With hope and resilience

Resources for prayer and worship

Below are materials suggested by members of our learning community to help us to be grounded in and sustained through God’s love, compassion and unfailing presence during the global COVID-19 outbreak. These materials are for people both within and beyond our community. Visit our submissions page for details on how to send a resource for consideration.

Free webinar: 

Planning Easter and Good Friday worship:
Fostering meaningful interactions while physically separate 

Tuesday, March 31, 3–4:15 p.m. ET at https://zoom.us/j/688858157

This webinar will explore ways to create engagement and ritual action in online Good Friday and Easter services that encourage worshipers to connect with God and one another with their whole selves, even at a distance. Find out more about this event.

Music

 

Online Family Singalongs

I have started doing short online family singalong times via Facebook Live on my SmallTall Ministries Facebook page, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1:23pm EDT. This is meant to be an encouragement and a resource for families and communities during this "stay-at-home" time. After each "live" experience, videos remain posted on the SmallTall Ministries Facebook page, so they can be viewed any time (including by people who do not have a Facebook account). Past episodes can also be found here(Added Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

From Bryan Moyer Suderman of Kitchener, Ontario, M.T.S., Advancement Associate for Canada and Teaching Associate of the Church Leadership Center.

PLAYLIST: Songs of hope for a time of pandemic

With the coronavirus spreading and normal activities being shut down, here are some songs that we can use as prayers for the healing of those who have been affected, and to keep fear from overwhelming us. (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div., Director of Campus Ministries; Admissions Associate; Alumni Director; Instructor

Pastoral care for the congregation

 

Membership at Keller Park Church (working document)

Keller Park Church, where I am teaching pastor, is using this time without corporate gatherings to do some intentional reflection on our identity. I have created a working document on membership, and my co-pastor, worship director and I are offering daily reflections on each of our central convictions (found on page 4). Each daily reflection also serves as a way of centering ourselves on Jesus and the kingdom during this time of uncertainty. If this document can help other pastors, churches or individuals during this time, I'm happy to share it! (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From David C. Cramer, Ph.D., Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies; Sessional Instructor at AMBS; and Teaching Pastor at Keller Park Church

10 guidelines for pastoral care during the coronavirus outbreak: 
How can we accompany people through this valley of anxiety, fear, and death?

By Eileen R. Campbell-Reed | Christian Century | posted March 10, 2020

I thought this was a good article (albeit I may be a bit biased as a pastor’s spouse). (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Cheryl Zehr, M.A., Executive Assistant for the Church Leadership Center

Praying

 

VIDEO: Embodied Affirmation

Here is an embodied affirmation adapted (through many layers!) from a STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience from Eastern Mennonite University) resource that a friend of a friend learned maybe 10 years ago. In the video, I am modeling it in my back yard. The video is unlisted but is available for viewing and sharing using the video link. You can also download this written version(Added Friday, March 27, 2020)

From Rachel Miller Jacobs, D.Min., Associate Professor of Congregational Formation

ZOOM: Praying the Anabaptist Prayer App together online. Meets 8:30 a.m. Central Time Monday through Friday

A group of Mennonite pastors has created the Anabaptist Prayer Project, an online gathering to say morning prayers together using the Anabaptist Prayer App. The group, which is open to anyone, meets at 8:30 a.m. Central Time Monday through Friday via Zoom (and can also be found on Facebook). Each prayer session is recorded and posted to the Anabaptist Prayer Project YouTube channel.

Asia Frye, a 2017 AMBS MDiv graduate and a minister at Mennonite Church of the Servant in Wichita, Kansas, started the project. Also providing leadership are Scott Litwiller, a 2019 AMBS MDiv graduate, and Christina Manero, co-pastors of Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church in Wichita; and Melissa Florer-Bixler of Raleigh (North Carolina) Mennonite Church. (Added Friday, March 27, 2020)

From David C. Cramer, Ph.D., Managing Editor of the Institute of Mennonite Studies; Sessional Instructor at AMBS; and Teaching Pastor at Keller Park Church

A Prayer for Mercy

A resource for our spiritual care during these days. (Added Monday, March 23, 2020)

From Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div., Director of Campus Ministries; Admissions Associate; Alumni Director; Instructor

Prayer for a Pandemic (A Prayer for the World’s Most Vulnerable)

My friend Rev. Anke Flohr — Executive Director of Pacific Health Ministry — sent me this prayer that we might consider making our own and sharing with others as well. Prayer by Cameron Wiggins Belim. (Added Monday, March 23, 2020)

From Daniel Schipani, DrPsy, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Meditation Monday — Soul Care for a Chaotic COVID 19 Filled Lent

Excellent resources for your prayer life during these days of uncertainty. (Added Monday, March 23, 2020)

From Janeen Bertsche Johnson, M.Div., Director of Campus Ministries; Admissions Associate; Alumni Director; Instructor

APP: Anabaptist Prayer App

The free Anabaptist Prayer App from the Institute of Mennonite Studies and Herald Press provides an easy-to-use format and structure for praying individually or as a group — with prayers for all seasons of the church year. The morning and evening prayer services of Take Our Moments and Our Days are grounded in Scripture and include song suggestions and space for shared reflections on the texts. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices. (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Nekeisha Alayna Alexis, M.A., Graphic Designer and Website Specialist; Intercultural Competence and Undoing Racism coordinator

Preaching

 

AUDIO: Preachers Deaf and Blind, Servants of God the Creator

How can leaders sustain hope among the people they serve, even as they struggle with fear, hopelessness and exhaustion? Ben Ollenburger, Ph.D., Retired Professor of Biblical Theology, speaks directly with bold encouragement to pastors and leaders — those who have unique roles as “servants of the Lord” but can feel overwhelmed and inadequate. Delivered two years ago at “For Such a Time as This,” the Pastors and Leaders 2018 conference, this message is also for a time of pandemic. (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, Ph.D., Dean of Lifelong Learning

AUDIO: Be Still and Know that I am God

Rebecca Slough, Ph.D., former AMBS Vice President and Academic Dean, presented “Be Still — Know I Am God,” at the Pastors and Leaders 2018 conference. Using compelling personal testimony and song, she shared the “roots” that help her to lead in times of anxiety. Songs have been removed in light of copyright restrictions, but song titles are included. (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Jewel Gingerich Longenecker, Ph.D., Dean of Lifelong Learning

Poetry

 

Pandemic Lament

Original poetry. Written March 20, 2020 (Added Tuesday, March 24, 2020)

From Joyce Peachey Lind, an MDiv Connect student from Harrisonburg, Virginia.

T O G E T H E R • W E • C A N • S T A N D • A G A I N S T • C O V I D 1 9

Original poetry. Written March 16, 2020 (Added Friday, March 20, 2020)

From Andi O. Santoso, an MA: Theology and Peace Studies student from Surabaya, Indonesia

Spiritual Disciplines

 

Examen for Life During COVID-19 | Voices for Justice, Ignatian Solidarity Network

We can practice classic spiritual disciplines (like the examination of consciousness from the Ignatian Solidarity Network posted here) alone or with others either in our households or through digital technology. (Added Monday, March 23, 2020)

From Rachel Miller Jacobs, D.Min., Associate Professor of Congregational Formation
Trauma Resources