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

Galatians, I saw, could help us Christians now as we navigate the rapid culture shifts in which we find ourselves. We can learn from Paul how to be open to the Holy Spirit who gifts and calls people to apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic ministry that looks very different from what we in the inherited American church are used to. Rather than polarizing ourselves between “the traditional church” and the other emerging forms of church, we can learn from Paul to honor the revelation (literally “the revealing”) of Jesus Christ wherever that happens, especially among marginalized people whom Jesus called “the least of these” (Matt. 25:40). We can learn to move beyond the walls of church buildings and programs into our communities to join Jesus who is already there.

—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

Read Galatians 1:1-5. As you consider Paul’s commissioning to be an apostle (one sent by God), what questions surface for you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
—Galatians 1:3-5 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted October 18, 2023 6:26 am

    I don’t know if I have any questions about God’s commissioning Paul as an apostle. I accept that it happened.
    Examining and gaining understanding of the Lord’s Prayer has been good. Almost done, we are picking new books. Had session two with my therapist Monday, working on the homework which I find interesting and helpful.. I go back on the 24th. Had Face Time with Jenny, Willa, and Oona yesterday. Excellent Ken Burns program on the American Buffalo. Yes indeed, Indigenous Americans have been treated miserably, unfairly, and are still treated unjustly today. I’m thankful for improvements, but there is a long way yet to go. We have a lot to learn from them. Thank You, Lord.

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