Rev Tom Wilson (Scotland) was visiting preacher at Dromore Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church on Sunday, 27 September 2015. The whole family joined us for worship and the children attended Sunday School. Included are his wife, Tracy and daughters Emma (10) and Katie (7) - with "Minnie".
Rev Wilson encouraged the congregation to "walk our faith", not just talk it. Everyone, he said, was looking for something - peace and love - but it often eludes them. And so our mission is to go out and share our faith, not just with those who already know it, but with everyone. How we speak, treat, help, care for and love those areound us, including our enemies, should point to the fact that "we know the shepherd".
"Because I know the Psalm,
but he knows the Shepherd."
There’s an old story about a priest was celebrating his 50th Anniversary of Ordination. For this occasion he had invited his personal friend, Richard Burton, to come and recite his favorite Psalm 23. Richard Burton agreed to do this on the condition that the priest would also recite it after him. At the appointed time, Richard Burton stood and proclaimed the popular psalm with such oratorical mastery the congregation immediately applauded. And then this humble pastor stood up and began to recite, from heart, this beloved Psalm. After he had finished his not nearly so professional recitation, the congregation was in awe, and some moved to tears. Someone in the front pew with Richard Burton leaned over and asked him, "Why did people loudly applaud you and yet were silently moved by the pastor?" Burton replied, "Because I know the Psalm, but he knows the Shepherd."