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Harvest thanksgiving services at Hillsborough Parish

Pictured at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Hillsborough Parish Church last Sunday morning are L to R: (front row) The Very Rev John Dinnen - Dean of Down, the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn, the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn and the Rev Simon Richardson - Curate. (back row) Cathryn Law - Peopleís Warden, Phillip Elliott - Organist, Johnny Beare - Youth Minister and Iain Gillespie - Rectorís Warden.

The Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn were the special guests at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Hillsborough Parish Church last Sunday morning.  The Rector, the Very Rev John Dinnen - Dean of Down, led the service assisted by the new curate, the Rev Simon Richardson.  The historic old church was beautifully decorated for the occasion by members of the church family.

The Very Rev John Dinnen welcomed the large congregation and visitors and gave a special welcome to the Mayor and the Mayoress.  Preaching at his first Harvest Thanksgiving service in Hillsborough Parish Church, the Rev Simon Richardson based his address on the Parable of the Sower.  Using visual aids he shared with the children (and the adults) what Jesus was saying about the hindrances to believing in Godís love.  He explained that just as the Farmer has to do various things to make the soil good for the seed to grow in, so too must we do various things to help Godís Word take root in our lives.

Phillip Elliott - Organist and the church choir led the praise, the hymns were - O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder; Come, ye thankful people, come; Holy is the seed-time; and We plough the fields, and scatter.  The Anthem was ĎThe Fruits of the Landí.  The Scripture lessons from Joel 2: 21-27 and Matthew 13: 1-9 were read by Mrs Mandy Houston.

Bringing the greetings of Lisburn City Council, the Mayor thanked the Rector for his invitation.  He congratulated the organist and robed choir for leading the praise and wished Godís blessing on all the work done in Hillsborough Parish Church.

The Rector, the Very Rev John Dinnen, concluded by thanking all who decorated the church so beautifully and thanked the organist, choir, wardens and everyone involved in the service.

 

 Phillip Elliott - Organist (left) and Hillsborough Parish Choir pictured at the Harvest Thanksgiving service in Hillsborough Parish Church last Sunday morning.