Assembly Rally

1The Assembly Rally was a great occasion, a highlight of which was the excellent music provided by the choir and musicians under the direction of the superbly-gifted Diane. The singing was simply wonderful, and the “goose bump moment” for me was the congregation singing Psalm 103, “O Thou my soul, bless God the Lord.”

The theme of the service was a recollection of three features of the 1859 Revival: renewed praise, preaching and prayer.

The choir was comprised of singers from Kells, Carnmoney and Portadown, the three congregations where I have had the privilege to minister. Their postlude piece, “Count Your Blessings” was accompanied by the congregation clapping along in a rather unPresbyterian kind of way, and with an enthusiastic round of applause at the end.

My friend, Phil Ryken, pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, preached a great sermon from Jeremiah 36 on the indestructibility of the Word of God. Pat, Jean and Margaret led us in prayer, and the offering for the Inter-Church Addiction Project raised 4,400 pounds.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make it such an inspirational evening.