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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 20

Session IV

Session IV.

The Synod met and was constituted. The Moderator in the chair.

Minutes of former meeting read and confirmed.

Report of committee on order of business read and adopted.

Mr. Waters gave notice that when returns of presbyteries and kirk sessions anent the English Presbyterian Hymn Book are given in, he would move that the motion of Mr. Todd to adopt said book is incompetent. Mr. Watt gave notice of the following motion:—"That the Synod appoint two ministers to prepare short papers bearing on such points of Christian faith and practice as may seem to them worthy of treatment, to be read at next meeting of Synod."

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Report of committee on sanctioning of charges having been called for, was read, and laid on the table. After consideration, it was moved and seconded that the report be adopted, sanctioning Mataura as a ministerial charge, but refusing at present to give sanction to Caversham. It was also moved and seconded, that the Synod approve of the report in so far as it refers to Mataura, but in so far as it refers to Caversham it be not adopted; and that the Synod sanction Caversham as a regular charge.

A vote having been taken, there voted for the amendment 13, and for the motion 33. The motion was declared carried accordingly.

Overture from Oamaru Presbytery anent an Aged and Infirm Minister's Fund was read, and Mr. Ryley heard in its support. It was agreed to adopt the overture, and appoint a committee to consider the whole matter and report to a future sederunt.

Overture from the Presbytery of Clutha anent Hymns was read, and Mr. Allan heard in support of it. It was moved and seconded, that the Synod receive the overture, and declare that the Synod in its resolution of 1870 held the view that the use of Hymns in the public worship of God is warranted by scripture. It was also moved and seconded, that the Synod do not receive the overture. A vote having been taken, there voted for the motion 22, and for the amendment 19. The motion was declared carried accordingly.

Adjourned, to meet in this place this evening at 7 o'clock.

Closed with prayer.