The Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, is now midway through his third annual Equipping the Saints series of Lenten seminars.
He has delivered the first seminar, on the topic Jesus is Lord, in St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast, where more than 150 people were present; the Dunluce Centre, Bushmills, which attracted 220, and Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown, which was attended by 157 people on March 3.
In the first seminar, 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, and he spoke of the critical importance of the temple to understand the incarnation. The Bishop then examined how we are called to fulfil Jesus’s mission and ministry.
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.
The seminars continue as follows: Monday 8th March- Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills; Tuesday 16th March – St Peter’s Parish Church, Belfast; Wednesday 24th March – Drummaul Parish Church, Randalstown.
All seminars get underway at 7.30pm, finishing at 9.30pm. Booking is via the Bishop’s secretary Rosemary Patterson.