The opening meeting of the annual Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland took place on Monday evening, hosted in the beautiful Roe Valley by the Limavady RP congregation. The evening began with outgoing moderator, Rev. Stephen Wright (Convoy RP Church) preaching from Psalm 72 on the theme of “Hope for a Small, Struggling Church.” Mr Wright drew attention to four aspects of the reign of Christ:

  • The King Rules Everywhere
  • The King Rules Forever
  • Our King Protects Us
  • Our King makes us Prosper

In his report the Outgoing Moderator spoke of his pleasure in being involved in the installation of several ministers including Vincent McDonnell in Limerick, Warren Peel in Galway and finally Rev. David Fallows, in Ballylaggan RP Church, Mr Wright’s home congregation. The Moderator and his wife also enjoyed hosting a tea party for retired ministers, missionaries and their wives, and wrote to or visited those who were unable to attend.

Rev. Philip Murphy (Fairview & Tullyvallen RP Churches), was then appointed as Moderator. 

Delegates from sister churches were welcomed to speak to Synod. Rev Stephen Steele (Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland) thanked the RPCI for their ongoing prayerful and financial support of the work in Scotland, and shared exciting an development on behalf of the Airdrie RP Church who are beginning services again in the old Wishaw RP church building, some 19 years after the congregation was closed. Noah Bailey then brought greetings from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.

Rev Murphy spoke from Haggai 2:3, on the need for us to make honest assessments about our spiritual state, address the task, and put our trust in the Lord.

Philip Dunwoody, Dromore RPC

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