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 transformation of the human heart is not an end in itself. Indeed, the complete salvation that is found in Jesus Christ involves much more than a renewal of the human intent, attitude, and disposition.

As John Wesley hinted, holiness of heart and the holiness of life that plays itself out in renewed behavior, conduct, and visibility are intimately linked.

—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)

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Today’s Question

In what ways are you working to be more holy in both heart and life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
—Hebrews 7:28 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 24, 2021 5:47 am

    Continued Bible study and working to help my son into a position where he can succeed are two areas where I’m working to be more holy in both heart and life.
    Today’s lay led worship will be very musically oriented. I’m very much looking forward to it. There’ll be a meeting with the district superintendent and a charge conference. A very busy day at church.
    Bible study continues with Adam Hamilton’s book, WHY?. I read the first chapter and there are great answers to this question. I highly recommend this book, a lot of doubt, disbelief, distrust is effectively dealt with. God is always with us, thanks be to God.

  • robert moeller Posted October 24, 2021 6:05 am

    I went to yesterday’s posts and sent this,
    to Julie. “I support your decision to call the National Abuse Hotline on Monday. You need to feel, be safe. I do believe God loves you. God is love. Reach out to God and You will be comforted. Your situation is in my prayers. ” I agree with the posts from Ally and Jill. Yes, Megan loves you too. I get similar treatment from Erich, but had a good conversation yesterday.

  • Lou Posted October 24, 2021 7:23 am

    I try to help others – neighbors, friends, family and certainly in my work. I am spending the week in my hometown with my mother who just lost her only sibling – my much loved aunt. It is hard on the family who loved her so. I’m trying to do odd jobs around my mothers house to help her with various things that she can no longer do. I sense in her the grief of course regarding her sister but also she is grieving the fact that she can no longer do certain things and run her household like she used to. It is difficult to see her resignation and sadness. I’m thankful to be able to take a week off to spend time with her. Visitation and funeral are coming up- prayers to help us through. Prayers also for a close friends who lost their son- my son’s friend growing up. A tragedy of a young life lost. Much grieving but I hope to be of help to not only my family but my friend’s family as well. Prayers for all of those who grieve and special prayers for all here at the UR who are loved.

  • Jill Posted October 24, 2021 7:08 pm

    I am grateful to be in small group study with like-minded ladies, as we seek a closer walk with God, and to support each other. I try to be mindful when speaking and spending time with dad…to be an encourager and a good listener. I am trying to be aware of my persona on the tennis court, to be a good sport in my competitiveness.
    A very unique experience today, riding in the Goodyear Blimp. Weather cancelled all the flights after ours, but we were able to enjoy it. There were only 6 passengers, along with the pilot and co-pilot. I expected more. But the gondola is very small. The pilot took us right over my house, so that was pretty cool.
    Lou, praying for you as you assist your mom. I would imagine there is some grieving on your part as well, as you see your mother unable to tend to things she used to do. May you sense God’s comfort during this week, as you assist your mom and attend the funeral and calling hours.
    Praying for Julie’s safety and hoping she had a good day with Megan. Praying for the person on the other side of the call to the hotline, that the person will listen well and be resourceful.

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