New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.


Today’s Reflection

This week’s prayers are written in call-and-response style. One person reads the lines labeled “One,” and the group responds with the lines labeled “All.”
ONE: We are made in the likeness of Eternal Creativity.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.
ONE: Its insistence moves us into being and imagines for us worlds beyond
our hopelessness.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.
ONE: We are made to collaborate with those around us to build deeper connections
and sustainability around new ways of doing life together.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.

—Zhailon Levingston, in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What gives you hope that another, better world is possible? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

ONE: Come marchers, intercessors, artists, and prophets.
Come newcomers and those who have tried, tried again.

ALL: Get close, get close, get closer now.
Draw near, ask questions, sing songs, take steps.
We need you together.
Prayer by Britney Winn Lee
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Something More

The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted September 29, 2022 9:03 am

    People seem to be having conversations regarding discrimination more. But seem focused on one type only. Women face major discrimination especially recently. No one is speaking of elder discrimination. Or discrimination of the economically disadvantaged.
    I took h to a doctor’s appointment yesterday. He has another hernia and will need another operation. I am not looking forward to this as the last time he had a hernia operation he was quite a baby. I talked about it with my therapist and she likes my ideas for getting through the time sanely.
    Prayers for Ally, for decreased pain and improved mental health. Prayers for David to have increased stability and fewer bathroom accidents. Prayers for their kitty Scout who continues to have health issues. Prayers for Jill and her family and students. Prayers for Lou and her family, may God lessen her brother’s suffering. Prayers for Robert as he embarks on certification classes while already leading worship and providing the messages.

  • robert moeller Posted September 29, 2022 10:20 am

    The Good News of Jesus Christ gives me eternal hope that things will get better. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all else is sinking sand..
    Hard to imagine h having a hernia operation in his current state. I’m thankful that the doctor thought your plans to get him through this are good. May God’s wisdom continue to come to you. Yes, Lord continued prayers for Ally&David,, Jill, her family, friends, and school; Lou’s care giving, and the needs and concerns of the NEM
    family. Be with all those affected by hurricanes, in harm’s way, on battlefields, suffering from a lack of basic necessities.
    Thankful for the help with worship planning on the 9th.
    Resources have come, bills being paid, a good time with friends from near and far this morning.
    Lovely fall weather. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted September 29, 2022 1:12 pm

    Seeing people open their minds and hearts to what others have to say. I have to say seeing UMC churches considering disaffiliation and prayerfully seeking God’s wisdom, decide to stay UMC has been an encouragement. We live in crazy times and any encouragement is good!
    I’m thankful that family and friends in Florida are safe. Praying for those impacted by this catastrophic storm. Heartbreaking stories on news this morning. May God sustain them. David and I are at urologist to get results of last PSA test. Praying for positive outcome.
    Julie, praying for you as you care for H and thankful for fruitful time with your therapist. Robert, prayers continue for you as you train as a lay servant and for your church and it’s ministries. Prayers for Jill’s schoolyear, her students and for her family. Prayers for Lou, her job, her family, and spiritual endeavors. Prayers for April as she cares for her loved one.
    Prayers for the women of Iran who are protesting their oppression. Keep them safe, Lord. I give thanks for NEM and it’s ministry in our world. Love to all.

  • Jill Posted September 29, 2022 4:39 pm

    There can be hope because of each individual working with determination and grit. Each person can make a difference.
    A long day at school, as we are here an additional four hours to meet with parents. Somewhat like conferences. Have seen 3 parents thus far. Able to get some grading done. Worked with a student for about 45 minutes after school as well.
    Texted my sister this morning to see if they had power – and she said things are ok where they are. I know much of the state is devastated. I pray for all the people going into the danger to help with recovery.

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