I laughed out loud reading Adrienne Rich’s “Of Woman Born: Motherhood as Experience and Institution” when I saw this typo: instead of “Sacred Calling” the heading read “Scared Calling.” It had never occurred to me that ‘sacred’ and ‘scared’ were words with just one little difference in the placement of the ‘c.’ And it also felt fairly appropriate. In the Hebrew Bible, God is always calling on someone whose first response is “who, me? You are kidding, right? Go find someone more well qualified.” When God calls to Moses, telling him he is to lead the Israelites out of slavery, Moses says “I am nobody. How can I go to the king and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Scared calling is right– when we are called, it can be a scary thing. We have doubts, we think other people should do it, whatever the “it” is. But often, we are the ones– the ones to do ‘it’, the ones who must deal with fear and doubt to do “the thing.” All too often a “sacred calling” is also a “scared calling.”
This Sunday in Worship: Presence– Is “Presence” the byproduct of mindfulness? Or is “Presence” that state of being in the proximity the the divine? Can you have one without the other? Join Todd W, Brian W, Sharon A, Sarah B, and others as they explore this theme through poetry, song and other vocal expression.