Vocations

Pray and reflect on the call to ministry and Christian service. For Vocation Sunday, consider sharing some ministers' call stories - why they chose a ministry vocation, what they love about it, and what challenges they face.

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PDF icon 2018 Vocation Sunday: Sermon Starters
Based on the lectionary readings for April 22, 2018; feel free to adapt.
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February 26, 2018

From Lorne Calvert, Principal of St. Andrew’s Theological College in Saskatoon:

“Our United Church of Canada has initiated a new campaign to attract people to ordered ministry under the theme 'God’s World Needs Leaders.' As a college whose mission is to offer justice-driven education for Christian leadership, we welcome this undertaking.

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April 13, 2018

A prayer for Vocation Sunday

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File Call and Vocation: Prayers for Use in Worship
These prayers can be used to celebrate Vocation Sunday, or in any worship service in which the theme is appropriate.

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File Entering Ministry Playlist
Stories of call to ministry in the United Church
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April 3, 2018

The Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Ministry and Recruitment Program Coordinator, reflects on what it means to answer the call to ministry.

  • Why do bad things happen to good people?

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File God's World Needs Leaders Worship Service
A service for Vocation Sunday or another inspirational service.

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PDF icon Message: God’s World Needs Leaders
This reflection could be incorporated into a celebration of Vocation Sunday or another suitable occasion.
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February 2, 2018

Let’s hear this interview with Alana Martin, a candidate for diaconal ministry.

When did you know you were called to ministry?

I started to feel a sense of a call when I was a teenager, but didn’t start discerning what that really meant for me until I was a young adult.

Growing up, my mom was studying to be a diaconal minister and through that exposure I felt a strong connection to that type of ministry.

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April 3, 2018

From the Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator for Ministry Recruitment:

“Life is full of ups and downs that we have the privilege to share with our communities of faith.

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May 23, 2018

In the beautiful south end of Halifax, Nova Scotia, there is a small university whose commitment is to “serve Christ’s mission by shaping effective and faithful ordained and lay leaders and understanding among communities of faith.” The Atlantic School of Theology (AST) was formed in 1971 through the joint vision and forward thinking of its three founding parties—the United, Anglican, and Roman Catholic Churches of Canada.

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PDF icon Vocation: Hymns, Prayers, and Scripture
Selections from hymn books and the Bible for anyone who is considering their vocation or supporting someone who is.
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