Morning and Evening Prayer

As night falls

as I lay my body down

as muscles relax,

take, God, the burdens of the day,

hold, God, my loved ones in safety,

remove, God, all clinging fears,

give, God, the sweetest dreams,

grant a restful sleep

in Jesus’ name.


As the dawn rises,

as I lift my body up,

as I prepare for this day,

take, God, my hand and lead,

hold, God, me back from temptation,

remove, God, all selfishness from me,

give, God, strength for my tasks,

grant that I may serve

in Jesus’ name.

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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