A message from our new Senior Warden

When I was asked to prayerfully consider serving as senior warden, I will admit it daunted me. I was apprehensive about the new leadership responsibility. Of course, I was also honored. Serving on the vestry over the last two years has been a privilege and a learning experience. It has taught me that we do not need to justify ourselves—it is by God’s grace and with God’s help that a congregation furthers the mission of the Church. What is required in one’s stewardship is to be authentically one’s self.

In prayer I found the reply that God creates each of us whole, for the work He gives us to do. We may not feel fully equipped for this work, but by grace God can accomplish his purpose through each of us. And in our creation God has given each of us gifts. We may identify the gifts of our creation ourselves, yet more often we find them in each other (Why is it always easier to see merits in others than in ourselves?), as when we call upon each other to serve and when we trust each other with the responsibility of stewardship.

The stewardship campaign this past fall was guided by the following theme: “…to equip God’s people for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity inherent in our faith and in our knowledge of the Son of God—to maturity…” —Ephesians 4:12-13. To “equip God’s people” sounds, at first, as though we are all to attend some in-service ministry training. Yet if God creates us whole, for the work He gives us to do, then “equipping God’s people for the work of ministry” is not a call to a training, after all, but a call to a finding and an entrusting. It is that call to au- thenticity.

I am grateful to be found and entrusted for this ministry.