“We know about your presence that fills the world, that occupies our life, that makes our life in the world true and good.   We notice your powerful transformative presence in word and in sacrament, in food and in water, in gestures of mercy and practices of justice, in gentle neighbors and daring gratitude. We count so on your presence and then plunge—without intending—into your absence. We find ourselves alone, abandoned, without resources remembering your goodness, hoping your future, but mired in anxiety and threat and risk beyond our coping. In your absence we bid your presence, come again, come soon, come here: Come to every garden become a jungle; come to every community become joyless, sad, and numb. We acknowledge your absence and insist on your presence. Come again, come soon. Come here.”

-Walter Brueggemann, Prayers for a Privileged People


Nicole Gray- Director of Worship Arts and Music at Dickinson First UMC, loves finding opportunities to create. While her professional medium is music and theater, she finds joy in directing and participating in all of the fine arts.  

Nicole has been serving as a worship arts director for over eleven years. Known for her ability to create unique worship experiences utilizing all the arts, Nicole has written, created and directed multiple thematic worship services, works, galleries, musicals and concerts to further enhance worshipping communities. With a strong love for the big picture, she utilizes her visual arts teams, writers and thespians in addition to music to bring worship to life. With a background in professional stage and opera, Nicole understands the necessity of the visual arts to bring life to other forms of art. She loves curating galleries and visual installs to better tell a story.

Nicole is currently a Doctoral student of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in the pursuit of a degree in Pastoral Music. She is on the worship committee of the United Methodist Texas Annual Conference. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Houston and a Bachelors Degree from Baldwin-Wallace University, both in vocal performance. She resides in Pearland, TX with her husband and two boys.