Blessings on Vocations

For the past two months God has spoken to us about our vocations, our callings from God to serve others and this world. This morning, we want to bless everyone in those callings.

The callings that I will read are offered here [wall]. Which is yours? Or has God called you to more than one? When I read them, please stand when you hear the category related to your calling—stand not to impress others, but stand as if to say, “God, I take your gifts and guiding and use them to your glory and the blessing of others.

Then, after each group stands, I will speak on behalf of the church, briefly, for each calling. I will pause briefly and say, “May God bless the callings that you have received.” After that you will respond, “We give thanks to God for you” and what follows.

Social Service Employees, Mental Health Workers, and Related Fields

God has gifted and called you to serve those with significant needs, many who feel helpless, or are suffering, broken, or alone. God grant you wisdom, compassion, and visions of hope as you minister in Christ’s name.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Teachers, Administrators and Staff in Education

God has gifted and called you to teach, administer and serve those who are growing in knowledge and skills for their own future and the world’s. God grant you grace, truth, and skill as you bless the next generation with all of your insight and experience.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Parents, Childcare Workers, and Caretakers of Aging Parents

God has gifted and called you to care for, guide and bless children and other family members or dependents during times of change and maturing. God bless you with love, patience, wisdom and courage as you nurture those God has given into your care.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Healthcare Providers and All Working in the Healthcare Industry

God has gifted and called you to care for the physical needs of others, to prevent and promote healthy bodies and lives and work toward the healing of pain and diseases. God bless you with skill, humility, and care for all who receive God’s care through you.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Children and Youth in All Your Activities

God has gifted you with energy and inquisitiveness and growth in countless ways, and has called you to be children that delight and mature us. God grow you well as students, kids having fun, and as youth exploring in many ways the world and your part in it.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Artists and Musicians, Authors, Actors and Directors, and Craftspeople

God has gifted you in ways that many of us marvel at, and God has called you to use these gifts

for our joy, the flourishing of society, and God’s glory. God bless your imaginations and

inspirations and skills in such a way that life is made beautiful.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Those Who Work in Agriculture, Business and Industry

God has gifted and called you to lead and serve in ways that promote the prospering of

individuals and families, the flourishing of cities, and the health of nations. May God bless you

with entrepreneurial dreams, a leader’s courage, a servant’s heart, good-working relationships,

and success to bless others far beyond you.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Civil Servants, Law Enforcement, the Military, and the Legal Profession

God has gifted and called you to protect the innocent, preserve the peace, defend justice, and

promote a well-functioning society and world. God bless you with safety, courage, and

competence for your work as you trust in God’s care and leading in your duties and calling.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Those involved in Non-Profits and Church Work

God has gifted and called you to work in fields that bless the soul of God’s people and the

broader society. God bless you with inspiration and vision, discipline and love, as you lead

organizations and people into the fullness of being God’s image-bearers in this world.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Volunteers, from Young and Active to Retired and Slowing Down

God has gifted and called you to work that is rewarded, not by this country’s dollar bills but by

God’s delight and other’s blessings. Because of God’s calling you to countless roles, children,

youth and adults thrive and institutions and cities are blessed. God bless you with strength, joy

and a servant’s heart as you fulfill God’s will for you in this.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All Other Vocations

The range of callings is as broad as this world and as diverse as her people. To these callings that

aren’t named, God has gifted and called you in ways that reflect your own unique preparation

and interests. May God bless you with joy and purpose in your work and with the ability to see

the value of your gifts for others.

LEADER: May God bless the callings that you have received.

PEOPLE: We give thanks to God for you. Your work matters.

Grow in your life’s calling
through the grace and gifts of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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