Message du président
Anne Claude Geoffrion
A few weeks ago, I had the honour of being asked to take on the post of president of the Lay Readers Association. My first reaction was surprise and even some anxiety as I see myself much more of a follower than a leader but after prayerful reflection I felt this was a challenge I was called to accept.
I became a Lay Reader by default when our parish was without a regular minister for almost two years. As wardens, Jeff Alexander and I had no other choice but to lead services. A year later, we were encouraged to join the Lay Readers and in November 2003 we received our first year licence and then started our training with Canon Jan Dykman, an amazing human being, a great Christian, a gentle soul, a person who marked my life and whom I will always remember with great fondness and respect.
All through my life, the Holy Spirit has challenged me out my comfort zone and when I listen, the blessings always outweigh the difficulties. I have learnt that I should not miss out on an opportunity to stretch myself because of fear.
Though I may be reluctant at first, I have learnt to step out in faith following the example of so many biblical characters and trust the Lord to equip me for the task at hand.
As Lay Readers yourselves, I am sure you understand what I mean. Answering the call to ministry as a LR took courage and faith. These are challenging but also exciting times and knowing we have God on our side, we can confidently answer His call.
My heartfelt thanks to Glen Marcotte as he steps down for a well earned rest and my thanks to the members of the executive board for nominating and putting their trust in me.
I look forward to meeting you and I promise to support our mutual ministry to the best of my ability. Please remember me in your prayers.
One of my favourite hymns is “Here I am Lord” This is a hymn of transformation. God transforms the darkness into light, melts “hearts of stone” with love and nourishes the “poor and lame” with the “finest bread”.
Each verse ends with the question, “Whom shall I send?”
Let us trust the Lord and answer “Here I am Lord” without fear when he calls.
Yours in Christ,
Anne Claude Geoffrion
President of the Montreal Lay Readers' Association