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Moderator is special guest at First Lisburn Presbyterian Church

 
First Lisburn Presbyterian Church Pictured at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005 is L to R (front) The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly and the Rev. John Brackenridge - Minister of First Lisburn Presbyterian Church. (back row) The Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship and the Very Rev. Sean Rogan, PP - St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.

(Pictured at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005 is L to R (front) The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly and the Rev. John Brackenridge - Minister of First Lisburn Presbyterian Church. (back row) The Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship and the Very Rev. Sean Rogan, PP - St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.)


The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell, Moderator of the General Assembly, was the special guest at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday evening 3rd April 2005.

The Rev. John Brackenridge led the service and gave the call to worship. Church Army Officer, Pastor Phil Haines - Lisburn Cathedral and the Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street Presbyterian Church led the prayers. The Very Rev. Sean Rogan, PP - St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and Mr. Rodney McCrea - Society Steward in Seymour Street Methodist gave the bible readings. Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship introduced a praise item “I Call to You” composed and sung by Helen Reid accompanied on the guitar.

The offering was donated to the Moderator’s Appeal.

In his sermon Dr. Newell explained the need to - Centre yourself on the Love of Jesus; choose to let the love of Christ challenge you; and choose to live an inclusive lifestyle in Lisburn.

The Moderator’s ‘Three L’ theme is - “Live a Life of Love” (Ephesians 5 v 2). After speaking about Jesus’ miracles: Making the deaf hear; the blind see; the lame walk; the lepers healed; and the dead rise; the Moderator expanded his ‘Three L’ theme to ‘Five L’s’ asking the congregation to “Live a Life of Love in Lisburn and Look out for the miracles.” He said that where God is active - miracles will happen and commended the Christian leadership given by all church leaders in the city of Lisburn.

From Monday 4th April to Thursday 28th April, the Presbyterian Moderator Dr Ken Newell and his wife Val represented the Presbyterian Church in Ireland during a visit to Australia and Singapore, before travelling to the Tamil Nadu Coastal area of India, where they will visited the areas effected by the Tsunami disaster.

With donations still continuing to come in, the Presbyterian Church's Tsunami Appeal has topped the 1.8 million pound mark. The money will be donated to Christian Aid, Tear Fund and the Church of North India.

The Presbyterian Church held a special event 'Overwhelmed - Tsunami and Beyond' in Church House, Belfast on Thursday 19 May 2005 to thank people for their generosity and allowing them to hear first hand from the relief agencies how their money has been used for emergency relief and long term development in the countries effected by the Tsunami.

Pictured at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005 are L to R: Mr. Perry Reid - Clerk of Session, Mrs. Jaqui Brackenridge, Mrs. Elizabeth Watt, Mrs. Val Newell, the Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, the Rev. John Brackenridge - First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, the Very Rev. Sean Rogan, PP - St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and Mrs. Jean Gibson.

Pictured at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005 are L to R: Mr. Perry Reid - Clerk of Session, Mrs. Jaqui Brackenridge, Mrs. Elizabeth Watt, Mrs. Val Newell, the Rev. Brian Gibson - Railway Street Presbyterian Church, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly, Pastor George Hilary - Lisburn Christian Fellowship, the Rev. John Brackenridge - First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, the Very Rev. Sean Rogan, PP - St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church and Mrs. Jean Gibson.

Mr. Perry Reid - Clerk of Session (left) and Mrs. Elizabeth Watt present gifts to the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly and his wife Mrs. Val Newell at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005.

Mr. Perry Reid - Clerk of Session (left) and Mrs. Elizabeth Watt present gifts to the Rt. Rev. Dr. Ken Newell - Moderator of the General Assembly and his wife Mrs. Val Newell at a service in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 3rd April 2005.

Written by:
John A. Kelly