Pastor’s Prayer: What I Need from You

For this congregation, I give thanks!

For this gathering each week in your name;

for hungry hearts and thirsty minds,

for the heavy-laden and the light-hearted,

for the fervent and the bored,

for those who come to give and those who only take,

for voices lifted in joy and for those with mouths shut tight,

for the clear-eyed, dry-eyed and those who weep,

for the faithful and the merely habitual,

for the babies in arms and seniors in wheelchairs,

thanks for all ages worshiping this morning

–we are your church.  Alleluia!


To do my job as pastor here, here is what I need from You:

              wisdom to interpret scripture,

courage to speak the truth,

eloquence to touch frozen hearts,

patience when people won’t listen,

kindness for those who irk me,

strength to shoulder hard stories,

discretion to know when to speak,

self-control to remain silent,

hope in the face of hopelessness.

Above all these give me love for all your people

and a passionate longing for your presence.

New Book Coming Soon!

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.  

You can order it here!

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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