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

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed churches all over the world to get their worship experiences online. A burst of global trial and error ensued. The initial results were mixed, but many churches soon reported experiencing significant increases in weekly engagements of thirty minutes or more, as compared to pre-pandemic participation. However, the newness of digital worship wore off eventually. . . . Furthermore, the impact of a large digital gathering is far different from gathering in an actual room full of people and energy.

—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

If your church offered online worship services during the COVID-19 shutdown, how will your faith community follow up with new people who attended these services? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
—Matthew 10:40 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 8, 2021 6:01 am

    An excellent question. Those whom we have met via Zoom also come to Bible study and Friday morning Bible study. I wish more of our local members had computers, internet, and could Zoom.
    We are reaching out via mail and hope to call more members. The New England Conference of the UMC has presented a way for us to offer Communion on Sundays when we have no pastor. Yesterday we had a guest pastor via Zoom. It was wonderful. Many church related activities via Zoom this week. Erich’s healing continues, ski sale this week, he hopes to sell skis. Thankful for progress at Julie’s, Roger’s treatment, Jill’s many activities: school, tennis, support groups, church,
    Prayers for continued progress. Ally & David and Lou are in my thoughts and prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 8, 2021 8:34 am

    I have no answer to this question as I am so new to my church and as yet not that involved in the leadership of the church. I have to get through my own personal pending situations before I will have the time or mental energy to explore such ideas.
    A wonderful day yesterday with Megan. We saw a member of the new church at a store and she warmly greeted me and I introduced Megan to her. Baby steps with Megan are best and this was a perfect opportunity. I had a most wonderful encounter with a woman in the ladies room at the Carnegie museum. She was cleaning the restroom and was obviously having a bad day as it was a free entry day at the museum and so very crowded. I thanked her for her hard and unpleasant work and she was very touched. We had a heartfelt conversation and hugged and we were both in tears, all be it happy ones by the end. It never ceases to amaze me how the simplest show of respect and gratitude can lift a person as well as yourself. I always thank these seldom noticed individuals.
    Prayers for Ally as she slogs through her disability paperwork, may God increase her patience and stamina. And Ally, feel free to vent to us, we all understand. Prayers that the shots are reaching Roger and having an impact on his health. Prayers that Robert’s church continues to receive support from the New England Conference and that members continue to step up to lead worship and other services. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

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