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First Job

What was your first paid job?  For me it was babysitting.  Fifty cents an hour.  Two year old twins and a six month old baby.  The twins cried and cried.  I earned my $2.00 let me tell you!  Since then I’ve had a lot of different jobs.

This Sunday our theme is Labour Day.  A number of people will be talking about the work that they do or have done, and how it fits in with their relationship with God.  What makes them thankful about their work?  What challenges do they face in being a Christian in the work they do.

Here is a prayer for this Labour Day weekend:

God of the working world:
Thank you for meaningful work that fills us with satisfaction,
the way challenges can spur us on to greater efforts
that pay off with a job well done.

 But that’s not always the case.
Sometimes the work we do isn’t productive, or it isn’t recognized.
We spend the whole day working and nothing gets done,
the machine breaks down just after we fixed it,
the house gets messy just when it was clean,
more tasks are assigned to us when we are already overwhelmed.

Some of us hate our work.
It’s too hard for us, our bodies can’t take it.
The working environment is depressing,
or the people we work with drag us down.
Sometimes we aren’t making enough money to make ends meet.

And some of us can’t find work.
We sit at home, longing to be productive, but there are no jobs.
In a world that values financial success,
and in a world where bills pile up,
not bringing home a paycheque can make us feel like outcasts.

You are the great employer.
There are jobs in your kingdom for each one;
challenging, meaningful, significant.
You provide us with the tools for the job;
strength, courage, determination and insight.
Open our eyes to your great work, and our place within it.
We are your work, the work of your hands;
we do the work of your hands.

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God of the working world

Maybe you can find yourself or someone you love in this prayer:

God of the working world:
thank you for meaningful work that fills us with satisfaction,
the way challenges can spur us on to greater efforts
that pay off with a job well done.

But that’s not always the case.
Sometimes the work we do isn’t productive, or it isn’t recognized.
We spend the whole day working and nothing gets done,
the machine breaks down just after we fixed it,
the house gets messy just when it was clean,
more tasks are assigned to us when we are already overwhelmed.

Some of us hate our work.
It’s too hard for us, our bodies can’t take it.
The working environment is depressing,
or the people we work with drag us down.
Sometimes we aren’t making enough money to make ends meet.

And some of us can’t find work.
We sit at home, longing to be productive, but there are no jobs.
In a world that values financial success
and in a world where bills pile up
not bringing home a paycheque can make us feel like outcasts.

You are the great employer.
There are jobs in your kingdom for each one;
challenging, meaningful, significant.
You provide us with the tools for the job;
strength, courage, determination and insight.
Open our eyes to your great work, and our place within it.
We are your work, the work of your hands;
we do the work of your hands.

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Crop tour!

A couple of farmers in our church are planning a crop tour…they’re going to be inviting you to come and see what they are growing in their fields this year. We’ll meet at church and carpool together to visit the different fields…I think there’s even a BBQ planned at our last location. Stay tuned…more details will come on Sunday.

Visiting the fields where our farmers spend hours preparing and caring for crops is important. I think we’ll have a better appreciation for what their lives are about as we walk a kilometre in their shoes (or depending if it’s been raining, as we walk a kilometre in their rubber boots! ) It will also help us appreciate how much work goes into the food we find on our tables every day.

Some people in our church have jobs that aren’t very conducive to tours. We can’t tour the private lives of people who have been helped by a counsellor or therapist. We can’t all troop into a classroom and see the grade schoolers, or the university schoolers, or their teachers, at work. We can’t all fit into a truck cab and drive a route and visit customers, or watch someone interacting with clients at a bank. We can’t follow someone doing volunteer work at the nursing home, or as they sit on a board of directors.

But as a caring community of faith, we can ask about each other’s lives. It’s easy to just say, “How’s it going?” or “Keeping busy?” But general questions get general answers. Maybe we can try some more specific questons, “What did you enjoy most about the work you did this week?” “Is it easy or hard to be a Christian in the work you do?” “How is your work a blessing in your life?”

Every worship service around Labour Day for the past few years, we’ve had some people share about the work they do , and how their faith is strengthened or challenged by that work. If you are interested in sharing  your story this year, let me know!

A prayer for this week: Help our congregation grow in love for each other. Give us the grace to care for each other’s stories and to walk a mile in each other’s shoes. Thank you for the gift of our faith community.

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