Dawn Service at Lisburn Cathedral
Members of Lisburn Cathedral, First Lisburn and Railway Street Presbyterian churches joined to rejoice in Christ’s resurrection at a ‘Joint Dawn Service’ on Easter Sunday.
The service is normally held in Castle Gardens but due to early morning rain, the service was held in Lisburn Cathedral Church Hall. Evelyn White (First Lisburn Deaconess) led the service and the praise was led my musicians from First Lisburn and Railway Street with David Lamont (Lisburn Cathedral) in charge of the sound desk and amplification. Jonny McGeown (First Lisburn) sang the solo ‘The wonderful cross’. Easter Scripture lessons were read by Jordan Humphries (Railway Street), and Douglas Anderson (First Lisburn), while James Price (Lisburn Cathedral) led the prayers.
The Rev Brian Gibson (Railway Street) pronounced the blessing and the Rev Simon Genoe (Lisburn Cathedral Curate Assistant) gave a short Easter address. Simon gave three messages about stones - firstly that we have reason to praise - if we do not the rocks would cry out. Secondly, we are free to be with God, because not only was the obstacle of the stone removed on the Easter morn - so was the obstacle of sin! Thirdly we have a victory to celebrate! A young king David, flung stones at a giant, but he defeated him by cutting off his head. King Jesus didn't just throw stones, he finished it!
The service was followed by breakfast in the adjoining Lisburn Cathedral Church Hall and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.