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EMU Listening Process

Prayer Resources

A Prayer For The Guiding Light of God’s Spirit

This prayer was written especially for the listening process by Carmen Schrock-Hurst, a faculty member in EMU’s Bible and religion department. This prayer is part of our communal effort to bathe the listening process in prayer.

O God, throughout the ages you have been a 
faithful light for your people. Today we once 
again find ourselves in need of your guiding 
light in this time of discernment. We humbly ask 
that you would give us grace to listen to one 
another with gentle and compassionate hearts.

We ask for trust for those who are afraid. 
We ask for hope for those who are discouraged. 
We ask for wisdom for those who are in 
We ask for a fresh outpouring of God’s spirit on 
EMU and the broader church.

Show us the way forward, together. In the midst 
of our discernment may we not forget the other 
work to which you have called us – to feed the 
hungry, to clothe the poor, to shelter the 
homeless, and to bind up the wounds of those 
who are suffering.

In your mercy Lord, 
Hear our prayer. 

Additional prayer resources

Read the entire prayer resource, which includes a silent breath prayer, a “Hands Down, Hands Up” prayer for openness and receptivity to God and God’s word, a prayer for discernment, and more.

Seminary addresses the “Elephant in the Room”

During Eastern Mennonite Seminary’s School for Leadership Training in January, participants worshiped, prayed and shared on the topic of discernment. One service was dedicated to prayerful engagement around “the elephant in the room,” the topic of same-sex relationships. President Swartzendruber, Eastern Mennonite Seminary Dean, Michael King, and Mennonite Church USA Executive Director, Ervin Stutzman were among those who gathered at the foot of a cross during the session. Read the full story.