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■ 'At the meeting of the Asliburton • Presbytery this morning congratulatory addresses, were presented to the Rev. George Miller, of Ashburton, and > Rev. A. S. Morrison, M.A., of Rakaia, , on the occasion of their semi-jubilee as , ministers of the Presbyterian Church.

I The Moderator (Rev. W. Marshall)' said that 25 years in the ministry meant a great deal for those concerned,-, as the besst part of their lives had been spent in the work. The .good work, accomplished by both was well-known, the former having for some time previously been stationed at j\lilton, one of the most important southern districts outside Dunedin, whilst the latter, prior to. coming to Rakaia, bad, laboured for 18 years in the ministry » at' Waimate, He w.-s pleased to see that both were still hale and hearty, and fit to continue their duties for another period. They had made a noble stand for Christ, and had done great work for His church. On behalf of the Presbytery and 'brethren he expressed appreciation of the work they had accomplished, and hoped that in the years that lay before them they would do even greater things than they had' done in the past for Christ and the' Church. In presenting them with the following addresses, ho offered them his heartiest congratulations :—

Ashburton, I.lth February, 1919. . Presented to the Rev, G. Miller, by the Presbytery.,-of . Ashburton, on having reached his semi-jubilee as a minister of .the Presbyterian,; Church, of New Zealand.

Resolution of Presbytery: "That the, Presbytery having knowledge, of the fact that, .the Rev. George,-Miller, one of. its ministers, has readied his semijubilee as, a minister of this Church, desires to place oh record its thanks to God for his long, and successful ministry. The" Presbytery prays that further and greater success may accompany his work as a preacher of the gospel, and that he may experience in his future life and work a fuller and deeper manifestation of the Master's presence and power:" (Signed) William Marshall. Moderator; Geo. K. Aitken clerk: A. S. Morrison, W.. Boag, W. T. P. Lock, W; Oakley, R." Gilmour. J. Robertson, J. Johnston, W, G. Gallagher, F. W. Ruddenklan.

Ashburton, February 11, 1919. Presented to the Rev. A. S. Morrison, M.A., by the Presbytery, of Ashburton on having reached-his semi-jubilee as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. '" •

Resolution of Presbytery—-" That the Presbytery learns' witli - pleasure rthat the Rev. A. S. 3lorrison, M. A;, has reached-his perai-jubilee as -a minister ""pt,; this Church. : The Presbytery congratulates him on attaining this lengthened period of service in the work of.,the -

Master, and expresses the hope that he may be long spared to^ carry hn; thework of the.ministry, in which he has manifested snch zeal' and gained such a measure of success, and prays that the blessing of God in its-fulness may be abundant' in the future beriod .of his life." . -„.■: .'■; ';; .-. ■■'• .;•■>...

William Marshall, (Moderator) j -Geo. K. Aitken (Clerk). G. Miller, W. Oakley, W. T. P. Lock, W. Boag,^R. Gilmour, J Robertson, J. Johnston, W. G. Gallagher, F. Wi Ruddenklau (members of Presbytery). The Rev. G. Aitken heartily endorsed .the. sentiments expressed by ' the Moderator. . Revs. Miller and Morrison had v always been ready to assist and give' brethren the benefit of their experience. ' '

Mr .Morrison said that the semijubilee forcibly reminded him thfit the greater part ,of his . best days had passed, and that he was no longer a novice: but he felt it a great honour to have been spared t'c minister in the: Christian Church for 25 years. He thanked the ,Pr«sbytery for their tangible expressions of goodwill. Mr Miller said he appreciate^- most highly the steps taken by the Presbytery in connection with his semijubilee as a minister of the Church, and thanked the brethren for their good wishes and kind expressions.

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25 YEARS' SERVICE, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919

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25 YEARS' SERVICE Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9581, 8 April 1919

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