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

WATER, in eternal flow
from past to future, earth to sky,
you bring me beauty,
clense, renew, sustain my life
. . . and I?
I bring you but enduring thanks
awash with firm intent
to honor and respect,
not profane, neglect,
your call to purity.

– Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young
Contemplative by Design

From page 88 of Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. Copyright © 2008 by Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give thanks to God for water. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For truly I tell you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you bear the name of Christ will by no means lose the reward.

Mark 9:41, NRSV

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This week we remember: Leoba (September 28).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 29, 2018 4:00 am

    Thank you God for clean water from the tap to use daily.

    Please help the people from places where clean water is not available.

    Blessings to all and may all have a fabulous and peaceful weekend!

  • Lou Posted September 29, 2018 4:31 am

    Yes- thankful for water.
    Thankful for a home and a job
    Thankful for family- prayers for my mother and brother traveling to see us today.
    Prayers for my friend M who lost her husband yesterday after an extended illness.
    Prayers for my children –
    Prayers for all parents and their children.
    Prayers for all here at the UR.

  • Julie Posted September 29, 2018 8:16 am

    Yes, may I not take for granted the precious gift of water given by our Lord. May I be cognizant of my actions and how they may impact such a vital life necessity. May I also remember to pray for those who lack access to clean water and those who travel miles for a jug of water.
    Prayers for Mary and aa restful weekend.
    Prayers for Lou and her children and safe travel for her relatives.
    Prayers for Connie and her family.
    Prayers for Betsy and her husband and their safe travel.
    Prayers for Jill and her family and her hands.
    Prayers for Robert, Erich and Anneliese. May Robert follow Your leadings.
    Prayers for Marcy. Lord hold her and comfort her as we long to do.
    Lord, lead me to the job You have for me. Help me to find a job that will use the talents You gave me.
    Prayers dear UR family

  • Darr Sigilman Posted September 29, 2018 8:42 am

    I think it would be well to remember that when we pray we should always ask God for want but we should always ask according to His will. Prayer is not to bring God into harmony with us but to bring us into harmony with God.

  • Connie Posted September 29, 2018 8:43 am

    Most days when I am running the water to make coffee, I say thank you for this water. It is truly a blessing that we take for granted and sometimes use to excess.
    Thankful for:
    Getting tasks done yesterday.
    Hearing from Mary, Lou, Julie and for those reading this.
    Julie’s prayers. May she find a job that fits her to a “T”.
    A furnace that takes the chill away. Finally relented and turned it on.

    The brilliant sunrise-I couldn’t see very well to do my daily puzzle.

  • robert moeller Posted September 30, 2018 3:55 am

    Yes, very thankful for water, we can’t live without it. Thankful for wonderful weather and a great railroad historical society convention. Today is the walking tour.

    Blessings to all, will catch up Sunday afternoon.

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