Worshipping Where You Work

July 16, 2020 | Written by Hannah Unger

Growing up in this church, I never could have imagined that one day I would step into the role of Communications Director. I’ve been attending Pulpit Rock for as long as I can remember. I grew in my faith here, I was baptized here, I made amazing friends here, I went on my first mission trips here. To this day, some of my favorite memories are from being part of high school youth group.

These past few months, I’ve been in a state of transition. From graduating college in Iowa with a degree in Graphic Design, to spending a few months on mission in England before the world was shut down by the pandemic, to moving back home to Colorado.

It’s been challenging to live in this state of transition, trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do next. It’s completely surreal to suddenly be done with school when that’s all I’ve known my whole life. During all of this, I discovered something: facing adulthood is terrifying. And facing the real world during a pandemic – now that’s even more terrifying.

But, time and time again, God continues to blow my mind as He slowly reveals His plan. Often in ways I don’t expect Him to. After moving back to Colorado, I had no idea where to begin to look for a job. I had been applying places for months. I was beginning to think I would have to continue babysitting for the rest of my life. Nevertheless, in His timing, He showed up.


Two months ago, I felt God nudging me to get plugged in to a small group now that I had moved back permanently. So, I sent an email hoping to get connected in some way. I introduced myself, mentioning that I just graduated with a Graphic Design degree. Lo and behold, a few weeks later, I found myself sitting in Kyle’s office being interviewed for the Communications position.

I couldn’t believe it when I was offered the job as Communications Director at Pulpit Rock. It was completely unexpected and completely God’s timing. Some might consider it a coincidence. But there is no way something so perfectly timed wasn’t orchestrated by the Creator of the universe!

Being the Communications Director is a huge responsibility. I’m actually in charge of things. My internships throughout college have really helped prepare me for this role, but, as an unpaid intern, the pressure was low. Being in this position as a 22-year-old is a bit intimidating.

This new transition has been a lot easier than expected. I owe that to the amazing people I get to work with everyday. I couldn’t do it without their confidence in me, willingness to teach me new things, and constant encouragement!

If I’m being honest, work was always something I dreaded having to do full-time. But I don’t feel that way at all about this position. It’s a privilege to come here everyday, and I enjoy the work I get to do – even though it isn’t always graphic design.


Transitioning from a member of the congregation to a staff member is a unique experience. My place of worship is now connected to work. Jerry’s sermon on work as a form of worship really resonated with me. My first few weeks here have shown me that work isn’t just a thing I do because I have to be able to provide for myself. It is a way to enjoy my God-given talents. I’ve had to learn to do a lot of new things in the past few weeks. Some things I’m better at than others. But I also get to use my love for creating and designing which brings me so much joy and fulfillment.

At the end of each day, I leave work in a good mood. Who knew work and good mood could be used in the same sentence? There’s a sense of peace, because it feels exactly where God has called me to be right now.

Isn’t it awesome to know that God calls all of us to work as a form of worship? We are called to work in the work He has given us. Therefore, we can trust that he will equip and prepare us for that work. God has called me to use my love for design to fulfill this role at this moment in time, and he has handed it to me as a way to worship Him.

And church, I’m so excited to see where it leads!

 

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3 thoughts on “Worshipping Where You Work”

  1. Hannah! We are thrilled you are on the team! And thanks for sharing more of your journey and the ways God is at work–I found encouragement in so much of what you shared!

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  2. Hannah, we are thrilled to see you following the Lord’s leading to a position on PRC staff. Isn’t it amazing how much joy there can be when we are using our God-given gifts for work and worship!

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