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

What some call the “gray tsunami” has swept upon us. … Medical science has extended our life span beyond our fondest dreams. At times, I pinch myself to convince myself I am really ninety years old. …

It is only through the life of the Spirit that we discover why we have lived so long. I have learned that living this long means accepting whatever that oldest age brings and deepening these years with enrichment and joy.

—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How well do you accept the changes that come with aging? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

So teach us to count our days
that we may gain a wise heart.
—Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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Something More

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted November 7, 2022 7:10 am

    Prayers for the student stabbed at Jill’s school, for the safety of all students, teachers, staff, and the neighborhoods from which the students come. There were metal detectors in the urban school where I taught soon after I arrived there. Sad, but they save lives and make everyone feel safe.
    Glad to read to read a post from April. It’s a testimony of faith.
    Knowing your own health levels is important, medicine is a balance of science and art. Glad Julie knows her levels. Prayers for her. Megan an her care of h.
    Competitive tennis, kittens causing great joy, the return of Becky, Don, and Larry on the 17th, and what you do for others, Jill, are all great blessings.
    Prayers for the US, many have already voted, but election day is tomorrow. God’s wisdom is there for the asking, thank You, Lord.
    While the New England Conference of the UMC has a bishop until the end of December, we are awaiting a decision on who the new bishop will be. As a whole the UMC still has not resolved very
    important issues, that too is a concern. In the meantime we continue on , planning and conducting worship, Bible or book study, and online fellowship. Thankfully our resources remain steady even though attendance is quite low. Lay Servant class tonight.
    Supplied with grace from God the moment you were born, grace grows with your faith. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 7, 2022 9:15 am

    When asked about how she felt about her birthday as she ages, Whoopi Goldberg responded that it is better than the alternative! I like and have adopted her viewpoint. Aches and pains come with aging, they remind us we are still alive and kicking. God is with us every day no matter our age.
    I spent the day with Megan yesterday. We went to an orchard and bought apples. Megan is taking an apple crumble to her Friendsgiving this Saturday and I am making an apple crisp for the church Thanksgiving sit down meals. Megan and I will be volunteering again this year. For the first time since Covid there will be both take out and sit down options. Yesterday was beautiful and we spent the day at the orchard as they have a gift shop and bakery and ice cream.
    Prayers for Ally and David, Jill, her family and new kitties, Lou and her mother and Robert, Erich and the CCUMC.

  • Jill Posted November 7, 2022 6:20 pm

    I am trying to accept the physical struggles that I experience. I am grateful to remain active, able to play tennis and run. I do have an appointment tomorrow with a sports medicine doctor, with x-rays prior to. I have been unable to sit without discomfort since the middle of July. It’s the weirdest thing, as I can play tennis as hard as ever and experience no discomfort. But sitting for a meal or in the car – not great. I bought a desk extender, which raises my workspace in my room. The only time I am seated throughout the day is at mealtime and in the car. Hoping this referral tomorrow will get me on the right path.
    A colleague and I hit tennis balls after school today. Warm sunshine again, although cooler air. He had wanted to hit with me for a while, and we played for about an hour. We chuckled that we waited until the time change to do it.
    I have removed all the barriers in my house and the kittens have been exploring. We will see if they sleep upstairs with me this evening. My friend bought them a super sturdy scratching post – and I hope they will use it and not tear up my furniture. The one…the female…has been hanging on it like a koala bear. They surely are entertainment.
    Tomorrow we have teachers meetings all day, followed by an after school meeting for my program. Luckily I will be escaping in the morning for the x-ray and appointment. Having dinner with a former student after the meetings.

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