A POPULAR PREACHER AND A. TALENTED SINGER.
Yesterday an evangelistic mission was commnnced in tho Primitive Methodist Church. The niissioner is the Rev. J. Cocker, a former minister of tha church, and a gentleman rlio, judged by the numbers who attended to hear him preach, is still popular with Ihe people of tha diltrict. His five yeais' ministry in the town is remembered by many whose lives were affected for good by his evangel'cal preaching of tho Gospel. He was also a Jeader of the temperance forces, aud for three years served upon tho licensing beach in the days when No Liconse was not as popular as to-day, though we are told that those wete the days when the foundations of Ihe present success were being laid. Doubtless Mr Cocker will have much pleasure in visiting the scenes of his former labours and triumphs. In the evening Mr Cocker preached upon "'Moses at the Burning Bush," delivering an earnest and impressive sermon upon the great need of communion with God, private devotion, and prayerful meditation. The church and the world were suffering loss because the followers of Christ would not leave their sheep while they turned aside to Bee God's glory. Tne church lost power because its members failed to warm their heart 3at the altar of communion. rlhe actions of many famous leaders of the Church were referred to as illustrating tha truth that it was men who first had seea God's glory who weie afterwards used by Him in the work of saving men. If the present mission was to be a success, and it' the Church was to continue to be a power, the habit of quiet communion must bo cultivated. Men must wait upon God before they iould mount up into the fullness of Christian manhood.
,In the evening the missioner preached to a large congregation, taking ns.his subject " The Mnn of Sorrows." The preaching service was followed by a very successful consecration meeting. A good cummoncement of the mission was made.
The tinging of Miss Feltham w.ll doubtless be a great attraction durng tha mission. Lovers of good singing will enjoy a treat as they listen to her. She has a sweet, full and strong well trained voice of great compass, there is no straining afttr effoct by giving a musical exhibition, and yeb the audiences on Sunday were greatly impressed by her singing, they felt that she sang from the fullness of h9r heart and as a consequence she reached the hearts of her hearer-, a very des-iruble end to be attained as a singer of the gospel. Her artioulati n is well ni#h perfect, every word of the song being heard by the listener. Her rendering of the " Promise - of Life " and the " Way of the Cross "in the morning esrvice was greatly appreciated, but in the evening service she sang the well known hymn " When I survey the wondrous Ccoas" to the tune 'He wipe3^the Tear " and the congregation was deeply impressed by her exquisite rendering of the piece. Miss Feltham will sing eich evening during the mission, which will be continued throughout the weok commencing at 7.30 each evening-
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
Evangelistic Mission Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6617, 10 July 1905
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