Photos: could those people who require new photos for the Church Directory please see Chris Gillan today to have one taken or email a photo to ua.gro.nairetybserptforceebnull@yraterces.
Wednesday Women’s Bible Study: Wednesday morning Bible Study for women has recommenced. We meet on Wednesdays during term time, at Dena Chen’s in Beecroft Road, 10 am morning tea for 10:30 am study till 12 noon. This term we’re doing a series on the gospel of Matthew, following along with the Sunday morning passages. Please see Rosemary Williamson if you are interested in joining us, and we’ll get you a study booklet. If you cannot come each week, that’s fine; just come when you can make it. Everyone is welcome, and please feel free to bring your children.
Mission Envelopes: are a way of supporting our missionaries each month. They have been printed and are available for pick up at the door of the Church.
Our Bookstore: will be open again this Sunday, 14 February between the morning services. Please see a book review of one of the books on offer “The Ulster Awakening: An Account of the 1859 Revival in Ireland,” by John Weir.
THE ULSTER AWAKENING: AN ACCOUNT OF
THE 1859 REVIVAL IN IRELAND
BY JOHN WEIR
John Weir, an Irish Presbyterian minister in Northern Ireland during the revival of 1859, gives an honest account of the events that took place prior to, during and after the great outpouring of God’s Spirit in and around Ulster. The book is full of first hand accounts from Weir and others, making it an accurate record of what took place, albeit one that is a little repetitive and hard to read.
God’s grace so accompanied the preaching of the gospel in 1859 that those who came to mock the Christian message often left under deep conviction of sin and later found peace with God. Publicans had to give up their trade because the revival reduced their clientele to almost nil, local constabularies were left with little work to do because crime was at an ebb and protestant churches experienced numerical growth and new freshness and vigour. Where once the streets had been full of drunken brawlers, crowds now gathered to worship and discuss religious issues.
There were some excesses in the revival that many critics cited as evidence that it was not the work of God’s Holy Spirit. The 1859 Ulster Revival was notable for the physical manifestations that accompanied many conversions. As Weir explains, though, it would be remarkable if an individual, having his or her eyes suddenly opened to the gravity of sin and its eternal consequences, could approach the issues of salvation with an antiseptic calm.
This book is an encouraging account of the 1859 revival in Northern Ireland. It is a little difficult to read in that it is not a strictly chronological account of the revival – it contains extracts from many personal letters written to the author – and the typeface is quite small. If you are willing to invest time in the book, it is very, very rewarding. There is no reason why God’s people cannot cry out to Him to revive us as He revived the Irish church. There is no reason why we cannot experience the blessings that Ulster experienced in 1859.
The Ulster Awakening is for sale at the bookshop between the Sunday morning services.