Theme: Vocation Faculty Speaker: Dr. Sujin Pak, Assistant Research Professor of the History of Christianity & Associate Dean for Academic Programs Lectionary Texts: Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 139:1-18, 23-24; 1 Corinthians 3:1-4:1; Matthew 10:1-14
Dr. Pak led us through a discussion of how vocation relates to our lives as baptized people of God. Through a number of personal stories, she led us to the realization that our calling comes to us as creatures of our Good Creator, and as those redeemed by the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. In the Holy Spirit, we find encouragement to a cruciform life. Our vocations, then, have the first purpose of proclaiming the Gospel to the world, and living the Gospel in the world. All activities that work for the good of this creation and the coming Kingdom of God are vocations in our Triune God.
“[For vocational discernment], though your gifts matter and you yourself matter, what matters more is God’s work in you and your trust in God’s ability to work in you. God sees all your potential. You may only see your weaknesses.” – Dr. Pak during lecture
“Our vocation is to take up our cross.” – Salem, a DYA student, during a small group discussion
“God does not call equipped people. God equips all the people whom God calls.” – Rev. Chris Brady during the evening, student planned worship
“[in immediate response to the above quote by Rev. Brady]…and all of us are called by God.” – Anonymous student during worship
If you’re a regular reader, you know the drill by now: we began the day with a shared meal around the common tables in Duke’s Great Hall and then morning prayer around Christ’s table in the chancel of Duke Chapel. Our day also included time in Arts Village, further learning how to faithfully engage God through various creative media, and Prayer Practices, where we learned about forms of prayer that enrich our communal life with God. We closed our day, again around a dinner table and then to a Eucharistic feast. This worship, planned and led by DYA students, brought people through the waters of baptism, into the Word of God, into the Lord’s supper, and then again out through our baptismal waters toward the mission field to which God calls us in our vocations: the ends of the earth.