Clergy and Lay Readers from across Connor Diocese gathered at Belfast Cathedral on the morning of Maundy Thursday, April 6, at the invitation of Bishop George Davison for a service in which they renewed their ordination vows.
Welcoming all present, Bishop George said: “It is a very real privilege to share with you today in the middle of this busy season and to pause for a short time. As we share the Lord’s Supper, we take time to reflect on the call God has placed on our lives and to give thanks for the privilege that has been given us to share in the work of Christ’s Church.”
The Service of Holy Communion was led by the Bishop, who also preached, describing the service as a celebration of the ministry each person present was called to exercise, and a celebration of individual gifts. “I want to acknowledge the gifts you bring and the commitment you show,” said Bishop George.
“I want to thank you for hearing God’s call to service, to thank you for the ministry you offer out of that sense of calling, and to thank you for all that you give of yourselves as you seek to serve Christ and this Church in the particular context of the Diocese of Connor.”
Lessons were read by Garvin Jess and the Rev Canon Raymond Fox and the organist was Brenda Pateman.
Following the service, refreshments were served, giving Clergy and Lay Readers the opportunity for further fellowship before they returned to their parishes.