First and foremost, I would like to thank you all for allowing me the honor of serving on your Vestry. I pray that I will serve you well and with the will of God in mind as I take on this challenge. I ask you to pray for me to serve with humility and wisdom.
As I embark on this new journey in my faith and in my life at Grace, it is a good time to reflect on how I came to be here.
I was invited to come to Grace about two and a half years ago by Ann Judge. I had never been to a liturgical church, and so it was a bit of a departure for me. At first, I was not sure of myself and not sure how I would fit in at Grace. After all, I knew nothing about the traditions or the reasons for them, and the act of participating in the liturgy was foreign to me.
However, as I continued to come to Grace week after week, I noticed it changing me. I began to participate in church ministries. I started with choir, then lectors, and then I trained to be a chalice bearer. I also took on the role of leading fellowship and joined the Altar Guild. All of these things were scary to me at first. After all I am a naturally shy person, but I realized that I was enjoying the challenge of facing my fears in service to God. My heart was changed, and I saw Grace as my family. I realized that I do not need perfect understanding, or perfect faith. I only need a heart that is open to God and that is willing to serve Him.