One hundred and fifty people attended the Bishop of Connor’s first Lenten Seminar in St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast, on Monday February 15.
They listened intently as Bishop Alan Abernethy discussed the topic ‘Jesus is Lord,’ reflecting on the birth, life, ministry and teaching of Jesus. Bishop Alan delivered this first of two seminars on the topic in his usual personal way, event taking time to re-enact the parable of the sower.
He introduced his talk asking his audience to consider their perception and understanding of Jesus. “It is important to grasp the importance of the religious and cultural context of first century Palestine in which Jesus lived and taught,” he said.
The Bishop went on to examine this cultural and religious background, and gave listeners some pointers to understand the Kingdom, including the parable of the sower and of the forgiving father, the Sermon on the Mount, and he spoke of the critical importance of the temple to understand the incarnation.
Following a break for refreshments, the Bishop examined how we are called to fulfil Jesus’s mission and ministry.
The seminars continue as follows: Tuesday 23rd February- Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills; Wednesday 3rd March- Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown; Monday 8th March- Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills; Tuesday 16th March – St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast; Wednesday 24th March – Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown.
In the second seminar, Bishop Alan will reflect on the final week of Jesus’s life, his death and resurrection, as well as again examining how we are called to fulfil His mission and ministry.
All seminars get underway at 7.30pm, finishing at 9.30pm. Booking is via the Bishop’s secretary Rosemary Patterson. Follow this link to book online: www.connordiocese.org.uk/seminars