This week we are looking at Vocations! The word vocation comes from the Latin word ‘Vocare’ which means to call. Vocation means “A calling from God” in the Church, and there are so many different ways that you can be called! Just like Jesus called the disciples, God calls us all to do a greater service, so we’re going to explore just what that means this week.

Choose from the tabs below something to do, or mix and match if you want to! There are enough things to do one for every day if you so wish.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This first video is from Fr Jonathan Cotton, Chaplain to The Briars and Assistant Vocations Director here in Nottingham. In this video, he tells us five things that we need to know about Vocations!

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Fr Mike Schmitz is an absolutely brilliant priest from America. He posts lots of open and honest videos talking about what the Church teaches and how we should deal with things in the modern world. He’s well worth looking up and watching some more videos! Today’s video though is, for obvious reasons, about vocations!

We end by making the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

A reading from the book of Samuel

In those days, when the boy Samuel was serving the Lord under the direction of Eli, there were very few messages from the Lord, and visions from him were quite rare. One night Eli, who was now almost blind, was sleeping in his own room; Samuel was sleeping in the sanctuary, where the sacred Covenant Box was. Before dawn, while the lamp was still burning, the Lord called Samuel. He answered, “Yes, sir!” and ran to Eli and said, “You called me, and here I am.”

But Eli answered, “I didn’t call you; go back to bed.” So Samuel went back to bed.

The Lord called Samuel again. The boy did not know that it was the Lord, because the Lord had never spoken to him before. So he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”

But Eli answered, “My son, I didn’t call you; go back to bed.”

The Lord called Samuel a third time; he got up, went to Eli, and said, “You called me, and here I am.”

Then Eli realized that it was the Lord who was calling the boy, so he said to him, “Go back to bed; and if he calls you again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.

The Lord came and stood there, and called as he had before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

Samuel answered, “Speak; your servant is listening.”

The Lord said to him, “Some day I am going to do something to the people of Israel that is so terrible that everyone who hears about it will be stunned. On that day I will carry out all my threats against Eli’s family, from beginning to end. I have already told him[a] that I am going to punish his family forever because his sons have spoken evil things against me. Eli knew they were doing this, but he did not stop them. So I solemnly declare to the family of Eli that no sacrifice or offering will ever be able to remove the consequences of this terrible sin.”

Samuel stayed in bed until morning; then he got up and opened the doors of the house of the Lord. He was afraid to tell Eli about the vision. Eli called him, “Samuel, my boy!”

“Yes, sir,” answered Samuel.

“What did the Lord tell you?” Eli asked. “Don’t keep anything from me. God will punish you severely if you don’t tell me everything he said.” So Samuel told him everything; he did not keep anything back. Eli said, “He is the Lord; he will do whatever seems best to him.”

As Samuel grew up, the Lord was with him and made come true everything that Samuel said. So all the people of Israel, from one end of the country to the other, knew that Samuel was indeed a prophet of the LordThe Lord continued to reveal himself at Shiloh, where he had appeared to Samuel and had spoken to him. And when Samuel spoke, all Israel listened.

The Word of the Lord. (Thanks be to God)

This week we have used the scripture of Samuel being called by God. At first, Samuel hears God but he cannot place his voice. He can hear, but he is not listening, some may say. Sometimes God can be calling us and we don’t even realise it. See if you can take some time today to listen out for God and your calling.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Vocation is all about accepting the call from God. This song talks about building our lives around and with God, and accepting that call. It’s quite long, but it’s a really lovely song.

 

This second song is a little different. Owl City wrote that famous song ‘Fireflies’ many years ago, and has been successful ever since. But Adam Young, creator of Owl City, has also written Christian music, notably the song below and a version of In Christ Alone. This song has a different feel to a lot of the songs that we post on here, but it’s something new and is a perfect fit for thinking about how God fits into our lives and our vocations.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

There are lots of Vocations in the Church. The four main vocations for adults are Marriage, Single Life, Priesthood and Religious Life (Monks and Nuns). Obviously, when we are in school we aren’t quite old enough to fulfil these vocations yet, but there are other jobs that we can do in the Church.

Some examples are:

Altar Servers

Readers

Musicians

Children’s Liturgy (running it if you’re a bit older!)

Offertory Bearers

See how many you can come up with and comment them below!

We would also love it if you could create some posters advertising Vocations. Post pictures of them in the comments below so that we can share them with everyone!

What is my calling? 

Take a sheet of paper and split it into 4. Label each quarter 1 year, 5 years, 10 years & 20 years. Also put today’s date on it.

In each year write or draw what you hope to be doing in that amount of time or what you hope to achieve. For example in 5 years time do you want to be studying at college or 6th form, at university, having a gap year or training for a particular career? In 20 years time where would you like to be living, would you like a family etc?

Think about your calling or vocation as time goes on. Then keep that piece of paper somewhere safe, in years to come you can look back and see if you achieved all you hoped too.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

Find yourself a quiet place, maybe play some music that relaxes you slowly read this reflection either out loud or in your head.

Jesus chooses his followers Reflection

Imagine you are by lake Galilee.

The sun is shining down and reflecting off the water.

You feel warm and calm.

You are stood talking with some of your friends.

What are you talking about?

Out the corner of your eye you see a man. Immediately you can tell he is someone special.

Then you realise it is Jesus!

How do you feel, actually seeing him so close?

He goes and speaks to a man you know, Simon and his brother Andrew. These two men are fishermen, and they were throwing a net into the lake to catch fish.

Jesus says to them, “Come, follow me, and I will make you a different kind of fishermen. You will bring in people, not fish.”

To your shock they do not question Jesus, they just immediately leave their nets and follow Jesus.

Why do you think they did that?

Then you see Jesus continue walking by Lake Galilee.

He goes up to two more brothers, James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They are in their boat, preparing their nets to catch fish. Their father Zebedee and the men who work for him are in the boat with the brothers.

Jesus tells them to come and follow him too.

They leave their father and follow Jesus.

You stop to think about all you have just seen.

How special those men must be to be asked by Jesus to follow him.

Why do you think he chose them?

As you are thinking you realise someone is stood next to you.

You look up and realise it is Jesus!

He reaches out his hand to you.

He asks YOU to follow him!

Spend some time thinking about what you might say….

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

We start with the Sign of the Cross.

This week we are learning Who You Say I Am by Hillsong Worship.

We end with the Sign of the Cross.

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