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There was quite a large gathering in the Presbyterian Church this afternoon, the occasion being the wedding of the Rev. A. M. Beattie, M.A., with Mrs Rutherford, sister of his, deceased wife. The marriage was celebrated by. the Rev. Dr. Ehnslie, of Christchurch, asssisted by Rev. A. Blake, Tinwald. At the conclusion of the service, Miss Kidd, organist of the Church, pealed cut a wedding march from the organ, while the bride and bridegroom had to rvn the j usual gauatlet of showers of rice. Mr W. Malcolm was "best man " and Miss* Lottie Oliver, the bride's sister, was bridesmaid. The RevDr Elmslie,' of St. Paul's Christchurch, preached yesterday in the Ashburton Presbyterian Church morning and evening, md m the church at Wakanui in the I afternoon. In the evening, the weather I be'ng anything but inviting, no doubt [ interfered with the attendance, the church being only about three-parts full, but at both morning and afternoon services the congregations were large. The Doctor's discourse in the evening was from the text in Ist Cor. rr., 2, "For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ and Him crucified." After an eloquent description of tho. moral and intellectual state of Corinth in Paul's time, in which he spoke of that city as a sort of Grecian Paris, in which the grossest immorality was coexistent with the highest intellectual oulture of ancient times and the greatest wealth, he went on to point out that St. Paul had steadily refrained" from idle curiosity !his speech and preaching were "not with enticing words of man's wisdom, hut in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." The preacher had not a word tft say against any of the schemes of soqiat reform, or the organisations at work. for. carrying them out, I such as temperaj^ca societies, bands of hope etc., nor did v h,e,faft to recognise the agencies at work; fflg- ameliorating the condition of the h pop.?.; nor the right that men had to band 1 together for the protection of their rights against stronger bodies, so long as no tyranny was exercised in the protection of these rights. But these would not bring about the millenium that many people said they would. The. greater contained the less, and the Gqapel of Jesus Chrict, accepted in full, brought about a complete renovation of I character and a complete reform in morality. J The sermon was a very eloquent «ne, and 1 short withal, lasting only twenty miuutes* '

The usual weekly session of the Dawn of Peace Lodge was held in the Templar Hall on Thursday evening. The Lodge was opened in the usual manner by Bro G. W. Andrews O.T. There were about one hundred members and visitors present. After the usual business had been gone through, a short recess was granted, when refreshments were handed round by the Sisters. The Lodge then went into harmony when songs were given by Sisters M. Leitch, and Hoult and Bros. Welch and Pearson and a recitation by Bro Trevurza. Thi Lodge was then closed in the usual manner by theC.T. at 10 p.m." On Sunday last the new church at Methven recently completed for the Catholic body by Mr J. L. Brown, builder—who, by the way, has given complete satisfaction to the Church Committee by the substantial and generally thorough character of his work— was solemnly opened and blessed by the Rev Father Chastagnon. There was a large congregation notwithstanding the weather, which was anything but agreeable, and the little church was quite crowdedj Mass was celebrated by the parish priest at eleven o'clock, who preached a sermon suitable to the occasion. After the sermon a collection was taken that realised close on £50. There is virtually no debt at all on the church.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2427, 12 May 1890