FROM THE PASTORS DESK MARCH 2020

Lent 2020: Called to Real Life

In keeping with our newly adopted Focus Statement: The sheep of the Good Shepherd will seek deeper Christian identity, practice, and faith by creating intentional time and space for holy experimentation in listening to the voice of Jesus.

This Lent we will listen to the voice of Jesus who calls us to live our faith in daily life and work through Vocation (the Latin literally means “calling”). We want to go beyond so-called “special” callings to ordained ministry or calling to a vocation as opposed to a job. Vocation at its heart is the call to discipleship in all of life. It is the recognition that everything I do is service to God. Whether paid or unpaid, whether officially sanctioned by church or a random interaction, whether serving dinner at a homeless shelter or at your own kitchen table, we are doing the work of God. To speak this way about vocation is to recognize a way of life rooted in a God who cares deeply about the minutia, the rote, and the unglamorous as sites for God’s grace in the world.

On Wednesday evenings we will dwell on the words of Saint Paul from Ephesians 2:8-10 – For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

To put this in terms of vocation we suggest that vocation is not the gift I give to God in hopes of another life, but rather vocation is what the gift of God looks like in real life. It is this calling in real life that we will explore through “kitchen table conversations” with members of GSLC during Wednesday worship. We hope to dig into the real world of faith and therefore the ebb and flow of faith and doubt, sin and forgiveness, despair and hope that is reality for all those whom Jesus calls. We do this trusting the promise that this is what God made us for and intended as our way of life. And it is the life God chooses to live with us in Jesus Christ.

We invite you to join us this Lent in this communal experiment in listening to the voice of Jesus.

Pastor Carl-Eric