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Vocation in Historical-Theological Perspective This in-depth article explores the biblical and historical roots of our contemporary sense of vocation. Gordon Peerce also offers six suggestions toward recovering a healthy sense of Christian vocation. Resource type: Article Source: Theology of Work Project Author: Gordon Preece The Meaning of Vocation Vocation is distorted by two disastrous misunderstandings that fall short of the biblical idea: a secularized idea of “career” and a monastic concept of religious life. Vocation is about being called forth to a divine purpose. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: A. J. Conyers Vocation and the World In this article, which has also been translated into Spanish and Korean, Tod Bolsinger explores vocation and shares the question he finds himself asking: “How do you envision your call to God’s mission in the world?”... Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Tod Bolsinger Vocation and Calling A short article introducing a series "When God Calls." Has a brief exhortation that vocation is for everyone, along with links to sermons on calling. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Courtney Jacob Vocation: Bah, Humbug Debra Rienstra argues against common notions of vocation, suggesting instead that we speak of the general vocation of discipleship and think about "guidance" when we need to get into specifics. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Debra Rienstra Homilies - Conversion, Transformation and Vocation These Catholic homilies focus on the importance of conversion, meekness and humility, life transformation, baptismal vocation, and the great value of God's kingdom. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Fr. Patrick Hyde, O.P. Vocation: Called to Shine An immigrant shoe shiner's story (including video) illustrates vocation: the call to make a difference wherever one is and, even more, to be grateful for the opportunity and sense God at work. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: In the Meantime Author: David Lose Vocation and "The Mosaic Man" In this article, a video of a homeless man who feels called to create mosaics for his neighborhood is used to reflect on vocation in broader terms than paid work. Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: David J Lose Vocation: On being Pilgrims Jes Kast wonders if vocation might be broader than we often think it is, arguing that the best definition of vocation is discipleship, and disciples live as pilgrims. Vocation should therefore shift from "what" to "how." Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Jes Kast The Vocation To Life Charles Klamut writes that the vocation to life provides the solid foundation on which the vocation to the priesthood is built. Without the former, the latter will be unstable and will eventually crumble. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Charles Klamut Celebrating Vocation Resources for planning a Celebration of Vocations Day in the African American Lectionary including historical background of the event, a sermon outline for Psalm 90:17, music suggestions, and reading suggestions. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The African American Lectionary Author: Lydell C Lettsome Love Made Visible: Struggling with the Question of Vocation An article by Carol Howard Merritt addressing the complex question of vocation, specifically, "What did God have in mind when God was knitting us together?" Resource type: Article Source: Day1 Author: Carol Howard Merritt Full Text Hymns on Vocation How Clear Is Our Vocation, LordPD
Called to God's VocationPD
We Are Called by One VocationPD
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The Parental Vocation Being a parent is a lofty vocation, for parents are entrusted with the integral formation of another human being. A devotional on Matthew 19:13-15 by Steven Reilly. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Steven Reilly The Search for Vocation Johnson offers a reflection on the process on discerning vocation, suggesting that it is a life-long process which is often helped by hearing stories of others' vocations. Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Todd E. Johnson The Meaning of Vocation - Study Guide This study guide for a group discussion focuses on the topic of vocations. It is intended to be used with the article, "The Meaning of Vocation." Liturgical elements and discussion questions are included. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz The High Risks of Pursuing a Vocation A blog post by Christine A. Scheller about the movie "Calvary" and its insights on vocation. Scheller and the director and lead actor, in interview excerpts, reflect on the sacrifices and courage vocation requires. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Christine A. Scheller The Vocation of the Prophet These four sermons treat the vocation of prophet as those called to witness, chosen and commissioned, as shepherds, and compassionate servants, concluding with Jesus as prophecy incarnate. (Ezekiel 2:2-5; Amos 7:12-15; Jeremiah 23:1-6; 2 Kings 4:42-44) Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Jeffrey Kirby Can You Lose Your Vocation? This article, written by a priest, sifts through common misconceptions about vocation and God's nature, in an effort to render a balanced and truthful theology of how God calls us. Resource type: Article Source: The Sunday Website Author: Ron Rolheiser Celebration of Vocations: Worship and Music Resources This worship resource is from the African American lectionary which provides a litany, prayer, and song suggestions for a Celebration of Vocations. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The African American Lectionary Author: A. Marquis Williams, Sr. Calling and Vocation This commentary on Romans 1:1-7 considers calling and vocation, suggesting that we ought to be diligent and responsible and passionate about how we use our God-given gifts. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Elizabeth Shively
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