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Records of a Good Man's Life. By
ton, Adams, and Co. WILLIAM MORRISH was one of God's nobility-a man in humble life, but deeply pious, earnestly laborious, and exceedingly useful—just one of that class which has helped to render Methodism so great a power for good in the world. The memoir is not spoiled by extraneous matter and irrelevant disquisitions, but depicts the man, or rather allows the man for the most part to depict himself in a series of familiar letters, many of them to the author, describing the work of God in his own soul and in the district around him. It cannot be read in a right spirit without spiritual profit. The Sunday Scholar's Annual ; contain
ing Stories, fc., for Sunday-Scholars roritten by the Best Authors, and Illustrated with Twelve Wood Engravings by Eminent Artists. Second Series.
London : Elliot Stock. ADULTS have their annuals, and why should not our children and young people have theirs ? We know no reason to the contrary; and here is one, containing twelve subjects, illus. trated with twelve engravings. The sentiments are good, and the design is to benefit the young by presenting truth and duty in a pleasing and attractive form. Life: what will you do with it? By
Rev. W. GUEST. London: Jackson,
Walford, and Hodder. MR. SAMUEL MORLEY says, in a letter referring to the above, “It is admirably adapted to arrest the attention of the large class to which it is addressed. I would that thousands of our young men in London would read it. I shall gladly endeavour to think of some mode by which its circulation may be promoted." The Earnest Woman: a Narrative of the Remarkable Work of Mrs. Bartlett, in the Woman's Mission of the Metro. politan Tabernacle. By EDWARD LEACH. London : Elliot Stock. The substance of the tract justifies the title. It is indeed a record of a remarkable work, and shows what one devoted woman can do. We rejoice in
it, and earnestly wish that we had many such women as Mrs. Bartlett in our own Denomination. A Biblical and Theological Dictionary;
designed as an illustrative Commen. tary on the Sucred Scriptures. With Numerous Wood Engravings. Sixteenth Thousand. By SAMUEL GREEN. London: Elliot Stock. This work contains much excellent matter within a small compass, and is very serviceable for the Sabbath-school teacher, and withal so portable as to be carried in the pocket without in. convenience. Ministers co-workers together with
God. A Sermon, by F.W.Bourne.
Shebbear : J. Thorne. This is a very excellent sermon, preached by Mr. Bourne before the Conference of the Bible Christians in July, 1866. We have read it with unmingled pleasure. It is a credit to the author, and an honour to his Denomination. The Young Minister Counselled. By
the Rev. J. GUTTRIDGÉ. London:
W. Reed. This is a charge delivered by the esteemed author to several young men on their public recognition as ministers in the United Methodist Free Church. It is copious, earnest, and eloquent, showing a mind well furnished, and apt to teach. Patriotism ; Patriotism; or, Our
Fatherland. A Lecture, by the Rev. J. GUTTRIDGE. London: W. Reed. The author supplies much valuable information, and shows good reason for the love of our country. The Cottager and Artisan. Vol. VI.
London: Religious Tract Society. A CHEAP monthly publication, with profitable articles, good illustrations, all well adapted to promote virtue, industry, economy, and religion among the humbler classes of society. Praying to Christ. A reply to Bishop
Colenso. By C. SCHWARTZ, D.D.
London : Elliot Stock. A CONCLUSIVE refutation of the latest development of the bishop's heresyhis denial of prayer to Christ.
Come and See; or, Christianity its own
Witness. By the Author of “Sunny Thoughts." London : Hamilton, Adams, and Co. A VERY little book, neatly got up, very well written, evangelical, experimental, and practical, adapted for usefulness. The Sinner Welcome. By ALFRED
BARNES. London: Hamilton,
Adams, and Co. Six little books, in a packet, for sixpence. Priest : one of the Key-words of
Scripture. By CHARLES STANFORD, Author of i Symbols of Christ," “ Central Truths,” &c. London:
Jackson, Walford, and Hodder. A GOOD Scriptural exposition of the term “Priest," and a well-directed blow
at the priestism and ritualism of the semi-Papal recreants around us.
BOOKS RECEIVED. The Sunday Magazine. Edited by
DR. GUTHRIE. London: Strahan and Co. The Sunday at Home. A Family Magazine. London : The Religious
Tract Society. The Leisure Hour. A Family Journal
of Instruction and Recreation. London: The Religious Tract
Society. Christian Work. A Magazine of Reli
gious and Missionary Information.
London: Good Words Office.
Parish Helper. London: W. H.
A FEW GRAVE THOUGHTS. “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country." This inspired truth finds an echo in every heart, and it is as true in spiritual things as in secular ones. Good news, indeed, from a nearer source is delightful. That news which our soul thirsteth for-yea, panteth for as the thirsty hart for the water brooks—is spiritual prosperity. And by spiritual prosperity we mean the conversion of sinners, and the growth of believers in holiness. There is no other standard of prosperity. The erection of chapels is good, the liquidation of their debts is good, the gathering of large congregations is good, the advance of education is good. We rejoice in all these good things. No one, indeed, rejoices more than ve do in these matters, and no one more bighly estimates the liberality and enterprise of the friends who promote them. It is always to us a great delight to be associated with these
efforts, and to promote them. But we dare not call these things spiritual prosperity, for God does not so regard them. Often, indeed, they are the outgrowth of spiritual life, but they may be, and sometimes are, the poor tinselled substitutes of genuine religion. Such they are, undoubtedly, in the Church of Rome and in some other churches, and the tendency of churches generally is to rest in these externals. Hence we cannot, and we ought not to be, satisfied with any state of our churches in which spiritual prosperity is not the predominant, the characteristic element. We say, build chapels and schools wherever they are needed ; liquidate their debts as much as possible ; increase the congregations by all legitimate means; promote education and intelligence with unfailing energy; but take care of the spirituality of the church. See to it that, amid all this attention to externals, the inner life of the church, the inner life of your own souls, be healthy and vigorous. Let love for the class-meeting, the prayer-meeting, the Holy Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, the family altar, and the closet be maintained with glowing fervour, and be constantly exemplified. “Methodism is Christianity in earnest," was the generous encomium uttered by the nobleminded Chalmers. It was a true characteristic of Methodism at one tiwe; would that it were so now! In the decline of real Methodism, we are fain to seek for plausible pretexts and excuses for our failures.
" The state of society is changed now." True, but that is no excuse for exchanging the power of religion for the form.
“Education is now become general." True, but education should not substitute the newspaper for the Bible.
"People are now become refined.” It may be so, but refinement in manners cannot avail for purity of heart and holiness of character.
" People are now much occupied with business and secular pursuits.” True, and if so, there is the more need for the duties of the closet, the sanctuary, and the social means, to prevent secular pursuits from eating away all the vitality of religion. However busy people are, they must, ere long, find time to die; and whether prepared or not, they must stand before God's tribunal.
"I don't like class-meetings." But why not? Do you like to talk on all subjects except religion? Is that a desirable state for eternity ? Which is wrong-the class-meeting or your own heart? Our forefathers loved class-meetings, and instead of hunting for objections against them, used to exclaiin joyfully with the Psalmist, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare
what he hath done for my soul." Those were days of power. Perhaps you once enjoyed the same happy state of mind! What has caused the sad change? The truth is, if we have not personal communion with God, we don't like spiritual commu. nion with his people.
“But class-leaders now consist mostly of poor, illiterate men; how unseemly for a person of respectability and education to be taught by an humble artizan!” Indeed! How unseemly, then, for the rude Elisba to be taken from the plough-field to stand before the monarch and the rulers of Israel ; and the fishermen of Galilee to rebuke the learned priests and scribes of Jerusalem ! The chief qualifications of a classleader are good sense and deep piety. Such a one is truly learned in the things of God, and competent to instruct, reprove, counsel, and comfort even those who move higher than he in the social scale. But how is it that our class-leaders, generally, are poor working men ? Because many of those who are above them in social position will not discharge the duty, lacking either the disposition or the high spiritual qualifications requisite for the office. This complaint, therefore, lies not against the inen who do work ; it is an impeachment against others who could, but do not work. How delighted should we be to hear of many of our friends, whose intelligence and position give them great influence for good, coining forward just now, and consecrating themselves fully to God's service, saying, “Here am I, ready to work in any sphere for which the church may deem me fitted !" It would be like life from the dead in some of our circuits.
“But why don't you prophesy unto us smooth things ?" If I did I should offend God, and gratify the arch-foe of both God and man. It costs the writer far more pain to write these things, than it can cause you to feel in reading them. I must be faithful, or for ever lay down my pen; and sometimes my spirit so far fails me, that I am ready to do the latter.
It is in our own hand, as agents under God, to return to first principles, to revive, to energize, to fill with life, and love, and zeal every languishing church in the Connexion, and to render our Zion a praise in the earth. With our wealth, our intelligence, and our influence, we might not only repair every breach, but rise to an altitude we have never yet attained, and do more good to the souls and bodies of men, by spreading religion, education, and social happiness, than any other Denomination, of equal numbers, in the United Kingdom. We might render our Denomination the counterpart of the Methodist Episcopal Church in America, which is the wonder of the age. We have the resources, we only need the determination, the piety, the energy, the self-sacrificing zeal. These are the requisite qualifications. Shall we hasten to get them, and henceforth exemplify them and live? That is the question ; and it resteth with
ith ourselves to give the answer, and for the future to witness the results.
We beg to call the attention of our readers to the report of the encouraging state of things in the Dudley Circuit, and the good doings at Oldbury, Hunslet, Oaken Gates, and the very interesting communication also from our dear brother, the Rev. Clement Linley, of Melbourne, respecting the opening of a new chapel in that city. Oh, for a baptism of fire, and a Pentecostal shower of Divine iufluence!
MELBOURNE MISSION. OPENING OF A NEW CHURCH, ETC. MY DEAR BROTHER, – Knowing that it will afford you and the numerous readers of the Magazine pleasure to hear of the welfare of the Melbourne mission, I avail myself of the present opportunity of sending you a report of the opening services of our William Street church. The dedication of a house to sacred purposes is always regarded as an important and interesting event. Feelings of joy and expectation are excited by the thought that every ad. ditional sanctuary is a new centre of light and influence, which will prove a blessing to generations yet un born. "Of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in ber; and the Highest himself shall establish her." The proceedings which we have now to record borrow a special interest from the fact that the house of prayer which we have just opened is the first in Victoria belonging to our beloved community, and is, I trust, but the commencement of a work which will not end until we have secured places of worship in every town and village in the colouy.
A brief sketch of the history of our cause here may assist your readers in understanding our present move. ment, and may also serve to account for the seeming slowness of our progress. Eighteen months ago we preached our first sermon in Mel. bourne. From April, 1865, to November we laboured with varying results ; not, however, without seeing additions made to the church, and a steady improvement in the cougregations. In the early part of November that dreaded foe to newcomers, colonial fever, visited me, and from that time to the beginning of February (1866) I was unable to preach a single sermon, or attend to any pastoral duty. The result may easily be imagined. Friends belonging to various denominations kindły conducted services for me; but in spite of the best-intentioned efforts, the cause declined ; and when, at the end of three months, I was able to resume my labours, it was evident that the work of establishing a church
hal to be re-commenced. As I am n't quite sure that the dear friends at home who are so deeply interested in missionary operations are acqnainted with these facts, I think it due to myself and others to state them.
I sat down with the intention of giving you an account of our new church, and, if you will pardon this little digression, will now return to the subject.
The site on which the church stands is a commanding one, near the summit of a bill, and formed by the junction of three roads. It was granted for the use of the Connexion by the Honourable Commissioner of Lands, and contains a frontage to William Street of 124 feet. It is supposed to be worth at least £800. The value of the site may be inferred fron the fact that it is on the same line of road, and but a few hundred yarls distant from the Old Exhibition buildings, the West Melbourne Gardens, and other public buildings. That so good a site should be obtained was a matter of surprise and congratulation. One condition was attached to the grant-viz., that some place of worship should be erected on it in the course of twelve months. The period was approaching when we must determine wbether we would retain or for ever lose the land. In common with a few friends, I clung to the idea of one central churchan idea impracticable and not adapted to the requirements of the place. Besides the site, although not quite central, was as much so as Britannia Fields and Dover Road Chapels are for London. It was evident that not one but several places of worship would be needed here, and we resolved to yield to the necessities of the case. We were encouraged to the adoption of this course by the consideration that while it would enable us to obtain a greater hold on the population, it would, financially, be less costly and more productive than any other. The distance of the West Melbourne site is scarcely more than ten minutes' walk froin the centre of the city.
It was absolutely necessary that we should arise and build; our only difficulty was connectel with the
question of " ways and means.” On the principle of " nothing venture, nothing have," and in the spirit of humble trust and dependence on God, we determined to take the first step, and, if possible, obtain plans of a building, the cost of which would not exceed £350. The elevation of a very attractive place was presented for our approval; but it was found, when the tenders for it came to be opened, that the lowest was considerably in advance of what we were prepared to expend. We had gone too far to think of abandoning our project. It was resolved to accept
tender for the stone-work, and leave the other to be contracted for when the price of materials might be lower. By this arrangement a saving of £50 has been effected.
The church erected is of blue stone, with white brick facings, and projecting porch on the south side. It is in the Early English style of architecture. The windows, lancetshaped, are of obscured glass, with margins in stained glass, thus preventing that glare of light which is so often trying in this climate. In the front of the building is a fine three-light window, the centre light of which is in stained glass, and is the gift of Miss Chapman, of Adelaide, in memory of her mother, who lies interred in the Melbourne Cemetery. Crowning the building is a symbolic fipial, which adds something to the external appearance of the place. The church is 38 feet long and 28 feet wide. It will seat 188 persons, but can be made to accommodate 200 on special occasions. The internal appearance is one of neatness and comfort. The antiquated pulpit has been dispensed with, and in lieu of it a platform introduced, the front of which is black wood with turned rails. Opposite the platform is a harmonium, in rosewood caze, obtained by Mr. Du Frocq, per favour of S. Marshall, Esq., at importer's price. Towards the cost of the instrument Mrs. Du Frocq has liberally subscribed. Matting has been placed on the aisles, and a carpet on the floor of the platform.
On Sunday, October 21st, our