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The first news of the end of the war brought enthusiastic rejoicing, but many people later, either in the quiet of their own homes or in church, gave heartfelt 'thanks to God —thanks for victory and for deliverance from the horrors of war; thanks for freedom maintained, thanks for dear ones spared to live again as civilians.

In most of the Anglican churches in Auckland thanksgiving services will be held this evening. At St. Mary's Cathedral and St. Matthew's Church, however, services took place last night, when large congregations were present. The Bishop of Auckland, the Rt. Rev. W. J. Simkin, preached at the Cathedral. At St. Matthew's Church the preacher was Archbishop Averill, who called attention to the tasks ahead. It would be necessary, he said, for all to labour to make the peace what they aspired it to be.

All the Presbyterian churches in the city and suburbs of Auckland held special thanksgiving services last night. Large congregations attended.

Appropriate music and order of service marked the thanksgiving service at the Mount Eden Baptist Church, the central Baptist church of Auckland, last evening. Representative speakers included Lieut.-Colonel H. A. Jones, who recently returned from India, and Mr. Gordon Watson, M.8.E., who served with the Y.M.C.A. in the Middle East. The Scripture lesson was taken by Mr. Gordon Parker, of the Y.M.C.A. A .short address was given by Dr. J. J. North, who spoke of the spiritual significance of victory. Mr. Ashley Pollock led the congregation in the singing of "Land Of Hope and Glory." The service was- conducted by the minister, the Rev. Rex Goldsmith.

There was a large congregation at the Baptist Tabernacle last night. The sermon was preached by the pastor, the Rev. Dr. Alexander Hodge, and a musical programme -yas provided by the choir. After the service several hundreds of the congregation were the guests of Dr. Hodge at a celebrations supper provided by the women members of the church.

Special services of thanksgiving took place in Methodist churches. The main service in the Pitt Street Church was attended by a large congregation. The Rev. E. T. Olds conducted the service.

A short service with sermon was conducted at the Auckland Synagogue last evening. The Rabbi, the Rev. Alexander Astor, said this morning that the principal thanksgiving service would be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday and would be fully choral.

A thanksgiving meeting at Congress Hall, City, attracted a large attendance, which was addressed by Colonel R. Rignold, from Salvation Army national headquarters, Wellington. Salvation Army meetings were also held in the suburbs. Further special services will be held on Sunday.

Solemn celebrations will be held in all Roman Catholic churches on Sunday.

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THANKS GIVEN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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THANKS GIVEN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 193, 16 August 1945

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