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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

In my experience, discovering wholeness has required practicing the means of grace. Means of grace are those intentional practices that put us squarely in the flow of grace—practices such as prayer, silence, solitude, confession, journaling, physical exercise, small groups, worship, and practicing the presence of God, to name a few. I’ve had to intentionally create habits and rhythms that keep me close to Jesus in order to maintain any lasting sense of wholeness.

—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What habits and rhythms can you create this year in order to stay close to Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”
—John 15:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen.
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2 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted January 4, 2022 6:47 am

    Continue as a member of the worship team. We have a meeting Wednesday evening in preparation for Sunday’s service. Hoping progress is being made with Julie’s job search and legal action, Jill’s travel and school Larry’s condo sale, Ally’s application for assistance, David’s health, Lou’s youngest child, and safety for all in this Omicron surge. 3 degrees here going to 25, snow, much needed snow, in tomorrow’s forecast. We pick a new book for Bible study today. Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence.

  • Jill Posted January 4, 2022 6:57 pm

    To me, being in the “flow of grace” – I would think this would require time spent among people, both believers and non-believers – looking for opportunities to demonstrate grace. Yes, we are recipients of His grace, but we are also called to extend His grace. Sure – this can be done to/for oneself, but I believe we must intentionally demonstrate grace to others. Connection to Him requires being amongst others.
    Just home from my god son’s basketball game. His mom and dad are both quarantined with Covid.
    School seemed business as usual to me…a few more student absences than usual. We shall see how the week unfolds.

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