Once a month (or so), we invite a member of City Church to come up front during our worship service to share about his or her job – or, more specifically, his or her vocation. We call this portion of the service "Everyday Doxologist."
While this time in our service offers us the opportunity to hear about and pray for the kingdom-advancing work being done by the person standing up at the front of the church, we also hope that it encourages those listening in the pews to think about their own work, too. God gives us all work to do, and we are all sent into the world to "live and work to [His] praise and glory" – to borrow a phrase from our communal response to receiving the Lord's Supper each week.
We are all Everyday Doxologists.
Below you'll find the questions that our Everyday Doxologists answer when they share during a worship service. Take a moment to answer them for yourself. In doing so, we hope you'll find yourself reflecting on and thanking God for the work He's sent you out to do to advance His kingdom here in the City of Richmond.
1. What do you do?
We ask those sharing during our worship service to be very specific about their work in order to give context to those listening, but we can all benefit from specificity when taking a hard look at what we do in our day-to-day life. For example, simply stating, "I'm a lawyer" doesn't paint a complete picture; stating, "I'm a criminal defense attorney" does. Similarly, saying, "I spend my days raising and caring for a middle schooler, an elementary schooler, and a toddler" allows you to get a lot more real a lot faster than leaving it at, "I'm a stay-at-home parent."
2. In your work, what are you creating and what are you cultivating?
Don't be afraid to be confident in your answer to this question. God establishes the work of our hands; it's ok to brag on Him!)
3. Why do you do what you do?
If you need help unpacking this one, consider these alternatives: What motivates you to continue in this vocation? How has God confirmed to you that you are called to work in that specific place today, tomorrow, and the day after that? How does your faith influence the way you think about and do your work?
4. What is one problem, question, or concern that you are facing as you seek to love God and your neighbor in your work?
Once you pin that down, share it with someone so they can pray for you. Confessing our need for prayer allows us to show one another how we are dependent on God to fulfill His command to us in Genesis 1:28: "And God blessed them. And God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.'"