Glynis Beazley, Diocesan Vocations Adviser, reflects on a recent day of prayer at Guildford Cathedral for vocations.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart”.
These words from Jeremiah 1:5 remind us that God calls all of us and has a plan for us to be the best we can be.
Praying and listening to what that call might be is a vital part of our journey of faith. Recently, there was a 12 hour vigil of prayer at Guildford Cathedral dedicated to praying for all those in our Diocese and beyond, who feel called to ministry.
Inspired by prayer stations to focus our thoughts people were prayed for individually and collectively by clergy and lay people who are committed to encouraging people to think about Vocation.
The Cathedral Baptistery was a beautiful contemplative space on a very hot spring day. Visitors also dropped in to offer prayers in the cool of that quiet place.
Ministry comes in all shapes and sizes, both lay or ordained, within the Church or in the wider world. Praying and talking through God’s call on your life is hugely important in the exploration of vocations.
"If you feel drawn to serving in the Church in any capacity explore that calling. Pray about it and talk about it"
The Church of England has recently launched the Great Vocations Conversation, a challenge to everyone involved in ministry to have at least one conversation a month about vocation with someone different from themselves, to encourage vocations. Devotional resources filled with prayer, study, and reflection are available from the Church of England website, exploring what the Bible has to say about discerning vocation.
If you feel drawn to serving in the Church in any capacity explore that calling. Pray about it and talk about it.
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