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HOW THEY WORSHIP IN THE VALE.

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HOW THEY WORSHIP IN THE VALE. CAR MEL, BONVILSTONE. ( (out In it I'd from laxt ttrrJ-.) Sunday. March 1st. was the date fixed upon to visit CarmeL March did not come in like a lion. hat, nevertheless. it brought with it weather by no means the most pleasant. It was. however, communion Sunday at Carmel; the minister was to be there throughout the day. and the weather could not keep the people away. It did one's heart good to see the crowd of carriages, some opened and some closed, and all from very con- siderable distances, taking their occupants up the mountain of the Lord to hear Yr hen. hen hanes." that is, thank heaven, still so dear to us as a nation. As already said. Carmel is one of the handsomest edifices in the Vale. The seats are low and com- fortable. and practically free. The pulpit is modern. and fixed at the east end. while the gallery occupies the west end. The building is kept scrupulously clean, and it is well provided with lamps. Xear the chapel is an excellent stable and vestry room in which week services are held. There is also a very convient place to boil water, ivc., for teas. On the Sunday in question the chapel was draped in black, and from allusions made hy the minister during the morning I under- stood that a mother had been taken and the children left. Thy ways are in the sea. and thy paths in the deep waters The morning services commence at Carmel at 10.30. and there were 50 present punctually on March 1st. A dozen more tripped in between 10.30 and 10.40. making a total of 62 present at the morning service. There was a devout appearance upon the congregation, an'1, while looking at them, -one could not help flunking that they were tyrfa'n cadw gwyl yn wir." The conductor of the sinking is Mr. James Price. Llantrithjd, and in that position he is undoubtedly the right man in the right place. The following hymn, com- posed by tne late Mr. Morgan Rees. Capel Isaac. Carmarthen, was sung with particulai pathos Dv hen addewid rasol A gadwodd rif y gwlith 0 ddynion wedi eu colli. A gan am dani byth. Er cael ee mynvch glwyfo Gan bechod is y nen, Iacheir eu mawrion glwyfau A dail y bywiol bren. The respected pastor, the Rev. W. E. Evans, read the first chapter of St. Paul's epistle to the Romans, and selected for his text a portion of the 14th verse of that chapter. I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the barbarians. The sermon was a missionary one, and the preacher in his opening remarks showed that St. Paul was a great man in many respects he had a great heart. Men differed greatly in the sizes of their hearts. One man's heart was j ust AS big as himself: another's was as big as his faniilc; .another's was as big as his country, but St. Rami's heart was as big as the world. The worlds estimation was often radically wrong the world called men great who were no bigger than the pigmies Stanley saw in Africa. The essence of greatness was service myfi n'm gwneuthum fy hun yn was i bawb." The three heads of the sermon were. the debt great because mm was great how to pay it: and exhortation tc :)ay it. The discourse was able. and very inte- resting throughout, and was listened to with marked attention. The first part of the service was over at 11.45, and the Holy Communion was celebrated afterwards. The school was commenced at 2 p.m., and it may be described in three words, good but small. The congregation is a very scattered one, and this un- doubtedly accounts for the smallness of the school. as people find it/difficult to attend three times a day. If. however, the school is as interesting always as it was on March 1st. people would do well by attending it, and the morning service on alternate Sundays. The suberic tendent of the school is Mr. E Griffiths he take" .an interest in his work. and performs it swell. The six o'clock service commenced punctually and was partly English and partly Welsh, the morning service being entirely in the latter language. There were about, 70 persons present, and Mr. Evans established an eloquent and telling discourse upon the following words I will go and return to my place till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face in their affliction they will seek me early." (Hosea v. 15.) The rev. gentlemen dwelt upon Israel's offences, viz.: idolatrY. unbelief, and attributing their successes and victories to themselves rather than to God. This service concluded at 7.25. In our days it is a general complaint that Zion's daughter is" too easy. Of many, perhaps most, of our churches it may be said that they are neither cold nor hot. but the writer records with pleasure that things look very bright at Carmel. Some of Mr. Evans' fellow students are labouring in China. India, and Africa, among men benighted, but while they do noble work there, Mr. Evans also does noble work in the Vale by holding up the lamp of life to lighten the paths of his own countrvmen and countrywomen. He works quietly Itis true but the day will come when it will be -een that he will have been an instrument in His hand to prepare ami i faen i'r adeilad svdd fry." In connection with Carmel. there is a Bible class held on Tuesday evenings, and also a band of hope, numbering 40 members, and from this it will be seen that the rising generation is not neglected by this church, which says— XI chaiff bwystfilod rheibus Dori'r egin man i lawr Xi chaiff blodau peraidd ieuangc Fethu gan y sychder mawr. ( The four deacons at Carmel are Mr. J. Smith, New* Wallace, Wenvoe. and Mr, James Price, Mr. J. Rowlands, and Mr. Edward Thomas. I am sure the two last-named are excellent men, else they would never have been appointed deacons at Carmel, but as to Messrs. Smith and Price, I can speak of them from personal knowledge, and I sav. without hesitation, they are ornaments to Carmel. and would be ornaments to any Christian Church. They are both able literary men, and, like Ciesar's wife, they are above suspicion in all their connections. In 1858 Mr. Smith removed from Groeswen to New Wallace, and ever since he has been a tower of strength to Carmel. He was made deacon, secretary, and treasurer of the Church in 1859, and continues to hold those appointments to this day. March 28, 1883. the Church presented Mr. Smith with a beau- tiful photo of himself and an address, together worth over .1:10. as a token of their great apprecia- tion of his invaluable services among them and to them. In September. 1885, Mr. Smith published a verv able and interesting history of Carmel Church in the JJhri/i/iirr, and the present writer is under an obligation to Mr. Smith for permission to make anv use he liked of that history. In taking one's leave of Carinel Church it is hardly necessary to say that one wishes them well. May the grace of Christ, our Saviour, And the Father's boundless love, With the Holy Spirit's favour. Rest upon them from above Thus may they abide in union With each other and the Lord And possess in sweet communion, Joys which earth can not afford.

MR. A. J. WILLIAMS, M.P.I

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