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

Prayer beads … can help us find our way to God. How? … They can remind us to pray. I have heard many people attest to this fact. In the middle of a busy day or at bedtime, they will look down, see their prayer beads, and be reminded to pray. They will bring to mind God’s presence, which calls them into an encounter. Such a visual cue has distinct importance for someone in the midst of crisis or doubt.

—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What visual cues remind you to pray? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus told [his disciples], “When you pray, say:
‘Father, uphold the holiness of your name.
Bring in your kingdom.
Give us the bread we need for today.
Forgive us our sins,
for we also forgive everyone who has wronged us.
And don’t lead us into temptation.’”
—Luke 11:2-4 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted November 3, 2022 5:29 am

    People I see, locations or situations in which I find my self remind or encourage me to pray.
    Two kittens at Jill’s! Good news. Hope Julie can eliminate the distractions h has. It will certainly make life easier, less stressful. Prayers for all the NEM family. Warmer weather is holding off heating. Thankful car maintenance was less expensive than expected, snow tires on, ready for winter. Blessings.

  • Julie Posted November 3, 2022 9:30 am

    I do not have visual cues, I have time cues.
    The boat is gone! The man came to take it yesterday morning and h was none the wiser. He has hounded me constantly about the specifics ever since. The broker called this morning to say it is worth more than twice what he thought. I need to go get the title and have h sign it in front of a notary though which should be fun.
    Prayers for Ally and David, Jill and her family and Robert and his church. Congratulations Jill on your new kittens. They can be a handful and when there are two they have a tendency to rip and tear through the house. But they are wonderful to share your life with. Good luck.

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