A Working Prayer

God our Creator, thank you for giving us life and breath and work.

You expect us to do what we can with what we have,

to work with peace and patience,

to balance busyness with rest, work with Sabbath.

Give us healthy bodies, and the nourishment we need.

Help us to do our jobs without complaint,

with all our strength and might.

You see what we do, even when no one else is watching.

Every day, in every task, give us wisdom to remember who we are,

your children, your workers.

Spirit of God, thank you for your presence

lifting our hearts, equipping us to fulfill our calling.

Empower us with just what we need;

determination and cheerfulness for those with hard physical work,

patience and compassion for those who deal with people,

insight and skill for those who must solve complex problems,

integrity and humbleness for all with power over others,

eagerness and a keen mind for those who study.

Lighten our work with joy and humour.

Breathe life into our community to provide support and encouragement

to all who labour and are heavy-laden.
[We think especiallly of….]

Jesus, son of God, and of a carpenter,

walk with us as we shoulder our work this week.

The deep breath, the first step, the big push,

all done in your name.

Help us to give and receive advice graciously

and to leaven our day with words of encouragement for others.

Fortify us to resist temptation,

to reject laziness, and to go a second mile.

Lord of the working world, we labour for you.   Amen.

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Carol Penner has written a devotional book for Lent that explores the challenges of repentance and forgiveness. Forty reflections and prayers to deepen your walk with God as you prepare for Easter.  

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at carol@leadinginworship.com

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