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THE REV. WYNNE THOMAS

A FAREWELL SOCIAL. The Rev. A. Wynne Thomas, who for some months Ims acted as minister of Knox Church congregation during the absence of the Rev. R. E. Davies on holiday, was entertained Inst night at a farewell social in Knox Church Sunday School. The hall was crowded. Tho Rev. Professor Dickie presided. The Chairman expressed on hi* own behalf, .and on behalf of tho eongregation, a sense of sincere appreciation of the Rev. .Mr Thomas's services, and of the help that Mrs Thomas had been to their congregational life. Mr Thomas had been pressed to remain long«>i\ bin his arrangements had been made beforehand, and so they could do nothing but reluctantly acquiesce in his leaving them. He mentioned flint the Rev. Mr Davies hoped to sail from England on December 11. Mr John Roberts said they were all deeply indebted to Mr and Mrs Thomas for tho very splendid services they had rendered to Knox Church. Mrs Thomas also had done her pan. nobly. Dtiuedin people were not demonstrative, but Mr Thomas could go away assured that his ministrations had been more, than acceptable to the congregation. He desired to move—"That the members and adherents of the congregation convey to Mr and Mrs Thomas best and warmest thanks for their services, and wish them God-speod." Mr G». L. Denniston said he had much pleasure in seconding the. motion. Mr Davies had stated that they would find in the Rev. Mr Thomas the characteristics of the orator, tiio student, aid the deeplv spiritual preacher of the Word of God. They had had evidence of all these qualities. Me had set a very high standard at the outset, and. he had never fallen below that. Tlio resolution was cordially received and carried unanimously. The Rev. Professor Hewitson, speaking as a member and an ex-pastor, said lie had come to show by his presence, not bv his words, his appreciation of Mr Thomas. Early in Mr Thomas's ministry he (the speaker) had formed the impression that God had given to Mr Thomas the true gift of preaching, and the impression had been confirmed. He had been struck by the beauty of the form of Mr Thomas's utterances. All great preaching came through a man's heart, and he felt sure that Mr Thomas's preaching cost him much effort. Tie had been struck also by tinspirituality and tho broad sympathy of the preacher. He was a man of royal courage, speaking out boldly and doing tho work of God amongst men. He had no doubt that tho secret of his power was to be found in the depth and richness of his family life. (Applause.) The Rev. Mr Wynne Thomas, who was received with enthusiasm, said he felt nervous. He could assure them that sorno of the things said had been " gross exaggerations." He had quite failed to recognise himself in some of the pictures drawn. Ministers, on the whole, he felt, did not get as much appreciation as they deserved. He could not make such a complaint, having received more evidence of appreciation than he really deserved. lie had appreciated very much being, in their most beautiful city of Dumdin for six months, and he had valued tho opportunity it had meant for him. The office-bearers and officials had e<ioperated with hire in every way, auo he was much indebted to the Rev. Mr Jamioson. They would return home with many pleasant memories and with their minds stored with new knowledge and information on many matters. lie would have preferred to remain until the end of the year, but felt he could not disappoint the missionaries in India to whom a visit had been promised. He was going back to troublous times. but he wanted to say (hat in the givat struggle the Allies were fighting not ;■•:- victory over other nations, but. for ihe peace of the world. This great, conle.-L would not be justified if it. failed m put an end to the horrible burden or armaments and the frightful menace el war. it should be the frst duty oi tieChristian Church so to think and pray that when the time came they would have created an atmosphere in which war would bo impossible. As a pairing message be urged upon the congregation the great need of a spiritual revival which would make the Church trulv the body of Christ. This could come onlv by prayer. If he had helped any by his ministrations if had been the result of prayer. Mr C-. M. Thomson, in the course oi a brief address, suggested that Mr and Mrs Thomas should receive a na-ely-bound book conveying a mos.-age. sinned by every member of the congregation. The Chairman commended the suggested testimonial to the church autli-.-rities. . „ The choir, under the direction o! Mr W. Paget Cia!e. cr.Mii in;;ted_ several part songs, mid Mi's Lizzie ALLaree. Miss Oiv.i-. ami Mi- lied.:-- :. eitems.

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THE REV. WYNNE THOMAS, Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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THE REV. WYNNE THOMAS Evening Star, Issue 15647, 11 November 1914

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