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YOCXG MEN AND liEJJGION. ADDRESS BY THE REV..1. G. JAMES, B.A. In the course of his address on the annual report of chiirch work, the Rev. J. G. James, B. A., pastor of Market-square Congregational ChapeJ, Merthyr, after dealing with various matters, said:Thogreat matter for gratitude to God is the true spirit of devotion, of earnest™ ss, and of religious zeal that is at present showing ihtM, tsj)ecirtlly amongst the young members of our religious communities. It has been the one thing that your minister has been longing and pray- ing for during the eight years that the deeper interest in the soul's truest welfare and the manifestation of the high spiritual aims and spirit might at length be seen. Now, tu our intense delight, the spiritual is ¡ showing itself amongst the young people. No one but a keen observer can detect the tendency in thriv- ing churches ou the part even of ardent supporters to take a lively interest in every form of Nonconformist eeelesiastieism, the meeting, the classes, the services, in everything but the one thing needful; whilst there ia no one who would fail to observe bow many take no interest at all in any of the movements of the church. But now at length, in the Christian Endeavour Society, as well as in the Sunday services, there is a most eager and living interest in the purely devotional means of grace amongst those who are hardly out of their teens. The outcome of this beautiful spirit is realized in the enthusiasm displayed in home and foreign missions. The missionary ent husiasm is grow- ing with respect to tho London Missionary Society, as well as in connection with the work amongst the godless inhabitants of our own town. One cannot help speculating what might have heen the result, if during all the years of our church's history all tho members had been so keenly alive to their duty to the lapsed masses as the love of the Master, and His enthusiasm for humanity should have made them. No greater form of pros- perity could bo desired than to behold what we behold, n branch Sunday School and a mission service in which most satisfactory spiritual results have been gained. To initiate and sustain a work of this sort will demand no small degree of enthusiasm, and especially harJ, persistent, self-denyiug effort, and ¡ may God grant that such men as we need for work of this kind may be forthcoming, and not fail to address themselves to it. We are rejoiced to have in our midst the presence of one Jady evangelist, whose work bad been so highly appreciated and owned of God, and we are glad to know that she has won the hearts of the poor people at the mission, and attached I them to her. With regard to all the other branches of Church organisation which are of no recent origin, it may be said that good, earnest, and successful work is being done. The Sunday school, including ¡ the branch, keeps up its numbers and efficiency. The Band of Hope has entered upon a new era and ¡ department of its grand work. The Young People's Improvement Society is still carrying on its interest- ing discussions on things in heaven and earth, the sea and all that in thom is, and has out of itself developed a reading circle. The brass and reed band is per- petually in training, not unmindful of the words of the poet :—" They also serve who only stand and I wait for opportunities of usefulness, and are getting perfect meanwhile. Those, together with all the preparation and Bible Clashes, are keeping the hands of the workers full, and we have great reason to bo I grateful for the noble disinterested teachers, who are content to work for the Master sake without hope ot I reward or even appreciation, and who do not mind being overlooked, if only the work is being success- fully done. In all this work, then, we make our rally- ing point the Cross of Je*us Christ, whom we preach, and hope ye have believed. We want to make our services as bright, and as heautiful, and as perfect as we can, and never if we can help it, lower the standard of excellence. But s° far as the teaching is concerned wo mean to preach Christ, as before, the Saviour of men, the incarnation of tho Deity, wh^-e grand creative energy must reclaim, redeem, and sanctify human life in all its aspects, alleviating its miseries, banishing its selfhood, capturing its activi- ties, realizing its aspirations, ana blending all its ideals in the one personality, the Word wnich was made flesh and dwelt among us.

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