The Bishop’s Curate in charge of the Moville Group of Parishes, Rev Suzanne Cousins, led a Service of Holy Communion in Greencastle on Sunday evening during which four new parish readers were commissioned for Moville, Donagh, Culdaff and Cloncha.
The service was held in St Finian’s Church, overlooking Lough Foyle and the fishing port of Greencastle. The four new readers are all women: Dorothy Carey, Linda Parke, Rosina Allen and Valerie McKinlay.
The Preacher, Rev Bob Wray, commended the new readers for stepping out of “their comfort zone” and answering God’s call to serve. He said that when he talked to people about why they didn’t answer God’s call, they gave two reasons. The first was, “I’m not holy enough”, and the second was, “I’ve nothing to offer God; I’ve no skills, I’m not clever enough”. “God knows exactly who we are. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Yet he’s calling you. He’s calling you as you are, from where you are in your life.
Rev Wray told the congregation that most of us had a low opinion of ourselves. “We judge ourselves more harshly than the Lord ever will. But we’re told clearly that we’re all equal in the sight of the Lord. Everyone here who has embraced Christ has already reached the highest rank possible – that of a child of God. And we do what we can according to the abilities that God has given us. He values each and every one of us.”
“I was told a long time ago that God does not call those who are equipped. He equips those who are called. It’s a difficult concept to accept – to step outside your comfort zone. These four people tonight have stepped out from their faith being something private between them and God into the public arena. That takes courage. That takes commitment, to stand up in front of people and say this is who I am and this is what I believe in.”
Music for the service was provided by the Northern Lights Choir. Afterwards, the congregation – which included members of all four parishes in the group – crossed the road from St Finian’s to the nearby local community centre for refreshments.