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-W Tribute to a Colwyn Bay Minister. FAITH, HOPE, AND CHARITY. The British Weeky has been publishing1 a series of letters commenting—in some cases unfavourably—upon the character of the ministries in seaside pulpits during the holi- day season. The criticisms have drawn a most interesting letter from a Dublin visitor to Colwyn Bay, in which a very just tribute is paid to the Rev. Thomas Lioyd, who for upwards of 21 years has done splendid work as pastor of the English Congregational Church. The writer savs :—" Dear sir,—You ask for the experience of your readers regarding the nature of the sermons they heard on holiday Weli, I spent the last week in September in Colwyn Bay, and en Sabbath morning at- tended the English Congregational church, where I heard an excellent sermon from the pastor, Mr. Thomas Lloyd. The text was from the 40th of Isaiah, the fi st six verses— "Comfort ye, comfoit ye my people." I will not attempt an analysis of the sermon; but beginning with the great and fundamental trouble, our sins, and assuring us that our iniquity is pardoned if only we m.ike peace with God through the acceptance of Christ. the preacher went on to apply the great con- solations of the Gospel to the sick, to the bereaved, to the perplexed, to the poor who found it difficu!t to make ends meet, to those who had business troubles or parental cares, or who suffered, it might be, from some of the smaller worries of life. Not only the mountains of difficulty, but even the sniallei hills would be made smooth, and the rough places plain, if only we had faith in G(,d. The late Dr. John Watson held that a prime object of a preacher to a Christian congrega- tion should be comfort and edification, a building-up of the breaches made in the spiritual lite bv the nressine secularities of the working week. I have not heard for years a sermon in which these objects were so successfully carried out. I do not think that any hearer entering the cnurch with trouble of any kind could have failed to receive comfort and consolation from the kind words of the preacher, backed as they were with aptly chosen texts, which were as apples of gold in the silver of his discourse. I. I attended a Methodist Church in the evening, and heard a thoroughly evangelical sermon, but to me it was not so impressive. "In the morning discouise, though Christ was dealt with only incidentally, the sermon was saturated with faith, hope and charity, and gave one heartening inspiration and comfort Have faith in God," was the burden of this admirable discourse, which must have been short, as the whole service occupied only eighty minutes. Every word told, and one was sorry when the preacher ended. J. DAWSON. 77, Drumcondra-road Dublin."

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