Report and pictures by John Kelly
Members of Lisburn Cathedral, First Lisburn and Railway Street Presbyterian churches joined to rejoice in Christ’s resurrection at a ‘Joint Dawn Service’ in the city on Easter Sunday.
Normally held in Castle Gardens, the service was moved to Lisburn Cathedral Church Hall because of early morning rain.
Evelyn Whyte (First Lisburn Deaconess) led the service and the praise was led my musicians from First Lisburn and Railway Street with David Lamont (Lisburn Cathedral) in charge of the sound desk and amplification.
Jonny McGeown (First Lisburn) sang the solo ‘The wonderful Cross.’ Easter Scripture lessons were read by Jordan Humphries (Railway Street) and Douglas Anderson (First Lisburn), while James Price (Lisburn Cathedral) led the prayers.
In a short Easter address, the Rev Simon Genoe (Lisburn Cathedral Curate Assistant) spoke of the women who came to the tomb and found that the ‘obstacle of the stone’ had been rolled away. He explained that similarly the ‘obstacle of sin’ has been rolled away due to Christ’s death and resurrection.
The Rev Brian Gibson (Railway Street) pronounced the blessing and the service was followed by breakfast.
Two days earlier, on Good Friday, people gathered in Market Square, Lisburn for a short act of worship led by Lisburn City Centre Ministers following the annual Good Friday ‘Carrying of the Cross march of Witness’ along Bow Street. Refreshments were served afterwards in Lisburn Cathedral.