I want to thank you for electing me as Sr. Warden at this past Sunday's 159th annual meeting. As many of you know, I was committed to facilitating a spiritual retreat for 12 homeless men this past weekend prior to being invited to consider the call to serve you as warden. For that reason I was unable to attend the meeting and, instead, asked Regina to read a short message if I was actually voted in. As I wrote in that note, I consider this opportunity to serve you and God to be a great privilege and a special honor. In the spirit of Grace's mission statement, I promise to do my best to know, love, and serve you in this important role.
One of the gifts I have received through my ministry with our homeless neighbors is the daily ‘3-minute retreat’ (http://www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.htm). Today’s was particularly appropriate. It quoted from 1 Peter 4:11…’Whoever serves let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen’
I can never be reminded too often that God will supply the strength we need to do God’s work at Grace if only we ask. In prayer we can ask for this strength and we can know that God will provide it. Along those lines, I ask that you pray for me and Regina and ALL who serve our Grace community. And please know that we also pray for you.
May our faith in God deepen and our love for one another spread,
Jay Burke, Your grateful Senior Warden