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Siding at a Railway, A, 30

Adelaide, South Australia, 294

Swedenborg, by Launcelot Cross, 276 Alloa, 560

America, 40

Correspondence.

Appeal on behalf of the London Mis-

sionary and Tract Society, 558

The American Convention and its Theo- Auckland, 598

logical School, the Urbana University Augmentation Fund, 195, 506

and the Academy, 534

Auxiliary New Church Missionary and

The Birmingham Creed, 446, 540

Tract Society, 199, 418

The Tay Bridge Disaster and Modern Bath, 96

Sadduceeism, 143

Birmingham, 297, 365, 418, 559

What does Swedenborg teach on the Bradford, 366

Doctrine of the Second Coming of the Brisbane (Australia), 244

Lord ? 398

Bristol, 44

Burials'Act, 504

Reviews.

Burton-on-Trent, 199

A Biographical Sketch of Thomas Wor- Centenary of Sunday Schools, 414,

Bury, 598
cester, D.D., 237

465

Anti-Slavery Reporter, 543

Catechism of the Scripture Doctrine of Christadelphian Attack on New Church

Chapels in Public Cemeteries, 194

the Resurrection, 283

Doctrine in London, 150

Friends and Foes in the Transkei, 356

Letters from America, 234

Christian Union, 292, 360

Church Accommodation and Christian

Lost Truths of Christianity, The, 238

Effort in America, 243

Manual of the Doctrines of the New Clothing in relation to Health, 505

Church, 239

Miracles no Mystery, 189

Conference Tea-Party, 458

Papers read before the Swedenborg Dangers of the Times, and how to meet

Creed of the New Church, 293

Reading Society, Session 1879-80, 594

them, The, 551

Scotch Sermons, 401

Sermonic Fancywork on the Figures of Derby, 45, 97, 201, 419, 559

our First Acquaintance in Literature, Edinburgh, 45, 201

Easter-tide in Birmingham, 245

405

Sheen from my Thought-Waves, 541

Ethics, 90

Swedenborg and the New Church, 406

Evangelicalism, 96

Extract of a Letter from a Dean of the

The Garden, 595

Theological Tests in “Introduction” Extract of a Letter from a Public

Catholic Church in Sicily, 368
and Membership, 545

Who was Jesus Christ? 448

Librarian in Sicily, 368.

Falkland Islands (South America), 43
Young's Analytical Concordance, 542

First New Jerusalem Society (Philadel-

phia), 252
Poetry.

First Three Kings of Israel, 289

A Grateful Heart, 450

Free Church Presbytery of Edinburgh

Is Life Worth Living ? 287

and the Robertson-Smith Case, 409

Memory, 239

Future of Judaism, 409

Passing Clouds, 544

Future Life, The, 503

Prayer, A, 33

General Assembly of the Free Church

Prayer, 34

of Scotland, 358

Psalm XV., 142

General Conference, 413, 453, 458

The Potter and the Clay, 595

General Convention of the New Church
Trust in the Lord, 451

in America, 411
Vicissitude, 35

Glasgow, 44

Worship, 34

Harvest Thanksgiving Services, 559

Heywood, 152, 559

Miscellaneous.

Hibbert Lectures, The, 241

Hull, 45, 202, 599

Addresses to and from the General Con- Hungary, 153, 204

ference, 506, 508, 510, 511, 551, 552, Hymn-Book, The New, 602

553, 555, 556

Ipswich, 46

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Italy, Letter to the Editor of the Intel- Preachers and Hearers, 242
lectual Repository, 367

Primary Charge of the Bishop of Lich-

Kearsley, 419

field, 193

Kings of Israel, The First Three, 289 Progress of the New Church in Foreign

Lectures, The Hibbert, 241

Parts, 464

Letter from the Melbourne Society of the Pulpit in France, The, 410

New Church, Victoria, Australia, to Purpose of Life, 38

the Seventy-Third General Confer- Quiet Hours, 362
ence, 1880, 552

Radcliffe, near Manchester, 251, 366,
Letter to the Editor of the Intellectual 466
Repository (Italy), 367

Ramsbottom, 100, 299, 600

Lincolnshire New Church Association, Recognition of the New Church by other

557

Christian Communities, 40

Liverpool, 98

Rev. T. Colley, 94

London Association of the New Church, Rhodes, 299

294 ,597

Ritualism, 243

Camberwell, 152, 246, 297, Sabbath, The, 597
466

Salisbury, 153, 204, 251, 420, 468, 563
Camden Road, 46

Scottish Association of the New Jerusa-
Christadelphian Attack

lem Church, 44
New Church Doctrine, 150 Second Coming, The, 361

Dalston, 99

Services in New Church Societies, 44,

Deptford, 47, 201

96, 152, 201, 365

Kensington, 203

Southport, 251, 420

Missionary and Tract Society, Special Services during the Winter
43, 362

Months, 560

Longton (Staffordshire), 247

Swedenborg Society, 95, 294

Manchester and Salford Missionary So- Sydney, 511

ciety, 43, 147, 196, 363 Testimonial to the Rev. W. Westall,

Day Schools, Peter Street, 245

200

The Future Life, 503

Meeting of Hymn-Book Theological Teaching in the Colleges of

Committee, 244

the Free Church in Scotland, 146

Peter Street, 99

Thomas Watson, Esq., 367

Printing and Tract Society, Training of the Clergy, 360

293

True Aim of Education, 360

Sale of New Church Works, Vienna, 296

199

Wigan, 204, 299, 367

May Meetings, 291

Worsley, 420

Melbourne (Derbyshire), 247

York, 512

Methodism, 410

Yorkshire Missionary and Colportage
Middleton, 250, 297

Association, 364, 414

Miracles, 37

Missionary and Tract Society, 515

Missionary Institutions, 362

Births.

Missionary Operations, 147, 196

Missionary Services by Mr. C. Griffiths, Mrs. W. A. Bates, 299

598

F. M. Eyles, 299

Modern Israel, 193

H. Higham, 100

National Missionary Institution, 150

J. Johnson, 48

New Church College, 512, 603

J. W. Tonks, 515

New Church Education, 200

New Philosophy, The, 145

Marriages.

New Zealand, 92

Northampton, 47

Benson, Mr. Chas. Edwin, to Miss Emma

Paisley, 203

Jane Rolason, 515

Philadelphia—First New Jerusalem So. Best, Mr. Walter, to Miss Eva Wilking-

ciety, 252
Practical Christianity, 91

Boyle, Mr. J. R., to Miss Amelia Whyte,
Prayer in the Name of Christ, 38

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A CHILD being told in answer to a question that Christmas was Jesus Christ's birthday, inquired with great earnestness, “Do you give Jesus a birthday present?" "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast ordained strength !" Their simple ideas underlie great truths. They even involve them ; for their angels, who always behold the face of our Father in the heavens, speak through these innocents to us, who, if the heaven of our infancy still lies about us, have drawn still more closely around ourselves a thick cloud of earthly notions and worldly interests, that deaden the influence and obscure the light of the angelic sphere of love and truth. But times and seasons help to recall our wandering thoughts and quicken our deadened inpulses, directing them to higher objects and nobler ends. The birth of the Lord into the world is one of those times and occasions, and the greatest of them, and is well adapted to call up our best thoughts and excite our best affections. But it should do something more than this. It should induce us to open our treasures and present our Saviour with our most precious gifts, as offerings of our love. Epiphany is the day early appointed by the Church for celebrating the showing forth of Christ to the Gentiles, as represented by the wise men who had seen His star in the east, and were led by it, first to Jerusalem and then to Bethlehem, where they worshipped the infant King of the Jews, and presented unto Him gifts, gold and

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frankincense and myrrh. These may be regarded as birthday presents, although not presented to Jesus on the day of His birth, nor on that of His circumcision, which, according to the ecclesiastical calendar, answer to the first day of the year, but on the twelfth day from the time of His nativity.

These would be but trivial circumstances to mention, were they not intended to introduce and form a basis to some reflections suitable to the beginning of a new year.

Times and seasons should suggest to us some spiritual reflections. Our natural life is measured by the circle of the suns. Every completed passage of the sun through the ecliptic adds a period to the duration of our temporal life.

We have grown a year older. We may have become richer or poorer, stronger or feebler; our circle may have been enlarged by birth or narrowed by death, and under any circumstances some new experience in the affairs of life has been acquired. Yet with all or any of these circumstances we may not have grown richer in knowledge and stronger in faith, no new and heavenly affection may have been born, no old earthly affection may have died, within us. We

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have listened at the season to the song of the angels, and rejoiced with the shepherds in hearing their announcement of the Saviour's birth, as Glory to God in the highest, on earth peace, good will towards men;" but it may have been that only unto us, not in us, is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. It may have been a time without being also a state of good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people—to all people beyond us, but not to all perceptions and affections within us. We may have heard of the great event by the hearing of the ear, but our eye may not have seen it. Have we gone, like the shepherds, to Bethlehem to see this great sight? Or, like the wise men in the east, followed the celestial guide, and presented to the Lord of life and salvation the gifts of love, faith, and obedience? The whole of worship is founded on the principle of offering gifts to the Object of our worship. And yet we give and can give only of what we have received. And never do we or can we return to the Lord all that He has bestowed upon us. That which is represented by a gift is sometimes spoken of as a debt. And then the amount is expressed by a sum immensely greater than we have it in our power to pay. Although we can only return to God that which we have received from Him, we can only offer Him as a gift that which we have made our own. We make the gifts of the Divine bounty our own when we receive or elevate them into the heart,

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