Two hundred and twenty people attended the Bishop of Connor’s Lenten Seminar in Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills, on Tuesday February 23.
This was the second in a series of six seminars on the topic Jesus is Lord. Bishop Alan Abernethy got his Equipping the Saints series underway in St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast, on Monday February 15, when more than 150 people were present .
In the first of two seminars on the subject, Bishop Alan reflected on the birth, life, ministry and teaching of Jesus. He asked his audience to consider their perception and understand 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: 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.