Banff Parish Church - D L Moody (1874)


burgh with good results. A number of ministers and Christian friends from a distance were present. The services were of a delightful kind; we seemed to get an earnest of the blessing as we pleaded together at the throne of grace.

In the evening Mr Moody preached in the Established Church with his usual power and impressiveness. The congregation was very large, and many anxious ones remained. A meeting for men exclusively was intimated to be held in the Free Church at the close of the service, and a considerable number attended, when the Rev. George Wilson gave a most earnest and suitable address.

Wednesday, 5th August 

On Wednesday, meetings similar to those on Tuesday were held in the Free and Established Churches. The noon prayer meeting was felt to be a very precious season; manifestly God's people were growing in faith and expectation. The evening meeting was a very solemn and impressive one. Mr. Moody's words seemed to pierce like arrows, much emotion was manifest in the congregation, and the number of inquirers was greater than before. The meeting for men was also more largely attended, and not a few of the anxious seemed to decide for Christ. 

Thursday, 6th August 

Thursday was Mr Moody's last day in Banff. At 12 o'clock he appeared in the prayer meeting, to the evident delight and satisfaction of all present. He gave what he calls the key-note of the meeting in a few earnest and encouraging words, chiefly in the question, "Is there anything too hard for the Lord?" Several brethren then prayed with great power and unction. It was felt that surely the Lord would very specially bless the word in the evening. 

And so it was. Thursday evening will be long remembered by many in Banff. It had been intimated by hand-bills that Mr Moody would deliver a farewell address in the Established Church at 7 o'clock, and accordingly a very large congregation assembled at the hour. After devotional exercises led by Rev. Mr Bruce, Mr. Moody preached from the text, "I pray thee have me excused." The discourse was pointed, powerful, and pathetic. At the close he thrilled the audience, as he bade them farewell, and with tears urged the unconverted to close with Christ at once. The inquiry room was filled with females in a state  anxiety, who were attended to by Mr  Moody, severalbmembers, and a band of workers organised for the purpose. The men's meeting in the Free Church was also largely attended. Messrs Drummond and Torrance from Edinburgh were present, and took part in the work. Many expressed anxiety and some to all appearance laid hold of Christ.

We are truly grateful for the visit of these honoured brethren. They have been instrumental in giving an impulse to Christian life and work here, which, we trust, will lead to still greater results. We bid them God-speed. May the Lord bless them, and make them more and more a blessing.

"Times of Blessing," Aug 13th, 1874.


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