“…It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
Dear Lay Readers:
I am writing this message to briefly introduce myself to you and to offer a word of thanks for the work that you do as Lay Readers in our Diocese.
As many of you already know I have been appointed as your new Pastor to the Lay Readers. And as such I look forward to getting acquainted with you all as we fellowship together in our journey in God’s service.
As I think about the Lay Reader ministry the above passage from the 4th chapter of the Epistle to the Ephesians comes to mind. For it reminds me that yours is a ministry like those highlighted in this passage that is vital, essential and integral to the wellbeing of your individual parish communities and the ongoing life of the Diocese as a whole.
It is a ministry of service and support in which the exercise of your gifts works to encourage others to respond to God’s grace, to grow in unity as God’s people, and to foster reconciliation and peace in God’s world. And as your new Pastor it is my honour and privilege to journey along side you in this ministry.
I want to thank you for the varied and responsible work that you do, the continuing education you pursue, and the leadership you exercise. And I want to assure you of my prayers, support and encouragement as we journey together in God’s service.
May the Lord bless you as you seek to serve Him in this ministry.
Yours in Christ,