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

Advent begins—and in fact, the entirety of the Christian journey begins—at the point where we accept Jesus as our Guide and begin to walk with his calm assurances in the midst of our fears.

He’s going to meet us, he tells us. He’s going to show up, even if we don’t know when or how. Jesus even invites us to look for his presence in the lives and faces of others. He may come to us at unexpected moments or when we are most tired or worn or confused. He may show up at the beginning or appear at the end of all things, when we least expect God’s redemption or grace. What a promise!

—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What helps you stay alert for God’s presence on your journey? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore, stay alert! You don’t know when the head of the household will come, whether in the evening or at midnight, or when the rooster crows in the early morning or at daybreak. Don’t let him show up when you weren’t expecting and find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to all: Stay alert!
—Mark 13:35-37 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the expected and the unexpected love and lessons you will bring today.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted November 30, 2020 5:29 am

    Recalling His faithfulness in times past…both in times of tranquility and in times of great turmoil. As Jeremiah states…”Yet I call to mind”. It is a decision to change the flow of thoughts and reflect on His faithfulness.
    Recounting Scripture to myself is a second strategy. Claiming His promises, believing they are for me and that His Word is true.
    Great is Thy Faithfulness, Oh God, my Father
    There is no shadow of turning with Thee
    Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not
    As Thou hast been, Thou for ever wilst be.
    Amen and Amen.
    Father – I lift Ally to You, the results of her co-vid test and the necessary details ahead of her cataract surgery. Father – calm any nervousness. May she be keenly aware of Your Presence.

  • robert moeller Posted November 30, 2020 6:47 am

    Experiences of God’;s presence and help, the promises of everlasting Scripture, and the tug of the Holy Spirit provide assurance for me Thank You, Lord. Advent is here, we await remembering the coming of the Lord, the Messiah, Prince of Peace, Emanuel, Jesus Christ. Where would we be without this blessed event?
    Have started reading the Advent study book.It examines a John Wesley sermon, not written for Advent, but very appropriate for this time. Very thankful for this message.
    Prayers for Ally and her cataract surgery, for the health, welfare, and safety of all, and thankful that several vaccines will soon be protecting the people in the frontline . I believe. – – – even when. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 30, 2020 8:41 am

    I read scripture, especially the Psalms by David. I identify with his faith in the Loord even when he had sinned. David never doubted God’s sovereign care even when his dire circumstances were caused by his own actions.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may David heal from his fall and grow stronger with each day. Prayers that Ally’s covid test is negative and all other surgery issues are cleared.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, the two football warriers cheering on their team.
    Prayers for Robert as I also join him in his prayers regarding the vaccines and the health of our frontline workers.
    Megan and I spent time yesterday running errands. We always seem to need items for the kitties!

  • Ally Posted November 30, 2020 9:00 am

    There is an old song called The Christmas Guest, in which the Lord appeared to a man in a dream, telling him that he would be visiting him on Christmas Day. The man watched for the Lord all day, ministering to various persons in need who knocked on his door that day. At the end of the day, the man prayed, asking the Lord why He promised to visit and did not come. The Lord told him that He was each person who came to the man’s door that day, in need.
    I pray for ears to hear and ask God to make me aware of His presence, however He comes to me. Thank You Lord, that we can be Your hands.
    Praising God that David had minimal effect from his fall. He is feeling pretty good and said he plans to run errands today. We are thankful for everything he can do. I start the eyedrops for cataract surgery today. They are very expensive, though generic: almost $300,00. The out-of-pocket costs of this procedure, even with insurance, are prohibitive. I think of those who have no insurance and pray that access to healthcare will be priority in our nation. All prayers appreciated for this week’s procedure and next week’s as well. I get results of my covid test today for pre-op. Trying not to be nervous. I am looking forward to beginning the Advent study my sister is leading via Zoom. We begin this week.
    Jill, thank you my sister for the prayers. I believe that God spoke, as my prayer also is to be aware of God’s presence. Glad that you and Larry had a nice Thanksgiving together. Robert, since you also mentioned being made aware of the Lord’s presence, I see a pattern here of what God is doing in our lives, Amen. Glad you and Erich had time together and a great meal for Thanksgiving and that you were able to connect with your other children. God is good. Julie, praying you and Megan are having a good day. I pray for our other regulars, that they are safe and drawing closer to Jesus. Blessings to all.

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