Vocare_Work As Calling

Written by Glyn Norman

Fun Quiz:

Name the song about work that these lyrics come from... extra points if you know the artist... check your answers at the end of the Weekly Walk:

A)     Oh don't you know, that's the sound of the men, working on the ___________________
B)     Working _____ to _________, What a way to make a livin', barely getting' by, It's all talkin' and no givin'
C)     She works ________ for the _______,  so you'd better treat her right
D)     You get up every morning from your alarm clock's warning, Take the 8.15 into the city.... (chorus) And I'll be _________   _________ of ____________
E)      Six o'clock already, I was just in the middle of a dream, I was kissin' Valentino by a crystal blue Italian stream... (chorus) It's just another _________    ____________

On 10th September we'll be starting our Fall series, Vocare: Work as calling. Vocare is the Latin word for "call" and it really begs the question whether we see our work as simply a 9-5 way of earning a paycheck, or whether we can find in it some sense of calling. We spend many hours every week working, and many years of our life. Is it just a necessary evil we engage in to put food on the table and pay the bills? Or can it be something more?

And by the way, just in case you were wondering, I don't define work as ONLY that which gets a paycheck. It would be a foolish man indeed who claimed that raising children was not work (and I'm not that foolish). And for those who are retired, I doubt that you are sitting at home all day watching daytime soaps, but rather still active in some way, contributing somehow to the lives of others. This is all work.

In this series we'll be looking at how we can integrate our faith with our work. Is it just taking the opportunity to share Jesus with a co-worker, or simply working honestly? Or could there be more to it? Spoiler alert: there's more. Much more. Join us for this 6 week series as we explore what it means to have God@Work in you and your job, whatever that might be.

Quiz Answers:

a)      Chain Gang. Sam Cooke
b)      9-5. Dolly Parton
c)      She works hard for the money. Donna Summer
d)      Taking care of business. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
e)      Manic Monday. The Bangles.