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

Mysticism includes spiritual experience and remains intrinsic to human life. Without the tempering processes of wise discernment, it can lead to unbalanced and destructive practice. The mystical element of spirituality is vital to knowing and loving God and to loving and serving our neighbors. When we reclaim mysticism and place it in its rightful place in the Christian life and when we learn with Paul to listen to God, using good practices of discernment, we will find our way out of the ditch and back onto the way of Jesus.

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

Today’s Question

Who can you count on to help you practice spiritual discernment? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Paul said,] “I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”
—Galatians 1:11-12 (NRSV)

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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  • robert moeller Posted October 19, 2023 5:51 am

    In a very general way the Bible/ book study group. I don’t really have some one personally.
    Glad to read posts from Julie and Jill. Yes, God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit area everywhere.
    I’m very much a believer in the Wesleyan quadrilateral where scripture comes first, but reason, experience, and tradition play a role in discernment. Hope Larry is recovering after his set back. I’m not super assertive either, but I’m trying to get help setting boundaries. Testing has become somewhat of a mania in education. Of course some testing is essential, but I’m not in favor of teaching based on the test. Hopefully learning goes far beyond what the state, National tests expect. In the inner city that is a tough accomplishment, certainly a starting point.
    Lots of turmoil based on events in Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, and Washington D.C. Lord may solutions be found to all these problems. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted October 19, 2023 7:58 am

    My friend – who really walked alongside me during and following my spiritual growth spirit; as well as my spiritual director. It must be a consistent part of my prayer to God – seeking discernment and wisdom.
    Yesterday was hectic – physical therapy after school. My therapist gave me the green light to mow my lawn…and to stop if there is discomfort. Several days of rain ahead – maybe the beginning of next week. She said cutting back to once a week for PT is fine.
    Last night – my tennis friend finally came to the grief support group. It was week 9. But the topic was perfect. She was nervous and initially timid and kept asking me if she would have to participate. I assured her she did not. But – once we got into our small group – five of us – she did speak up and seemed at ease. I am hoping it was helpful and she returns next week.
    Dad started feeling better Tuesday and did things yesterday “until” he felt tired. I am encouraged him today to stop prior to getting tired. I am trying to keep my mouth shut, but I am not always successful.

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