All of you are children of light and children of the day. We don’t belong to night or darkness. So then, let’s not sleep like the others, but let’s stay awake and stay sober. People who sleep sleep at night, and people who get drunk get drunk at night. Since we belong to the day, let’s stay sober, wearing faithfulness and love as a piece of armor that protects our body and the hope of salvation as a helmet. – 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8
If you’re someone who carries any doubt in your heart regarding the future of The Church, then you really should have been at WFPC Sunday morning, when we gathered to celebrate our 25th anniversary as a worshiping community.
- Talk about good news! – there was so much of that you could stuff your pockets full, take it home, and save some for later!
- Talk about life! – it is vibrant, compelling, and palpable!
- Talk about passion for Jesus! – we are lit up with the gospel!
- Talk about the presence of the Spirit! – the electricity in church makes me tingle.
- Talk about evidence that God is at work around here!
25 years of adventure!
It really is remarkable to see where this church has come over a short 25 years. Rev. John LaMotte, who served as organizing pastor in those early years, looked around the CLC Sunday morning, and all he could do was point out the wonder of how God always has something in mind that far exceeds our limited faith, our foggy vision, and our Earth-bound imaginations.
The place was teeming with people! A team of creative and hardworking Wake Forest Presbyterians went above and beyond in planning a day of worship, celebration, and fun. And it wasn’t just that so many people showed up – it was the obvious joy of a faith community learning to shine as a living witness to the reconciling power of the Gospel of Love.
This church is overflowing with life; life keeps spilling over, and it’s getting all over everyone, and everything.
The sermon was brought to us by Chris Edmonston, senior pastor at White Memorial Church in Raleigh and recognized nationwide as one of the best preachers in the PC(USA). The message was powerful and inspiring; our music ministry came together to offer some sensational anthems; and then – after worship – the congregation paraded to the front of the church to plant another oak tree, representing the church mission statement – that we are Rooted in Christ; Growing together in faith; Reaching out to others.
Rooted in Christ; Growing together in faith; Reaching out to others.
Looking into the future!
In addition to everything else, this was also the first Sunday at WFPC for Katherine Pieper. Katherine is our new director of children, family, and youth ministries. She, too, is full of spirit and life, and we are excited about what God has in store as her enthusiasm and vision become part of setting the course for our next twenty-five years.
There was too much going on yesterday for me to cover in one post – and I haven’t even covered the fun and fellowship of Holy Hay Day!
So I’ll let this gallery of images fill in a few more of the details. Suffice it to say that we are so grateful to God for inviting us here to Wake Forest, and it remains our constant prayer that we not only honor God in how we respond, but that we tell the truth about the amazing love of God with such genuine enthusiasm, that others are invited in to meet Jesus too.
“In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
I have a quite a few wonderful photographs to share with you. As you enjoy them, be encouraged by the witness to light, hope, and new life that Wake Forest Presbyterian is presenting to this community, and to the world. Absolutely anything is possible when we follow Jesus….
Peace, blessings, and promise – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.