Primitive Methodist Church.
HARVEST FESTIVAL SERVICES,
Lsrge congregations assembled m the Primitive Methodist Church yesterday, the occasion being the Harvest Festival, special services m celebration of which are held annually. The pulpit at the various services was occupied by the Rev. R. Hall, who delivered a brief address m the afternoon on music and its value m the cuarchos. At this service, which was of a choral character throughout, soloa and anthems were nicely rendered by the following vocalists:—Misses Silcock, M. Rat tray, Mesdames Marsden, E. Craig, head, Messrs Silcook; recitation-Miss Amy Liil. Preaching at the evening ser?ic3, the Rev. li. Hallbased hi 3 remarks on Galadnna VI. 7: "Be not deceived; God Js not mocked; for whatsoever a man ssweth, that shall ha also reap." The preaohec said the text m the main was an exhorta* tion to those who had committed errore. The Apostle Paul urged that a brother who had erred should be dealt with mildly, and m fact it wa* our duty as Christians to bear one another's burdens, and glory m nothing save m the cross of Christ. The law of God was & law of love, governed by the spirit of Christ. It waa a fallacy for people to attach great importance to eartmy possessions, for afc the judgment seat of God, earthly goods would not count for anything. Men and women will be judged according to their earthly career, and will be rewarded according to the manner m which they have followed the law of God. God understood all | about us, and waa fully acquainted with the secrets of our inner selves. He was acquainted with' the mainspring of ourselves, and could detect any feeling of Belushness or disobedience that we might succeed m obscuring from the sight of our fellow beings. Coming more pointedly to the text, the preacher said that when a farmer sowed bis seed, he expected to reap a manifold return m the Fame kind, and man identical manner did this parable apply to our own lives. What a man sowed, that would he also reap. The seed sown would determine the character of our hearts and our future liyes. A man that lived to wholly gratify his evil tendencies and desires must eventually reap a disappointing harvest, m which he would be bound to taste the gall and wormwood of his previous sins. The man on thi other hand that sowed to the spirit would subsequently realJse the, great joys and inward satisfaction that such a sowing would bring m by way of a harvest. Young lads were frequently met with, who considered themselves too old to attend the Sabbath School, and by "way of spending their Sunday afternoons they assembled at a street corner, and with cigarettes or pipes m their mouths, they indulged m a questionable conversation with ungodly companions, and referred to their mother as " the old woman," and their father as " the old man." These young men were undoubtedly sowing seed that would one day bring m a disappointing harvest. The text brought to prominence one very important fact—that the making or the marring of our lives was m our own hands. Tt showed that there was a close analogy between the world of nature and the world of spirit, or m other words the world visible and the world invisible bore the sanae impress. Those people who lived for themselves and expected to reap a spiritual harvest would be assuredly deluded. There were other people again that sowed for ths spirit and expected to be abundantly blessed m return, with this world's goods. Sometimes the distribution of thi3 world's goods gave riße to much dissatisfaction among Christians, and it was a frequsnt occurrence to hear complaints made. An unprincipled trader apparently got on better than his more scrupulous neighbour, who professed Christianity. Depend upon it, this would be adjusted. A Chri3tian business man, who perhaps had not succeeded as well a3 his ungodly neighbour, had bis reward m the possession of a hoarb that was pure and holy and a mind that; was honest and truthful. He would like to impress on the young men and woman m his congregation that evening that the sowing of wild oats would bring m a harvest that would mar their future lives. Sins committed, although repented for, could never be forgotten. They left their indelible imprint on the mind, and time could not efface tha marks. He ventured to say there were many white headed Christians m Ashburton, who carried about with them the marks of youthful sina. Was ifc fair for young people to spend the best of their t liveß ia the service of the devil and then go to God with what the soldiers termed " the fag and of a mis-spent life ?" He thought not! Ha urged them to achieve the highest possibla good for themselves, and to pray to God to lead them from participating m a life that was degrading and demoralising, and which robbed them of the innumerable joys associated with a Godly career. His concluding' advice to them was to " Live! live 1 live! for the future."
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905
Primitive Methodist Church. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XX, Issue 6582, 29 May 1905
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