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

What a relief that God’s reality and trustworthiness does not depend on our feelings. And God can be trusted with all our emotions and all our hungers, pains, fears, and doubts. The reason we are called to wait on God during Advent is because God always shows up. While we wait on God, we can lean into the believing community that trusts with us and for us. Hope and belief can be shared within the body of Christ.

—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

What support do you need from others as you wait on God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

By speaking the truth with love, let’s grow in every way into Christ, who is the head. The whole body grows from him, as it is joined and held together by all the supporting ligaments. The body makes itself grow in that it builds itself up with love as each one does its part.
—Ephesians 4:15-16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

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Something More

For many people, this time of year brings up feelings of loneliness, anxiety, grief, and despair. Join us to pray for those in need, or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted December 15, 2021 8:05 am

    I need people to come beside me and help me find a job as I wait on God’s timing in this. I am very anxious regarding my future finances and health insurance. It seems one must know someone to get a job. I am willing to work at chain restaurants and convenience stores if it would mean a job with good benefits. I wait for God’s will and guidance.
    Prayers for Ally’s disability application and her financial issues and her, David’s, and Jeremy’s health. Prayers for Jill as she gives exams, may her students do well and may God relieve Larry’s anxiety. Prayers for Lou and her family. Prayers for Robert’s church as they continue to lead one another and for Erich’s future, may he accept all of the responsibility regarding it. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
    Thank you so much for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Ally Posted December 15, 2021 9:12 am

    Sometimes I need an encouraging word and the knowledge that someone is lifting me up in prayer. I enjoyed uplifting conversations about spiritual things and the joy brought by beauty of music. The music of Advent and Christmas lifts my soul toward heaven. Thank You, Lord.
    Julie, I am praying for you, for the job you need in God’s time. I pray we all find the things we need as we wait. Love you all.

  • Jill Posted December 15, 2021 11:44 am

    I appreciate supportive words. When someone takes the time to grab my hand and pray with me, I don’t know that I have experienced a more treasured moment. Grateful for those who companion me and step boldly to the Throne.
    Wading my way through exams…grading, grading, grading. It was good to attend my god son’s game last evening. Talked to my friend in Montana on the way to the game. Dad got his first offer on his condo, but there were a lot of contingencies and he doesn’t want any of that. I think he is being idyllic in his thinking, but didn’t have the heart to go there with him last night. I think he sees this unfolding seamlessly, and I just don’t know that that is realistic.
    Julie, we will continue to support your job seeking efforts here through prayer.

  • robert moeller Posted December 15, 2021 12:20 pm

    Julie, Jill, Ally&David, I’m praying for your concerns.Job hunting is a tedious chore from my experience, but God’s presence is with you. tYhst students do well is the wish of every teacher, student, parent, and the entire community. Buying and selling ones home is also a chore, be patient. Hope Jeremy and Roger recover and stay stable. Progress here organizing household items, taking Brill car photos. Hopefully Erich’s time on the slopes today will relieve some stress.
    Preparation for my visit with my daughter and granddaughters coming along. Will take my part in this Sunday’s worship, but from home. Wish I was in church, but caution is the word. Today’s reflection is right on to my way of thinking. Thank You, Lord.

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