One of the great joys of my life – and there are many – is becoming aware of and then using the gifts God has given me. One is the ability to see with unusual clarity; another is being able to frame things in such a way that they communicate beauty and truth. Both of these apply equally to photography and writing.
I get excited sometimes when I see a message beginning to come together, and this was especially true Saturday at the meeting of the Presbytery of New Hope – on a cold, soggy winter’s day in North Carolina – where I was asked to take photographs that help to tell the story.
The physical space – the sanctuary at the Kirk of Kildare in Cary – was both a challenge and an opportunity. But I soon learned how the light worked and I believe I managed to effectively capture a sense of the beauty of the place along with the unfolding story.
The story I want to tell is that of the ongoing work of being light and promise. It’s a story that defines the mission of the Presbytery of New Hope. We have a message to share and it is a wide-open invitation from God to walk with Jesus and to enjoy a brand new relationship with our Creator.
I will begin with a few shots from morning worship. I plan to share more over the next few days because the day was such a beautiful tale of celebration and mission and reaching out and inviting people into a new life.
Gathering, singing, praying, giving, hearing the word, sharing the Lord’s Supper together. How could anyone possibly choose not to practice Christian faith once they have experienced koinonia on this level?
The balance of the day, all the workshops and reports and motions and celebrations that followed the worship hour, are the business end of the operation. I will post some of those poctures another day.
Mostly, I want you to see these photographs and to enjoy them as my gift. – 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.