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late of Kidderminster (now of Wigan) concluded -with prayer. Mr. Hammond, of Handwcrth, preached in the evening.
July 22. The Rev. Andrew Ritchie, late a student at Homerton, was set apart to the pastoral office over the Independent Church at Wrentham, ia Suffolk. Mr. Haward, of rtendham, began with reading the Scriptures and the general prayer; ' Mr. War<], of Stowmarket, delivered an introdncfory discourse, and asked the usual questions; Mr. Price, of Woodbridge, prayed the ordination prayer? Mr. Walford, of Yarmouth, gave the charge from I Tim. iv. 16; Mr. Atkinson, of Ipswich, preached to the people; and Mr. Spencer, of Walpole, • concluded with prayer. Mr. Creak, of Burnham, preached in the evening.
i July 26. The Rev. Christopher Hill, late student at Retherham Academy, was ordained pastor over the church of Christ assembling in Lady Glenorchy's Chapel, Carlisle. The following brethren, who are pastors of churches in the same county, engaged 'in the serviee :—Mr. NorrH, of Alston, delivered the introductory discourse; Mr. Peel, of Workington, asked the questions, and offered up the ordination prayer; Mr. Scott, of.Parkhead, j^ive the charge from 1 Tim. iv. r6; Mr. Gritton, of Keswick, preached to the people from Gal. iv. 18. Mr. Hill has only been here about a year, daring which the Lord has answered his prayers and encouraged his heart, by a considerable increase of hearers; to some of whom, he has reason to hope, the word has bee* made profitable.
The Associated Ministers of Hampshire held their hall-yearly Meeting, Sep. 20, at Cowes, in the Isle of Wight.Mr. Sleigh, of Salisbury, preached en the Justice of God, from Deut. xxxii. 4. The^ordinauce of the Lord's Supper was afterwards administered. At half past seven iu the morning, Mr, Bogne preached on Roin. viii. 32; and, in the evening, Mr. Bennett on Is. xxx. 20, 21. Mr. Scamp preached the preceding evening from John xii. 21. The next meeting is to be held at Andover, April Y8, 1810. Mr. Bruce to preach, on the Mercy of God.
Nov. 8. A new Meeting-House, in the Baptist interest, was opened at Hackleton. Mr. Heighton, of Road, prayed; Mr. Sutcliff, of Olncy, and Mr. Fuller, preached in the morning, and Mr. Bhindell, Jun. in the evening, to numerous and attentive audiences. The gospel has beca preached in this
village about 40 years. Dr. Carey, now of Seramnore, was first settled here. The place in which the people met for worship was very small, and, . in other respects, unsuitaMe. Influenced by the desire of glorifying God, and extending the kingdom of Christ, they have erected a plain, neat, and corefortable house, without pewsj which, nn as frugal a plan as they could adopt, has cost them 400I.: toward* which* though a poor people, they have raised nearly Joo 1.: the. rest must be solicited from the religious public. They have Bo settled minister at present; but the prospect of usefulness is very encouraging. Many young persons^ attend. Some of them are the subject* of serious impressions.
Nov. 14. A small but commodious place of worship was opened in the village of Lane iind, near. High Wycombe, Buol.s, when three sermons ws?re deliveied, appropriate to the occasion. Mr. Edwards, of Marlow, preached in the morning, from 2 Thess. iii. I; Mr. Holloway, of Reading, ia the afternoon, from Rom. xv. 29; Mr. Snelgir, of Wyciimbe, in the eveuing, from Heb. ii. 3; Mr., Berry, the , minister of the place during niue years uuwearied exertion, has experienced considerable opposition in his endeavuurs to propagate the knowledge of a crucified Redeemer: the prospect, however, is now very encouraging.'
Nov. 2t was opened a small neat 'chapel, near Penshurst, Keut. The sermon in the morning, by Mr. Sabine,of Ttmbridge, from Luke viii. 1; in the evening, by Mr. Martell (successor to N the apostolic Gilbert, of Heathfield, Sussex) from Rev. xxii. 17. The encouragement at.this spot is great, especially as much opposition and persecution have prevailed formerly. The ground on which the chapel stands, was given by a' lady in the neighbourhood. Both services were well attended, and 20/. collected at the door. Mr. Sabine's sermon^ containing ' Aa Apology for Village Preaching,' is published as a village tract.
The Rev. Samuel Lowell, of Bristol, has accepted the office of Secretary to the Committee of the United Dissenting Congregations in that eity, for. Regulafiug the Applications made for Pecuniary Aid towards the Erection of Buildings for Public. Worship. It is, therefore, requested that cases, ia future, be addressed to him (post paid) and they wiil receive au attention proportioned to their respective claims.
The influence exerted by the British and Foreign Bible Society, like a.flowing stream, deepens and widens as it proceeds. It appears, by recent letters from America, that, in addition to the Bible Societies at Philadelphia and in Connecticut, one was expected to be very shortly formed at New York, and another in New Jersey. In Britain, Auxiliary Bible Societies are continually encreasbg in number; and we have the pleasure to announce that, in addition to those already noticed in this Magazine, one was formed, on the 24th of October last, at Haddington, denominated ' The East Loihian Bible Society.' At Leeds, on the (lay of the national festival, called ' The Jubilee,' another was constitutes!; and, on the 9th of December last, one was also established at Exeter: at the two latter cities, the mayor of «a.'h presided. At FalmoiiMi al:::>, a society, "instituted for the suppression of vice, have formed, from among themselves, an Auxiliary Bible Sori-.'ty; and there is reason to believe that m»ny of the chief towns will follow in the establishment of similar institutions.
The bepefits which arise to society hy such measures are incalculable, not only injhe direct object, the Diffusion of Scriptural Knowledge, but collater
in various ways, and especially in promoting union among Christians of - the several denominations; and may be considered as a happy presage of that glorious period, when they will' see eye to eye,''aiid in all their actions be influenced only by the love of Christ.
We understand that Ihe Annual Meeting of the London Itinerant Society, will bs held at Ihe Guildhalt Coffee-house, on Friday, the 19th ins., at six o'clock.
The independent ministers of London (who ar« engaged in the Monthly Meetings) have agreed to> preach on the subject of Family Worship, on the first Lord's Day of January 1810.—See their Resolutions in our Supplement, page 563.
The Tuesday Evening Lecture ta the Jews, lately instituted by the Missionary Society, has been well attended during the last mouth. .Several Jews have been piesent; from one of whom a sensible teller has been received, stating his objections to the discourse he heard. The subjects discussed at this lecture are very interesting both to Jaws a::d Christians.
Missionary Prayer.Meetings in London, for the Year 1810.
Jan*. !,'....Gate Street Rev. Mr. Williams.;
Feb. 5, ...JewinStreet Mr."Priestley.
March 5,..Orange Street Various. § m
April 2,.. .Hoxton Various. ^
May 7, Islington Uev. Mr. Jones.
June4,....Deptford Mr. Barker.
JulyS, Kentish Town Various.
Ati"-. 6, ...Kinglland Rev. Mr. Campbell.
Sep. 8, ....New Court Dr. Winter.
Oct. 1, ....Union Street Mr. Humphry*.
Nov. 5, Holywell Mount ... Mr. Piatt.
■ , ■ Dec. 3 Berry Street .. - Mr. Beck.
%? Service to begin at Half past Six in the Evening.
Lecture to the Jews, at Artillery Street Chapel, on Tuesday Evenings,
in the Month of January. Jan. 2, Ur.'Thomas Ilackett.—The true Character of the Messiah. 9, Mr. Charles Buck.—The Humiliation of the Messiah. 1 S, Dr. Collyer.—The Conquests and Glory of the Messiah. 23, Mr. John Campbell.—-The indispensable Duty of tne Jews to Search
the Scriptures respecting the Messiah. 30, Mr. George Burder. -Proofs that the promised Messiah has aireaaj appeared.
Thomas Hawkes, late of Piccadilly, Esq. a Donation
iool. 3 per cent, reduced' — i. 69
Collection at the Rev. Mr. Buru's Meeting, Stonehouse, near Ply-
A Friend, by the Rev. C. Buck 1
A Friend, by the Rev. Bowiand Hill — — i o <*.
Anonymous, by ditto — ,' . i o o
A Widow's Mite, by ditto — 1 o t>
T. G. by Mr. Berrj man, Plymouth — —500
Ebenezer (Col.) —
Rev. James Jackscn and Friends, Green Hamerion, collected
October 25, 1809 — 800
Rev. Mr Iliggs and Friends, Dorchester — _" o o •
Rev. Mr. Dunn and Friends, Maryport, coliee'ed Oct. 25
Dissenters —" — A. J3 7 o
Friends to the Cause in the Establishment 8140
1 zz 1 »
Mrs. Hebert, by Rev. Mr. Lewis — —200
A Friend at Lychett —100
N. by the Rev. Mr. Kemp _ *• o o
Capt. W. Jenkins, Swansea, by ditto — .— 1 1 o
Mr.. H. H. Pembrokeshire, by Mr. B. Jones — — 2 ' o o
THE JUBILEE. Guarded by a nation's prayer?,
While Brim's fata] darts are hurl'd '2ri,a«>'s sceptred She appears.
Round the wide empire of-the world, Bending with the weieht of years,
And Death, triumphant in the frav, *"" 'he pressure of her cures:
Marks with his horrid spoils the day, "hllc 'hey share a filial part
Firm, amid lh'alarm of war, In tb* affection or his heart,
Albion sits, serenely great, , """' llle Parent and the Kins,
Unmov'd by all the shocks orfate, Loud his Sra"'ii'l people sing!
Aqd hears the tumult die afar, Vnw. J,„,0„, ,,„,,,,,-. 1 ,
• -i*. rar distant be the frit^l day
Soob the tyrant's blood-stain'd wreath That rends I mm u« our King away!
Withers on his head, and dies, J. And when, at lengih, Great Britain
Blasted by the willow's sifrhs ;— weens
While it shades him, underneath Upon ire sput-where grandeur sleeps;
Fear, and dark suspicion prey, When Tune shall lay tVwioinied head
Chill distrust and blank dismay :— At rest among ilie Imnnur'd dead, —
Vengeance on his conscience rolls May his illti-irious heir arise.
All the blood of slauglncru souls *! And wipe ihe tears from all our eyes!
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• Jer. ii. 34.
Again, with unremitted speed
Thus years shall pass, and years suc-
Tho' Time, with swift and silent range,
Unnotic'd, flits hi* onward way; Yet Nature feels the constant change,
And marks its progress witli decay. Regardless of approaching fate,
While added years our portion fill, Men calmly add another date.
And live as if their time stood still.
Short is the space since we hegan,
Life is at best a little span, —
Ttfit vast events that span contains,
And endless bliss or woe remains,
A year is gane,— the past review,
Almighty goedness fills the space! A year begins, — begin anew The song of praise, the work of grace!
Praise for the Mercies of the Past Year, and Prayer for Blessings on the Nets Year.
Cod, who roil'st the Year along, —
Thou, in whom we live aDd move, Breathe, and then accept the song,
Fill'd with gratitude and love. All above, beneath, around,
Spreading far, and cent'ring near, ■Wisdom, pow'r, and grace abound,
Mingling with the varied Year!
Bound thy high eternal throne,
Pure adoring seraphs stand; Bnt thou art to mortals known
By the bounties of thy hand. TVhen the blasts of Winter blew,
Thou didst check the rage severe; When the fruits of Summer grew,
'Twas thy goodness crowu'd the Year.
Load onr crimes for vengeance call,
Feebly we thy mercy crave, Gently thy corrections fall,—
Swiftly dost thou rise to save! Vile and worthless as we are,
Sinners might thy terrors fearj But thou dost in mercy spare!
Le! we see auuther Year!
Distant roars the battle'* din,
Nations bleed and kingdoms fall;
And without Salvation's wall.
Prince of Peace for us appear: Sheathe, Oh, sheathe, the nations' swords!
Give us now an happy Year!
Thou, whose sun's prolific rays
Warm and cheer this globe beneath; Thee for brighter light we praise, .
Shining thro' the shades of death. Now the Saviour's grace we see,
Now the gospel-trump we hear: Give us now oiirJuliii.EE, —
Bring the great triumphant Year '.
God, the Author and End of
Great Source of existence and bliss,
Thon Fountain of Life a:d of Love J Thy wisdom's a boundless abyss,—
Thy kingdom can never remove! Tho' beings shall rise and decay
And sink to the tlust whence the£ came, Tho' nature shall moulder away.
Thy throne is forever the same!
Thy word hath the universe made,
Thine hand doth creaticn uphold; All. time by thy glance is survey'd,
AH ages thy goodness unfold!
The seasons that roll in their train, Their circles unerring retrace,
For Thou dost their courses maintain! i • .
When night overwhelm'd us, how Sook
Thy truth, like the morning - star, shone; But bright as the lustre of noon,
Messiah thy glory made known. The gems of the sky shall expire,
And darkness the sun shall obscure, The earth shall be melted with fire,
But truth shall forever endure.
Our days, they are fleeting and few;
Our wants, they arc many and great: Bnt thou dost our comforts renew,
Our cares and our sorrows abate. . Ah! soon we shall finish our course.
And Time shall itself have an end! To Thee may we rise as our Souree,
And with Thee eterniiy spend!
Printed by U. Auld, Greville Street,Lonta.