Responding to God’s call in our lives
At our baptism we answered God’s call, ‘Come, follow me.’ The Christian vocation is, in the words of the Gospel, a call to be ‘the salt of the earth, and the light of the world.’ Each one of us has our own unique call, in our families, in our work and in our world.
It was a great joy to attend the recent Ordination of Deacons at St Saviour’s Cathedral, Goulburn. The four candidates came from diverse backgrounds and are all called by God to specific ministries within the life of the church.
Wendy Anderson is a mum to four children and grandma to twelve grandchildren. “My calling to serve God came late in life,” she said. “God took a woman who was so broken that I didn’t think I could be whole again. God’s mercy healed me and he is the reason I get up each morning.”
Gaynor Elder always had a belief in God but it wasn’t until 1997 that she had a dramatic conversion experience at Christ Church, Queanbeyan. She left church that day, gave her life to Jesus and her life was completely changed.
She currently works in the Anglican Diocesan Office and continues to be actively involved in her local church. As a Deacon she will continue to be part of the Anglican Pastoral Care Team at the Canberra Hospital.
Heather Millard began her theological studies in 2012 while participating in the Ice Stock World Championships, Germany, and remembers studying the Old Testament in Austrian cafes between training sessions (Ice Stock sport is a winter sport where competitors slide stocks over an ice surface aiming for a target).
She is a member of Gungahlin Anglican Church where she has served as Churchwarden and Chair of Parish Council. Heather is now working with staff and others to develop a new pastoral care system for the parish. She enjoys leading worship and singing on Sunday mornings.
Craig Rogers currently serves on the ministry team at South Wagga Anglican Church. His earliest memories of church are of a very traditional family service and Sunday School, in Sydney.
Craig joined the RAN straight from school to train as an aviation technician. Over a twenty year career, he served at sea and ashore in a variety of helicopter related roles before becoming a civilian trade trainer at the RAAF Base in Wagga.
Although he drifted away from church in his teens, he reconnected after moving to Wagga Wagga in 2000 where he sensed a string ‘pull’ back to God. He is excited about the opportunities to minister as an ordained deacon.
We give thanks for the call of God on our lives. May God keep us steadfast in faith and courageous in our vocation to participate in the work of Jesus.
Photo: Paul Black