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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning follows the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

Hope filters into the equation when someone sitting in the audience sees themselves represented on stage for the first time or when someone in the crowd who doesn’t think they will identify with my characters gets rocked by the multitude of ways they connect to the narrative being told. Hope reminds both the actors and audience that they are not alone. We all are connected by universal human need and struggle.

—Zhailon Levingston, “Hope: A Litany Claiming That Another World Is Possible and On Its Way,” in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When have you experienced hope in unexpected ways? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
—Proverbs 23:18 (NRSVUE)

Today’s Litany

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.

ONE: We are making space in our world for doubt and uncertainty by calling out fear and isolationism.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.

ONE: This is the truth about us. It always has been and always will be.
ALL: A new world is both here and arriving. We wait for it, usher it, greet it as a hopeful people. Amen.

—Zhailon Levingston, “Hope: A Litany Claiming That Another World Is Possible and On Its Way” 
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Rusty Posted January 10, 2024 7:15 am

    The following is one of the strongest examples of what I call God’s orthogonal solutions (coming out of left field) in my life. I was sitting alone in a tiny waiting room/corridor adjacent to a cyberknife operating suite in California where my wife was undergoing the first of three brain surgeries. I was panicked and lost and felt alone. Then God gave me this in a book I was reading on my phone. It’s from Francis Fenelon, a 18th Century French Catholic theologian. Why was I reading that? I can’t say except that God led me to it so I could have hope when I really needed it.

    Sorry for the fairly long excerpt. But I pray that it might give hope to others. (And by the way, K’s surgeries were successful. Praise God.)

    61 REST IN GOD’S HEART “I slept, but my heart was awake. (Song of Solomon 5:2, RSV ) Our sleep will be peaceful when we rest in God’s heart, abandoning ourselves to his providence and ever maintaining a sweet awareness of his mercy. When we do this, we are no longer seeking anything for ourselves, and our entire being rests in him. What we leave behind are our faltering and troubled rationalizations, our desires for ourselves, our impatience to gain a higher place. Then we find ourselves resting in the heart of God * for God is the one who has put us there with his own hands, and he cradles us there in his arms. Can we be in danger where God places us— a place where we are as a little child who is rocked and hugged by its mother? Let us let go and give him the freedom to act. Let us rest on him and in him. This confident, trusting rest, which quells every movement of our limited human reasoning, comes as we maintain true vigilance over our hearts. To place ourselves in God’s hands without leaning on any person or any thing— this is what it is to keep our hearts awake even as we sleep. In this way love will always jealously keep its eyes open. It will always reach out to its Beloved. And when we do that, we will not fall into the deadly sleep of our souls.”

  • robert moeller Posted January 10, 2024 8:52 am

    Had to think a bit about an answer to this question. The more I thought the more “hopes” realized I found
    This is the first one that came to mind
    At a college job placement office I saw a sign for teachers wanted in Seoul, Korea. In a year I was teaching there
    Lots of heavy snow last night. Now it’s raining
    Hop things get cleared up before it gets cold
    Great news that K’s surgery was successful. A prayer answered Thank You Lord

  • Ally Posted January 10, 2024 10:42 pm

    I see hope in my clients who are determined to hold on to hope. If they can do it, I can. We are where we are by the grace of God.

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