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.

Companions in Christ: The Way of Discernment Leader’s Guide

Marjorie J. Thompson • August 2008

BUY Print $12.99

The Way of Discernment Participant's Book is also available for small-group members.

This guide provides everything you need to prepare and lead small-group studies. The Way of Discernment provides:

  • Principles of personal and group discernment
  • Daily exercises to help you move from information to experience
  • Weekly meeting plans designed for group sharing and worship
  • Penetrating questions to aid the process of discernment

The 10-week study focuses on the ancient spiritual discipline of discernment for individuals, congregations, or larger bodies of the church. In addition to a preparatory meeting, sessions include:

  • The Beckoning of Discernment
  • The Heart of Discernment
  • Fruit as Touchstones
  • Core Identity as Touchstone
  • Growing in the Gift
  • In the Hard Places
  • Communal Discernment: Beginnings
  • Communal Discernment: Going Farther
  • Elements of Perpetual Challenge
  • The All-Encompassing Audience

The Leader's Guide contains step-by-step instructions for sessions and a list of materials needed for the weekly group meetings.

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served as director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership and as spiritual director to Companions in Christ, a program outgrowth of the Pathways initiative of The Upper Room. Companions in Christ is a series of small-group resources for spiritual formation in local congregations, suited to ecumenical use. Marjorie has exercised a ministry of teaching, writing, and spiritual guidance for many years.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9959-8

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: August 2008

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120

BISAC2: REL095000

BISAC3: REL023000