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What is Our Calling?

August 4, 2018

This past Sunday after worship, we took a drive up Old Fall River Road. I was feeling quite drained and needed a wee bit of a Sabbath Rest. We found that rest in Rocky and were thrilled to be able to spend some time with this Marmot as he was out enjoying the sunshine! Sabbath Rest has been calling me lately and I know that it is so very important as a pastor and a Christ-Follower to take the time to simply be still in God’s presence. We have had Denise’s youngest son and his best friend from childhood with us along with her niece who lives in Colorado Springs. This week has been another very busy one and to be able to take the time to be with the kids and to simply be has been a blessing.

On Thursday I was given the sacred honor of laying to rest a young man from Houston, Texas who died in the Big Thompson Canyon following a fall. It was a tough service to officiate at. As I got to know the family during the hour or so before the service, I was also able to get to know Michael. He loved photography and he loved the Rocky Mountains and Estes Park. He was visiting his older brother who lives in Denver and they were fishing and climbing the day he died. It was his wish to one day move to Estes Park and so his wish was granted as the family laid his body to rest in the beautiful cemetery near the beautiful Fall River.

When folks ask why I would officiate at a graveside service or a memorial service for someone I don’t know, my answer is simple. It is what I have been called to do. I have been called to share the love of God with people inside of the church and outside of the church. In fact, as I look over the past 31 years of ministry (especially in the USAF) the majority of my time was spent outside of the bounds of the church or chapel. The church or the chapel has been a launching pad of sorts for doing the Lord’s work in this world.

In tomorrow’s Gospel reading, Jesus has a serious discussion about why the people  follow him. Too often, it was because of the signs and wonders he performed (like the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves and two fish which had happened immediately before the encounter described in John’s Gospel.) Jesus challenged the people to look beyond the signs and wonders and truly see what they are called to do and to be as his followers.

In Ephesians, Paul discusses a similar question about why we are to serve. I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. But each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ’s gift. (Ephesians 4:1-7)

As I have mulled over these passages and have listened to our house-guests/family this weekend, I have found myself challenged and encouraged. The same thing has happened as I have encountered church members and community members during this past week. What are we called to do and to be in this community and this world? While I strongly believe that we are supposed to be the voice of the prophet countering all that is corrupt and bad in this society, nation, and world; we are also called to be a different witness. As Christ followers we are called to make a difference and to be the difference. When the world cries out in anger and hatred, we are to be instruments of love, mercy, gentleness, and peace.

The church has been called to be witnesses to the call of the Spirit to peace, love, and justice. In many cases we do a good job with that calling. In some cases, we could stand to improve our witness and ministry. That voice is greatly needed in this world today… much as it was in the time of Jesus. What is our calling? It is not simply to an individualistic salvific experience with Jesus. It is to be his disciples, sharing his love with a broken world. We are called to do so with all humility and patience… may God help us to do that each and ever day, for that is truly our calling.

3 Comments
  1. Thomas Fultz permalink

    Thanks for a thought provoking essay and a reminder on the nature of God’s call to us.

  2. Thank you Padre, as this is something much on my mind of late. You’ve given me my prayers for this day-to find courage to do what I am called to do. To love without condition; to do the next right thing.

  3. Nancy Almond permalink

    Loved this a lot. Thanks for reminder.

    On Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 9:46 PM Pastor Michael Moore’s Blog wrote:

    > Michael Moore posted: ” This past Sunday after worship, we took a drive up > Old Fall River Road. I was feeling quite drained and needed a wee bit of a > Sabbath Rest. We found that rest in Rocky and were thrilled to be able to > spend some time with this Marmot as he was out enjoyi” >

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