Dear Christ Church,
“So here’s what I want you to do,” writes Paul in Romans 12:1 (The Message) – “God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” This is a good description of Whole Life Discipleship, the core value of Christ Church that gives vision to my role on staff, and the current emphasis at Christ Church on vocational formation.
Romans 12:1-2 have almost been like “life verses” for me. I remember reading and returning to it frequently in high school and college during devotional times because of how much I heard it mentioned by mentors and pastors in my life. Verse 2 talks about the importance of not conforming to “the patterns of this world,” and about the need for us to be transformed “by the renewing of our minds” in order to discern God’s will and calling on our lives.
This Sunday, we’re entering into a season in which we’ll be exploring the theme of vocation and learning more deeply about what it means to live into our callings. For starters, there will be a four-week sermon series on vocation leading up to the Parish Retreat. And following the retreat, we’re holding a “Monday School” series during the month of November in which we’ll hear teachings and testimonies from Christ Church practitioners, exemplars and professionals in various arenas of life. Other opportunities are planned for the Spring as well, which will be announced soon!
Above all, the mission of the vocation initiative is that every unique image bearer of God at Christ Church would understand God’s work in their lives, know God’s purposes for them, and be supported, connected, and commissioned in that vocation. As one of our Vestry members put it, this vocation is “to create, heal, enliven, organize, plant, fix, cultivate, architect, strategize, love, redeem (and many other things), and that means that there are millions of unique ways God calls us to participate in his work.” In other words: Everyone called. Everyone commissioned. In every arena.
Wherever you find yourself, and no matter the season of life you’re in, this includes you. Won’t you join us?