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.

A House of Prayer

The Power of Praying in Community

Thomas R. Steagald • April 2014

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A House of Prayer begins with a personal story: a moment of a deep sense of isolation and spiritual distress that gives way to a deep sense of abiding connectedness and community. That movement from isolation to serenity by means of praying together, spiritually or physically, is the emphasis of this book. Steagald believes that praying together allows the church to become "one," as Jesus intended, and the "body" St. Paul described. The author incorporates memoir, travelogue, reflection on scripture, church history, and psychology as he builds a compelling case for congregations to put more focus on praying as a community.

Categories: Prayer
Thomas R. Steagald is pastor of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The author of 5 books, he has also contributed to many journals and commentaries. Steagald serves as the spiritual director for the Central Carolinas Emmaus Community. He is a regular blogger for The Christian Century at www.theolog.org.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1321-1

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1322-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1323-5

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2014

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

BISAC1: REL012080



One of Marilynne Robinson's best characters, writing deeply personal things for his grandson, said, "For me, writing has always felt like praying." Tom Steagald's book A HOUSE OF PRAYER feels like a prayer, a scrapbook of memories of prayers. Once we've overheard them, it would be hard not to pray more deeply and personally ourselves.

–James C. Howell Senior Pastor, Myers Park United Methodist Church Charlotte, North Carolina Author, STRUCK FROM BEHIND: MY MEMORIES OF GOD