God, where are you calling me next?
"God, where are you calling me next?" This is the question that centers new parishioner Alexandra Bacon as she faces decisions in her life. Read on...
Though I was worshiping at a Presbyterian church at the time, I was inspired last spring to participate in one of St. James' Eastertide "Called to Life" small groups. Before the series ended, I traveled to Europe for a long-planned trip. I arrived in Berlin on May 14th, following a few days in beautiful Vienna. After checking in at the hotel, I took a walk and came across the River Spree. It was the perfect opportunity to reflect on an exercise for my small group: I was to imagine my life as a river. So, I stood on a bridge next to the Spree, and said out loud “God, where are you calling me next?” (The photo shows where I stood.)
For the remainder of my trip, God favored me with many blessings. In addition, my question to God led me to a profound realization: God was calling me back to the Episcopal Church, where my faith journey began during my childhood.
After I returned to New York, I attended services at St. James’, and encountered Centering Prayer. I signed up for Education for Ministry, and I attended Homecoming and a Fellowship Meal. As I joined my fellow EfM participants in prayer on Education Sunday, I embraced God’s call with joy and gratitude by deciding that day to become a member of St. James’.
It is in this spirit of joy and gratitude that I will offer my 2017 pledge on Consecration Sunday, in recognition of God’s sovereign and abundant work in my life. The next step is to consider how I will be of service at St. James’. Of course, I will ask “God, where are you calling me next?”