Another splash of new life (at hashtag “Derek & Rebekah go to church”)

Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:19
– at St. Giles this Sunday

It’s been a while since I last penned any updates in the “Derek & Rebekah go to Church” series. We are of course settled in as regulars at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian in North Raleigh. It is where I hang my spiritual hat, and where we find our inspiration and our identity as pilgrims continuing to make progress in our journey as followers of Jesus.

This Sunday, however, we took a detour over to St. Giles Presbyterian Church to offer support and encouragement to our friend Jordan Davis, who was leading worship on her first Sunday as their new pastor.

We first met Jordan when she visited WFPC on behalf of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond. I remember being impressed by her enthusiasm, her vitality, and her commitment. Later, when she was called as associate pastor at the Kirk of Kildare in Cary, Rebekah had the privilege of preaching her installation message.

Jordan also has the rare blessing of a husband who is all-in as a “preacher’s spouse.” Marc is not only supportive but has been an active presence in the church. I can’t say enough about how critically important this is for the pastor, for the church, and for the community the church serves. It is, quite simply, a game-changer; so kudos to Marc for getting it, and for his choice to love the church too.

Perks of retirement:

One of the great perks of Rebekah’s retirement has been this ongoing opportunity to travel around and hear our friends preach. It looks like St. Giles is a great fit for Jordan, and in many respects the community reminds me of FPCBrandon when we first arrived back in 1996.

What a great opportunity, to show up with enthusiasm, and energy, and passion for Jesus, and to lead a church into the bright future God has in store.

– worshipping at Wilson FPC

I say this a lot, but it is always worth repeating: The Gospel message is such good news, such a flood of light and love and promise, such a compelling invitation, that new life is inevitable where Jesus is proclaimed, and the possibilities are limitless.

As I read another slate of dark stories in this morning’s news roundup I am reminded that God is still planting communities of light like St. Giles Presbyterian Church. May we all shine with a clear witness to life and love and promise.

In love, and because of love – DEREK

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