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WAR INTERCESSION SERVICE

ADDRESS BY DR WADDELL. Some 150 or more people assembled at Moray Place Congregational Church last night, when a united service of intercession for the war was held under the auspices of the Council of Churches. The Rev. E. Drake (president of the Council of Churches) presided, and was supported by Dr Rutherford Waddell and the Rev. Q. Heighway. Hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung at intervals, and included ‘O God, Our Help in Ages Past,’ ’ Eternal Father, Strong to Save,’ and ‘ When Will Thou Save the People?’ Mr Duncan Wright led the meeting in intercessory prayer. The Chairman explained that llie meeting had been called at the request of a number of people. It had been .-aid that the churches were doing very little in connection with the war, Tut he might eay that the churches were not advertising. At no time had there been more public or private prayer than at the present time. Dr Waddell said ho was profoundly convinced that there never was a period in the Church's history when it was so necessary to make its voice heard and its influence felt. The hour of the Church had come, and never had there been such an opportunity for it to hold up its head and to assert itself. The reason was we were face to face with those opinions and principles against’ which the Church had been sent to hear testimony, and against which it had in a greater or less degree warned the world. The politics which had precipitated the present crisis were exhausted of every ideal fur which the Cross stood, and these were reinforced by all the resources of science and all the subtlety of a philosophy that denied God and derided the Church. The creed of the German war lords had deluged the world in blood. IVhat was to be done? We could not all go to the front. The great? majority must remain behind. We could, however, seek to get recruits, collect clothing and prepare it, gather in money, and so forth; but all that was not distinctly Christian. All that could be dene as well by the world as by the Church. What was the Church’s business, then? The primary need was that we should throw ourselves absolutely uopn God's and that brought them to prayer and the rationale of their meeting. As A'orman Macleod said : “The poorest man who is great in prayer is perhaps a greater man in affecting the destinies of t.he world than the Emperor of Russia." Prayer was liberating God within you. letting God move through you, Mot all prayers were answered. The greater number were not. That was because they were not true prayers. They were not offered “in My name.” This tremendous conflict would be won not by their soldiers, but by themselves upon their knees. That was the place to win the victories. Any victory that did not throw them back into the arms of God would he no real victory. The meeting concluded with prayer and appropriate hymns and the singing cf the Naiiopal Anthem.,

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WAR INTERCESSION SERVICE, Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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WAR INTERCESSION SERVICE Issue 15668, 5 December 1914

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