Perth - D L Moody (1874)

Mr Moody’s Bible readings came to an end on Friday the 5th, but two days of busy work yet remained before he left us for Dundee. On Sunday, the 7th, there was another meeting for Christian workers, at which the City Hall was again crowded. Much precious counsel Mr Moody gave counsel which came straight from an enthusiastic and devoted heart, yet never failed to be practical and clear.

At 11:00 o'clock he preached at the usual forenoon service in the Free West Church, taking for his subject “The love of God;” and in the evening there was the meeting on the South Inch, for which all day-long prayer had been going up to the throne of grace. The evening was one of rare beauty and when Mr Sankey's voice was heard leading the well-named tune of the 100th Psalm.

It is difficult to compute the numbers of a crowd standing so closely packed as this gathering was, but not fewer than 7000 must have been within the range of Mr Moody's voice; while on the outskirts, where even his voice could not reach, the words of sacred song may have carried conviction and comfort to many. Between 6:00 and 7:00 o'clock the meeting was dismissed and the people slowly dispersed, many of them to attend one of the other meetings, which was still to be held that evening.

At the children's meeting, there was an unusually large attendance. Many of the little ones who had given their hearts to Jesus during the week had brought their companions to seek Him.

Mr Parkhurst also had a good meeting in the City Hall and at the North United Presbyterian Church, where Mr Moody spoke and whither many had gone voluntarily declaring themselves unconverted. Very many found peace that night.

On Monday we had the usual noon prayer meeting at which Mr Moody and Mr Sankey were both present and in the evening a meeting for young converts and the usual evangelistic meeting, at which Mr Parkhurst for the last time presided. Mr Sankey was also present for a short time according to his usual plan, before going to the meeting at which Mr Moody was speaking. His parting message to that assembly was breathed in the low, sad tones of ”Nothing but Leaves”. Mr Moody had spoken solemnly and earnestly of the Dangers which lay before them in their upward journey.

Before closing Mr Moody suggested that there should be a young convert's meeting every Monday evening, as there is already in many places. Once more they were commended to his care and then came the inquiry meeting which that night seemed to be a specially solemn and sacred time.

Now God's specially chosen servants have gone from us, but the fruit of their labour remains. They have been the scythes in the Master's hand, to mow down, in swift and steady strokes, ”the bearded grain and the flowers that grow between." May God grant that mowers and reapers may be raised up in our midst and that what has been already mown may be gathered in and cared for! 

“The Christian”, June 18th, 1874.   

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