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CHURCH SERVICES.

The anniversary services in Knox Church yesterday—this being the twenty-first year since the new church was opened—were all well attended, and the collections for the day in aid of the Sunday school building fund amounted to £B4 15s 2d. The Rev. W. Hewitson preached- in the morning and addressed the children in the afternoon, and the Rev. Dr Erwin occupied the pulpit in the evening. Speaking at the morning service, Mr Hewitson said that the congregation had been moulded by the strong character of their first minister, who had a great love for the church, for the building, and for the people. Some ministers never got beyond criticism of their congregation, but Dr Stuart enthusiastically loved his. Mr Hewitson on to say that this congregational loyalty was strong in the people ot Knox Church. Only the other day, for instance, he had a post card from Paris conveying good wishes from three young men who were at one time in the Sunday school. Very frequently he also met with those who were once members of the congregation, and still retained thdir interest in it. That day was the anniversary, not of the congregation, but of the new building, which had been erected at a coat of £IB,OOO, and was now free of debt. The collection on the opening day was £561, and thousands of pounds had been since given by straight-out giving, which was the most dignified and hor orable way for any congregation—especially for a large congregation—to carry on the work of God. Mr Barth (the organist of the church) and the choir paid special attention to the musical part of the services in honor of the occasion. In the evening the choir, strengthened to the number of about 130 voices, sang as an anthem ‘ Rejoice, O Judah’ and ‘Hallelujah, Amen,’ from Handel’s ‘Judas Maccabceus.’ Mr Barth selected the ‘ Hallelujah Chorus ’ as an outgoing piece at the morning service, but as the congregation did not go, but of their own accord stood up and listened to the grand old music so capably performed, the organist added the ‘March of the Israelites,’ from Costa’s ‘ Eli,’ The outgoing voluntary in the evening, also very much appreciated, wad Batiste’s ‘ Grand Offertoire in P,’

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CHURCH SERVICES., Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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CHURCH SERVICES. Issue 10459, 1 November 1897

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