The Late Mr John Orr.
At the Baring Square Church yesterday morning an In Memoriam Service to the late Mr John Orr was conducted by the Rev A. Peters. The text chosen by Mr Peters was from the fifty-sixth Psalm, verse 8 : " Put thou my tears into thy bottle ; are they not in thy book 1 ". and from the following divisions of hi 3 subject preached a thoughtful and impressive sermon:— Tears of repentance j tears brought about by religious conflict; tears for the sins and sorrows of humanity ; and tears of bereavement.
In a brief obituary notice, the rev. gentleman stated that during the two years of his ministry of Ashburton he had not been privileged to be closely identified with Mr Orr, as through failing health, their doceased friend had found it necessary to be frequently from home. Testimony was, however, borne by his (Mr Peters') predecessors of the loyal attachment and fidelity of Mr Orr to Christian principles, and a letter received during the last few days from Roy Keall indicated that Mr Orr was one of his be3b friends and most liberal contributors, his splendid financial help at a critical stage of the Church's history being most acceptablo and praiseworthy. As circuit steward and trustee Mr Orr's services had been most valuable, and it was largely due to his influence that the site upon which the Church stood became the property of the Connexion. It was also well known tbat outside Church life Mr Orr had occupied the highest offioial position in the Borough, and had taken earnest interest in the county's welfare.
Mr Peters then referred to the closing hours of Mr Orr's life in Sydney, when tha promises of the Biblo were his comfort, and the atonement of Christ his only trust for eternity. During the service tha choir sang " Lead kindly Light."
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The Late Mr John Orr., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905
The Late Mr John Orr. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6611, 3 July 1905
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