Living Streams Call to Worship

Listen to the words of the prophet Isaiah as our call to worship:
See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”  Isaiah 43:19
Let’s pray:
Lord, we have come to worship;
old and young, rich and poor, happy and discontent,
at peace and restless, more or less full of faith, we come.
We come curious about this “new thing” that you can do…
can you find a way through financial difficulties?
can you find a way through loneliness and family tension?
can you find a way through sickness and grief?
can you find a way through every violence?
We need living streams in the wasteland parts of our lives.
In this hour of worship,
help us to perceive how you are there;
streams of living water,
cold, refreshing, abundant, unstoppable.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, Amen.  

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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” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at

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