Scotland and England Trip

    August 02, 2019 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner

    I received an email last week from the owner of a chauffeur company in Edinburgh, Scotland.  To my surprise, it wasn’t a SPAM email requesting an Amazon gift card.  Rather, the sender wanted to share with me what a Spiritually awakening experience he and his wife had at our Choir’s concert at Saint Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, the previous Sunday evening!  The person shared, “We had never witnessed such a beautiful music event and my wife and I were moved to tears of emotional joy.”  

    I knew exactly what he meant.  I had the great privilege to be at the same concert, and our choir filled that grand cathedral with such fulfilling sound, it caused my entire being to awaken the Spirit’s presence.  They moved us beyond words, “towards a more profound Alleluiah”, as the hymn says.  

    We are incredibly fortunate to have a world-class music program at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church.  Steve Jobman, Bradley Hunter Welch, Michael Groff, and Zach Wells do an incredible job leading our esteemed, committed, and incredibly gifted singers and ringers.  It is a gift to experience their ministry each week.

    Our Choir truly understand their gifts as a ministry that extends far beyond music.  For instance, the night before their concert at St. Giles, they offered a concert at Durham Cathedral in Durham, England.  Durham Cathedral was sold out, over 2,500 were in attendance as our choir performed Verdi Requiem under the direction of Paul Leddington Wright.  They were spectacular, and the concert finished late in the evening.  But, a group from the Choir got up very early on Sunday morning and took a train from Durham to Edinburgh, to hear me preach at St. Giles!  I'll never forget seeing them walk through the doors and run over to greet and hug me.  I'll never forget them sitting together to support and love me. 

    Friends, that is what it means to share in ministry together!  When we use our particular gifts and share them with the world!  This is what it means to be the church, for we are each members of the body of Christ, gifted and equipped to share God's love in the world. 

    It is a great gift to be a part of this community of faith and I cannot thank you enough for extending me the privilege to be your pastor and to share in ministry with you.  

    With great hope,

    Matthew

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