Morning Prayer Invitation

For about six months now, a small group of folks has gathered virtually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for morning prayer. This practice was sparked by my prayers with the monks at St. John’s Abbey. While online prayer is certainly not the same as gathering in person, these brief morning meetings have become an…

Prayer for the New Year

God of new life, God of life made new, We begin this new year as we ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love your presence of peace your gentle power. We leave behind the old year with prayers of gratitude for the love we have known, with prayers for mercy in the pain…

Morning Prayer: Reflection & Invitation

Last week I attended a Collegeville writing workshop on the campus of St. John’s College in Minnesota. I found myself praying with the monks most mornings—not because I’m particularly holy, but because I kept waking up before six and our sessions didn’t start until nine. The benedictine sisters in Atchison, KS, are quick to welcome…

Litany for Peace

Here is a litany we will use at Peace Mennonite on Sunday. It is adapted from one I  wrote several years ago for Memorial Day. God of Life, We mourn the culture of violence in our country: where our entertainment enacts and glorifies violence, where over three thousand people sit on death row, where drone…

Prayer for the New Year

Here is a new year’s prayer that I wrote several years ago. I am sharing it again with you all and wishing you a year of faithfulness and joy. ~Joanna God of new life, God of life made new, We begin this new year as we ended the last– embraced by your spirit of love…

Missional Prayer

This article is part of a MennoNerds Synchro-Blog on Missional Spirituality.  With this event, MennoNerds is exploring  Spirituality through an Anabaptist lens and what such spirituality means concerning participation in the mission of God. – – – – “Missional Prayer.” That’s my topic for today. And it seemed like a good topic weeks and weeks…

Consider the Birds: A Prayer

This prayer is based on Jesus’ words from Matthew 6:25-34: Holy God of Abundance, As we sow and reap and gather into barns; As we work and earn and calculate our net worth, Let us consider the birds of the air; Let us consider the lilies of the field. Let us notice and look and…

Prayer for Moore, Oklahoma

Almighty Creator, We come before you in shock, in brokenness, in sorrow, in the wake of the mighty winds that devastated schools and hospital, homes and businesses; in the wake of this tragedy that has shifted the earth beneath our feet. We come before you because the tide of our grief roars and foams and…

New: Colored Pencil Prayers

  This new book–with prayer art by some of you!–will be ready to ship by December 10. Yes, that means you can give it as a Christmas gift! And in the spirit of Christian giving, I will donate $2 to Mennonite Central Committee for each book ordered before December 25. Check out all the details…