Book Recommendation for Congregational Worship and Prayer

How can churches celebrate, encourage, and pray for their people throughout their varied vocation lifecycles?

“I see vocation’s possibilities, questions, joys, and sorrows sitting in the church pews every Sunday. An immigrant search for work. A woman starting a new career after raising children. A couple devastated by an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. A teenager starting to date. A young adult struggling to find a first job. A teacher transitioning into retirement. An accountant wondering how best to serve his client. A newly engaged couple. A recent widow moving from her home. Given the wild diversity of life’s stories, seasons, and situations, how can churches nurture, celebrate, comfort, guide, and bless their members on their journeys of responding to God’s call?” (Laura Kelly Fanucci, To Bless Our Callings: Prayers, Poems, and Hymns to Celebrate Vocation)

This book’s prayers, poems, and songs are a helpful guide for pastors as they celebrate, comfort, guide, and bless their members on their varied life journeys.

For instance, Fanucci offers this blessings for new teen drivers:

O God, yours is the beginning and the ending of our journey:
We thank you for these youth and all that has brought them to this moment.
We thank you for
their keen sense of adventure,
their confidence, and
their willingness to take the risks that go with learning to be among us as adults.
We thank you for all that makes them and us ready for them to be drivers.
Be with them in all the times of their venturing into life;
Always be alert in them to what lies ahead, behind, and beside;
Continually enjoying the ride and attentive to the destination;
And brigh them at last to everlasting life,
Through Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

And she offers this prayer for those who serve with their hands:

God whose hands bring hope and healing,
We pray for all the work with their hands:
Those who scrub, sweep, and wash;
who plant, weed, and pick;
who fish, catch, and clean;
who cook, bake, and serve;
who box, stack, and shelve.
May their hands bring blessing to those they serve.
May our hands receive their work with gratitude.
We raise our hands to you in praise. Amen.


Finally, consider this wonderful litany of thanksgiving

Give thanks to the Lord who is good.
God’s love is everlasting.
Come, let us praise God joyfully.
Let us come to God with thanksgiving.
For the good world;
for things great and small, beautiful and awesome;
for seen and unseen splendors;
Thank you, God.

Learn more about To Bless Our Callings or pick up a copy today.

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Dr. Luke Bobo serves as director of resource and curriculum development at Made to Flourish. He worked for 15 years in the marketplace as an engineer before earning his M.Div. and Ph.D., eventually serving as the executive director of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Seminary.