In an evening that was marked with much encouragement, joy and hope, the Dumfries congregation gathered on Friday 30th June with friends from the town and further afield to hold the service of ordination and induction of Rev Trevor Kane to the charge.
The service was conducted by the moderator of Glasgow and Argyll Presbytery, Rev Ivor MacDonald, who has also been the interim moderator for the congregation. Mr MacDonald preached from 1 Corinthians 1:18 to 2:5, The Message of the Cross. The cross tests all that we do as God’s people. It determines the content and the style of our message, it is revealed in the calling by God of people who are not powerful or influential to display his glory and it provides the pattern for ministry of every authentic Christian preacher. It will be through commitment to the message of Jesus and his cross, offering hope to people who are broken, by a humble community of servants that the kingdom of God will advance in Dumfries.
After the service, the congregation moved on to St George’s church hall where an excellent supper was provided, and presentations were made.
Mr Kane comes from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ireland a church with which the Free Church of Scotland has close relations. Speeches were made by two representatives of that church, Rev Wallace Thompson, moderator of the Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Ireland and Mr David Gordon, an elder of Mr Kane’s home church, Stranmillis EPC. Mr Kane acknowledged the generosity of the EPC in releasing him to serve in the Free Church, having supported him through his studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary. Trevor is married to Suzanne and they have three young children – Noah, Eli and Judah.
The evening was closed with the singing of Psalm 72.
Do remember Dumfries congregation in your prayers. The congregation long to see the area won for Christ and needs the support of the wider church. There have been a number of encouragements recently including something of a baby boom in the congregation! Pray that in addition to biological growth, God will bring many into the congregation through the new birth.