(Extracted from an address at a presentation made to Mr. Roe at Fenstanton on April 7th, 1963)
“Mr. Roe. I now have a little duty to discharge on behalf of the friends meeting together for worship in this place.
We realise you are now in the 62nd year of your ministry and about the 10th year amongst us here. In view of these remarkable facts, I would like to make an observation or two before I come to the point in hand.
God spake to you, and He spake clearly ” Return unto thy country and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee.” What have been the results of obeying a word such as this?
You commenced your labours here with those words “Who can tell?” Well, there have been the evidences of His blessings that have been open—and the evidences that are sealed only Heaven will declare.
Many a soul has come within these doors burdened and cast down, and God has helped you to direct their weary feet to Him Who alone can help.
God has eNot currently available. If you have a copy of this item please let us know.bled you to lift up your voice with strength in exalting Christ and His blessed Gospel in all its freeness and its fulness.
In view of this, we as a people here feel we have a debt of praise due to our blessed Lord, that we should be thus favoured in your being sent amongst us.
We do not forget your beloved partner in life. God knew what your path would be throughout such a long and active career in His service. He chose you a partner which, to use a phrase of dear old William Cooper of Lakenheath, “has helped you up many a back-staircase experience a minister of God has to climb.”
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On behalf of the people here I wish now to say: As a proof of our gratitude to the “Great Head of the Church” we would like you to accept this envelope which has these words inscribed upon it: “We have thought of Thy lovingkindness 0 God, in the midst of Thy temple” and which contains money which has been first given to the Lord and now we want you to receive it as a little practical token of our love and esteem.
I would like to add that there are those who are not able to be with us who have most heartily joined us in this deed.”
Mr. Roe. being taken completely by surprise replied with some very suitable words of thanks, commencing with the words Dr. Gill said when the honour of the Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him. “I have not sought it, I have not bought it, and I am not worthy of it.”