Tuesday, April 9, 2013

TROVE Tuesday

Anniversary

Anniversary services were conducted in the Smithfield Presbyterian Church on Sunday last under most favourable weather conditions. The congregations at both services were large and filled the church. Among the worshippers were old Smithfield Presbyterians who had come from Adelaide. The Rev. A. Richardson at the afternoon service took as his text: Exodus, chapter 33:verse 14, — My presence shall go with you, the subject being 'The value of the Divine Presence in everyday life.' 1st, It's value in the Soul's wintry experiences; 2nd, In character building; 3rd, In inspiring courage. The choir sang the anthem, 'Lift up your heads.'' Mrs. Harvey Kelly's two solos were much appreciated.
 
At the evening service the Church was again full. The hymns, which were old Anniversary favourites, were heartily sung by the congregation.  The Rev. A. Richardson occupied the pulpit and based his sermon on Iasiah 62 verse 10: 'Go through, go through j the gates' ; the subject being, 'Going | through gates.1' Mr. Clark sang the solo and the choir gave a delightful rendering of the Anthem, 'Oh, send out thy light.' Miss Blake ably presided at the organ. 
 
On Monday night the Anniversary celebrations closed with the choir giving a fine rendering of the Sacred Cantata, 'River Singers,' to a good audience.  The solos and duets wore tastefully sung and in some of the part songs the choir did fine work.  Miss James read the story with marked ability, and Miss Blake's work at the organ was most effective.  Mr. Richardson expressed the thanks of the office bearers and congregation to all who had taken part.  Mr. Locket ably supported this vote of thanks. The singing of the National Anthem brought to a close one of the most successful Anniversaries for many years.
 
The Bunyip 28 September 1934

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