At 7:30 on Monday mornings, members of Mennonite Church Alberta wake up to pray together on Zoom.
Each participant is invited to light a candle, open a print copy of the Anabaptist prayer book, Take our Moments and our Days, or the accompanying digital app, and pull out their Mennonite hymnal for a time of singing. Take our Moments and our Days is designed to be used by individuals or groups for prayer, singing and reflection on scripture.
The prayer-meeting organizers and leaders are Pastor Caleb Kowalko of Calgary First Mennonite Church and Pastor Werner De Jong of Holyrood Mennonite Church in Edmonton, who were surprised to discover they both had the same idea to pray together as a provincial community.
Prayer times are Monday and Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. MDT, as well as on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 9 p.m. MDT for 20 minutes. Since June 1, 25 people from MC Alberta churches have signed up to participate. On average, eight to 10 people join each prayer time.
According to regular attender Jake Froese of Trinity Mennonite Church in De Winton, “I am grateful for a new opportunity to gather for prayer with the larger church of Jesus Christ. This is especially meaningful, unifying and peaceful in these days of social distancing and worldwide anxiety.”
To register for the Zoom prayer times, visit mcab.ca/events. To download the digital Take our Moments and our Days app, visit ambs.edu/publishing/anabaptist-prayer-book and follow the “free download” link.
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