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

I take the idea of baptism pretty seriously. I don’t fully understand it, but that itself seems to make sense to me, that it would be a little difficult to wrap my mind around a sacrament, a means by which somehow God continually reveals God’s self to humanity. There has to be some inexplicable mystery running through the currents and canals of God’s grace. What I do understand is that once I have joined the crowd of carnival goers, I am invited to put on these new metaphysical outfits, these clothes of eternal life, if you will, that help me identify myself as part of the unfolding drama.

—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How does baptism prompt you to participate in God’s unfolding drama? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me.
—Galatians 2:20 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Forgive me when I am reluctant to engage as you call me to do. Surround me with a faith community that encourages and challenges me to participate in God’s unfolding drama.
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  • Jill Posted September 26, 2020 6:34 am

    Buried with Him in baptism and raised to new life…we are to walk in newness of life, forsaking desires and ways of the past. And as we continue forward – we work to bring about His kingdom. We don’t know how or where or when He will use us, but we remain at the ready. Father – increase my trust in Your timing and may I rest in this time of waiting. Your ways are not my ways…I will abide.
    A moment of great levity during my last class yesterday. I was using my document camera as I worked through a problem with my students. Roger jumps up on the desk and is walking on my computer and what I am writing on. The students – in the Google Meet – see the work, but can also see a me – in a smaller portion of their screen. Roger topples over the document camera and I try to cajole him out of the way. Finally, some measure of order is restored, and I finish the lesson. At the end – I try to minimize the screen showing my document camera and get back to seeing all my students. Everything is frozen, nothing is responding – as Roger had stepped on the mouse pad and it had gotten stuck. I am finally able to depress it and my students are waiting there for me. Many turn off their cameras to help stream better – I asked them all to turn on their cameras so I could see their faces. One young lady says – Roger was so funny. Then everyone just chimes in how they were laughing at him and me. It was so great to see their faces and their smiles and to hear their laughter. I told them how much I missed them and how I love their smiles. What a great way to end the week.
    Dad and I are golfing this afternoon. Supposed to be just a gorgeous day.

  • Marcy Posted September 26, 2020 8:02 am

    “I Am Coming To The Cross”

    I am coming to the cross;
    I am poor and weak and blind;
    I am counting all but dross;
    I shall full salvation find.


    I am trusting, Lord, in Thee.
    Blessèd Lamb of Calvary;
    Humbly at Thy cross I bow.
    Save me, Jesus, save me now.

    Long my heart has sighed for Thee;
    Long has evil reigned within;
    Jesus sweetly speaks to me:
    I will cleanse you from all sin.


    Here I give my all to Thee:
    Friends and time and earthly store;
    Soul and body Thine to be,
    Wholly Thine forevermore.


    In the promises I trust;
    Now I feel the blood applied;
    I am prostrate in the dust;
    I with Christ am crucified.


    Jesus comes! He fills my soul!
    Perfected in Him I am;
    I am every whit made whole:
    Glory, glory to the Lamb!


    William McDonald
    Tune: SAMARIA (Fischer)

    “This I Believe”

    Our Father everlasting
    The all creating One
    God Almighty

    Through Your Holy Spirit
    Conceiving Christ the Son
    Jesus our Savior

    I believe in God our Father
    I believe in Christ the Son
    I believe in the Holy Spirit
    Our God is three in one
    I believe in the resurrection
    That we will rise again
    For I believe in the name of Jesus

    Our Judge and our Defender
    Suffered and crucified
    Forgiveness is in You

    Descended into darkness
    You rose in glorious life
    Forever seated high

    I believe in You
    I believe You rose again
    I believe that Jesus Christ is Lord
    I believe

    We believe in love, Jesus

    I believe in life eternal
    I believe in the virgin birth
    I believe in the saints’ communion
    And in Your holy Church
    I believe in the resurrection
    When Jesus comes again
    For I believe, in the name of Jesus

    Hillsong Worship

  • Julie Posted September 26, 2020 8:59 am

    So many intriguing concepts in this book that I have never pondered. Baptism draws me to the church as I feel that part of Baptism is the community of others that have shared this experience. We have shared a renewal and rebirth and now are part of the children of God and siblings of Jesus. As such we should join together to glorify God and invite others to join our family.
    Prayers for Jill and I add my thanks to Him that you were able to enjoy such a moment of levity with your students using the new technology. It sounds like one and all are becoming more at ease.
    Prayers for Marcy and her awesome knowledge of hymns and her awe inspiring faith.
    Prayers for Robert who teaches me so much about living a truly Spirit guided life, may his children’s eyes be opened.
    Prayers for Ally and David. May David’s health continue to improve and may he be patient with his body. May Ally be guided by God in her many decisions and in her overwhelming workload. May she continue to be motivated and to be a motivator. Tazzie is still not perking up and I wonder if I should take him to the vet and relate your success with antibiotics and steroids. How long does a URI usually last?
    Prayers, thank you and stay safe and well UR

  • robert moeller Posted September 27, 2020 5:54 am

    On a beautiful day I was on the road over mountains, through valleys, beside a river on my way to and from a railroad historical society member’s house. God’s spectacular fall foliage was on full display. By the end of my journey the “leaf peepers” were also gathered or traveling to what each considered a
    “hot spot”.

    With infant baptism followed by confirmation some years later most common in my spiritual life, baptism, while very important, seems less so than confirmation. There’s all sorts of theology behind the when of baptism. Jesus was well aware of His baptism. Am thankful I am baptized, a child of God, and yes it is good to remember our baptism.

    Yes, hearing ans seeing student laugh was very precious, Thank You. Lord. For news of Tazzie, Marcy’s almost always new to me hymns, prayers for the well being, health, success of a business, and the blessings of the day I thank You, Lord. I think the minute we think we are living a Spirit guided life, we fool ourselves. Only God, perhaps others, can make that judgement. As a human I need God’s mercy and grace

    Written early Sunday morning. Blessings to all.

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