Your calling

Vocation means what you are called by God to be and do. Finding yours starts with prayer.
Man praying in church

God’s call can come in any number of ways. Discover the variety of Church roles. 

You may find the following prayers and testimonies helpful when thinking about God’s call for you.

Father,

I know you love me and have plans for me. But sometimes I am overwhelmed by the thought of my future.

Show me how to walk forward one day at a time.

May I take heart while I search openly, learn all about the choices, listen to others for advice, and pay attention to my own feelings.

By doing these things, may I hear your call to live a life that will let me love as only I can, and allow me to serve others with the special gifts you have given me.

I ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Testimony: Foloronso Olokose

If God says yes, who can say no?

Father,

I abandon myself into your hands. Do with me whatever you will. Whatever you may do I thank you. I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me and all your creatures. I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul. I offer it to you with all the love of my heart. For I love you Lord and so need to give myself, surrender myself into your hands without reserve and with boundless confidence. For you are my Father.

Amen

Charles de Foucauld

Testimony: Vanessa Hadley-Spencer

Learning to Trust God

Lord, you call us to be story tellers: planting your explosive news into our defended lives; locating us in the script of your human history.

You call us to be trailblazers: living in your future that we receive only as gift; subverting the fixed, fated world of low horizons.

You call us to be weavers: tracing, stretching, connecting the knotted threads; gathering up unravelling, disconnected lives.

You call us to be fools – for Christ’s sake: bearing life’s absurdities and incongruities; puncturing our seriousness and grandiosity.

You call us to be hosts: welcomers of the sacred, intimate, transfiguring; lavish celebrants of our communities and homecomings.

You call us to be poets: artists and illuminators of inner space; naming, invoking, heralding your ineffable presence.

You call us to be gardeners: sowers, cultivators, nurturers of fragile lives; benefactors of your gratuitous harvest.

You call us to be conductors: celebrating polyphony, coaxing symphony; orchestrating the praise of your inhabited creation.

Lord, you lavish your gifts on all whom you call. Strengthen and sustain us and all ministers of your church, that in the range and diversity of our vocation, we may be catalysts of your kingdom in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Roger Spiller

Testimony: John Naudé

There is nothing better than serving God, in whatever form

Testimony: Lizzie Lowrie

God can surprise you

Bible studies and further reading

You might like to use the following bible studies, either alone or in a small group, to help you explore the concepts of calling and vocation. Delve into our reading list for more on discerning your vocation.

 

Vocation Bible Study: How does God call people?

Vocation Bible Study: The call of God?

Vocations reading list

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2