Sunday August 26 we dedicated a marker in the foyer of the church commemorating the ministry of Truitt Brinson and Bryan Clark, legendary members of the Oak Lawn Church.
Leader: We gather today to remember and celebrate the ministry of Truitt Brinson and Bryan Clark, who for many years welcomed people to worship at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church.
People: The Book of Romans says, “Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
Leader: Truitt and Bryan remembered names, introduced new people to established members and guests, and invited everyone to further their relationship with God.
People: The Book of Deuteronomy says, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers…”
Leader: Bryan and Truitt did not know strangers; they saw the potential each person had to grow in faith in Christ in this place.
People: The Book of Matthew says, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”; The Book of Hebrews says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some have entertained angels without knowing it.”
Leader: May each of us, as we remember the ministry of Bryan and Truitt, realize our own potential as ambassadors for Christ and his church. May we welcome all in love and grace.
People: We dedicate this marker today in memory of Truitt Brinson and Bryan Clark. We are grateful for the impact they had on countless people, including each of us, and pray we may have the same impact on others for Christ.