Daily Life and Work
Seven whole days, not one in seven, I will praise thee -
George Herbert (1633)
God cares deeply for weekday worlds-the places where we live, learn, work, play and volunteer-and for the people who share these places with us. Not only that but God chooses to use us in those very places as agents for Christ's kingdom.
".... the gap between what the church was saying on Sunday and the reality of what was happening in my life on Monday was enormous. My church was calling on me to serve as a disciple of Christ in the world without giving me any help on how to do it. For my Monday work as a Christian businessperson in a highly competitive environment, . . . I received no affirmation, no training, no support, and no prayers. Nothing. There was absolutely no connection between Sunday and Monday."
-William Diehl, The Monday Connection
We join God's mission in baptism. As members of the body of Christ, we commit ourselves to make Jesus Christ known in deed and word; to love our neighbors as ourselves; to strive for peace and justice; and to respect the dignity of every human being.
To grow and develop as whole-life disciples requires courage, intentionality, biblical vision and support.
Faith at Work Sunday
A "Faith at Work" Sunday worship service is one in which members are invited to bring symbols of their daily life and work and place them in front of the altar to be blessed and the importance of our daily life callings is highlighted. Recently a "Faith at Work" service was held at St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Ottawa. The Rev. Linda Privitera invited a couple of members/friends of the parish to share their stories of how their work and faith connect as part of the Sunday service. Diocesan staff person, Lisa Chisholm-Smith, drew out common themes in their stories at the conclusion of the homily time and continued the discussion following the Eucharist in a workshop and sandwich forum. It was clear from the number of people who shared their during the sermon time and who brought symbols of the daily life to the service that there was a hunger to connect faith and daily life and joy in doing so.
Prayers for the World of Work
A British Methodist non-stipendiary minister has developed three interrelated cycles of work related prayers. The first cycle deals with roles and functions within corporate organizations. The second cycle deals with the different moods and dispositions people bring to their work and the third cycle attempts to address the various industries and occupations in the world of work.
Prayers for the World of Work: A British Methodist non-stipendiary minister has developed three interrelated cycles of work related prayers. The first cycle deals with roles and functions within corporate organizations. The second cycle deals with the different moods and dispositions people bring to their work and the third cycle attempts to address the various industries and occupations in the world of work.
Splash! Ripples from the Baptized
After Sunday: is a project in the UK supported by the Diocese of Durham Mission Fund to encourage Christians, at
whatever point they are at in their faith journey, to strengthen the connection between their faith and their daily work and life.
The Rev. A. Wayne Schwab leads "Member Mission" a network to help churches make supporting their members in their daily living as Christians their primary purpose. He served on the national staff of the Episcopal Church USA in the area of evangelism for eighteen years.
Ministry in Daily Life (Episcopal Church USA) |
Ministry in Daily Life (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America): Both the Episcopal Church USA and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
have websites encouraging ministry in daily life.
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