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to others where it is possible). Those, and greatest possible cause for alarm. Such perthose alone (we are again constrained by sons would do well to consider the simple truth to say), who endeavour to do the very but striking calculation that in each year opposite of all this, who endeavour to honour there are fifty-two sabbaths, in thirty-five God on and in his holy day, and to enter with years five whole years of sabbatha, in seventy all their heart and soul into all its sacred years ten whole years of sabbaths; so that, if duties such persons alone can be said to a person lives even thirty-five years, he will keep the sabbath from polluting it: upon have five whole years to answer for, which such alone will the blessing of God descend; he might have given entirely to the service such alone, therefore, are safe ; such alone of his God and his own great preparation for will (not for their own merits, but for the sake eternity. of their Lord and Saviour) inherit the pro- Finally, let me observe how deeply thankmise of the text, as well as all the other pro- ful we should be to God for the appointment mises of God in his holy word. He, who of the sabbath, and for the blessing which he offends in one point of God's law, is guilty has ever caused to rest upon it. What would of all; and he, who wilfully or thoughtlessly the world have been without the sabbath, with profanes or neglects the sabbbath, can perform no fixed time for the peculiar and solemn no other duty aright.
worship of God? How few would ever have In what has been said with respect to the thought of worshipping him at all! We way in which the sabbath should be observed, may form some idea of what the condition of we must, of course, make the usual exception the world without the sabbath would have in favour of works of piety, necessity, and been, from the history of those nations or incharity. Our God desires mercy and not dividuals who have neglected and despised sacrifice; and the religion of Christ is not it. The nations, among whom vice and immoto be a gloomy burden on the conscience, but rality most abound, are those which most an enlightened and joyful service of love. neglect or profane this holy day. And those There are works which must be done and individuals, who have run to the greatest ought to be done by every one on the Lord's excess of riot in sin, have frequently been day. There are some works which were not heard to confess that their course of iniquity done by the Jews on the sabbath day, but began with the breaking of the sabbath-day. which may be done by us, because we live And what a rich blessing from above has under a system of greater liberty. And, per- ever attended the humble and devout obhaps, this is partly what the apostle Paul servance of it! And is this no argument, if meant in the passage to which we have further argument be needed, in behalf of the referred, “Let no man judge you in respect Christian day of rest? of sabbath-days.” Only let us not use our Let me conclude the
upon Christian liberty for an occasion to the flesh this subject, which would furnish matter not or to sin. Some would stretch this liberty to merely for one discourse, but for a series of an extent which shows how little they under-discourses, with the striking testimony of a stand St. Paul's question and answer: "Do writer of some note. He says: “Let men, in we then make void the law through faith? whose hearts are the ways of God, consider Yea, we establish the law." The fact is, much the use that hath been made, under the blessmust be left to the conscience and the sin- ing of God, of the conscientious observance cerity of each individual; and there are per- of the Lord's day, in the past and present age, sons, unhappily, who will always abuse the to the promotion of holiness, righteousness, doctrine of the gospel, and sin that grace may and religion universally in the power of it. abound. God makes every allowance for And, if they are not under invincible prehuman necessities and infirmities; but we judices, it will be very difficult for them to cannot expect him to make any for human judge that it is a plant which our heavenly sloth and carelessness, and profane neglect or Father hath not planted. For my part, I contempt of the requirements of his holy must not only say, but plead whilst I live in word.
this world, and leave this testimony to the preNone who really desire to serve the Lord sent and future ages (if these papers see the fully and truly, and to honour him in all his light and do survive), thal, if ever I have seen ordinances, and especially in his holy day, any thing in the ways and worship of God, need be discouraged if their personal strength wherever the power of religion or godliness or family duties prevent them from attending hath been expressed, any thing that hath on him and keeping the sabbath as they could represented the holiness of the gospel and of wish; but those who deliberately neglect his the Author of it, any thing that hath looked glory, and trifle away the time which he has like a prelude unto the everlasting sabbath given them for the highest purposes, have the and rest with God, which we aim through grace to come to, it hath been there and which the gospel had taken in the hearts of the with them, where and amongst whom the Bassoutos, and manifested their Christian spirit and Lord's day hath been had in highest esteem, dom and faithfulness of the Redeemer's disciples,
moderation, while it had borne witness to the wisand a strict observance of it attended to, as an ordinance of our Lord Jesus Christ. The quarter. The number of stations occupied is ll;
the messengers of peace and salvation in that remembrance of the ministry, of the walking they are under the charge of 20 missionaries
, and conversation, of the faith and love of whó, together with their families, form an Ears. those who in this nation have most zealously pean society of 85 individuals. The society conpleaded for, and have in their persons and template a mission of inquiry to the French Colony families and churches or parishes been the of Algiers; it being their desire to ascertain whe most strict observers of this day,
will be pre- of conversion among the Mohammedan population.
ther the time is not come for beginning the work cious with them that fear the Lord, whilst At the close of the report a sketch is given of the the sun and moon endure. Their doctrine results which have attended the work of Chrisalso in this matter, with the blessing that tian missions in various parts of the world. An attended it, was that for which multitudes approximative estimate shows that the number of now at rest do bless them, and in which heathen converted to Christianity the first 60 many that are yet alive do greatly rejoice. years of the preaching of the gospel, was about
and on a comparison with what has Let these things be despised by those who been the result of the labours of the 2,000 misare otherwise minded: to me they are of great sionaries sent out by 30 different societies during weight and importance."
the last sixty years, it would appear that 800,000 heathen had been converted to the Christian faith. The income of the society last year
amounted to £3,558 (or 88,970 francs), and the MISSIONARY RECORDS.
expenditure to £3,984 (or 99,600 francs). But !
as the year began with a balance in hand of No. LXXXIV.
£4,495, and as there was a sum of £2,970 due to the missionaries, the balance in favour of the
society at the close of the year was not more than “ Strong Creator, Saviour mild, Humbled to a mortal child;
about £1,014. The “Ladies' Auxiliary Associa- : Captive, scourged, bound, reviled;
tion" had raised a sum of £403, which is, to be Jesus! Hear and save !"
wholly applied to the education of the children of BISHOP HEBER. missionaries. The French protestants in all parts
had taken so lively an interest in this good work, NATIONAL PRAYER FOR MISSIONS.--The na- that as many as 74 auxiliary associations had been tional church of Prussia has recently set an formed. example which all may well take to heart and THE FRENCH BIBLE SOCIETY.- It is stated, follow. The king of Prussia, upon a petition in the report presented to the annual meeting on presented by the supreme ecclesiastical council at April 30, that the society distributed 9,798 bibles Berlin, with the unanimous and cordial concur- and 67,433 New Testaments last year; and that rence of all the provincial synods, gave his sanc- the receipts were £4,040, leaving a balance of tion, in April last, to the following addition to the £560 in hand. Mr. Bonnet, one of the speakers form of prayer used in the Sunday services of the at the meeting, said that, upon his visit to a town Prussian church: "Graciously accompany with in Italy, where the gospel had created a general the power of thy Holy Spirit the preaching of movement, he was allowed to attend a large thy gospel among the Jews and the heathens; meeting of the industrial classes, as well as of te bless the labours of thy servants who devote them- learned and affluent, who had come to the light. selves to this office ; and so fulfil thy glorious A Neapolitan magistrate was among them, who promises of the increase and extension of the king- had until lately been prostrated in spirit by grief dom of thy dear Son, that the days may come at his banishment from his native country. But, for which we tarry, when the fulness of the Gen- his attention having been drawn to the cause of tiles shall be brought in, and Israel also shall be protestantism, he was induced, upon hearing it converted to him, and be saved.”
reviled and called Manicheism, to inquire for hiaPARIS PROTESTANT MISSIONARY SOCIETY. self; and for this purpose he went into a protes -The “Société des Missions Evangeliques” held tant chapel, where he heard the preacher read and its eighteenth anniversary in the French capital on discourse of Jesus's sermon on the mount: bis April 29, under the presidency of Mr. Jules Dela- eyes were opened at once to the imposition pracborde. In his opening speech he dwelt upon the tised upon him, and the very next morning he trials to which the society's mission in the south paid a visit to the minister who had officiated. of Africa had been exposed, and the gracious pro- The gospel has now brought him the blessing of tection which the Lord had vouchsafed it, as well cheerful submissiveness to the divine will; and be as upon the fidelity and prudence which its mis- comforts his companions in exile by leading tben sionaries had shown. The annual report entered to seek, for the country they have lost, a better, into details of the war which had brokeu out in a heavenly country. Mr. Bonnet expressed a conthe south of Africa, and which, had not a more fident hope that a glorious spiritual revolution is than earthly arm thrown its shield over the mis- dawning upon Italy, and that its people will not sion, would bave annihilated it altogether. This long thirst in vain for that water of which if a severe ordeal had given evidence of the firm hold man drink he shall never thirst.
CENTRAL INDIA.-Jubbalpur presents its sur- of missionary proceedings in China, dated January rounding three millions of British subjects, who 28, 1852, in which he states that the new buildfor a quarter of a century have belonged to Eng- ing for St. Paul's college has been completed. land, but to whom the church of England has not The number of Chinese pupils was about 30. yet sent a missionary. There is here the entire Speaking generally of the mission in China, the frame-work of a mission already set up, by zealous bishop writes: Among the encouragements wbich Christian officers and chaplains on the spot, a I am privileged to record, is the fact of the past local committee to collect funds, schools, and year having witnessed the first-fruits of the dwelling-houses. And this is the language in Church of England Mission in China; I trust, which the zealous chaplain has addressed the only the beginning of a more plentiful harvest of society: “The change which has recently taken souls to be gathered into the church of Christ. place in the native mind is so remarkable, as to There have been baptized, three at Ningpo, four form the subject of common discourse amongst at Shanghac, and three at Hong Kong. If we both natives and Europeans, namely, that the were satisfied with a low standard of Christian proHindus are fast deserting their idols and the wor- fession, many additions to these numbers might be ship of them. Both Hindus and Mussulmans are made.” On Sept. 7, 1851, the rev. T. M'Clatchie willing to listen to the holy scriptures, and ac- records the ordination of a native convert by knowledge their excellence. There is an unusual bishop Boone, of the American Episcopal Mission. demand for Christian books, and many pundits Mr. M‘Clatchie was present at his examination, are inquiring diligently into these things. There and was much gratified at hearing his answers : is a village four miles from Jubbalpur, inhabited he also preached on the occasion, at the bishop's largely by Brahmins, in which the holy scriptures request. On the following day Mr. M'Clatchie and the claims of Jesus are a daily subject of dis- admitted his first convert, one of his blind class, pute and inquiry. Surely God intends to do great to baptism, after he had been for nearly two years things here presently ! O that Christian men under instruction. The rite was administered in every where would lend themselves willingly to the presence of a large congregation; and Cha-e, the help of the Lord ! that England would send the newly-ordained minister, preached a sermon us missionaries ! All that we require is men. on the occasion, in which he explained the nature Time presses ; and, what you do, I beseech you to of the sacrament. When it is remembered that in do energetically and quickly. If I could only New Zealand upwards of ten years elapsed before see a boly and experienced missionary settled a single convert cheered the hearts of the mishere, under the auspices of our truly evangelical sionaries, and that Shanghae, the oldest station missionary society, I think I could die content on the Chinese coast, has not been occupied eight (Correspondence of the Church Missionary So- years, and Ningpo not five years, while during ciety.
this period the Chinese language, one of the most NEW ZEALAND.-Many attempts have of late difficult of the many which are spoken in our been made to obtain a correct census of the world, has been so far overcome as to afford the native population of New Zealand. It has been missionaries access to the understanding of the variously estimated at from 80,000 to 120,000, of people, and that yet ten converts bave been bapwhich considerably more than three-fourths are tized, the committee cannot but feel that in the protestant Christians ; of the remainder, about prospect of missionary work in China there is 5,000 are supposed to be connected with the much to encourage them. Summary : Stations Romanist mission, and about 10,000 refuse to of the Church Missionary Society, 3: European join either party, though they have laid aside, missionaries, 6; schools, ž; scholars, 35. for the most part, their heathen practices. Hence THE JACOBITES AND THEIR BISHOP-ENthe reports from New Zealand are gradually VIRONS OF Mosul.-"At the end of three hours, passing from the missionary into the pastoral type; on the 12th of November, we came to Arbo, á pet of that kind of pastoral work which belongs Koordish village, where lately occurred a scene to our overgrown or extensive parishes at home, of blood. A Koord of Arbo had killed a Chris. for each missionary has still his 10, or 20, or 56 tian. The government sent to have him appear miles to travel over, in his pastoral visitation of before a kadi. He refused; and when a force was bis scattered flock. The number of natives con- sent to take him, the Koords tried to resist. The Dected with the mission of this society exceeds, on result was that twenty-seven were killed. This the lowest calculation, 45,000. The communi- happened only about two months before we were cants are between 5,000 and 6,000: “none are there; and the house where the slaughter occurred admitted to the Lord's table, as at home, simply was carefully pointed out. Two hours and abecause they express a wish to come; but on each half from Arbo we came to Dir Malchi, where we occasion they undergo an examination in the com- found a bishop only twenty-eight years old. He pany of their native teachers and neighbours, had been bishop about five years. He was appawhen there is little opportunity for inconsistency rently glad to see any one who could relieve the of conduct to pass unnoticed. There is, therefore, monotony of his hermitage. He pressed me to the best reasou to believe that the amount of real drink wine with him, which I declined. He took Christianity is great, and that the outward change us to see the church. In the wall he showed me is the fruit of a sound principle within." This the tomb of the hand of St. Malchi; which hand, result may well excite our praise and gratitude to it seems, works miracles. "What is this dirt the great Head of the church, for such a blessed for?' I inquired. He took up a chain and said, recompence upon the past labours of the Church We bring crazy people here, and put this iron
collar on their neck, and chain them here all Caina:- The bishop of Victoria has addressed night, and they recover.' ' And what is the o the archbishop of Canterbury an annual
report dirt for? o, we bring it in from the vine
yards, and pray over it; and, if any one is sick, and God hath taken them away: as God would, so it we put the dirt in water, and they drink it and is done.” But, when faith quailed, and the spirit was get well.' This is the teacbing of a Jacobite troubled, then followed these impatient words: "I bishop! Of another convent it is said : It would my sin were laid in one balance, and my pain dates back more than twelve hundred years, than he had deserved. When the spirit was quieted,
in another ;" as though God had laid more upon him according to an inscription on the reading for all his poverty and nakedness, he rejoiced, and was desk, which is one immense stone. The roof was newly tiled four hundred years ago, as appears by and also with the state in the world appointed unto
contented with his birth, and coming into the world, a date. The chancel was paved with tesselated him by God, saying, “ Naked I came out of my, marble, more beautiful than any work of the kind mother's belly, and naked I shall depart hence again." that I had seen. The roof of the chancel was in- But, when faith fainted, then came out these words: laid with little cubes of glass and stone, each not “ The day, the night, and the time be cursed wherein larger than a little finger nail, and wrought into I was born ;" with many more horrible words, as the figures and flowers. Ravandooz plundered this text declareth. So that we see, where as God's Spiri convent, and carried off much that he thought wanteth, there is no learning nor consolation to be had gold. The church, as well as the convent gene- of anything.–Bp. Hooper on P8. lxxvii. rally, is built of large blocks of faced stone. The arches are massive, and the church looks as if it might stand another thousand years. Here, no doubt, the multitude came up to worship; and from these walls went forth decrees to India and
Poetry. Africa. Now a decrepid old bishop and a withered
HYMNS FOR THE SUNDAYS IN THE YEAR. nun, with a single Christian family as servants, are all the Christian population left; while half a
BY JOSEPH FEARN. dozen families of vile looking, idle, and malevolent Koords have crowded in, and bid fair to become (SUGGESTED BY SOME PORTION OF THE SERthe exclusive occupants" (Rev. M. Marsh).
VICB FOR THE DAY).
(For the Church of England Magazine). The Cabinet
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITI. EXHORTATION TO PAITHFUL PRAYBR.-Where
"It came to pass, that as the people pressed upon him to fore it behoveth us all that we pray earnestly unto God hear the word of God, be stood by the lake of Gennesareth.”— to give us faith to believe his word and works, when we (The Gospel) Luke v. 1. hear, read, or see them. For the word and works of God do nothing comfort the unfaithful; as we may see by
SWEET is the breath of summer morn, the scripture, where God saith he stretched forth his And sweet the soft blue summer sea, hand all day long to a people that believed not; for And mild the southern breeze that blows such as have ears and hear not, eyes and see not, be Thro' every green and leafy tree. rather the worse for God's word and works than the better. Ye shall see, where the spirit of David was
But sweeter is the calm of soul, replenished with faith, he was so assured and ascer- On sabbath morn, mid scenes so fair ; tained of God's present help, that he said he would
And lovelier is the summer sea, not fear, although a thousand men environed and If faith can view her Saviour there. compassed him round about. No, he would not fear, though he should walk in the shadow of death. At There was an hour when Jesus stood another time, when faith quailed and waxed faint, he
Hard by Gennesareth's sweet lake; was trembing in his spirit, and fearful in his body :
And while the people pressed to hear, as we may see when he felt his spirit wax faint, he The bread of life he freely brake. said, “My soul is troubled very sore, and my bones be weakened." And in other of his psalms he showeth And, though our eyes may not behold that his soul was very heavy and comfortless, and Our Lord, as they of Galilee, could take no consolation. Also, when the spirit is Nor can we see that hallowed ship assured of God's grace, thon the eyes cannot look upon Where Jesus taught them from the sea, any work of God but the mind taketh by the contemplation and sight thereof unspeakable consolation; as
Yet he is near us while we pray, David declareth in his psalms, and saith, he would see
Ho hears our sighs, he notes our songs; the heavens the works of God's fingers, and would
And yet a little and his praise mark how one day was an induction to another, and
Shall dwell for ever on our tongues. how the heavens praised the Lord. At another time, when the consolation and life of the spirit was over
There, on that sea, as crystal pure, whelmed with troubles, he could not see at all with
Tho saints shall stand with harps of gold, his eyes, but cried and complained that he was stark
And ever licar his lovely voice, blind. And also in that marvellous psalm, in number And all his wondrous works behold! lxxxviii., where as prayer is made to be delivered from the horror and feeling of sin, the prophet saith that his eyes waxed dim and blind. The same is to be seen likewise in the crosses and afflictions that God sendeth. As long as true faith and confidence re
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