In the work of the Collegeville Institute Seminars, we have created resources on vocation for use in congregations:
- Called to Life and Called to Work small group programs
- Lives Explored video storytelling project
- books on vocation, including Living Your Discipleship: 7 Ways to Express Your Deepest Calling and The Stories We Live: Finding God’s Calling All Around Us
We have also collected worship resources on vocation that are now available in a new book from Wipf & Stock—To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation by Laura Kelly Fanucci, project director with the Collegeville Institute.
Here is an original hymn from To Bless Our Callings:
A Hymn of Calling
(Tune: The Church’s One Foundation)
For all that we are called to,
God, we give thanks this day.
For people, partners, places,
at home, at work, at play.
You gift us for our calls as
you make the world’s needs known.
Bless us with strength and courage
to serve where we are shown.
For those who need our work, God,
the ones that we’re called for.
We strive each day to serve them,
to give and love them more.
Vocation is for others,
lives given in exchange—
the good of all your children,
our common hopes and dreams.
For all that we are called from,
transitions we must face.
When journeys end or change course,
and we must turn away.
The old and new both challenge;
we question though you guide.
Be with us through our leaving,
lead to the other side.
The people we are called as,
diverse and none the same.
Created for vocation,
baptized and called by name.
To witness as disciples,
our universal call
Yet each uniquely serving
the God who cares for all.
To You, God, we sing praises,
the One who calls each one.
Transforming and inviting,
you call and we respond.
Creator and Redeemer,
the Spirit’s stirring song—
Your Trinity uniting
to call our whole life long.
Tune: “The Church’s One Foundation.” Text: Copyright © 2013 Laura Kelly Fanucci, in To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation (Wipf & Stock, 2017).
(For permission to reprint “A Hymn of Calling,” please contact Laura Kelly Fanucci at firstname.lastname@example.org.)