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

Zechariah’s song is a father improvising at the birth of a son, a made-up song to release some of the wonder and joy that he feels in his bones in such a way that words alone cannot express. The emotion just has to come out. It’s put to rhythm, and the rhythm helps to lock words into place. The rhythm emerges from a tension that builds in Zechariah’s own life, is improvised in his song, and still longs for resolution.

—Max O. Vincent, Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you created your own song or poem to express wonder and joy about Jesus the Christ? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[The child John’s] father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke this prophecy: “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David.”
—Luke 1:67-69 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord, Emmanuel. Amen.
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  • Julie Posted December 3, 2021 8:19 am

    I have never done this. This week’s reflection queries are very new ways of thinking and relating as a Christian.
    Prayers for Ally and David as they attend another urologist appointment and receive answers regarding his PSA levels. May God be with them and guide them. Prayers for Jeremy, may he continue to improve and be able to return home soon. Prayers for Jill as she faces long days at school and prayers for Roger as he must wait for his meals and his insulin due to the long days. May the weekend allow for more regular meals and injections and may his diabetes finally be brought under control. Prayers for Robert and Erich, may Erich take positive steps to improve his future and may God help Robert discern his true part in this endeavor. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
    Thankyou for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted December 3, 2021 11:14 am

    Not really creative in this area. Poetry – both reading and interpreting it, as well as composing – just isn’t a gift of mine. I enjoy the ingenuity of others and incorporate their words and songs into my worship.
    Busy morning at school – a good thing – time passes quickly. Time to do some treasurer stuff and some grading, before my last class.
    This evening I will be attending my god son’s basketball game. He is a freshman in high school and is starting JV and dressing varsity. I plan on attending the JV game only. The game is an hour away and will need to be home to get Roger fed and dosed, as closely to his normal time as possible.
    Praying for a good outcome and report from Ally regarding David’s appt.
    Last night a parent popped her head in my office. I had three of her sons as students and they are a wonderful family. I had her middle son while my mom was sick. When she passed, this parent sent me a beautiful card sharing her condolences. We had a really pleasant conversation, catching up on her sons’ lives and whereabouts.

  • robert moeller Posted December 3, 2021 12:28 pm

    Certainly no poems from me, they aren’t in me. Hummed melodies are for me the most spiritual. The notes carry the thoughts, feelings, emotions, my spirit best I can’t think of words,
    I leave that to hymn writers. Oh how I agree with these words, “may Erich take positive steps to improve his future and may God help Robert discern his true part in this endeavor..” Thank you, Julie. I”m thankful that the plan is progressing, so far so good. Have a ways to go and the goal is quite a challenge. Progress too on finishing the model, only a few small details to add, then paint.
    A successful trip to a bakery that makes cookies like my Mom. Hope David has good results today, Julie finds a job, disability paperwork is accepted, Roger and Jeremy continue healing, ans school goes well for Jill. Thank You, Lord.


  • Julie Posted December 3, 2021 2:41 pm

    Please pray for me, I applied where Megan works and they want to talk to me. Maybe today.

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