Prayer for Teachers

Go into the year,
ready to learn and to serve. 
Go into the year,
ready to share knowledge and hope.
Go into the year,
prepared to do your best
knowing that will be good enough.
Go into the year,
there is compassion enough for all of us.
Go into the year,
we are in this together.
Go into this year,
which is a gift that will show us
more about ourselves 
than we have ever known.
Go in peace.

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Saved and Sent Call to Worship

Here we are, God!
We come into your presence
seeking your peace
seeking your hope
seeking your comfort.
We come asking for a blessing.
Equip us in this hour to be your people,
saved and sent, a blessing for all the world.

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Our Home Call to Worship

Our call to worship is based on James 5:13-16:
Are any among us suffering? We will pray.
Are any cheerful?  We will sing songs of praise. 
Are any among us sick? We will call on the name of the Lord.
Have any committed sins?  We confess our sins to each other.
We come to worship in the name of God our Creator,
Jesus our Saviour, and the Holy Spirit who sustains us. 

Let’s pray together:
Thank you, God, for the invitation to worship
and for this congregation where we have found our home.
With your help, we will both give a blessing,
and receive a blessing today
because we do it all in your name, Amen.

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Child Dedication Blessing

Little girl, welcome to this house of worship

and to the community of faith.

Prayers have surrounded you these many months

as we waited expectantly for your safe arrival.


Little girl, you are a magnet for our love,

a compass that points to your Creator.

We are drawn to your fresh beauty,

fascinated by your personality, newly-minted….

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Blessing for Parents

We pray today for a blessing on parents;

two parents in one home,

two parents in two homes,

single parents,

extended family caregivers,

foster parents,

and all who are in a parental role.

Give patience when love wears thin.

Give tenderness even in the face of anger.

Give clarity in the face of difficult decisions.

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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.

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