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Service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight at First Lisburn

Tom Whyte (Director of Music) and members of First Lisburn Church Choir with soloist Nick Parke, accompanist Keith McAlister pictured at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight at First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve).

A service of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight was held in First Lisburn Presbyterian Church on Sunday 24th December (Christmas Eve).

The minister, the Rev John Brackenridge welcomed the large congregation and thanked all who took part after which the service continued unannounced. Tom Whyte (Director of Music) and the Church Choir led the festive praise, the Carols were: Angels from the realms of glory, Once in royal Davidís City, Hark the herald Angels sing, Still the night, O little town of Bethlehem and O come, all ye faithful. The anthems were: Cradle Song, Boy Child (Soloist - Heather McCluskey), Still of the Evening, Sing Gloria Hodie, O Holy Night (Soloist Nick Parke).

The nine lessons were: Genesis 3 read by Perry Reid - God promises to sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpentís head; Genesis 22 read by Colin McKay - God promises faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Isaiah 9: 2, 6 & 7 read by Dr Ian McDougall - Christís birth and Kingdom are foretold by the Prophet Isaiah; Isaiah 11 read by Simon Watt - The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown, St Luke 1:26-38 read by Ashleigh Bustard - The angel Gabriel announces the coming of Christ; St Luke 2:8-16 read by Matt Craig - St Luke tells of Christís holy birth; St Luke 2:8-16 read by Karin Finlay - The shepherds go to the manger; Matthew 2:1-11 read by Sonya McIlmoyle - The wise men are led by the star to Jesus; John Chapter 1:1 -14 read by Rev John Brackenridge - St John unfolds the mystery of the incarnation.

Also taking part were Roy Faulkner (Trumpet), Nick Parke (Soloist), Keith McAlister (Accompanist). Ros Reid and Desmond Topping were responsible for the communications & sound.

After the service, some seasonal refreshments prepared by Catering Convener Margaret McIlmoyle and her team, were served in the Church Hall.