A Special Day for Inspiration and Outreach
This Sunday, October 1, 2017, I am looking forward to introducing Kyle Matthews to our congregation. Over the years, I have had the privilege of attending or working with Kyle in worship services, concerts, retreats, and at national meetings of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and, on every occasion, have been inspired and challenged to grow in my faith. Kyle is a person of great gifts and personal warmth. He has a commitment to building up and encouraging the body of Christ through creativity and excellence. I believe you will enjoy and be inspired by his presence among us.
What’s Happening. During worship at 11:00 a.m., Kyle will share worship leadership with us, as we combine the usual elements of a communion Sunday service with Kyle’s gifts of songwriting and proclamation through story and music. At 3:00 p.m., Kyle will present a concert in storytelling and song, with two goals in mind. First, we hope to provide a special occasion for inspiration, community-building, and spiritual growth for our congregation, and, second, to provide a new opportunity for us to reach out and invite new friends into the life of Freemason Street.
About Kyle Matthews. Most Sundays, you will find Kyle Matthews serving as the Minister of Worship Arts at First Baptist Church, Greenville, SC. Before returning to Greenville, in 2008, with Susan, his wife, and Emily and Christopher, their children, Kyle spent two decades working as a recording artist and staff songwriter for BMG and Universal Publishing companies in Nashville, TN, during which time his songs were recorded by over 70 major artists and won many awards. His transition to local pastoral ministry has allowed Kyle to give expression to his deep commitment to a more interpersonal ministry, sound and thoughtful theology, and spiritual health. Kyle lives out his commitments in many ways, including through his music, speaking, teaching and leading discipleship groups and retreats, and by leading others to apply their Christian faith to meet human need locally and internationally. For example, for 12 years, Kyle participated in the Wherry Project, a transitional housing ministry near Nashville, TN, which combines the provision of renovated, low-cost shelter with programs for child development and adult support groups. Kyle also has served on the board of directors for Hand Up Africa, a nonprofit Christian organization sending road paving and farming equipment to the people of Uganda.
So, join me in praying for this new friend, would you? Come and be part of this special day. Let us see what God might be up to through our lives, together – and bring a friend.
Grace and peace!