I can’t help but think about the wonderful stewardship messages given by our parishioners these past few weeks.
Betsie Danner commented how everything we have comes from God and that St. Boniface is not just her church, but her spiritual home.
Katie Hayes shared with us her families’ 54 year history here at St. Boniface Church. Katie reminded us that it is all of us together that make the magic at St. Boniface, by giving of our time, talent, and treasure.
Suzanne Barksdale shared with us her experience with trusting in God, and the comfort she experiences in setting a high bar for her yearly pledge.
I’d like to share with you what this church, and every one of you sitting out there, has meant to me. 12 years ago I walked into this church at the invitation of two of your parishioners, and, actually, the first time I had entered a church in over 40 years. I sat in the back pew for the early service, most of the time asking myself why I felt compelled to keep coming. You see, at age 18, I experienced a faith destroying experience, leaving me with anger and emptiness. I quickly filled that emptiness with self serving happiness, but I had lost the joy of faith that had been so comforting during my youth.
After several years at St. Boniface Church, Andi and Ted asked me to be a chaperone on a youth mission trip. It was the last thing I could imagine doing. But somehow the Holy Spirit persuaded me to say yes. This was the beginning of my spiritual journey. Watching our young people bring Christ into the homes of the people we went to help, and the group prayer sessions at the beginning, middle and end of every day was all I needed to see that I wanted the Joy of Christ back in my life. From that point on, I couldn’t get enough of the fellowship each of you have offered me – the warmth and peace I experience each time I worship or work with you to strengthen our church as we do Christ’s work in the world.
I know many of you have personal stories like Betsie, Katie, Suzanne, and me. So I’d like to ask you to Walk the Way with me and your fellow parishioners. I can’t put it any better than Katie Hayes did: “Please join me by giving generously in gratitude and thanksgiving for God’s abundance in our lives, because, my friends, we Have this treasure, and what a treasure it is.”
May God bless you. Doug Francis, Senior Warden