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

However the desire for God begins to show up in our lives, we can trust that God’s grace is at work, that a divine love is active in us, waking us up to the deepest—often hidden—reason for our very existence and freeing us to begin to follow that longing to its truest end: friendship with God, genuine enjoyment of the One who made us.

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

What helps you trust that grace is at work in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
—Hebrews 4:16, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our whole lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as grace works the soil of our lives. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted January 26, 2023 7:47 am

    Feelings help me know that grace is at work in my life. While they can come at any time, more often
    they come during worship.Thank You, Lord. They sustain me, encourage and comfort me.
    I’ve received photos from my wife’s cousin and a connection that has been dormant for a very long time is reawakening. Sadly, in many of the photos I am the only one still here.
    A wintry mix is forecast for today, still an outdoor activity of some sort is planned.
    Some fine tuning on the message and worship is prepared for Sunday.
    Prayers that America’s seemingly endless gun violence will be resolved, mental health issues will
    receive needed proper care, and the canyon of our divide will be peacefully crossed.
    Blessings to all of the NEM community of faith, now and always. Thank You, Lord.

  • Gail Churchill Posted January 26, 2023 9:30 am

    So many good things happen in my life. I am blessed beyond measure. I have good health, shelter, family, friends and a church family.

  • Julie Posted January 26, 2023 9:42 am

    When something bad doesn’t happen, like close calls.
    Megan and I got our hair cut last night. I was in need of this very badly. This morning I woke up to find a text from an acquaintance from the caregiver support group relating that her husband has died. I have only met her twice at the support meetings. I was a bit taken aback. I get the feeling she has few if any friends. I pray for the Lord to guide me as I interact with her further.

  • Jill Posted January 26, 2023 2:23 pm

    I only need to look back through the years to see examples, some subtle and some profound, and this reminds and encourages me that God is never dormant.
    A snowy day, but mostly blowing around vs accumulating. I am anxious to get home – to watch the semifinal match of the Australian Open. One of my kitten’s namesake is playing and I have avoided looking at the score all day long. It will be good to get home, snuggle under a blanket and take in the match.
    A fairly productive day at school. Tomorrow should flow smoothly, hopefully.
    Julie – I hope you can be a comfort to this new acquaintance.

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