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Take Our Moments and Our Days

An Anabaptist Prayer Book: Ordinary Time
Take Our Moments and Our Days

Compiled bys: Barbara Nelson Gingerich, Eleanor Kreider, John D Rempel, Mary H Schertz   By author: Arthur Paul Boers
Product Code: 9374
ISBN: 9780836193749
Pages: 432
Binding Information: Hardback

Publication Date: 5/11/2007
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Take Our Moments and Our Days is a four-week cycle of morning and evening prayer services prepared for the period in the church year between Pentecost and Advent. The services focus on the teaching and ministry of Jesus: the Lord's Prayer (week one), the Beatitudes (week two), Jesus' parables (week three), and Jesus' miracles (week four). The prayer services are designed for use by small groups of families, although they are suitable for individuals as well. The central features are:

  • Scripture-saturated prayer. Virtually all the words in these prayers are adapted or taken directly from the Bible.
  • The voice of Jesus. The words of Jesus are strikingly prominent in these services.
  • Anabaptist coloration. Lying behind the prayers is a pattern of themes that are especially important in the Anabaptist tradition.

Published in collaboration with the Institute of Mennoite Studies at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

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  • Preface ... ix
  • Acknowledgments ... xiv
  • Introduction ... 1
  • Notes on using Take Our Moments and Our Days ... 4
  • Repeated elements ... 11
  • Gloria, doxologies ... 11
  • Zechariah’s song ... 12
  • Simeon’s song ... 14
  • Mary’s song ... 15
  • Beatitudes ... 17
  • Our Father ... 18
  • Week 1: Lord’s Prayer ... 21
  • Week 2: Beatitudes ... 107
  • Week 3: Parables ... 193
  • Week 4: Signs and wonders ... 281
  • Appendix: Additional songs ... 371
  • Scripture index: Readings and Psalms ... 385
  • Scripture index: Other elements ... 391

Coming from, of all things, the Mennonite tradition, is Take Our Moments and Our Days: An Anabaptist Prayerbook. This is a wonderful and easy to use prayer book, providing a four week cycle of morning and evening prayer. Cleverly, each week has a theme assigned to it, with that week's office somehow a reflection of its theme. Week One's theme is the Lord's Prayer, Week Two is the Beatitudes, Week Three is the Parables, Week Four is Signs and Wonders. Each office follows a pattern of praising, listening, and responding. This is a very charming (in the best sense of the word) prayer book, and I recommend it for those who require simplicity in their prayer structure.
—Review taken from article in St. Gregory's Abbey Newsletter, no. 237 (Easter 2009).

"It is a blessing to have a prayer book rooted in our common Christian tradition of morning and evening prayer. It is unabashedly Anabaptist while employing the best elements of Christian prayer from other ancient and contemporary Christian sources. The layout is simple and clear and holds to a consistent pattern."
—Father Andrew D. Ciferni, O.Praem., Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, Pa.

"A superb prayer book! The editors have done an outstanding job choosing texts and hymns and writing prayers and forms to establish substantial patterns of prayer. Their language is that of the universal church, so this publication knits its users to Christians throughout time and space. I pray that this volume will be used widely and well."
—Marva J. Dawn, author of Talking the Walk and Joy in Divine Wisdom


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