Report and pictures by John Kelly
In an Easter reflection, the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy, spoke of the fear, confusion and grief of the crucifixion which gave way to the joy of the resurrection.
He went on to say: “By love and action let us go forth and live the good news of the resurrection” and concluded, “He is risen.”
The Bishop gave this short Easter address on Easter Sunday morning when he was the special guest at a ‘Dawn Service’ in Castle Gardens, Lisburn, which was attended by members of five Lisburn city centre churches – Lisburn Cathedral, Christ Church Parish, St Paul’s Parish, First Lisburn Presbyterian and Railway Street Presbyterian.
Taking part in the short act of worship were the Rev John Brackenridge (First Lisburn), the Rev Paul Dundas (Christ Church) and the Rev Canon Sam Wright (Lisburn Cathedral) and also Emily Lester (Lisburn Cathedral) who read the Scripture lesson. David Lamont was in charge of the sound.
Led by Aaron Boyce (Lisburn Cathedral Worship Leader) and Jonny McGeown (First Lisburn Presbyterian), the praise included the hymn, ‘I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarine.’