who was installed by Down Presbytery as minister of the congregation. Rev. Casement, who is originally from Ballymena, has most recently been assistant minister at Knock Presbyterian Church.
During the installation service Rev Tom Harte, Trinity Boardmills Presbyterian Church, took as the theme for his sermon ‘Living in God’s Power’. Preaching on Acts 5 which includes an account of the apostles persecution and their joy at having suffered for the Lord, Rev. Harte stated that evangelism is still the primary task of the Church and it should be considered a privilege to proclaim the Truth of Jesus Christ.
The ceremony of installation was conducted by Rev. Roy Mackay, Moderator of Presbytery and Rev. Dr James Harper, Clerk of Presbytery.
In his charge to the Minister and Congregation, Rev. Ernest Boggs, Convenor of the Vacancy, congratulated Rev. Casement on becoming the 12th minister in the 206 year history of Second Saintfield and wished him a fruitful, successful and faithful ministry. He urged Rev. Casement to ensure his Christian message was relevant to the people, bringing Christian solutions to their problems, to be a good pastor caring for his flock and to be with the congregation not only in times of their joy and happiness but also in their sorrows and difficulties. He stressed to the Congregation that, as they begin a new chapter in their history, they should support their new minister in prayer, in their attendance, their giving and praise and they should always take the opportunity to encourage him by being ready with their thanks.