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

Today’s text from Psalm 34 reminds us again of God’s desire to see God’s people set free—to liberate them from belittling situations, systems, spiritual forces, and thoughts—to enable them to live meaningful and purposeful lives. When we think of this psalm written by David, who experienced miraculous deliverance at God’s hands, these words invite us as Christians to seek to remain planted by the streams of living water that are found in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

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

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Today’s Question

How might your community be transformed if all of the people were delivered from situations and systems that prevent them from experiencing wholeness and wellness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.
—Psalm 34:17-18 (NRSV)

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 18, 2021 6:25 am

    How might your community be transformed if all of the people were delivered from situations and systems that prevent them from experiencing wholeness and wellness? The idea, as great and wonderful as it would be, is beyond my imagination. It would be like heaven.
    Very thankful that yesterday’s service went well. The hope that people will attend laity led services is alive. I think the Center Conway UMC is encouraged. Thank You, Lord. You and Jesus are with us always.
    Have not forgotten my wish to see how all of you are doing, preparing the message kept me busy. Will review posts now.

  • robert moeller Posted October 18, 2021 7:06 am

    I’ve downsized house wise as well, Comfortable in a small condo. Lots of “stuff” from my parents and life with Soo Ok are gone, Precious items remain. More may be on the way. For me there’s a winding path dealing with adult children and faith. Hope for better news about Jill’s colleague at school. I think you, Jill, are more social than you might imagine. I’m thankful you have deep friendships. That your sister made your favorite coffee cake is a blessing.Glad Roger is recovering. Julie, hopes for good surgery results and then and end to the long divorce trek. Thankful Megan is working, but hope you will have shopping help through colder weather. Glad you have the kitties, despite their rambunctious behavior, they are great companions. Church is helping you too. While no one can compare to God or Jesus, here and now we do need dependable human help. They are God’s hands on earth. I’m thankful that is a truth. Hope for this sort of help for Ally & David. Prayers for both financial and medical help that meets your needs. Thankful for the resources available here . Stay safe.

  • Julie Posted October 18, 2021 8:50 am

    I think they are talking of heaven on earth, when Jesus returns. Currently, I can’t even envision this ideal for my self. My currenrt situation certainly prevents me from experiencing anything remotely similar to wholeness and wellness, but I long for it with my whole heart and soul.
    I spent the morning in church and enjoying everything about the experience. I spent the rest of the day shopping and walking. But I came home with takeout for myself to a mess of dryer lint all through the house and a pulled out dryer and the laundry room i n disarray. H had done all the damage and just left it. I cleaned the mess and made him move the dryer back, which he did somewhat. He intends to do this again next weekend. He will have to cleanup the mess himself, but I know he won’t and I can’t live like that.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health and financial relief. Prayers for Jill and her colleague to find an amicable resolution to the issue. Prayers of thankfulness for Robert, that his message was well received and well attended. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Ally Posted October 18, 2021 2:26 pm

    I hope my community would become a place which reflects the kingdom of God: a place where all receive Justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God. Heaven on earth. May it be so. Thank You Lord, for my NEM family. Short post today. We got our boosters Saturday. Side effect were like flu and still don’t feel100%. We would do it again to protect ourselves and others. Know I lift you all up to the Lord. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted October 18, 2021 5:48 pm

    This is unimaginative to me, especially when I consider the environment inside the walls of my school. This then sends my mind to places trying to grasp what these students’ home lives are like.
    Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
    A beautiful Fall day, with cooler temps, but warmer than I anticipated when I walked out of school. My friend grilled out a pork tenderloin and potatoes – so an enjoyable meal and conversation.
    Will be heading to bed soon, as I had trouble falling asleep last night. Feeling sleepy.
    Tomorrow is “super test Tuesday”, for whatever that is worth. Seniors are taking the ACT and the rest of the grades a practice ACT. Luckily I got paired up with another strong disciplinarian – so our classroom of 20+ seniors should get along just fine.

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