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-» Yesterday, the sound of the bells afc the German Church indicated thafc the building had once moie been opened for public worship, the Rev P. G. Jaeobsen having undertaken the regular conduct of services in tho German tongue. At 11 o'clock there was a very large attendance, the edifice being well filled, and service was commenced by singing a hymn, during which the new Minister, accompanied by the Trustees, Messrs Ruddenklau and Thiele, entered by the main entrance. They were met by the Churchwardens, Messrs Ellincrs and llausmann, and the little procession moved along fco the front of tho altar, where Mr Ruddenklau, in a brief address, introduced to the congregation their new pastor. Mr Ruddenklau said :— " Dear German brethren, — Through the guidance of our allwise aud merciful God and Father, are we fchis day enabled to introduce to you, as minister of our German congregation, the Rev P. G. Jaeobsen, and heartily commend him to your love and respect." Here Mr Ruddenklau delivered to the Rev gentleman the key of the church, and said — "On behalf of the trustees and the German congregation, I deliver to you this key of our dear German church, and you are hereby installed as minister of the German congregation in Canterbury. May the Almighty God lead, assist, and stand by you in carrrying out the solemn duty you have this day undertaken, and thereby confer a blessing on us all." In reply, the Rev P. G. JacobEen delivered an earnest and eloquent address, in which he hoped that the key he had received would be emblematic of the opening of fche hearts of the congregation to his .* . piling. After offering a prayer appropriate '.'0 the occasion, the usual service was proceeded wifch, the preacher taking for his text 1 Cor. iv., verses Ito 5. He indicated the duties of a pastor to his congregation, and the nature of the relationship which should exist between them. Tlie church was beautifully decorated for the occasion, the work having been carried out by the ladies of the congregation. On next Sunday special harvest thanksgiving services are to be conducted.

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RE-OPENING OF THE GERMAN CHURCH., Star, Issue 3399, 3 March 1879

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RE-OPENING OF THE GERMAN CHURCH. Star, Issue 3399, 3 March 1879