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FUNERAL SERMONS AT ROCK FERRY- Special sermons were preached on Sunday, in St Peter's Church, Rock Ferry, with reference to the death of the Rev Dr Redhead, who for about fifty years was an esteemed clergyman in the district, and whose recent death is deeply regretted by all classes of the community. The odifice was crowded, and nearly all the congregation were attired in mourning. In the forenoon the preacher was the Rev J. Sidney Boucher, principal of the Training College, Carnarvon, who selected for his text II. Tim, i. 16, 17,18 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Ouesiphorus for he oft refreshed aie, and was not'ashamed of my chain But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me. The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day." The re- verend gentleman remarked that the text had special application to the congregation that day. He who had ministered to them for so many :years bad departed to a laud far off. It might be said he had emigrated. When any of their friends emigrated to a distant country, their delight was to trace them on the trap; to guess their surroundings; to picture them at their various occupations to endeavour to think their thoughts, and if they could not send them material help, they prayed that Sod would bless their friends in a far-distant country. It would be idle and impertinent curiosity to try to follow their departed friend beyond the grave but the occasion of his death ought to lead them to ask themselves the question, Are we follow- ing Christ as he did P" Did they kaow anything about the place of the dead, or their condition ? This was an important question which concerned them all. Popular theology taught that the dead went straight to heaven or straight to hell. If the curtain were lifted, they would expect to see on one side a throne set with God in all his magnificence and glory, and on the other side the bottomless pit, sending forth masses of flame and smoke. But was this idea of the future in accordance with common sense ? Nothing of the kind. The popular view was contrary both to common sense and to Scripture. In the future they would see no desert; nothing would be oblivionized. The Bradlaughites desired no future because their deeds were evil, and they were afraid of the Judge who would pass sentence on them. There was no such thing in nature as destruction. Paper was not destroyed when burnt. The paper was decomposed, and it formed new combination o which would re-appear in a very different shape. We must entertain a very mean and beggarly notion of heaven and of God if we imagined that upon dying we went to Heaven at once. The idea was contrary to common sense and reason. When- ever anyone wished te appear in the presence of a superior person he made a change in his c'othing; and so the soul, after being released from the burden of the flesh, required time before it was in a fit state to enjoy the company of angels. As to the place the soul would go to immediately after death, Christ sheweth in St. Luke xvi. that it was neither heaven nor hell, but an intermediate state lying between those two places. Dives was pun- ished because of his intense selfishness. Self ■ mdulgonce was the essence of his character. He had no Friday in his week, and no Lent in his year; and therefore he could not sympathize with Lazurus at his gate. In tae future state compen- sation would be made to those who suffered here, and it was a marvellous comfort to think it would be so, when they took into account the thousands and it was a marvellous comfort to think it would be so, when they took into account the thousands and thousands who were thrust into this world, and whose lives from the beginning to end were marked by crime and misery. The time, however, would come when all these things would be re-adjusted, as it was in the case of Dives and Lazurus. could not tell what the dead were doing, but it was certain hey were, progressing. There wa3 no such thing as standing still, for growth was the essence of existence. There was a continual change going on, and no doubt the dead were becoming gradually mgre fit to appear finally in the presence of God. The^e might be some present who would wish to re-call their deceased pastor, and apologize to him for unkind words and thoughts, but this could not be done, and they could only say, as Paul said of Onestphorus, The Lord grant into him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day." He believed that one of the occupations of the dead was to pray for those who were left behind, and how did they know bvit many of their blessings I were in answer to the prayers of their departed l friends. In conclusion, the reverend gentleman askod the congregation to earnestly join him in s&vi i L1, The De id March in S.*ul" w is played on the organ as the congregatioia retired frern the edifice. In the evening a special sermon was also preached in the church by the deceased's son, the Rev G. Edward Redhead, vice? of St. Mary's Church. P,rad for.








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