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Mayor visits the Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church

Pictured at morning worship in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church last Sunday (19th November) is L to R:  (front) Mrs Sandra McCollum, the Rev Professor Robert McCollum, the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn.  (back row David Currie and Mervyn Green.

Pictured at morning worship in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church last Sunday (19th November) is
L to R:  (front) Mrs Sandra McCollum, the Rev Professor Robert McCollum, the Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn.  (back row David Currie and Mervyn Green.

The Mayor - Councillor Trevor Lunn and the Mayoress - Mrs Laureen Lunn were the special guests at morning worship in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballymacash, last Sunday (19th November) where they were welcomed by the minister, the Rev Professor Robert McCollum.

During the service, Mr McCollum told the true story of Mehdi Dibaj who spent 2 years in solitary confinement in a 1 metre by 1 metre prison cell for spreading the Gospel.  He spoke of how Mehdi was released as a result of Government intervention but how sadly he was shot dead a few months later.  He used this story to emphasise the need for the whole congregation to sign a petition in the vestibule, which when complete will be sent to the Prime Minister in order to apply diplomatic pressure on Governments where Christians are being persecuted.

In his address entitled ‘The Miracle of the 20 loaves’ as recorded in 2 Kings 4: v 42 to 44, Mr McCollum spoke about a farmer from Baal Shalisha.   In days of famine he brought the first fruits of his harvest to the 100 prophets at Gilgal where Elisha was staying.  Mr McCollum pointed out that this was a godly man.  He was fulfilling his responsibility of bringing the first fruits of his harvest to God’s representative Elisha.  The gift seemed very inadequate - 100 hungry young prophets needed to be fed with 20 bap size loaves.  However, like the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 by Jesus with 5 loaves and 2 fish, every prophet in Gilgal was satisfied and there was food to spare.  A wonderful miracle occurred that day at Gilgal.  Mr McCollum reminded the congregation, “God takes our little contribution, our little talent our little time, our little witness and, with his blessing, he can use it to accomplish great things for his glory.”  He concluded his sermon by saying, “We will not be able to give properly unless we have given ourselves first to God by trusting in his Son, Jesus Christ”.

In the Reformed Presbyterian Church the praise consists of Psalms being sung in 4-part harmony.  The RP’s hold firmly to the conviction that since God has given the church a hymnbook containing 150 Psalms, it ought to be used by Christians to worship Him. 

20/11/2006