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The annual meeting of the Synod of the Presbyterian- Church of Otagoand Southland was opened in First Church last night, when public worship, followed by the administration of the sacrament of the communion, waß held. The Rev. David Borrie, in the. absence of the retiring moderator (the Rev. Mr.Lothian), occupied the pulpit and conducted the service. The congregation was large, including, in addition to the synodsmen, many of the lay members of the church. The Rev. Mr Borrie selected for his text the words of Christ on the Cross : " My God. my God! Why hast .Thou forsaken me" (Matthew xxvii., 46). In the course of an earnest and eloquent discourse the preacher said that he held it to be irreverence of the highest" kind to draw and weigh and measure and describe the sufferings of our Redeemer. No man could grasp them nor realise them, nor could tongue declare them. It was only possible to stand and look on in awe and wonder. But while it ■was irreverent to draw and paint pictures of the agonies of the Cross that sacrifice was not tO'be'forgotteD, and that cry from the Cross should make it impossible ever to forget that Christ was a real and great sufferer. From the words of his text something was to be learned of how deep were the watera and how . dark was the night that Christ had passed through ere He found the sheep that was lo;'t That agonised ory showed the price that was paid for sin, and with it ringing in their ears the preaoher exhorted hia hearers not to think lightly of sin. The cry of Christ on the Gross tp >ke of pardon and forgiveness, and it spoke of the love of God and of His holy message. The, aacrament of the Lord'a Supper was then partaken of by those present. election of moderator. The Rev. D. Borrie referred in terms of gratification to the presence in the Synod of two of the original founders of the church (the Rev. Messrs Bannerman and Will), and in a few happy sentences nominated one of them, the Rev. William Will, as Moderator of the Synod for the Jubilee year. The nomination was accepted with acclamation. The' Moderator, having taken the chair, thanked the Synod, for the honor they had conferred on him, and said that as he would "be addressing them on the following evening it would be unnecessary for him to say more on that occasion. THE ROLL OF SYNOD. The Synod was then duly constituted, the clerk (the Rev. W. Bannerman) presenting the following roll of members :

Prf.sytery of Dunedix. — Ministers: Revs. W. Will, Dr Watt, A; Greig, J. Kirkland, A. J!. Finlayson, R.R. M. Sutherland, Dr Waddell, J. Christie, D. Borrie, A. Cameron, J. Gibb. X M. M'Kerrow, R.J. Porter, DrDunlop. D. Dutton, J. M. Eraser, A. Don, I. Jolly, W. Campbell, W. H. Ash, I. K. M'latyre, T. Pauliu, W. Htwttson, E. C. Tennent, and J. Griffith. Elders:/ Messrs W. Waddell, Wui. Martin, W. Leslie, J. Dow, Johnßeid, G. Mow, John Paterson, John Muir, Wn iv H S tt ,? n \,} Vn '- SomerWUe, Wm. Couston, I. Marshall, Wra. Scott, .Wm. Henderson, d! Thomson. Geo. Reid, H. Wise, D. .4. M'Ni"oll Kobert Irishman, C. Moore, John Tart, and Harvie. * -, Pjiesuyterv of Clutha.—Ministers: Revs W Eannerman, J. M. Allan, J. Chisholm, J. V Spence* G. Hall, S. W. Currie, A. M. Dalrymple, R. Fairmaid, J". Kilpatrick, J. A. Will, J. s. Reid. J. A Somerville, W. H. Gray, and P. B. Fraser Elders; Messrs James Smaill, H, ClarK J. Taylor* Jas. Bremner.Wm. Paterson, John Johnston '/F*' Tait, A- M'Nicol. W; M'Corkindale, T: Adain". James M'Lay, William Begg. '- Presbytery of Southland.—Ministers; Revs 1 A. H. Stobo, T. Alexander. R. Ewen, J. Baird, J Ulackie, G. Lindsay, R; Thorntiß, T. Neave, W. j White, A. Macdonald, J. Gibson Smith, E. Bissett. (R»4L Blair, W. G. M'Lareh. and W. P. Brown! Elders: Messrs Wm. Hain, £ Watson, T.'

M'William, J. M'Foteridge, James Shaw, James M'Caw, Keith Ramsay, R. Blakie, James Lindsay, T. M. M'Donald, G. Dawson, "Win. Hutchison, J. Gow, Andrew Christie. Presbytery of Oamaro\ Ministers : ■ Revs. A. B. Todd, J. Steven, P. S. Hay, Wm. Nichol, W. Wright, James ;Clarke, J. Standring, A. D. Thomson, and James Milne. Elders: Messrs Geo. Goodall, G. Youngson, Angus Ross, A. Eraser, R. Steel, R. Jackson, James Robertson, and W. H. Rose.

Presbytery oi? Dunstan.—Ministers : Revs. R. Telford, J. M'Cosli Sajitb, J. Lothian, J. Gumming, J. C. Gellie. and W. K. Grant. Elders: Messrs E. B. Oargill, J. T. Johnston, A. C. Begg, A. M'Grcgor, R. Chisholm, and J. Bruce. Presbytery of Mataura.—Ministers: Revs. J. M. Davidson, P. Ramsay, J. Johnston, J. A. Ashcr, J. B. Smellie, Adam Begg, G. Miller, E. J. Carter, and W. A. Kyd. Elders: Messrs T. Dickie, J. M'Kcnna. Dr Copland, Messrs James Allan, C. Knowles, Wm. Ayson, Wm. M'Kay, and Joseph Pullins. PLACE OF MEETING. The Rev. J. Chisholm moved, and the Rev. J. M. Allan seconded—" That the Synod continue its sittings in First Church." The Rev. D'. Borrte proposed as an amendment, which the Rev. R. R. M. Sutherland seconded—" That a committee be appointed to inquire as to a more suitable place of meeting." The amendment was carried by 33 to 21, and the Synod's Accommodation Committee was named as tiie Committee. the union question.

The Rev. J. Gibe moved—"That the clerk be instructed to give the Committee on Union access to the returns from presbyteries and sessions to remits from the Synod on the question of the basis of union." It was, he said, by an oversight that presbyteries and sessions were not instructed laßt year to report to the convener of the Union Committee on the subject. The Rev. J. Kirkland seconded the motion!

The Rev. A. M. Finlayson moved as an amendment—"That the returns to remits come through the Committee on Remits in the ordinary way."

The Rev. R. R. M. Sutherland seconded the amendment, and said that if the returns were not furnished in the proper way those who were responsible for the departure from the ordinary way gave grounds for suspecting that they had reasons of their own for their action.

The Rev. 1. Jolly deplored the introduction of party feeling into the discussion, and regarded it as extraordinary that any member should object to Mr Gibb's motion. The question was whether the Committee were to be put in possession of all the facts they ought to have in compiling their report to submit to the Synod. The report could not be complete unless the Committee got the information that MrGibb asked for.

The Rev. R. R. M. Sutherland : They can get the information from the Committee on Remits.

The Rev. D. Borrie having questioned the competency of the amendment, The Moderator ruled that Mr Finlayson's proposal was not an amendment to Mr Gibb's motion. The one wa3 not inconsistent with the other.

The motion was then put and carried mm. dis.

The Moderator gave notice of two amend ments he proposed to move to the basis oi union.

The Synod then rose to meet at seven o'clock this evening.

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PRESBYTERIAN SINOD., Issue 10454, 26 October 1897

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PRESBYTERIAN SINOD. Issue 10454, 26 October 1897

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