The Grudge

The grudge sits squat and heavy in the middle of the road between two people. Built of solid rock by a team of experts schooled

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The Final Hour

The family sits on either side of the bed. The reedy rhythm raises her chest slightly up, slightly down. The quiet breathing slows, pauses, resumes

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Jealousy the Green-Eyed Cat

Jesus, please do something about this green-eyed cat jealousy who has parked herself in my house purring discontent. She seemed sweet enough on the doorstep

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Thanks for All Food!

Thank you God for all food, grown, raised, bought, served; for all food, tangy, spicy, salty, sweet; for all food, crunchy, juicy, chewy, smooth; for

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Prayer for the Orphaned

We pray today for children in our communities who live without either of their parents: children whose parents have died, children who have been abandoned,

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Before the Election Prayer

Almighty God, we need your presence in our land during this election time. Guide the candidates to campaign fairly and present their viewpoints honestly. Guide

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Prayer for Teachers

God, our Great Teacher:  At the beginning of this new school year, hear our prayer for teachers! Give teachers compassion to treat each student with

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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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