Resolution of Thanks

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BWA World Congress Resolution 1955.6

We, the members of the Golden Jubilee Congress of the Baptist World Alliance held in London, England, July 16th to 22nd, 1955, warmly recognize, and express our heartfelt gratitude for, the careful and arduous preparations made by British Baptists, and especially by the Committees set up in London, for the hospitality shown us and for the arrangements made for our convenience and comfort.

We have been glad and honoured to receive a gracious message from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second in acknowledgment of the message sent to her by the Congress, and also to be greeted by the leaders of other churches whose words of appreciation and encouragement we cherish and reciprocate.

We realize that the organization of such a Congress makes large demands on the energies, time and patience of a great number of helpers. We thank all those who in any way by speaking, by their gifts of song or by any other form of service have made our gatherings a source of inspiration and happy memories for many days to come. We shall not forget those who have opened their homes as well as their hearts to many of us, the numerous voluntary workers engaged in planning the details of the programme, providing refreshments, stewarding the meetings and in multifarious other tasks of which it is not possible to mention all.

We acknowledge the help given by the Press and other agencies of publicity.

Though we cannot name all who are worthy of mention we wish to record our deep sense of the services rendered by Mr. Ronald Bell, Chairman and joint Treasurer with Alderman Cyril W. Black, M.P., and Dr. Ernest A. Payne, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, who have led and inspired their fellow-workers. Their work cannot be measured but we would assure them that we shall long remember the meetings for the success of which, under God’s blessing, they have carried so great a responsibility.

We have been made more conscious of the ties that bind us and have rejoiced in our fellowship. As we have looked back over the first fifty years of the Alliance we have thanked God and taken fresh heart and courage for the work that lies before us. We pray to the Father Who has made us all of one blood, and brought us together in one faith in Christ Jesus Our Lord, that upon the Churches in Great Britain, as well as on Baptists throughout the world, the blessing of God may rest abundantly above all they can ask or think.


Original Source Bibliography: Ohrn, Arnold T, editor. Golden Jubilee Congress (Ninth World Congress), London, England, July 16-22, 1955. London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1956.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Arnold T. Ohrn, ed., Golden Jubilee Congress (Ninth World Congress), London, England, July 16-22, 1955 (London: The Carey Kingsgate Press Limited, 1956), pp. 371-372.

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