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iiifeetio ** will probably he carried into other ch urches , and the evil be extensively diffused . "Hac fonte derivata clades In patriam , populumque fluxit . " JDay or New Times , Oct . 26 .
as his hearers can testif y > were neither few nor small . After the service , several of the friends with the ministers and visiters present ,
retired to an Inn in the village , where they partook of an economical dinner , and spent the afternoon in a most social and edifying * manner . The whole company appeared to view with gratitude and pleasure , the circumstances which had occasioned their
meeting " : —new zeal and animation beamed in every countenance , and nothing * seemed wanting * to complete their happiness but the presence of those venerable and departed friends , who will ever be ranked among * the first and steady adherents to the cause of Unitarian ism in Stain forth and its
neighbourhood . In respectful remembrance of the persons alluded to , the Rev . R . Wright , by whose labours and affectionate instructions some of them had been reclaimed from the gloomy and pernicious paths of Trinitarianism , before they were called to meet their Redeemer in Heavefc , proposed the following- sentiment to be received in silence : u To the memory of the
once zealous and active promoters of Unitarianism in Thorneand Stainfortb , who were only permitted to see the distant approach of that glorious success which has lately attended the cause in this neighbourhood j and who would have beheld with transport and gratitude the things which our eves have this day witnessed . "
At six o ' clock in the evening " , public worship was again held in the chapel , when the Rev . Nathaniel Philipps , D . D . introduced the service , and the Rev . Mr . Brettle delivered avery interesting and impressive discourse on the Paternal Character of God , from Matt . vi . 9 , Our Father who art in heaven . "
It is in vain , Mr . Editor , to attempt to exprass the feeling's that were experienced by the friends and advocates of Unitarianism in Stainforth on the day when their chap « l was opened . Some of them can well recollect the difficulties with which they once
had to struggle j others can repeat the expressions of anxiety and despair that were sometimes employed when , for the space © f two or three years , they beheld their small society undergoing no change , except in the loss of some of its first and most valued
members - and all will declare that the man would have been deemed a visionary enthusiast , who not mfttty yean * hack should have ventured to imagine , that an Uaitarian Chapel would by this time have been built both at Stainforth and Thome . The recollection however of the
difficulties and discouragements whicb the Stainforth Society have overcome , and the pleasing conviction of their present comparative prosperity , will , it is hoped , not only inspire them with additional zeal * in the defence and propagation of the doctrine *
Intelligence . —Opening of the Unitarian Chapel , Stainforth . 633
DOMESTIC . RELIGIOUS . Opening of the Unitarian Chapel , Stainforth ,
As was intimated in the last Number of the Repository , ( p . 564 , ) the Unitarian Chapel , lately erected at Stainforth , near Thorne , was opened on Thursday , Oct . 9 th . The Rev . J . Brettle , Pastor of the
Unitarian Church at Rotherham , commenced the solemn services of the day by giving out a hymn peculiarly adapted to the occasion . The Rev . P . Wright , Pastor of the Unitarian Church at Staunington , near Sheffield , conducted the devotional service and read
appropriate portions of Scripture . And the Rev . R . Wright , Unitarian Missionary , delivered a most animated and impressive discourse from Isaiah xxxv . 8 , 9 : u And a highway shall be there , and a way , and it shall be called the way of holiness : the
nnclean shall not pass over it ; but it shall be for those : the wayfaring * men , though fools , shall not err theiein . No lion shall be there , nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon , it shall not be found there , but the redeemed shall walk there . " In
considering this highly figurative passage as expressive of the nature and design of the Christian religion , Mr . W . successfully endeavoure d to shew , that it could be descriptive oi none of those gloomy , mysterious and unintelligible dogmas which have so undeservedly obtained the character of
evangelical truths , and that it could only have allusion to the plain and open path of Unitarian Christianity—to that " great highway of the King of kings , in which all are both able and permitted to walk . This important fact he fully established by
comparing the ideas contained in the text , frsty with the reputed orthodox doctrines , and secondl y , with the pure and simple truths of the g-ospel : he then concluded his remarks upon the difference between the doctrines of Unitarianism
ancLTrinitaruunsm , and their very opposite tendency , pretty mu . ch in the fallowing words : — " None can walk in the dark , narrow and crooked passage of modern orthodoxy , without leaving their reason behind them — -without discarding- the only natural
guide which God has given to his creatures to conduct them on their pilg rimage through the world . " The latter part of the sermon was a most vigorous attack 1 * pon the-rorenotjs beasts spoken of in the eoa 4 verse of the text ; agrunst them the prsatftoe r exerted all his weapons , which ,
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 633, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/61/