Hohmann – Prayer Service
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Prelude Music: Kelsey Jackson and Collin Day (piano selection from lessons)
Opening Prayer: (Collin Day)
Our prayer service today is in recognition of the call to Vocations. Each of us have experienced this call
through our baptismal vows. Let us use today to awaken our responsibility to always be aware of and
open to God’s call.
God of Love,
You show your favor for us
and grace us through baptism.
Bless us with the courage
to carry out the mission of Jesus.
Grant us open and generous hearts
to see the needs of others
and to respond with compassion.
May the Church be blest with women and men
who are dedicated to you through marriage, the single life,
the diaconate, priesthood, and the consecrated life.
It is in Christ and through Christ that we offer ourselves to you now and forever. Amen
Please join us in our opening song:
Opening Song: The Summons # 377 (verses 1 & 5)
First Reading: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11 (Jackie Ganshirt)
Brothers and sisters:
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts,
but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service
but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone.
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit
is given for some benefit.
To one is given through the Spirt the expression
to another the expression of knowledge
according to the same Spirit;
to another faith by the same Spirit;
to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit;
to another mighty deeds;
to another prophecy;
to another discernment of spirits;
to another varieties of tongues;
to another interpretation of tongues.
But one and the same Spirit produces all of these,
Distributing them individually to each person
as he wishes.
The Word of the Lord R: Thanks be to God
In response to the reading, please join in singing “We Are Many Parts” #591
Jack Kamentz and Molly Smith will read the following responsorial; as individual students stand, in front,
with construction paper illustrating/symbolizing each gift (response)
Our responsorial will be, “The gift that I have received, I will give as a gift”;
The leaders will begin the response, please join in
(J) 1). You have received mercy, kindness and unconditional love from our God… (Kelsey)
(J) 2). You have many physical, emotional , mental and spiritual abilities that can be used to better the
lives of others…… (Ben)
(J) 3). You have people in your life who have believed in you when you did not believe in yourself,
people who stood by you in your difficult times…..Marissa)
(J) 4). You have a heart capable of great compassion and empathy…..(Dalton)
(J) 5). You have inner strength, the gift of hope, and the desire for good…..(Colin Donovan)
(M) 6). You have food on your table, clothes in your closet, and a roof over your head…..(Nathan)
(M) 7). You have access to medical care, good education, and numerous sources of
(M) 8). You have religious freedom, the power of free speech and structures for promoting
(M) Loving God, you have blessed me with life and hope. Help me to trust You; to trust that I will be
given what I need to make good choices, to trust that the gifts you have given me are what I need to
share, to trust that You walk beside me through all of my life. Help me to look for the open doors, the
way to serve that will bring your life and love to our world. Amen
(Austin) Introduction: Do you think you might have a vocation?” When Catholics hear those words, we
immediately think about a calling to the priesthood, or to the religious life. We must remember that a
baptized person has a vocation; a vocation to holiness, to service of others, and to witness to the Gospel
of Jesus Christ. WE need to be open to a special call from God to witness and minister to others. Please
Sing: Celtic Alleluia
Gospel: (acted out as read: we will be using 2 canoes on a tarp for students to act out/pantomime as
Austin Savary is reading the gospel) 8 fishermen + Jesus -
A gospel reading from the Luke 5: 1 – 11 Reader : Austin Savary
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus (Michael K.)
and listening to the word of God,
he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret. (Ja- nes- er- at)
He saw two boats there alongside the lake;
the fishermen had disembarked and were
washing their nets.
Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging
to Simon, (Will C)
He asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.
Then he sat down and taught the crowds
from the boat.
After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,
“Put out into deep water and lower your nets
for a catch.”
Simon said in reply,
“Master, we have worked hard all night
and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.”
When they had done this, they caught a great
number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that they were in danger of sinking.
When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees
of Jesus and said,
“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”
For astonishment at the catch of fish they had
made seized him
and all those with him,
and likewise James and John,
the sons of Zebedee,
who were partners of Simon.
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;
From now on you will be catching men.”
When they brought their boats to the shore,
They left everything and followed him.
The Gospel of the Lord. Thanks be to God
AS your personal reflection, ask yourself: How have I experienced God’s call? How did I answer that call?
What is MY vocation?
Each of us needs to respond to God’s call – a call to know him, to love him, and to serve him. We realize,
of course, that we cannot be serving God if we are not serving one another. Like Simon, we are called to
catch people, to draw them to Christ, and to serve them in love.
Interview with Deacon Dave and seminarian student (talk show style): Interviewer(s) Elyse Kalb and
Natalie Steuck -- will be sitting in office chairs (will need microphones) w/ Deacon Dave (set up like a
talk show - Oprah
Responding to God’s call: (visuals) Each student will read (from the large fish) large fish from the nets
In order to respond, or start catching our own fish, we need to develop some senses:
(Ivan) A Sense of Responsibility: The root of the word means, “the ability to respond”. This sense
prepares us to do what we see as our own duty.
(Becca) A Sense of Sacrifice: This sense helps us realize that to answer God’s call, we need to make
sacrifices and be willing to make an effort for the good of others.
(Samantha) A Sense of Generosity: Selfishness is not a good culture in which to grow an awareness of
God’s call. A sense of generous giving of ourselves through our time, talents and treasures, however, is
perfect for such growth.
(Jack W)A Sense of Community: Vocations grow in a loving and caring community. We must try to create
such a community in our homes and school with our family, friends and classmates.
(Ryan C.) And A Sense of Joy: God’s call is a call to joy and happiness. A sense of joy helps young people
realize that genuine happiness comes from giving – not from receiving.
Closing Reflection and Prayer: (Collin Day)
What is important to you? What talents and gifts has God given you to share with others? How do you
try to make a difference? What is your dream in life now?
Loving God, you call to me just as you called your first disciples: “Leave anything that holds you back
from deeper love. Come, follow me….” Give me the courage toleave behind whatever leads me away
from you. May my connection with you give me strength to follow in your footsteps. Keep me open to
the adventure of life where I meet you day by day. Remind me of my inner goodness. Help me to believe
that you look upon me with love. Thank you for the call to be your disciple. Amen
Please join us as we close our gathering with
We Are Called #602