Dear <<First Name>>
In the URC we observe Vocations Sunday on the 4th Sunday of Easter – this year that falls on next Sunday, 12th May. In order to help us reflect on this we have prepared 7 devotions on the broad theme of vocations – recognising we are all called.
One of our new writers, David Reynolds who serves as an Elder at Corrs End in Buckinghamshire, reflects on baptism as the starting point for all Christians. Leo Roberts, the Children and Youth Development Officer for our North Western Synod reflects on our call to serve in the world whilst the Moderator of the South Western Synod, Ruth Whitehead, reflects on servanthood – as our basic approach in the world. Some are called to specific tasks of leadership and John Proctor, our General Secretary, reflects on this whilst Gordon Woods, an Elder at St Columba’s in Oxford, reflects on Eldership, I reflect on the conciliar decision making process that is used, particularly, in the calling of ministers and CRCWs. Susan Durber, Minister of Taunton URC and Convenor of the World Council of Churches’ Faith and Order Committee, helps us reflect on the sense that we all have multiple vocations. Finally, John Ellis, an Elder and former Moderator of General Assembly, reflects on the universal theme that time, and roles, come to an end.
We hope that these reflections help you focus on your calling – maybe you are exploring a call to join a church, become an Elder or candidate for ministry; maybe you are already in a role and wonder about about how it may develop or if it’s time to let it go – and we hope that you pray that all of us discern and follow the callings we have.
with every good wish
Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project