DALLAS, Texas -- This Labor Day weekend a growing number of churches will pray for work -- not just to find it but to see God in it.
"Besides paychecks, people need meaning -- and it's there if they know how to see it," said Marcus Goodyear, senior editor of The High Calling online magazine. "Work matters to God; Americans need to see that it matters to the Church."
The High Calling and The Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas -- evidence of the growing movement to merge Sunday and workdays -- offer a wealth of materials to help churches turn Labor Day Sunday into a prayer for work.
According to national research commissioned by LeTourneau University, pastors know that work is from God: 93 percent of pastors surveyed agreed that helping people integrate faith into daily work is "very important"
However, 68 percent of those pastors would claim less than excellent knowledge of workplace issues; only 26 percent address "faith at work" in sermons; and just 8 percent provide prayer support for people struggling with job-related issues.
"Pastors are busy, but 98 percent say they want to visit their members at work," said Bill Peel, executive director of the Center for Faith & Work at LeTourneau University.
"Most pastors just need to be invited. Churchgoers need to pick up the phone and call their pastors. Or text!"
Concluded Peel: "Pastors need to talk about work from the pulpit -- and what better time than Labor Day Sunday?"
For more information about a collection of resources founded on the belief that God cares about people's daily work, visit TheHighCalling.org.