The story of the Nativity was presented in a ‘Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols’ by Candlelight at St Columba’s, Derryvolgie, on Sunday December 16.
The rector, the Rev Donna Quigley, led the service and welcomed the congregation thanking all who took part. She gave a special welcome to the newly formed Derryvolgie Singers who sang ‘O Holy night’, ‘See Him lying in a bed of straw’ and ‘Gift of the Father’ under the direction of the group’s leader, Graham Murphy.
Jonathan Acheson presided at the organ and led the singing of nine well-known carols. Also taking part were Jack Hassard (Diocesan Reader), Dorothy Jackson (Parish Reader), Nina Dillon, Eve Cully, Mary Donnelly, Derek McAllister, Brendan Kane, Colin McDonald and Andrew Sproule.
In a short Christmas message the rector said: “A Scriptural text is not just any story; it is a text that is divinely inspired.” She asked the question, “Who is Jesus Christ?” and went on to explain that He was the Messiah portrayed both as the Word and as the Light of the world. She further explained that when He is received wholeheartedly as Lord and King, then the Word of God will go forth from our lips and the Light of God will shine forth through our lives.
Following the service, seasonal refreshments of mince pies and shortbread were served.