This coming Sunday’s worship service is built around the theme and guiding scripture from the recent General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It was a phenomenal event hosted in Nashville, TN (old stomping grounds of mine!) that had the theme “Tell it!”
So that is what we’ll do on Sunday. We will “Tell it!”
There were so many great stories from General Assembly, that I won’t be able to squeeze them all in to one sermon (unless you don’t mind a three or four hour, church service!). So I decided to share one of them with you here.
While I was serving as an Intern Minister at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville many years ago as part of my Field Education at Vanderbilt Divinity School my supervisor was the Rev. Rachel Dixon. She is a wonderful woman, compassionate pastor, and a phenomenal teacher. Much of who I am as a pastor was shaped by Rachel and her thoughtful, loving approach to life and ministry.
She’s also the proud mother of Gabe Dixon, who was one of the featured Disciples musicians at General Assembly this year. Gabe grew up singing at open mic night Coffee House’s in the basement fellowship at Vine Street Christian Church. Now he is an accomplished singer songwriter and a gifted pianist who has recorded with the likes of Paul McCartney.
And his mom and his church couldn’t be prouder!
It had been so long since I had seen Gabe that I didn’t even recognize his picture on the cover of the General Assembly docket. But as soon as he sat down at the piano at opening worship to welcome thousands of Disciples to Nashville with one of his original songs, well, in that moment I knew exactly who he was!
Check out the video.
You can see other video clips from General Assembly by visiting the General Assembly YouTube Channel.
Seeing my mentor’s son perform on the first night of General Assembly reminded me that our stories intersect and crisscross in remarkable, beautiful, surprising ways. God has gifted us all with stories that are uniquely ours and challenges us to examine our faith, find our stories, and Tell it! See you in worship on Sunday!
Yours in the journey, Rev. Brian