Mary Anna (27 Aug 2011)
"What we'll hear at Hampden-Sydney College Church, Sun."

This week, we continue our theme of vocation, being called by God. Listen to
how God speaks to us through the prophet Jeremiah:

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb
I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a
prophet to the nations." Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Truly I do not know how
to speak, for I am only a boy." But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am
only a boy'; for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and you shall speak
whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to
deliver you, says the LORD." Then the LORD put out his hand and touched my
mouth; and the LORD said to me, "Now I have put my words in your mouth. See,
today I appoint you over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to pull
down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant." (Jeremiah 1:1-10)

Do you get the feeling that God has something in mind for Jeremiah? How
about you and me? Maybe God has something in mind for us - and maybe we are
like Jeremiah, protesting our inadequacy. What do you think - is God
impressed with Jeremiah's excuse?

Here's what I included in last week's email, and what I'd like to ask us to
continue to ponder: "Do you have a sense that God is calling you for
something? Perhaps you have been living out your own calling for decades.
Perhaps you sense that God is calling you to something new at this time in
your life. Please do feel free to discuss with me or one of our elders what
your own sense of vocation is. When we listen for God's voice together, we
are able to discern what God is indeed saying."

Peace and best wishes,