Open Call to Worship

Open our ears
to hear your word.             
Open our eyes            
to see your presence.
Open our arms
to the embrace of community.
Open our minds
to the beauty of truth.
Open our hearts
to the joy of new life.

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Newborn Saviour Call to Worship

God of darkness, God of light,
God of stars and angels,
God of weary travellers and stables,
God of hard labour and new birth,
we come today to worship you.
Open our eyes to your glory,
open our ears to your wisdom
open our hearts to your love
as we come to worship
Jesus, our newborn Saviour.

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Prayer for Openness

Jesus, you open us

to new life, new hope, new possibilities.

You conquer the way we

close up, close down, and close in.

Jesus, lover of us all,

open our hearts to feel your compassion

for people we would rather walk by;

open our ears to hear the cries of the suffering

deep inside where we cannot fail to be moved;

open our understanding to new ways of living

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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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