As part of the seminars work on vocation in the professions and vocation across the lifespan we are always looking for great prayers, songs, and poems on vocation and calling, we’ve even taken to writing a couple songs of our own! Below you’ll find a few highlights of our searching and writing. What resources have you found or what resources do you wish you had around vocation and calling?
- Earlier this May the Collegeville Institute Seminars hosted a meeting of 10 congregations from a variety of Christian denominations across the U.S. to learn from their experiences of focusing on vocation. One of the participants, Mike Hayes, author, commentator, Campus Minister and Spiritual Director, recently shared a prayer he wrote while at the Collegeville Institute. You can read his prayer here at Googling God.
- Last year we discovered the hymns of Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. Carolyn is co-pastor at Limestone Presbyterian Church and an avid hymn writer. Visit her website and friend her on Facebook to explore the wealth of musical resources she has available.
- Inspired by the writings of our participants and our many internet searches we’ve written a few songs of our own. Here’s one of our favorite hymns from research associate, Laura Kelly Fanucci.
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.
© Text: Laura Kelly Fanucci, Tune: The Church’s One Foundation
(For permission to reprint “A Hymn of Calling,” please contact Laura Kelly Fanucci at firstname.lastname@example.org.)