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

FEAR OFFERS each of us the opportunity to demonstrate courage. After all, we don’t need courage unless we’re afraid. Courage does not mean that we deny or avoid the fear. Author Erica Jong says, “I have accepted fear as a part of life, specifically the fear of change, the fear of the unknown, and I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.” This is courage.

Courage means different things to each of us at different times. Sometimes it is courageous to take action, and sometimes it is courageous to withdraw.

– Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison
Birthed in Prayer

From page 114 of Birthed in Prayer: Pregnancy as a Spiritual Journey by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison. Copyright © 2008 by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, and Leigh Harrison. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How are you being given the opportunity to be courageous? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But Ruth said, “Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; Where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”
Ruth 1:16, NRSV

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This week we remember: Donald M. Baillie (October 31).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 29, 2018 6:36 am

    While I think it is a wise decision to move to a place where there are more opportunities for my son and where it will be easier to live, it takes some courage to move to a more unfamiliar place.

    Prayers for Pittsburgh, the Jewish community there, and Jewish people across the US.

  • Lou Posted October 29, 2018 6:56 am

    Yes – it takes courage to face new things and the uncertainty and the unknown. Life is filled with the unknown. I pray each morning – Lord please help me.
    Prayers for you Robert in the journey ahead of you- you are such a good father to support your son as you do. And like you often say- we would not be where we are now if not for the strength and courage given to us by God. You have been through much and God is always there. Praise be.
    We all have had to rely on the courage that God gives us and our faith.
    Prayers of courage today for Robert and his family, for Jill and her family- give her Mother special courage Lord. Prayers of strength and courage for Julie and the unknown she faces. Prayers for Connie and the hard days she has occasionally – her faith is strong Lord -grant her your courage and the peace that only you can give. Prayers for Betsy and her extended family and Andrea and her family on their upcoming vacation together – bless them with peace and courage and love. Prayers for Mary who has shown courage in her new job transition – continue to bless her and encourage her on this new path. Continued prayers for April and Paige for Marcy and Rusty – and all of those who come here looking for courage and peace. Prayers for my children who need courage to live life in this world that can be quite scary for the young people who are just beginning new jobs or trying to figure out a college and life path.
    Comfort your people oh God-
    Grant us Your peace and courage to face a new day.
    Comfort all those who mourn in the face of numerous tragedies-we need you more than ever Lord.

    • Connie Posted October 29, 2018 7:37 am

      Amen and Amen.

  • Connie Posted October 29, 2018 7:46 am

    It is beyond comprehension all the disturbing things going on all around us. Lord, grant a revival, and make haste to renew this land.
    Thankful for:
    The quick reactions to recent situations.
    The glimmers of joy we experience in life.
    Lou’s meaningful post.
    A new week with all its possibilities.

    • Connie Posted October 29, 2018 7:49 am

      P.S. for yesterday…..”I will follow Him wherever He may lead”

      • April Posted October 29, 2018 8:21 am

        I will follow him (follow him), follow him wherever he may go
        There isn’t an ocean too deep
        A mountain so high it can keep, keep me away
        Away from my love (I love him, I love him, I love him)
        I love him, I love him, I love him
        And where he goes I’ll follow, I’ll follow, I’ll follow
        He’ll always be my true love, my true love, my true love
        From now until forever, forever, forever

  • Julie Posted October 29, 2018 8:07 am

    Yes, I face particularly uncertain times currently. I try to take refuge in the Lord. Thank you again for your prayers.
    I think part of why this area is reeling is because we have always been known for our kindness and acceptance. We are the home of Mr. Roger’s, who is the personification of kindness, inclusion, acceptance and love for the world. We will heal, but we will never be the same.
    Prayers for Robert and his willingness to enter into the unknown for the sake of his son. A father’s sacrifice for a son done in love. Bless them both Lord.
    Prayers for Louu who was thrust into the unknown by another. She has been a role model for me in my present circumstances. She is also a role model for her children, she has shown resilience that they will need throughout life.
    Prayers for Connie and her family. She too faced the unknown after devestating losses of loved ones. She has remained true to the Lord and delights in His small blessings each day. A true example of faith for me to emulate and aspire to achieve.
    Prayers for Mary and her willingness to step into an unknown new career. She seems to be much rewarded for her courage.
    Prayers for Jill and her family as they face the unknown of health issues. May they draw strength and assurance from the Lord and one another.
    Prayers of love for the UR family. May we shine a light of love for the world to see.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 29, 2018 8:16 am

    Thank you God for courage to move out of our comfort zone.

    Thank you that no matter what happens, you are always with us.

    Thank you for all the UR friends here and all their prayers.

    Blessings to all and may we continue to pray for for one another as well as the Jewish community all over the world.

  • robert moeller Posted October 29, 2018 8:43 am

    Amen and Amen to the prayers in today’s digest. Thank you Julie, Connie, Lou, Mary, and April. Prayers for healing, reconciliation, courage, and trust in God. In God we continue, without God we fail. Thank You, Lord for all You have done, do, and will do for us.

  • Andrea Posted October 29, 2018 9:11 pm

    And all I can say is, Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen, to all these beautiful prayers.

    Blessings, all.

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