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The Chapel of the Opened Book
Anniversary, 28th September, 1963
We are glad to record once more that the meetings held on 28th September were
inspiring and encouraging. As usual the chapel was well filled, and some were obliged to
hear the services downstairs relayed to them by loudspeaker. Friends came from long
distances, including Scotland and the north of England, while many isolated ones found
the fellowship precious and strengthening. One could not help feeling that the over-ruling
of the Lord was apparent over every detail, and for this we give Him our heart-felt praise.
In the afternoon service, our Secretary, Mr. G. T. Foster, gave his annual report on the
work as a whole. He dwelt largely on the growth of the tape-recorded ministry in
America and we were thrilled to hear how this has grown and been blessed by the Lord.
The Assistant Principal, Mr. Stuart Allen, then gave an exposition of the Titles of Christ
in the prison letters of the Apostle Paul, showing that in all things He has the first place
(pre-eminence), and this should be His position in our lives.
The highlight of the evening service was the message given by our Principal,
Mr. Charles H. Welch. We rejoice that he has been physically strengthened, so that he
was able to be with us and minister the Word. Few will forget the two-fold theme from
Job--"I know that my Redeemer liveth", and "He knoweth the way that I take". Bodily
weakness has not lessened our brother's great capability in handling the Word of Truth,
and we constantly commend him to the Lord for every need both spiritual and physical.
We would like to thank those who attended to the catering arrangements behind the
scenes. This is as much service for the Lord as the ministry of the Scriptures. We
commit every detail now to Him Who alone is able to give the "increase" which will be
to His glory.