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

Story reminds us to which communities we belong. Family stories tell us that we are part of a community related by blood. In some respects knowing the stories is as much a part of belonging to a family as our biological inheritance. The stories that shape who we are and what we value also define the parameters of the communities to which we belong. . . . Because we know the stories of Jesus and his followers and indeed claim to be followers ourselves, those stories form the persons we are and the decisions we make even today.

—Michael E. Williams, “A Community of Stories,”  The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent Reader, compiled by Benjamin Howard (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What stories have helped to form your identity? What stories form the identity of your community? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Return home and tell the story of what God has done for you.”
—Luke 8:39 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, thank you for what is just around the corner. In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, I await the coming of the most beautiful light.
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Something More

Join us for The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent eCourse. Beginning next week and throughout Advent, we will gather online for weekly guided spiritual practice sessions, group learning, and facilitated discussion. The eCourse also includes daily readings from this week’s featured book, The Wondrous Mystery. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted November 25, 2021 5:54 am

    Genealogy, family photos, the experiences of life, conversations, notes found in a Bible, foreign language skills, maps, foods, and regional study have helped to form my identity. I’m becoming aware of the stories of my community, in New England terms I’m very much a newcomer to the town where I live even though I’m a native New Englander, NH is not VT.
    Blessings and thanks to all of you who come to NEM to read, post, share, and care for fellow community members. You are all a blessing and I am grateful for you. Thank You, Lord. Have a blessed and thank filled day.

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