Our service this morning comes from the First Presbyterian (NS) Church, Downpatrick and again features the Mountains of Mourne which can be viewed in the distance while a bagpipe duet plays courtesy of Robert and Laura Neill. When the music stops it is replaced with the music of birdsong. We are pleased to again have John Strain playing the organ at Ballee Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, providing us with the music for the hymns:
All things bright and beautiful (Hymns of Faith and Freedom 245)
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty! (Hymns of Faith and Freedom 19)
Reading: Genesis ch.1 v.20-31.
The sermon takes as its starting point some words of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks:
We are each, regardless of class, colour or culture, in the image and likeness of God. This is the most important statement in Western culture of the non-negotiable dignity of the human person.