All Saints' Parish Church                         
Eglantine Road, Lisburn.       


I do hope that you have all had a wonderful Summer, whether at home or abroad. We now approach a change in the seasons and for some people there will be a change in life. This is especially true for our children and young people as they

either start school, change schools, or enter into third level education. When I think about the month of September it brings to mind the beginning of my training for

ordination in 2007. I started off extremely apprehensive about what was instore—a change of life, living in a new place, meeting new people, and of course nervous about what the future held. All these feelings will be very real for our ordinand Martin Steele as he begins his training in Dublin on September 6th.

On behalf of the Parish I want to wish him every blessing as he works towards

ordination. Ordination is indeed a privilege and at the same time a challenge. It is a life-changing experience, and a vocation, not a job. Martin, during his time with us has left a positive impression—his ability to lead services, his thoughtful prayers, and most importantly his ability to communicate with parishioners.

I ask you to pray for him as he begins this new phase in his life.


We make our prayer to you, O Lord our God,

for those who are to be set apart

for the work of the ordained ministry

and especially for Martin whom we now remember.

Grant him the abundance of your grace,

that in the power of the Holy Spirit

he may faithfully fulfil his calling

in building up the life of your Church

and in furthering your kingdom in the world;

Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 


     Rev Jason