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

If we would pray with Hannah and Nouwen, with Teresa and Merton, we need to relearn from them what prayer is—and isn’t. Prayer isn’t something pasted onto an otherwise irreligious day, but it permeates everything we do. Prayer is not something we do because it “works.” Whether it works or not is utterly unimportant to the saints. For them prayer is all about love, the creation of communion with the God from whom the soul cannot bear to be apart.

—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)

Today’s Question

What does it mean to you that “prayer is all about love”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love;
teach me your statutes.

—Psalm 119:64 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted November 7, 2021 2:48 pm

    Hello all, this has been a crazy week filled with Dr. Appointments errands, and doing paperwork as part of my disability claim. It is long and involved. Pray I persevere and get it completed.
    My sister and I have spent a few weekends at a convent in retreat. The convent chapel has “Ora Et Labora” on one wall: a quote from St. Benedict meaning, “work and pray”. I ask God to make my life a prayer. Know your concerns and joys are close to my heart. Love you all. Thank You God, for this forum.

  • Jill Posted November 7, 2021 3:14 pm

    Prayer – my frequency and perseverance in it demonstrates my love for God and my need for His love and presence. When I become consumed with me, my focus is not where it should be. When I am dropping in frequently to Him, my anchor is secure.
    Grateful for an afternoon with dad. It was beautiful out, so we went to the driving range. He is playing golf with his buddies tomorrow. We also watched the football game together – a positive game and a W.
    Have a tennis tonight. Haven’t gotten as much school work done as I should have, but feel like I am in a pretty good spot for my pre-observation conference Tuesday morning. Finishing touches tomorrow.
    No noticeable difference in Roger. Not sure last night’s shot got in, as there was a touch of dampness on his fur. It still remains very easy – so much so I doubt I am doing it correctly. But the syringe is empty. Maybe I will see a change in the next few days in his water consumption.

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