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BARRY NEW CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH. SUCCESSFUL OPENING SERVICES. The opening, for divine worship, of the hand- some new Congregational Church, in Windsor; road. Barry, which has just been erected at a cost of nearly 46,000, took place on Thursday, the 19th instant, when crowded gatherings attended the inaugural services in the afternoon and the public meeting in the evening. A full desenption, together with an illustration of the new building, appeared in the Barry Dock News a fortnight ago. INAUGURAL SERMQN BY THE REV. C. SILVESTER HORNE, L, The Church, as we have stated, was crowded to excess when the-inaugural aerviee opened very appropriately- with the singing of the Doxology, the beautiful strains of the organ, presided at by Mr Amos Keay, 3^oiverkainpton, giving an impressive effect to the singing of the large congregation. The service was conducted throughout by the Rev C. Silvester Home, M.A., London, who also delivered an impressive and eloquent sermon, taking as his text the 41st verse of the 11th chapter of St. Luke's gospel, Howbeit give for alms those things that are within." In the course of an able discourse, the rev. gentleman said God required truth in the inward parts, and holiness without. The gift which the Christian was encouraged and expected to give to the world was something unique. What were they to give ? Themselves. When Mr Quentin Hogg was asked how much it cost to start the London Polytechnic he said somebody's life-blood." They were to pour out the contents of their sottl-s as gifts to Christ. The Saviour never thought of what we consider wealth, for it never entered his calcula- tion. The conscience was a priceless treasure beyond the reach of any foe. The materialist said the poor should be given food, clothes, and money they should share the property of those who were better off. The gospel to the poor, he stood there to say, was characteristic of Christianity. Jesus did not offer the gospel because it was the least, but rather because it was the beat of gifts. It was the greatest gift that could be bestowed. What was the greatest temptation of the poor ? He said without hesitation that it waa their belief that if they had enough and to spare they would be happy. They were not animals, to be satisfied with food and shelter. They were living souls, starv- ing for lack of faith, sympathy, and love, and they needed redemption, pardon, and peace. There was only one thing which could give these virtues to the world, and that was the regeneration of the spirit of man to love his neighbour as himself. To obtain this, poverty and oppression must close, and the pauper and multi-millionaire would go out of the world together. The strong should help the weak the rich should be a brother to, the poor. If the greatest thing in this world' was love, did they wonder why Christ said Give for your alms the things that are within ?. The grip of this principle would solve many troubles, and would remove the difficulties of many people who stood aloof from the Church of Christ. Christianity, he believed, had. augend inoat from false hopes and false expectaMons. Some. people quarrelled with the Bible, and expe-jted the New Testament to bea handbook to political economy. The supreme needs of this land to-day were not legislative. The first and foremost necessity was, a spiritual change. They wanted better citizens, larger-hearted and broader minded men and women, who would give the best of their mind, thought, and sympathy to the land in which they lived. People could not be happy till their sins were washed away they could not have light hearts until they knew God. What they needed were alms. He wanted this new church to be a temple with a Beautiful Gate," whereby a man should ask for alms and it should be given him. The Lord took bread and brake it, and distributed it to the disciples, saying, Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you," Likewise with the cup, saying, This is my blood, which was shed for the remission of your sins. This is what I have done for you. I have given you my very body and blood. Behold the alms I give. Bread of my soul, wine of my heart. I have not given you money, for I have left you pure. I have given you myself. I have broken my heart for you. Here is the red wine of my redeemed life. Drink ye of this." The rev. gentleman compl- mented the members of the Barry Church upon the excellent building which had been erected. At the close of the sermon, the choir, conducted by Mr E. W. Waite, splendidly rendered the anthem, How Lovely are the Messengers," A collection was taken in aid of the building fund, and the service concluded with the Benediction. At the close of the opening service a public tea was held in the large hall, which was attended by at leaet 700 or 800 persons. ENTHUSIASTIC PUBLIC MEETING. REV. SILVESTER HORNE ON CONGREGATIONALISM. The spacious new church was also crowded in the evening again to hear an address by the Rev C. Silvester Home, M.A. Mr Frank N. Tribe, of Bristol, presided, and he was sppported by Mr Silvester Home, Rev J. Williamson, M.A. (Car- diff), Rev C. J. Clarke (pastor of the Barry Church), Rev W. G. Jenkins, B.A. (Pontypridd). Rev J. Mydyr Evans (Barry Docks), Captain F. Murrell, J.P., and Councillor J. C. Meggitt, J. P. (Barry), secretary of the Church. The meeting opened with the singing of a hymn, followed by prayer, offered by the Rev J. Mydyr Evans, after which Mr Meggitt read several letters of apology for absence, and gave a resume of the history of the Church from the time of its inception in a little brick building, up to the pre- sent magnificent structure. The membership of the Church had grown from 40 to 216. The col- lections that afternoon amounted to £ 225, which was, he thought, a good start. He thanked Mr W. Knapman, M.S. A., Barry. the architect, and Mr D. G. Price (Penarth), the contractor, for the very efficient and praiseworthy manner in which the building had been designed and carried out. The Chairman congratulated the members of the church upon their splendid new building, and was glad that the opening services were so great a success. He had been a Congregationalist all his life, and nothing, he thought, would shake his firm belief in Congregationalism. They congre- gated for good purposes and though the day might come when their unison and solidity might be shaken, still by building such a church as they had at Barry they had strengthened that feeling of unison and solidarity which existed to so large an extent amongst them. He hoped the church would be a strong and living church, for thus it must also be a missionary church as well. On their willingness much depended. They had the church, and now they must contrive, not only to be a credit to the church, but also make the church a credit to the town. He again congratu- lated the members upon the success which had attended so many years of arduous but richly blessed labour. (Cheers.) Rev J. Williamson. M.A., in a congratulatory speech said he had taken considerable interest in that day's proceedings, as he had been in some way connected with the church from its establishment. The large congregation that evening was a living testimony that they had the living Christ with them. At Barry they had men who had entered heartily into this enterprise and be thanked God that their efforts bad been crowned with so great a blessing. They should be inspired by the traditions of their forefathers; they had to fight the same battles, but fight them they would, and in God's good time, and by His grace, they would conquer. (Cheers.) Mr Home was doing: a grand and noble work- amongst the London poor, and be hoped his example would be followed by many other good men. They were saved to lose themselves in the salvation of their lees fortunate brethren and sisters. The Rev C. J. Clarke, pastor of the church, gave the announcements, and said that Mr John Cory, J.P., The Duffryn, had generously promised to subscribe JB1GQ if they etmld raise £ 400 in con- nection; with the opening. (Cheers.) On rising to deliver bis address, the Rev Silvester Home met with an enthusiastic recep- tion. He echoed the congratulations and good wishes which; had been expressed by previous speakers, and said during the past three or four years he had attended several such functions as he had that day, but he had never known a church that deserved such hearty congratulations as the Barry Congregational (Dh-Uireh. They were learn- ing that Congregabionalista had a right to do a good many things,, and they intended to make good uee. of that right. (Cheers.) He advised the young people to hurry up-and contribute towards the cost of the new building, or they would soon be deprived of the honour,, as the church would, he believed, ere long be fully paid for. (Cheers.) The debt on his chapel in. Tottenham Court-road was only Z-IG;000, and it would not be long before it waa all wiped off. They were getting down to the t im-o f democracy, and were begin- ing to .undocstaAd that the church belonged to them. Anything that belonged to Christ belonged to many and all the best histofy of Christendom* belonged to the Free Churches. He advised them to; pub their: hands on shythil, that, wafr worcfh'hai'irrg, andf keep, all the history that was of any value. The history of Free Churches began when they had faith enough to make it. The church, in Barry, amidst a great and growing populatian". should: do much, to permeate the population- with the doctrine of the God they worshipped. Be believed. they were a force to be reckoned with, and that any public-house in the Barry district that wa& not well-behaved would find that they had firm. foes in the members of the Barry Congregational Church. Wales, he heard, was- the object of much, anxiety just now- to the Government, (Laughter.) He said, Good luck to Wales." (Cheers.) He was glad that the people of the Principality were a spirited people, and was also glad that they had a character of their own, and. some real individuality. Wales owed its traditions to men who were too big for the systems-in which; they were brought up. They still wanted men of spirit,, and they wanted them ih Nonconformity a» much, as anywhere else. (Cheers.). There was a real downright individu- ality about the people- of Wales, and he hoped that churchess where tho&-Ianguage used was not Welsh, would not cause any break in this love of freedom âthe noblest traditions of the Welsh people. (Cheers..)} He (Mr Home) bad some admiration for the old religious warriors, but he believed in living in the present, and in giving praise to men who were even now fighting one of the world's greatest battles, He thought much of Oliver Cromwell, and his great spirit, but what about John Clifford I (Cheers.) People said everyone had some interest in the Churoh, yet if one asked an ordinary man in the street the way to any well- known looal church or chapel, he could not tell you. It was a good thing to study one's funda- mentals. He had spent three years writing a book on the history of the Free Churches, and he was now firmly convinced that Puritanism was logical Protestantism. Some people put a great deal of faith in the Government, and went to them for any advice they wanted. He said Never mind the Government; go to God for your orders, and when you have got them go and execute them." God honoured all men alike there was no slavery with Him. (Cheers.) His religious principles were political principles, but they were also character principles. He prayed that God would bless the young people, and make them strong in their principles and noble purposes before they fell asleep. (Cheers.) The Rev W, G. Jenkins also spoke; and Captain F. Murrell proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the Chairman and speakers, and Mr Tribe suitably acknowledged. Rev C. J. Clarke pronounced the benediction, and another most successful and impressive meeting concluded. On Friday afternoon Mr Amos Keay, the organist of Queen-street Congregational Church, Wolverhampton, gave an organ recital at the new church to a large audience; and the opening services were continued on Sunday, when the pulpit was occupied both morning and evening by the Rev H. Arnold Thomas, M.A Bristol. Next Sunday the special preacher will be the Rev J. A. Mitchell, M.A., London, the secretary of the Congregational Union of England and Wales.

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