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

For several minutes, consider your breathing. …

Inhale and hold your breath until it becomes uncomfortable to do so. Exhale; then inhale the gift that awaits you.

Now return to regular breathing, aware that … The gift of life is given with every breath.

If you feel inclined, pray as you breathe:
• as you inhale, “For breath, wind, spirit.”
• as you exhale, “Thank you.”

—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

If you have tried breath prayer, repeating a word or phrase as you inhaled and exhaled, how did it make you feel? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Spirit of God has made me;

the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
—Job 33:4 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
of me.
—Jane J. Young
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Discover embodiment this Advent with our newest devotional and interactive online experience, Fully Human, Fully Divine. Over the course of four weeks, author Whitney R. Simpson encourages us to embrace the season of Advent fully, with our whole selves, and remember that Jesus showed us what it means to be both fully human and fully divine. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted October 18, 2022 6:36 am

    Breathing, the first sign of life when we are born and let out the cry all are so anxious to hear, might have been different for me. No memory of it, but have been told, I had pneumonia in my first days of life and was in the doctor’s office hospital for 10 days. A few bouts of asthma in my early years and allergies that lasted until my early 20s are now memories. We sang Breathe on Me Breath of God this past Sunday.. Four new people Sunday, expecting their return Sunday.
    Thankful for Discipleship-Worship-UMC for help with the message.
    Prayers for Julie and tough days with H, her upcoming help with Thanksgiving, boat and car sales. Near me is a center that provides adult care so care givers get a break, hope that is possible in Pittsburgh. Thinking of Ally&David while reading of Wesley’s time in Georgia,
    prayers for resolution of troubled thoughts, help with David’s PT, restored cat health, and solutions to financial needs. This may be Jill’s last day in Florida, safe travel home. 27 people in the Lay Servant class, by Zoom it is a bit awkward, but better a class than no class. Thank You,

  • Ally Posted October 18, 2022 11:53 pm

    The breath prayer gave me something to focus on today. My heart is breaking, as it seems we will be making difficult decisions about our kitty Lewis. Last week, I thought we would be doing this for Scout, who has rallied. Such a tough little girl. I try to be hopeful for Scout and Lewis, but they are both pretty old. Lewis went down quick. Our vet is closed tomorrow. Not sure what we are going to do. We don’t have any money. Prayers are most appreciated. Thanks also for listening.
    David has outpatient PT tomorrow. He is looking forward to it. Been diligent about doing his homework. My psychiatrist is changing my meds and I have therapy tomorrow. I am truly thankful to have it this week.
    Robert, I wish you could visit St. Simon’s Island GA and see Christ Church, where the Weekend served while in GA. St. You would enjoy it! David and I spent our honeymoon on St. Simon’s and attended church at Christ Church. Beautiful experience. Prayers for Julie, that she will feel God’s strength on day when caring for H is especially trying. Prayers for Jill, that time with family in Florida was refreshing and that she has a safe trip home. Prayers for April, Lew, Rick and Scott, and all who visit UR and NEM. Love to all.

    • Ally Posted October 18, 2022 11:55 pm

      I didn’t proof very carefully. Not weekend but Wesleys.

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