Exiles Forum

Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland


Annual Royal Black Preceptory Service
at Hillhall Presbyterian Church

Sir Knights of Lisburn, Largymore and Lower Iveagh Districts packed Hillhall Presbyterian Church for the annual Royal Black Preceptory Service last Sunday afternoon (24th August). Hosted by Hillhall Golden Star RBP 1074, the parade assembled at Lisburn Orange Hall and led by Roses Lane Ends Flute Band, made its way to Hillhall Presbyterian Church. Lisburn Young Defenders, Orange & Blue (Lambeg), Ballycoan and Ballylesson Old Boys Flute Bands also took part in the parade.

The Rev Paul Jamieson, the recently installed minister of Hillhall, conducted the service. The Rev Gerry Sproule (Largymore No 9 District Chaplain) read the Scripture lesson. Mrs Maxine McConaghy presided at the organ and together with the church choir led the singing of congregational hymns that included, 'Guide me O Thou great Jehovah' and 'O God our help in ages past'. The soloist was Mrs Joanne Lyttle.

In his address entitled 'being lost', Mr Jamieson referred to simple stories that Jesus told, namely 'The Lost Sheep' and 'The Prodigal Son'. He explained that although each story speaks of the sense of being lost, they go on to tell of the great joy of being found. He said that if we are not with the Father, we are lost in a spiritual sense concluding that if we seek, find and come to Jesus today - we too can know the great joy of being found.

Sir Knt Desmond Brownlie (RBP 1074 Worshipful Master) concluded the service by thanking the Session of Hillhall Presbyterian for the use of the church and also thanked all who organised, took part in and attended the service.

The offering of �675, will be donated to Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, this year's RBP designated charity.