ELCIC members and congregations are invited to celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter as a Day of Prayer for Vocations to Rostered Ministry.
The word "vocation" is rooted in the Latin word, voccacio meaning call or summons. A vocation is a calling: to serve God, to an occupation or profession, and/or an inclination to a particular activity.
Individuals and congregations play a vital role in leadership formation. In faithful, prayerful community, we help each other to hear God's call and encourage each other to exercise gifts for ministry.
The following prayer is recommended for Vocational Sunday:
We give you thanks, O God, for all of life and for our common calling as your servants, for the work of your church and for the ministries of word, sacrament and service. We give you thanks for women and men whom you call to be leaders in your church and for teachers who form them for service. Through the witness and mission of our seminiaries may the church join courageously in your work of compassion, mercy, justice and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.
(EvLW, pg 74)
To encourage conversation around the call to rostered ministry, this year we are introducing a challenge to all rostered ministers to make a 30 second video that starts with, "I first felt the call to rostered ministry when..." and finishes with, "My one piece of advice to someone who may be feeling a call to ministry is..."
Watch stories from across the church:
- Lisa Janke, Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod candidate approved for rostered ministry
- Rev. Annemarie MacIntosh, rostered minister in the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod (2017)
- Rev. Courtenay Reedman Parker, rostered minister in the Manitoba/Northwestern Ontario Synod (2017)
- Aneeta Saroop, seminary student at Lutheran Theological Seminary and intern at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria (2016)
- Rev. Dr. Tim Wray, rostered minister in the Synod of Alberta and the Territories (2016)
Do you have a story to share? RECORD your 30 second video and SHARE it on social media using the hashtag #VocationalSunday.
A bulletin with a suggested prayer and petitions for Vocational Sunday has been developed for individual or congregational use:
If you are considering a call to rostered ministry, we invite you to talk to your Pastor, Diaconal Minister or Bishop.