The gold band stays the same, a bit warped maybe, the edges worn down, some scratches. Still hugging my ring finger since the day you

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Prayer for the Road Ahead

I seek you, God, in the spaces of my life.The spaces between what I’ve doneand what I’ve left undone.The spaces between my convictionsand my actions,the

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a faith without bells

I belong to a faith without bells. No crystal clear call to worship floating over fields and factories, whispering over shopping malls; come, come, come.

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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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