Words by Bishop John Yeo
Diocesan Vocation Sunday
In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. (Acts 13:1-3)
Every year the Diocese sets aside the first week of September to be Vocation Sunday. It is a time for all churches to reflect on the call of God to full-time vocation and also to give towards the training of future pastors, priests and missionaries of our Diocese.
While all are called into the priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:9), the Scripture also shows us that the Lord specifically calls some to full-time ministry. We see this in Mark 3:14-15 – Jesus appointed twelve–designating them apostles–that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons. Another example is the calling of Paul through a vision (Acts 26:16,19). In Acts 13:1-5, we see Paul and Barnabas being set apart for the task of missions.
Our Diocese tirelessly recruits and train workers for both the present and future generations. Today, we call on every church to be like the church in Antioch (Acts 13). When our relationship with God is right, then we will hear His voice. Some will hear the call to go, while others hear the call to support. If you sense the Call of God in your life, do share with your pastor or priest who will guide you further. Your obedience and faith in the Lord is required. To those who may not be called to go, we encourage you to sow into the lives of the men and women who responded to the call of God. Your prayer and support are important to them.
Once again, we call on the whole church to pray. Jesus Himself said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:37-38)
在安提阿的教会中，有几位先知和教师，就是巴拿巴和称呼尼结的西面、古利奈人路求，与分封之王希律同养的马念，并扫罗。他们事奉主、禁食的时候，圣灵说：「要为我分派巴拿巴和扫罗，去做我召他们所做的工。」於是禁食祷告，按手在他们头上，就打发他们去了。 (使徒行传 13:1-3)