Prayers for ecumenical dialogue

Open our arms
and minds
to embrace
the broad shoulders
of a church
bigger than 
we can imagine.



How come
church dialogue
is so hard
and yet
so filled
with joy?
Members of the
family of God
play their part
so differently
than mine;
help us trust you


Please help us

as we do
this holy work
of being
the church
worshipping together,
working together,
loving together.

Prayers submitted by Carol Penner, assistant professor of theological studies, Conrad Grebel University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. She blogs at 


This article first appeared in Courier/Correo/Courrier April 2020