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II. Light is shed upon this truth by the history of Christ.
1. It is seen in His temptation. Satan tried to work upon Him by the common temptation of ambition ; promising to give Him “all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them,” &c.—“ Get thee behind me, Satan ; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve."
2. It is seen in his rebuke of the two ambitious disciples. “ It shall not be so among you,” &c.
3. It is seen in His reply to Pilate, when under examination. “My kingdom is not of this world, else would My servants fight," &c. 4. It is seen in His crucifixion. He died for us. He
His life " ransom for many."
5. It is seen in the great mission committed to His disciples after His resurrection from the dead. “ Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature," &c.
III. This shows us our Duty.
We are to be like our Lord, not seeking to be good by greatness, but to be great in goodness; not thirsting for power; but, like the Saviour, doing the will of God, and seeking to save the lost. “Whosoever will be great among you, let him be your servant.” He is greatest in Christ's kingdom who serves the most.
The sermon occupied exactly forty minutes in the delivery, and was given without either manuscript or notes. The above sketch of it was penned from memory ; its deficiencies and defects, therefore, must be laid, not upon the preacher, but upon the reporter. It is a fair outline, and must be accepted as the best the writer could supply. Whatever its blunders, the reader will have seen in it some gems of thought. The day was so hot that we did not attempt to move out in the after
We were late in sitting down to tea. I knew not why ; but when we had nearly done, three of the young ladies came in, much fatigued. I then learnt that an out-door meeting had been held in a wood about two and a half miles off, which they had attended, for religious service. There is out-door service every Sunday in summer, weather permitting ; and the place of holding it for each Sunday, being changeable, is advertised in the previous Friday's paper. I was glad to learn, also, that a meeting of the Evangelical Alliance was to be held on the next evening; but regretted that I could not remain to attend it, although I should be unable to understand what would be said. I rejoice to hear of Christian union in any form, anywhere.
After tea we had long continued thunder and lightning, such as I hardly ever witnessed,—the thunder so loud, and the lightning so vivid, followed by rain. The lightning was chiefly such as is generated by the electrical condition of the atmosphere, and illuminated every corner and crevice, rendering the streets, for the moment, as light as day.
I went to the Wesleyan evening service, and heard M. Hocart, junior,
who limited the whole service to one hour exactly,—beginning with a few words of prayer, followed by singing, the reading of a chapter of Matthew's gospel, then copious prayer and short singing, then the sermon- short sermon, a few words of prayer, and the benediction. The text was Matt. xix. 25-6, “When His disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved ? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." I understood not one word in fifty, but I greatly admired the preacher's elegant and distinct enunciation, his expressive action, and his earnestness. He evidently felt his subject. The time occupied in the delivery of the sermon was only twenty-eight minutes. Would it not be advantageous to English preachers and their congregations to acquire the like habit of brevity ? Preachers weary their hearers and kill themselves by long services. The congregation numbered about seventy persons.
After the service I spoke to the preacher, when he expressed his belief that the open-air services do harm, in drawing away people from their regular places of Worship, without reaching the class for whose benefit they are intended. I remarked, that they might do good in one respect; that is, by the promotion of Christian union, even if they fail of their original object. I stated also, that the same complaint is made in England, and that nothing yet attempted has succeeded in touching the mass of the people ; for they hate divine truth and those who preach it.
We had a domestic service in English at our lodgings, in which our host and hostess united with us. Barbarians to each other as we were in speech, we yet were one in spirit, and our friends, as well as ourselves, were divinely refreshed.
Monday, July 13.-We rose at half-past three, partook of coffee and bread and butter, and getting the maid to carry part of our luggage, trudged away to the station with the numerous smaller articles. At 4.50 we started by train for Berne. The atmosphere was remarkably clear; so that the mountains of Savoy stood out in singular distinctness. There was a long stratum of cloud, however, at a low elevation. When we had got some miles away, there was a vast field of fog to be seen in
of dissipation, and travelling in a north-easterly direction. At Oron station we observed a large, gloomy old chateau on our left. Immediately after leaving Vanderens station, having passed through many short tunnels, we penetrated a very long one. At Romont I observed a round tower, but not so lofty as those of Ireland, and much more bulky than they. It stands near the church, on a bank to the right. We had so large an influx of passengers there, that two additional carriages were attached to our train for their reception. The French language now gave way to the German among
passengers. The carriages became crowded. We had a most beautiful view of the city and surroundings of Fribourg, as we glided by it beyond the station. It would be a nice place for a few days' stay for those who have time and money at command. We were now on
elevated ground, affording us a very extensive prospect of the Jura range of mountains, between which and ourselves, at a low level, a stratum of fog extended for at least twenty to thirty, perhaps, even forty miles, in a line parallel with the Jura. It would make dull weather for those beneath it, shutting out all prospect of mountain scenery, such as we enjoyed. We had several more tunnels on our route.
At Berne, the capital of Switzerland, we spent one hour in seeing the city, stepping also into a most beautiful Romanist church, newly erected, and seeing the bear-pit. The water-courses of the streets, that were open seven years ago, were now covered. We left that city by the train, starting at 10.10 for Thun, where a boat was ready to convey us upon the lake to Neuhaus, whence we proceeded by 'bus to the Jungfrau hotel, Interlaken. Cloud concealed the virgin mountain as we approached this rendezvous for tourists, but left it for awhile, affording us a good view of that grand snow-clad giantess. Thunder rolled around, and clouds moved about, and mantled on surrounding heights as I sat in my bed-room writing up my diary.
After a long rest we took a walk towards the Brienza lake, over a covered bridge that crosses the Aar, and forwards to an old building upon a wooded little hill in the form of a cone. The structure is in ruins. It consists of a square tower of considerable height, having in it slits at different elevations, and having been covered-over-roofed-at some period. I entered an opening at the bottom, and looking up, could perceive that it had possessed several landings, and that its use had most probably been that of a watch-tower. It commands a view of the passes, but especially that of Brienz, beyond the lake. A beacon-fire would probably be kindled at the top on the approach of an enemy, to give warning to the inhabitants of the whole valley and its slopes. Thank God that such things have lost their use in Europe, generally! May it be so all the world over !
(To be continued.)
RECOLLECTIONS AND NOTES OF brethren in general were content to
OUR LAST AGGREGATE MEETING. leave in the hands of those accusFor several years after the birth of tomed to such matters, or having our Local Preachers' Association, its time and means at command for such aggregate meetings, wherever held, services. Once in three years, howwere attended by some hundreds of ever, a wider and deeper interest in its members, anxious as to the princi- the great meeting prevails, because ples on which it should rest, and the then only are proposed alterations in laws by which it should be governed ; the rules entertained. The late and equally solicitous for its consoli- meeting being the one for that kind dation, strength, and permanency. of business, it drew a larger number In proportion as these matters as- of the brethren together than ordinary sumed a satisfactory aspect, the ag- meetings usually draw from their own gregate meetings became less attrac- homes and callings. It was fixed to tive, taking the form of meetings for be held at King's Cross, London, as a mere business and routine, which the convenient place for many brethren
who cannot attend meetings in the probably, the old practice will be provinces far from their own places resumed. of abode.
The brethren assembled for consulAbout two dozen members of the tation and the despatch of business General Committee, including all the on Monday morning, June 7th. The officers, met to transact the prelimi- President reminded them that they nary business, in one of the rooms of were there to do the business of the King's Cross Chapel, in the evening Association, and not to make speeches. of Saturday, June the fifth, when the He had, of course, to make a speech joy of meeting seemed to be shared himself; and in doing that, he spoke by all, and congratulations were mu- encouragingly, showing that the Astual and general. Among those pre- sociation had become stable, and that sent were seven or eight who had it now had a history, not only recorded served the institution in previous in its minutes and other documents, years as presidents, and others who
but also a living history, in the actihad in various ways promoted its vity and zeal of brethren who devote interests, both by service and by their time, energies, talents, and moliberal gifts. Of their number were ney to advance its interests; in the some, also, bearing the honours of affections, deep interest, and symcivil office in their own localities, and pathy of many friends, throughout who have learnt how to combine civil the length and breadth of the land; and religious service in one service to in the affectionate attachment of God, and one philanthropic sacrifice. families that have been benefited by Several of the brethren, also, who it in various ways in the time of their cater for this magazine, were present,
trial and sorrow; and in the numerThere was, therefore, a pretty good ous prayers that have been offered, proportion of the Committee and of and that have been recorded on its its working power, in attendance to behalf in heaven. Thus it stands totransact its business.
day,—a thing of mercy and beauty, On the Sunday, about thirty of the firmly based on the truth of God; and pulpits of the metropolis and its a thing of life, that may exist when suburbs were supplied by the bre- we are passed away. If there was thren, mostly from the country. Some any thought at the beginning that it of the London Methodists had thus was of a two-fold character, intending an opportunity to hear provincial something different from what it prolocal preachers. Whether that was fessed, that idea must have passed or was not a gratification, it was not away. We have only to make a barren of good. Saving fruit was re- broad and earnest appeal to a loving ported at the public meeting of the people, and it will still exist and be following evening, in the conversion sustained. of some and the edification of others ; After the adoption of the usual and generous contributions were ren- standing orders, and the appointment dered for the relief of our aged and of scrutineers for the ballot, our poor brethren. There was no official Honorary Secretary - at
present sermon, no sacrament, no love-feast,
mayor of the royal borough of Windand no arrangement for out-door ser- sor-read the report, as given in vices. This was regretted. Sermons pages 207-209, one of the most commight have been preached in different plete, and certainly the most encouspots out of doors. There was a dif- raging, of any report ever rendered of ficulty about a love-feast, as that is a this institution. The Association means afforded in London after even- never was so well understood, never ing service only. As for an official so much appreciated, and never so sermon, it might have been out of well supported and so much counteplace, and therefore inappropriate in nanced as it is now. Nevertheless, such a focus of light, where so many it will require great exertions on the pulpit luminaries are continually part of its friends and supporters to emitting so much brilliancy. Com- keep up its efficiency, so as to provide plaining was heard, however, about for the moderate allowance of four these omissions; and in future years, shillings a week to every annuitant.
This is altogether a benerolent part of and other officers. They are here, the institution, and can be sustained and can raise their hands, and nothing only by the generosity of those who sticks to their fingers. He sympacan and will spare something for the thised with the sentiment, that we aged and worn-down labourers in the only needed to be better known, to be word and doctrine, who have laboured more appreciated and supported. He on the principle of freely giving what hoped we should get on with business. they had freely received.
Silence, on many occasions, is the Two brethren were nominated for greatest eloquence. the office of President for the ensuing The Treasurer, in acknowledging year; but one of them declined the the vote of thanks accorded to him, honour, not having time to spare for said, he had endeavoured to watch its duties. The other was unani- the interests of the Association with mously elected— Brother BowRon, of great anxiety. He liked to have the Chelsea. The Treasurer and Hono- money in John Bull's old treasury, rary Secretary were both nominated the Bank of England. We have only for re-election to their respective three per cent. interest, and we might, offices, and both were unanimously perhaps, lend it out at four and a half chosen, and received the cordial per cent. ; but there is risk in doing thanks of their assembled brethren There is such a place as Holborn. for their past most valuable and effi- The changes that have taken place cient services.
there, show that property once very The retiring President introduced valuable may, by changes that nobody his successor to the chair, delivering anticipated, come to be worth very to him the official Bible, and express- little. “So long as I am your treaing the hope that his year of office surer,” he added, “ I shall like your would be very pleasant and profita- money to be safe; and I will try to ble, adding, that he had great plea- do my duty, if God spare my life: but sure in retiring, to make way for the nothing short of the unanimous vote man whom the brethren delighted to of the aggregate meeting would induce honour.
me to remove the money from the The new President avowed himself national funds, to invest it in any to be not “the right man in the right other securities.” place," but the wrong man.
He be- The indebtedness of the Association lieved the vote, however, to be sin- to the Honorary Secretary and the cere; and they could do him no Treasurer was emphatically declared greater honour. But he trembled by several of the senior brethren. under the responsibility of the posi- The Honorary Secretary, on receiving tion. What he had done for the the thanks and applause of the meetAssociation had no merit: it was ing, said: “Every year the Associadone for love of the cause, and of the tion has discharged itself of every dear brethren who had laboured in debt for my services. In the borough the work of Christ. He thought the of Windsor I am a terror to evil church and the world would say of doers, and a praise to them that do us, that we had minded our own well ;' but here I am the servant of work, and let every one else alone. the brethren, and am honoured by Comparing our doings with some the expression of your love and good other associations (mentioning some will. If I live, I shall be very glad bad speculations and impoverished to do all I can for the Association.” companies), we have cause to rejoice Thanks having been unanimously and be thankful. Our officers are voted to the General Secretary, he not among those who cannot be found
Although I may be a little when wanted. We have our Secre- slow, I have endeavoured, so far, to tary and Honorary Secretary, and, discharge my duty in the fear of God, more than that, our Treasurer, pre- and for the interests of the Associasent. That is a great matter. Some tion:- how far I have done it effici. treasurers have been playing at hide ently, is for you to judge. In the and seek with the money entrusted to future, should I in any way be conthem. It is not so with our Treasurer nected with the Association, whether