Connor Mothers’ Union Service of Thanksgiving and Commissioning of Trustees and Executive Members

June Butler, All Ireland President and Sally Cotter, Diocesan President pictured with the Right Reverend George Davison, Bishop of Connor and the Venerable Dr Stephen McBride, Archdeacon of Connor and Mothers’ Union Connor Diocesan Chaplain pictured before the Thanksgiving service in All Saints’ Parish Church, Antrim on Sunday 25 October 2020.

Building Hope and Confidence

The Trustees and Executive members of Connor MU were delighted to be able to worship together again in person, despite all the advantages that virtual meetings via zoom have brought in recent months.  Although observing social distancing we all enjoyed joining in the first hymn, Praise my soul the King of Heaven.

The service was conducted by the Connor MU Chaplain, Ven. Archdeacon Stephen McBride, assisted by Clare Thompson, who is in training for the Local Ordained Ministry. We were fortunate that our new bishop, Rt Rev. George Davison was able to be with us and offer us such encouragement in his address.  The lessons and prayers were read by members of Executive.

Referring to the Old Testament lesson from Joshua, the bishop drew our attention to the challenges that Joshua faced as Moses’ successor, as the people of Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land. The advice he was given, to be strong and courageous and to step out in faith to lead to the people, was very appropriate for all in leadership in MU at present.  This message was summed up in the rousing words of the final hymn, Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go.

The service was brought to a fitting close by our Diocesan President, Sally Cotter, who thanked all who had taken part in the service and addressed those watching and listening online, after what had been a most inspiring and uplifting time together. Sally’s own contribution extended to accompanying the hymns and playing a selection of other pieces at the beginning and end of the service.

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