Tabernacle - Evan Roberts (1905)

Tabernacle, Sunday.—Mr Evan Roberts has been holding meetings in many inaccessible places in Anglesey, but nowhere more difficult to reach than this place. It is not far from Red Wharf Bay and Moelfre, where the Royal Charter went down many years ago. Tabernacle itself is only a little chapel situated in an extensive agricultural district, and the nearest post office is some distance away. The chapel will only contain 800 people at most, and at ten o'clock this morning it was packed with a crowd that might not have been expecting Mr Roberts at all, so absolutely were they engaged in earnest prayer and praise. This was the first time since a fortnight for Mr Roberts to hold a meeting in a chapel and had the weather not been unfavourable the meeting this morning would have been in the open air.

About the proceedings there was a spontaneity refreshing after the rather forced meetings at Menai Bridge and Beaumaris. Farm labourers formed a great part of the congregation. At one time a great wave of prayer passed over the chapel, a wave that seemed to overwhelm those that stood in its way, and in the midst of the storm, Evan Roberts entered the pulpit with a smile on his face—a smile that soon developed into a quick genial laugh.

He soon got up to speak, but for some time he failed to get an interval in which to say a word. After a fairly long address, in which he was at his best and brightest, Mr Roberts asked the Rev Llywellyn Lloyd to test the meeting, which was done. Several converts were registered, and during the testing, Miss Annie Davies sang " Dyma gariad fel ymoroedd."

The evening meeting was held in the open-air, but rain was threatening and the wind was cold. For all that hundreds of people stood on the wet grass and spent the time while they waited for the evangelist in praying and singing. Many had cycled from Llanarchymedd and Llangefni, and bore traces of the expedition, for the roads were like ditches and practically unrideable. None but Evan Roberts could have drawn people to such an out-of-the-way place in such weather. The meeting commenced in the usual manner, and it was evident from the commencement that the weather could not damp the fervour of the congregation. "Perhaps," I said to a Canadian minister, "you do not see the best aspect of the revival here to-night." 'I think I do," he replied," there must be some mighty power of the Holy Ghost here to make these people stand for hours in the bad weather."

Something very like a direct answer to prayer took place at this meeting. As I have said, the weather was most unpromising, and one minister stood up and prayed that the clouds should break and that the course of the meeting should not be disturbed by the weather. It is a fact that within five minutes the sky was clearing and the sun beginning to shine and the weather became all that could be desired until the end of' the meeting.

A well-known local tenor sang a solo and then Mr Llywellyn Lloyd stood up and asked the congregation for their reasons for believing that God could save all on the field. A chorus of verses followed and the whole place burst into a flame of prayer. All this time the revivalist sat in silence. At one time he opened the Bible, but, after turning the leaves for a second, he shook his head and silently closed the book. On the whole, the meeting so far was a colourless one and varied very little from its predecessors. When Mr Roberts stood up he said it was time to ask for something that was wisdom. How many had asked for that grace? Everyone present needed it and without it our religious life would not be perfect. He went on to speak of the beauty of wisdom and the need of having it in our prayers. The Spirit filled everything but for some reason or other, He was withdrawing from the place because of some obstruction. When asking God to save he said we must believe that He could save. Since he had believed in God's promises he lived in a continual heaven. He concluded with an earnest and tender appeal to young people to live for the glory of Christ. "What is the matter, my friends?" were his last words, and Miss Davies commenced to pray brokenly for the salvation of all those present.

By this time it was evident that the revivalist felt the presence of some obstruction, and passionate prayers were offered for the removal of all such difficulties. Miss Davies knelt by her chair on the stage and prayed brokenly through her sobs.

Again Mr Roberts stood up and said that there was something or someone out of place. Someone in the church was responsible. He could not help it, he would do his best, but he could do nothing—-not even pray. Let them pray that the obstruction be removed. These words greatly excited the people, and a great storm of prayers and sobs broke out. The scene could be compared with nothing but what occurred at some of the Liverpool meetings. Mr Roberts scanned the multitude, but with a shake of his head he closed his eyes in silent prayer. Before long a smile flashed over his face but when someone commenced to sing he stopped the singing at once. When he stood up he said that heaven was listening; but there was one verse to read—" Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us."He did not know who it was for, but it was meant for someone in the meeting, and he thanked heaven for removing the difficulty.

A mighty shout of joyful reaction went up from the crowd, and immediately afterwards Mr Llywellyn Lloyd began testing. Several converts were registered.

From, 'The South Wales Daily News,' 3rd July 1905.

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I think the chapel is where marked. It is not very near Moefre, but when one puts in Tabernacle into Google it marks a spot right by this church.

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