mr, Eyre, He has also accepted an unanimous call from the church, lute under the Dastor.il care of Mr.
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THE LORD'S PRAYER.
Our Father, God! who art in Hrav'n, To thy great name, be rev'rence giv'n! Thy peaceful kingdom wide extend; And reign, O Lord, till time shall end 1
Thy sacred will on earth be done,
As 'tis by angels round thy throne;
And let us ev'ry day be fed
With earthly, and with heav'nly, bread..
Our sins forgivt', and teach us thus
Thine is the kingdom to controul,
ON THE PROSPECT OF DYING.
At thy command I meekly yield
Fix thou the time (the time is KV4.
In the divine decree):
And I will answer tbec.
My flesh and soul to thee I've grv'a
In their united Mate:
With each when separate?
To dwell on earth with roe:
"Where I am thou shaft be •"
Th)r glorious angels stood prepar'd,
His parting spirit to convey
Those morning stars thro- all my way-
And will they not, when loos'd from clay.
O glorious faith! that bears the soul
Lar'ring to reach the heav'nly goal,