The sermon makes the claim that God invites or "calls" every person into relationship with God and into God's service. The call is expressed in our baptism - the sacrament by which we are incorporated into the church and commissioned into the ministry of Jesus.
Often God's calling doesn't get through to us, because it isn't spectacular like it was when Jesus was baptized. It's more like a "still small voice" than a lightening bolt out of heaven. Our calling is often revealed in a comment someone makes to us, a book we've read, the influence of a friend or relative, a nagging thought we can't shake over time.
So we have to listen, to pay attention. Our personal calling is typically found at the intersection of the needs of the world and our Christ-formed heart and passions.
So here's some ideas for conversation:
1. Do you have a personal experience of God's call? Tell us about it. How do you know it is God's voice and not something else?
2. Do you believe that everyone is born into this world with a purpose and a calling from God? Why or why not?
3. In your experience, how do we listen or pay attention to God's call to us? What practices have been effective for you?
4. Does God's call change over our lifetime?
I look forward to our chat!