Round the Churches.
Observer, Volume 9, Issue 576, 11 January 1890, Page 9
Round the Churches.
— Birch wants his people to boycott the latehour shopkeepers.
— Some evangelical bowlers talk of organising " Camp Meetings " in Aucklaud, on the plan of similar gatherings in America.
— The Salvationists say if you want to get on among the Maoris you must get a Maori wife. That is a very carnal view of the matter, Burely.
— Mr Birch used the Observer illustrations to illustrate his sermon last Sunday night. " Bio " was among the congregation, and was much edified.
— How many members of the Tabernacle congregation have places of business which they keep open till late hours and perpetrate a "great social wrong?"
— "What does Mr Gulliver mean?" He has again moved from the Choral Hall to the Temperance Hall. Perhaps religious intolerance is driving him about.
— An Auckland parson, who was) deep in debt, stumped up a big proportion after the Observer drew attention to the matter. It does me good to see my warnings attended to.
— Tne War Cry of Dec. 14th says :— " Multitudes in New Zealand are going to hell at express speed." Great minds think alike, for that seems to be the idea of " Bio's " cartoon this week.
— Now that the New Year " feasts " are over, there is the usual decline in the attendance at certain Sunday Schools. Lots of dear little Dissenters are now turning Catholics and Anglicans.
— The Maoris are noted for their hospitality, but according to Adjutant Holdaway they draw the line at Salvationists. When he visited a pa up the Wanganui River, be was driven out without ceremony. -
—Rev. Mr Gulliver's lecture last Sunday, night was on "Christ and His Kindred." Among the latter he included Zoroaster, Buddha, and Krishna. Joe Smith and Joanna Southcote are not yet recognised, apparently ; but they will be included later on.
— The Leader says : — " When Mr Birch gets used to our colonial ways he will not go back to Manchester for love or money." This means that, when Mr Birch is thoroughly acclimatised he will be as corrupt as the "low" colonials, will go in for the flesh pots of Egypt, and will have no hankering after the higher things he has left behind !
— Pastor Birch has, it seems, gone to the root at once. "Zamiel" in Saturday's Star piously remarks,—" He left a note at our domicile, with God bless all in this house upon it." Well done, Pastor Birch ; always attack the right quarter! No doubt "Zamiel" will keep his promise, and attend the " Tab." I hear the choir are practising that beautiful hymn, "The Chief of Sinners I." " Zamiel's " conversion is as good as accomplished.
— The congregation of the Sacred Heart, Ponsonby, enjoyed a rare musical treat on Sunday last, when Haydn's Ist Mass in B flat was performed in its entirety. The choir and orchestra, under the conductorship of Mr J. H. Edwards, have made great progress during the past year, and may fairly be reckoned among the best in Auckland. The music at Christmas was of an exceptional character. The choir, though small in number, contains some of Auckland's best amateurs.