Wednesday, September 5, 2018

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet.” ~Frederick Buechner

9 years ago I began my Masters of Divinity program; it’s one of the requirements to becoming a pastor. The above phrase helped clarify for me (and Kathleen) our decisions to retire, leave the community we knew, and embrace this “vocation.”

With the background of this month's Labor Day weekend; too often we think about “vocation” as we learned about it in high school or college: employment that generates paychecks. And ideally treasure chests full of it.

However, Buechner writes the word vocation comes from the Latin “vocare,” to call, and means the work a person is called to by God.

There’s a phrase in the Bible that speaks to this: “For we are what God has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10).

Although that was written 2,000 years ago, when looking at the world around us today it’s easy to find lots of places where even a little good work will go a long way.

Join us Sundays at 10AM as we stand at the crossroads of our deep gladness and the world's deep hunger.

Together We Serve,
Pastor Mike

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