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parishioners by night in Bradley Wood for the worship of God.
THE new lecture hall in connection with the church at East Finchley was opened April 30th, by the Rev. Joshua C. Harrison and the Rev. A. Rowland, LL.B. The hall has been built on the site of the chapel which was destroyed by fire, November, 1875. It will seat 350 persons, and has excellent schoolrooms in the rear for senior and infant classes. It will be used by the congregation for worship till the new church is finished.
A HANDSOME Sunday-school, erected at an expenditure of £9,000, which, along with the cost of the site, has been defrayed by Sir Titus Salt, Bart., was opened April 29th, at Saltaire. Mr. Titus Salt took the chair, and Master Harold Salt, in the name of his grandfather, declared the school opened.
REV. E. OWEN, minister of Brywchy's Independent Church, Llansantffraid, died, after a protracted illness, on the 1st of May.
REV. T. GAMMIDGE, for many years minister of the church at Ketton, died at Oakham on April 30th, at the age of 82.
REV. JAMES MORETON died at Sutton, Surrey, on May 5th, after a ministry of more than half a century, aged 78.
REV. JAMES WOOD, of Shaldon, South Devon, fell asleep in Jesus, May 1st, aged 72.
REV. T. MANN, West Cowes, died May 4th, aged 81. His ministry began in 1821.
REV. E. A. WALLBRIDGE, late of Demerara, died April 27th, in the 63rd year of his age, and 33rd year of his ministry.
Managers' May Meeting.
THE usual May meeting of the London and country managers of the Evangelical Magazine was held at the Guildhall Coffee-house, Gresham-street, after the missionary sermon at Surrey Chapel, on Wednesday, May 10th.
The following were present :-The Rev. J. Viney, the treasurer, in the chair; the Rev. Drs. H. Allon, T. W. Aveling, A. M. Brown, J. Edmond, R. Halley, A. Raleigh, and J. Stoughton; the Revs. R. Bruce, C. Clemance, W. S. Edwards, J. Fleming, J. C. Harrison, S. Hebditch, E. Jones, W. P. Lyon, I. V. Mummery, R. Redpath, W. Roberts, and W. M. Statham.
Letters were received from the Revs. Dr. Kennedy, Dr. Reynolds, J. Parsons, E. R. Conder, G. D. Cullen, W. Campbell, and S. Pearson, expressing regret for unavoidable absence.
Among the visitors were the Rev. Drs. Morley Punshon, J. Mullens, F. J. Falding, J. Guthrie; the Revs. R. Ashton, J. G. Rogers, H. Griffith, W. Marshall, J. C. Gallaway, W. Tarbotton, C. F. Vardy, G. Clarke, J. Graham, E. Jukes, and R. D. Wilson.
Very touching and appropriate reference was made to the death of the late editor, the Rev. Dr. Spence, and to the exemplary manner in which he had discharged the duties of his office for eight years.
The claims of the Magazine to continued and enlarged support were advocated. The Treasurer stated that the amount received during the year, in answer to the appeal for sacramental collections in aid of the Widows' Fund, was larger than usual, and urged the importance of sustaining that source of revenue, so that the number of grantees might be increased.
London Missionary Society.
1.-Anniversary of the London Missionary Society.
THE services in connection with the EIGHTY-SECOND Annual Meeting of the LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY were, as usual, held during the second week in May. The crowded and enthusiastic audiences which assembled to listen to appeals on behalf of the Society, both from the pulpit and the platform, bore testimony to the firm hold which its operations have taken upon the affection and liberality of the members of our Churches, and were in full accord with the Report for the past year which it was the Directors' happiness to present.
On MONDAY MORNING, May 8th, at half-past seven, a small company, consisting of Directors, officers, and friends of the Society, met at the Mission House for special prayer in view of the engagements of the week. On the afternoon of the SAME DAY the Annual Meeting of DIRECTORS was held in the BOARD ROOM, at which there was a large attendance of ministers and laymen from all parts of the kingdom.
The usual sermon at SURREY CHAPEL was preached on WEDNESDAY morning by the Rev. W. MORLEY PUNSHON, D.D., one of the Secretaries of the Wesleyan Missionary Society, from Isaiah xlii. 1-4. The liturgical service of the Church of England was conducted by the Rev. NEWMAN HALL, LL.B., and prayer was offered before the sermon by the Rev. CHARLES WILSON, M.A., of Plymouth. The evening sermon, specially addressed to young men, was preached in WESTMINSTER CHAPEL by the Rev. J. A. MACFADYEN, M.A., of Manchester, from Philippians ii. 19, 20. The Rev. G. S. REANEY, late of Warrington, led the devotional exercises of the congregation.
ANNUAL MEETING IN EXETER HALL.
The Society's friends and constituents met, as usual, in Exeter Hall, on the morning of Thursday, May 11th. There was a crowded attendance, every part of the building being thronged at an early hour. The appearance of the platform suggested to the beholder that the whole of the Ministers and Delegates comprising the Congregational Union had simply transferred themselves from the City Temple to Exeter Hall. HENRY LEE, Esq., J.P., of Manchester, took the chair precisely at ten o'clock.
The proceedings commenced by the Rev. ROBERT ROBINSON, the Home Secretary, giving out the hymn,
"Oh, for a shout of sacred joy,
This having been sung, the Rev. S. T. WILLIAMS, of Leicester, offered prayer.
The CHAIRMAN: Ladies and Gentlemen,-We meet on a very auspicious day, the day on which the second person in this realm returns from a visit to a distant part of the Queen's dominions. We all rejoice in the safety with which he has made and completed that journey; and we rejoice in his return, because it is the return of one whom we expect in future days to occupy a very important position in connection with the welfare of the people of this land, and of all the lands that are connected with it. We trust that the visit of the Prince of Wales to India will subserve the very highest purposes which we have in view. We hope it will be the means of cementing together our Indian subjects with ourselves, and that we shall by this be enabled to prosecute the labour we have undertaken as missionaries to the remotest parts of that wide and extended portion of Her Majesty's dominions. But we meet also to-day for a higher and nobler prupose. We think of that Prince who is King of kings and Lord of lords. We are met in order that we may do something to influence the hearts of men in the direction of adopting measures for the extension of the dominion of the Lord Jesus Christ; and we are here to receive a report of what has been done in connection with the London Missionary Society for this great end. There are many aspects of society which affect this missionary cause. I shall not attempt this morning to do more than throw out a few remarks, which have a little bearing upon the object for which we are gathered together. The other day the Speaker of the House of Commons, in making a speech to his constituents, referred to the great powers of the world, and he said one of the greatest powers that existed in
the present day was the power exerted by public opinion. We desire to influence public opinion by meetings of this kind, because we know that public opinion is liable sometimes to go wrong. It is possible for a whole nation to be committed to a course which, in the judgment of some, would be an undesirable state of things; and therefore it is that Christian people meet together, as they are meeting in London this month, in order that they may throw in their influence, so as to form public opinion in a direction which will be for the welfare of the entire nation. It is very important that a right direction should be given to this public opinion, because hereafter we shall, more and more, be influenced by the feelings and thoughts and acts of our fellow-countrymen. We think that the best course of promoting this is by means of the dissemination of Christianity.
CLAIMS OF HEATHENDOM.
The missionary cause may be thought by some to be rather far-fetched, but in this day, when the whole ends of the earth are being brought together, we see more and more how necessary it is that every agency that works in every land should be made familiar to the mind of the people. There was a time, when some of us were very young, when provinces which are now near, appeared afar off. The railway, the telegraph, and the steamboat have brought all the ends of the earth together, and we are as much interested in what is going on at the Antipodes as we are with what is going on in many parts of our own country. We therefore want to look to all the agencies that are employed for the purpose of influencing the world. Why is it that we have this wealth? Why is it that we possess this great intellectual power? It is that we may use it for a right end. We are sent here for a great purpose by God, and that is to diffuse our influence throughout the world; and if we fail to fulfil that condition on which we hold this wealth, it will be taken away from us. The claim of the missionary is great as a pioneer; he has been the means of bringing to light large portions of the world; he has explored unknown continents, and he has crossed trackless deserts. I will not take up your time this morning by recounting the great advantages that have flowed to the world from this, but I will mention the names of Livingstone, of Williams, of Moffat, and of Ellis, and, last of all, of Macfarlane, as having set forth before us things which were not known previously. The claims of the missionary also might be urged on the ground that he is a discoverer. He has been the means of making known to us a great deal about the different tribes of men existing upon the face of the earth, because he has had more intimate relations with them than ordinary travellers. A traveller may pass through the country, and be there for a few days, and write a book, but when the book comes
home, and is diffused or spread abroad amongst the public, it simply gives us a passing glance; but the testimony of the missionary who lives amongst them for years is more valuable, because he is acquainted with the habits of the people, and knows more about their requirements than any man who merely passes through the land.
DIVERSIFIED FORMS OF MISSIONARY INFLUEnce.
The missionary has claims on the public also as a peace-maker. He has been the means of preventing war; he has ofttimes led nations who were in the habit of preying upon each other until one or the other of them has been destroyed, to live at peace, and in this way he has rendered important service. And he has always been the foe of slavery; he has had something to do with the extinction of slavery. I hope that we, in connection with the London Missionary Society, shall do our part to carry out this great work, and that the time will come when from Africa we shall have information which will show us that the whole of that great continent is being brought under the influence of the Gospel.
The missionary has done good service in making known to us many facts and circumstances which have tended to expose the wrong-doings of traders. We ought to be very thankful for this, because we do not always understand or estimate the influence which this has upon the native mind. But the missionary has claims upon the Church as a herald; he is the messenger of the churches to the remotest parts of the earth; he is fulfilling the great commands which God has given us, to "go into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." The influence that he exercises is not only upon the world away from us, but it is great upon the world near at hand. Our liberality is stimulated, and it is a good thing that money should be drawn from our pockets. Nothing is worse than to harbour a selfish feeling, nothing is worse than to be niggardly in the distribution of that which God has given to us; and we ought to be thankful that He has put it into the hearts of men, and put it into our hearts, not to waste our wealth or to spend it all upon ourselves, but to consider that there are thousands of people in other parts of the world who are waiting for the Bread of Life, and that we may, by this instrumentality, be the means of raising them into a higher state of civilisation and of enjoyment. The missionary also has claims upon us because of the difficulties and dangers he undergoes. He goes forth as a soldier to fight the battle, and he goes forth as fully equipped as we can send him; but, notwithstanding that, he goes forth under great difficulties. We ought, therefore to encourage in every possible way we can, the fulfilment of his great mission.