Liverpool - Concert Hall (1859)



Amongst other indications of good in this town, Richard Weaver, a converted collier, has been holding several services for exhortation and prayer. On Sabbath, 27th ult., he preached twice at the Concert Hall, in the evening, to a crowded congre­gation. Although the notice for these services was short and scanty, there was a numerous and most attentive congregation and many penitents. What is remarkable about this movement is, that he is not the representative of any sect or party, and preaches the gospel only for the love of the work. Without any pretensions to systematic preaching, or even a common education, his word is attended with great power, and in some parts of the country great numbers have believed through his simple testimony. There is a great thirst amongst the operative and industrial classes in this town for the Word of Life, and thousands who seem to shun the regular places of worship are easily collected together (in public places) and listen most attentively to the gospel message. A united meeting of min­isters has decided upon establishing a weekly union-revival prayer-meeting; but excellent as this step is, many feel that it alone will by no means be adequate to the want of the times in this immense population. The labours of devoted town mis­sionaries and others have for some time been taking hold of the minds of the humbler classes, and multitudes appear ready and waiting for a further work. Indications of good appear on every hand.

From 'The Revival Newspaper,' Volume i, p156


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