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WESLEYAN ANNIVERSARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 36, 18 December 1879
[ The second anniversary of the Ashburton Wesleyan Church was celebrated by a. j tea meeting on Tuesday. The tables veto I Lad in the building itself, sod. the j largest crowd aver pioecn. m tiu< S chapel partook ot the good | provided. The following
tnys/V -as. the ; term is, viz :—Mestl -ones Buchanan, 'Causey, Clark, Chapman (S. >, Hodder, Jones, Moisman, !S lien. Tasker, Ofr (J.), and Weeks ; v lib the bachelors of the congregation i und all the accessories of the ever-present <■ ilibatos’ table. Donations in money v fire given towards the furnishing of ( ..bb". by Meadamea Collins, Potter, Carr m, T. Andrews, and Mr. Garnett. The meeting was presided over by the i :cv". Mr. Koall, and after the choir had i mdered very ell'ectively the anthem, ‘ • Lift up your heads,” Mr: J. B. Buchanan spoke briefly on t he finances of the church, which . although not all they could wish them to be, yet were in;a hopeful condition. He made a very happy reference to the crops, busi-ness;-&c., of the country. Tire Chairman said that although there had’ been much distress in Canterbury and, Otago, yet.there was u. : general feeling of hopefulness existing, and this state of hopefulness was shared in by the church. He entertained a deep feeling of indebted-ness'for-the help of ministers of other churched who were met there that evening, as well as ..to those members of other denominations who were assisting in the musical part of the programme; The finances of the church showed L 1,600 to the bad, and while they had not been promised pecuniary aid, yet those to whom they owed the money had helped them in allow big them time to tide over the present depression. It . was encouraging to see such a large attendance, and he haiTbecn told tint the present gathering was more numerous than any of its pre-
dccessors. Anthem—“ The Palace of the King.” Tiio Rev. A. J. Smith was the next speaker. Hs had felt just us much interest in the success of the pres., nt anniversary as if he had been a Wesleyan himself, and the state of the weather had been a matter of iqucli concern with him. Mr. Smith . remarked he bad never been in a town where there was so little money and so much hope as in Ashburton. While listening. to what he might term the key-note of the'meeting—the reeling of hopefulness—the thought had suggested itself, what was thejiqppof the Church I and the reply came—the 'children. It was pleasing to observe how much was being done towards educating the young. Progress was the watchword of the age, and no walk of life was being neglected. Books were now printed for the assistance of the miner as well as for the minister, and while so much was being done to educate the masses, it was the duty of the Church to pay particular attention to the spiritual education of the children. If the children were saved, then the Church of the future would be successful. The speaker concluded with a homely, illustration of the means which were sometimes necessary to awaken Church members to a sense of their responsibility in reference to the young. Mr. Keall.refemng to the remarks of the last speaker, said that a united meeting of schools had been arranged to fake place in the Presbyterian Church on the last Sunday in December. Rev. A. Beattie thoroughly reciprocated the kind expression which had fallen from the Chairman during the evening, and did so not only on his own behalf, bqt on behalf of his congregation, who would always be found ready to help in whatever way they could. The subject huhad chosen to address the meeting on was the following:—“ Some of the characteristics of a good man,” and whatever he had to say with reference to a gqbd man would apply to a good woman. One feature in a good man was courtesy ; not the fussy kind of officionsness adopted by some, but civility in the best sense of the word. This courtesy must be the natural outcome of one’s nature, and not a sticking to and studying of certain conventionalities. Civility in every sphere of life was a necessity to success. Cheerfulness was another characteristic of a good man.. Tribulation often causes a despondency of spirits, but it should be remembered that the same Teacher who said,ln the world ye shall have tribulation,” had also said, “ But I have overcome tho world. ” Wherever he (Mr. Beaftie) saw a man who could take a good round laugh, ho felt there was'something good in that man ; on the other ■ hand he always felt suspicious of a man who thought it was wrong to laugh. ; Truthfulness was another desideratum of a good man, and he would warn parents to check any sign of deception in their - offspring, as it would eventually end in the children becoming loose in their regard for truth. Intelligent men had argued .with him that in some cases a lie was ; legitimate, but he had never been convinced, neither did he ever know of snch a case. Men had gone to the martyr’s death rather than bear false testimony, and in this they followed in their Master’s ..footsteps. Unselfishness was another , trait in a good man’s character. People were too apt to forget their obligations to one another. Both ministers and people had duties to perform to their fellowmen, enforced by the command, ; “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Firmness was a characteristic of a good man, and in this many people were deficient, not being able to give a decided negative. ; in the hour of temptation. There was need to stand in the evil day, and so long ; 'as there was sin in the heart, and vice in in the world, it would be an evil day. He cautioned young and old to be firm when their principles were brought to the test. Single-mindedness and honesty were .. qualities possessed by a good man, but - Hie character of Jesus Christ should be studied to know what a good man really ■ was. , The Rev, W. Baumber observed that if a cheerful man was always a good man, then everyone in Aahburton must be good, for they . all seemed cheerful. The rev. gentleman gave a most interesting address on the principle of carrying religion into busir ’’•moss hfe; .The employee would thereby be more willing and industrious ; the em- ''. ployer more considerate and conscientious. It was a mistake to suppose that religion v interfered with success in life ; the path .of truth and honesty was always success fill, although that success was not always apparent to an on-looker. Mr. Baumber >" concluded by proposing, in a humorous style, a vote 1 of thanks to the ladies, • which ■. < • j> iMr. -Allison seconded. • ' ft i The ilev. B. J. Westbrooke said that V many-.theories.* were held as to the causes of monetary/depression. The batiks Efvere credited with it by some ; the loose ..way. in which credit was given, being a theory held by others; others, again, . would make the government of th»day '’rasponsiblj; while scientists argued that
the number of spots on tho aim had an indirect influence on financial life ; also, climate and soil were affected, and hence the earth did not bring forth its usual increase, and depression ensued. The speaker attributed all the prosperity or depression in the world to an over-ruling Providence, in whose hand all the affairs of life were controlled. Mr. Westbrooke brought his speech to a close by proposing a vote of thanks to the choir, whose efforts during the evening had added so much to their enjoyment. Mr. Puddicombe seconded the motion, remarking that he was totally unaware that such good singing could be produced in Ashburton.
Mr. Weeks, organist, briefly acknowledged the compliment. Mr. Buchanan, in a speech which caused inuch merriment, proposed a vote of thanks to the ministers present, and also to those who had worked so heartily during the anniversary. Mr. John Orr briefly seconded, and it was carried unanimously. The doxology was then sung and the proceedings terminated.
WESLEYAN ANNIVERSARY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 36, 18 December 1879
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