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Callings in the Bible

The Bible is packed with stories of ordinary people who did extraordinary things when responding to God’s call. If you feel a sense of calling to service in the Church of England, read how some of these people heard their call from God. 

These stories will help you to reflect on your own calling.


“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you…” said God to Abraham


Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh…?” And God said, "I will be with you.”


The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, "Samuel! Samuel!" Then Samuel said, "Speak, for your servant is listening."


Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see the man the Lord has chosen? There is no one like him among all the people."


Then the Lord said, "Rise and anoint him; he is the one."


Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"


But the LORD said to me, "…You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.”


Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: "Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim to it the message I give you."


“I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."

Simon Peter

Then Jesus said to Simon, "Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men." So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed him.

The Disciples

Jesus said to him, "Follow me."

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!"


"I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting," he replied. "Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."


The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.

All Christians

…You also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit…