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

God wants us to know that God holds us with the same certainty whether we are in sorrow or well-being. … For it is God’s will that we cling to God’s comfort with all our might. For bliss is lasting, without end, and pain is passing and shall be brought to nothing for those who will be saved. Therefore it is not God’s will that we follow the feeling of pain with sorrow and mourning, but we will suddenly pass over and remain in the endless delight that is God.

Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Julian of Norwich, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

Who needs a reminder today that God holds them whether in sorrow or well-being? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.

—Psalm 119:28 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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Thank you for the everlasting love you have for all you have made.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted October 14, 2020 4:49 am

    Maybe our little crew here needs this reminder. Yes, He holds us – and because He lives – we can ALL face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone. He holds the future and life is worth the living! (Thanks for the reminder of this hymn/song, Rick.)
    I love the line from above ” For bliss is lasting, without end, and pain is passing”. It is very hard, in the midst of struggle, to claim this as true. I know it deep within, but in moments of uncomfortability – I must work very hard to re-direct my thoughts.
    Father – place a song in our hearts – bring to mind the words Marcy, Rick and others share – and might we sing our way out of our heads, back into step with You.

  • Marcy Posted October 14, 2020 5:52 am

    Two songs based on Psalms 119:25-32

    Breath Into Me Oh Lord

    When the battle makes me weary
    It seems that I’ve lost ground
    It’s so hard to hear Your voice Lord
    With distractions all around
    I try to lift my hands, to give You praise
    But then a spirit of heaviness
    Tries to shield Your face, so I’m saying breathe

    Breathe into me oh Lord, the breath of life
    So that my spirit would be whole
    And my soul made right
    Breathe into me oh Lord, day by day
    So that my heart is pure before You, always, always

    Unto Thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul
    It’s only by Your hand
    That I can be made whole
    So Lord breathe on me
    And revive my spirit within
    And I’ll never be the same

    Condemnation tries to hold me
    Like a prisoner in chains
    And the weight of my burdens
    Is calling out my name
    That’s when I lift up my voice worship You
    Because I know
    You promised You would wash me
    Jesus wash me white as snow

    Unto Thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul
    It’s only by Your hand, that I can be made whole
    So Lord let Your breath revive me again
    And I’ll never be the same
    I will never be the same, I will never be the same.

    Fred Hammond

    My Soul Lies Cleaving to the Dust

    My soul lies cleaving to the dust;
    Lord, give me life divine;
    From vain desires and every lust
    Turn off these eyes of mine.

    I need the influence of Thy grace
    To speed me in Thy way,
    Lest I should loiter in my race,
    Or turn my feet astray.

    When sore afflictions press me down,
    I need Thy quickening powers;
    Thy Word that I have rested on
    Shall help my heaviest hours.

    Are not Thy mercies sovereign still,
    And Thou a faithful God?
    Wilt Thou not grant me warmer zeal
    To run the heav’nly road?

    Does not my heart Thy precepts love,
    And long to see Thy face?
    And yet how slow my spirits move
    Without enlivening grace!

    Then shall I love Thy Gospel more,
    And ne’er forget Thy Word,
    When I have felt its quickening power,
    To draw me near the Lord.

    Isaac Watts

  • Julie Posted October 14, 2020 8:42 am

    Everyone needs reminded that God holds us at all times and in every circumstance.
    Prayers for Jill as God holds her and her friend in the sorrow of her cancer diagnosis.
    Prayers for Marcy as God holds her in her physical pain.
    Prayers for Ally as God holds her and David and Pas in their sorrow for Mary’s passing.
    Prayers for Rick as God holds him in his pain of moving, finding a home and missing a semester of school.
    Prayers for Robert as he holds him in his pain for Erich’s lack of belief.
    Prayers for my mom as God holds her as she continues to rehab and recover from her operation in the rehab facility.
    I am glad God holds Megan and I as I navigate the divorce and the situation with h. It is difficult and only God can see me through as well as this group of awesome friends in Christ. Thank you

  • Ally Posted October 14, 2020 2:31 pm

    Sometimes I do feel I need a reminder that God is present and loving always. Lately, I have been feeling like I’m dangling by thread. Remembering times when I felt the Lord’s presence and know that God is the reason I got over reminds me that God is with me, even when I feel far away from God.
    David’s spirits are better yesterday, but he is still sad when he thinks of Mary. I am trying to trust God regarding my sister Amy’s health issue. Please lift her up. In my prayers, I have been claiming the promise of Romans 8:26: when I can’t pray, I ask the Holy Spirit to intercede.
    Thank you Jill and Rick, for the words from Because He Lives; one of my mama’s favorites. Missing her and Daddy today on what would be their 59th wedding anniversary. Lifting up Rick as he deals with the stress of his move and missing his semester. Thank you Marcy, for the wonderful songs. Fred Hammond is one of my favorite gospel singers/ Thanks for the Isaac Watts hymn as well. Wasn’t familiar with this one., but it touched me where I am. Julie, thank you for your prayers and know that I’m praying for you and Megan through this divorce process. I’m so thankful for our group. Thank you for taking me in. I pray we all feel God’s love today. Be safe and be blessed.

    • Rick Posted October 14, 2020 6:36 pm

      When I read today’s writings, I felt the holy spirt. We all need that reminder. I realized too, it’s not the move or school that is the hardest, it’s our current times. I got caught up in fear with COVID-19, the news and the political climate over the 8 months. I’m trying to do all the right things and adhering to all the suggestions. Social distancing has indeed been difficult for me as a social person. I confused perfect love with the hugs and social interactions with friends and family. I also deeply miss in person worship and gatherings. Moving during the pandemic has also been difficult at times. It is hard when you are in temporary housing and this is a difficult time to meet and make new friends. As a good friend and Pastor reminded me in the beginning of all this, it’s in the waiting which is the hardest, we hear God. It reminded me of Job’s story. Fear can be a corroding thread in our lives. You have all taught me and reminded me that we don’t do this alone. Music, songs and hymns have always lifted me up. It breaks the barriers when I get caught up in my head.
      Marcy thank you for bringing new hymns to me for some I have never heard before. Today’s touched me as Pslam 119 is one of my favorites. This song Breath In Me Oh Lord is a perfect prayer for me today, as is the second. I will search to see if i can find a recording of it. I do hope you are healing and feeling better. Jill, I’m holding you and your friend in prayers. Julie, keeping you and Megan in prayer as well. I pray that your situation with H is resolved quickly. That you may find safety and a life of happiness and peace. I was sorry to hear of your’s and David’s loss. I pray that your sister Amy’s illness is resolved. I’m praying for Robert you have come to mind so often, as I remember your move. I pray all is well with you and your son.
      Today I’ve had Josh‘s song on my heart today.
      “You Raise Me Up”

      When I am down and, oh my soul, so weary
      When troubles come and my heart burdened be
      Then, I am still and wait here in the silence
      Until you come and sit awhile with me

      You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
      You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
      I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
      You raise me up… To more than I can be

      You raise me up, so I can stand on mountains
      You raise me up, to walk on stormy seas
      I am strong, when I am on your shoulders
      You raise me up… To more than I can be

  • robert moeller Posted October 14, 2020 10:37 pm

    A long and very mixed day, positives and negatives in abundance. Food shopping done,, long walks and drives, hopefully the start of two solutions, needed supplies in the mail, no luck fixing the faucet, some good work on models, a message off to relatives in Germany,. help for Anneliese, phone tag with a plumber, a sad drama episode, the day ending with this refection , Prayers for all, this would have been Mom’s 112 th birthday, Thank you for prayers and music lyrics, they pick us all up. Thank You, Lord.

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