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

We meet people where they are, doing what they like to do. The times when people were specifically looking for a church or automatically coming to us are over. We must become missionaries in our own neighborhoods and build authentic relationships with people first in order to build trust with them, most likely before they will ever want to be part of a church community with us.

—Paul Nixon and Craig Gilbert, Launching a New Worship Community: A Practical Guide for the 2020s (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

How can you build authentic relationships with those outside your faith community?
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Today’s Scripture

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
—Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, help us to welcome new people into our faith communities. Guide us to people who are seeking you, and help us convey your love and acceptance as we develop authentic relationships with them. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted November 13, 2021 7:28 am

    Strike up conversation, be a helping hand, do unto your neighbor as you would have your neighbor do unto you, go where help is needed and provide it. Be like Christ, In our very divided and politicized world we must listen well and help people with their needs. They’ll know we are Christians by our love. Thankful the ministries of the church I attend continue. Blessings to all of NEM as we approach Advent.

  • Julie Posted November 13, 2021 8:28 am

    My main focus is Megan and bringing her to church with me is my ultimate goal. Little baby steps, like our volunteering for Thanksgiving, are how I intend to accomplish this seemingly impossible task.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may the Eliquis be effective in treating the a fib and may she persevere through the disability process. Prayers for Jill as she continues to deal wth the review process and prayers that the vet determined how to proceed with Roger’s treatment. Prayers for God to guide Robert’s church during this time of lay leadership and seeking a pastor. Prayers for Marti and her staff. This is my last post prior to my surgery on Monday. I pray I will be home following the procedure and back to posting Tuesday. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted November 13, 2021 6:40 pm

    I really buy into this premise – that relationships need to exist prior to trying to “church” someone. And, the relationship must be authentic, and we must be good listeners. Baby steps, allow the Spirit to work, and we stay at the ready.
    Well, Roger’s blood sugar levels were very high yesterday and his insulin dosage has been increased 50%. The technician answered my questions and shared her concerns. She encouraged me to do the next blood draw curve (12 hours, every 2 hours) at home. I am looking into it, the equipment and process. Again, I asked if he was suffering. She said no, he was not. To not give up on him yet. But, the road to getting him regulated is hard to predict.
    Was able to attend my god son’s scrimmage again this morning. Found out his coach is the son of a tennis player I know. We had a nice time catching up. I didn’t see her much this summer as she was spending a lot of time caring for her mom. It was good to touch base.
    Thai carryout, watching a football game and time with my friend and her dogs.
    A zoom session with students this evening, only one customer showed up. I expect more tomorrow – as there are two separate ones for different classes.
    It will be good to be in church tomorrow.
    Julie – praying for your procedure.

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