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

As ministry, fundraising is equally concerned about the well-being of the asker, the giver, and the beneficiaries. Each part of this fundraising equation can be a blessing to the other parts. If the process of asking, giving, and receiving does not lift and honor each party, then it is not ministry and service. … Fundraising as ministry expects that we will engage, dialogue, dream, and pray together. In so doing, we all can benefit spiritually.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

As you go about your daily activities, how can you be mindful of the well-being of everyone involved in the equation of fundraising? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
—Philippians 2:4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join The Upper Room in prayer for the U.S. Election. Visit The Upper Room Facebook page on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. (CST) for guided prayer. Regardless of any divisions we have over perspective or politics, let us join together and pray. Save the date, and save the link: facebook.com/UpperRoomCenter

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted November 1, 2020 5:27 am

    I wonder how “fundraising” is going in these times. Are there groups still seeking to raise funds for a cause? With so many people struggling financially – I hope there are those who can still give with a joyful heart. I know the non-profit which I volunteer for – it is a struggle to maintain funds to allow us to operate. The organization, having been around for so long, so many of its original supporters have passed, and it is a challenge to get new, consistent supporters on board. Same thing for local businesses.
    This morning is the virtual gathering of the cancer support group. It now meets at 8:15 instead of 11:30, and I really like the earlier time. A blustery day – the winds are a whipping this morning, so I will not be going out to run. Instead, I will get on the dreaded elliptical. I used to have a dreadmill (treadmill), till it stopped working. I thought I would like the change to an elliptical and it would be easier on my joints. The second part is true, the first part…not so much.
    Dad came over yesterday afternoon and we went for a walk in the brilliant sunshine. First day of full sun all week and it was a treasure. He stayed for dinner. He ate in the kitchen and I ate in my solarium, where I have my workspace set up. He stayed and watched football, while I did some grading. The end of this week looks very mild, warm even – so we have a tee time for Saturday already. He treated himself to a new set of golf clubs…he went back and forth about investing the money, at age 87, but he did it. So, he is anxious to try them out.
    Sunday blessings as we enter this month of Thanksgiving. Advent is just around the corner.
    Which brings to mind – Julie – did you get the Enuma Okora book? What do you think of it?

  • Marcy Posted November 1, 2020 5:34 am

    Jesus, Lord, We Look To Thee

    1 Jesus, Lord, we look to thee,
    let us in thy name agree:
    show thyself the Prince of peace;
    bid all strife for ever cease.

    2 Make us of one heart and mind,
    courteous, pitiful, and kind,
    lowly, meek in thought and word,
    altogether like our Lord.

    3 Let us for each other care,
    each the other’s burden bear;
    to thy church the pattern give,
    show how true believers live.

    4 Free from anger and from pride,
    let us thus in God abide;
    all the depths of love express,
    all the heights of holiness.

    Charles Wesley (1749)
    Tune: VIENNA (Knecht, 1799)

  • robert moeller Posted November 1, 2020 7:29 am

    The amount of money ($2.8 billion/ PBS Newshour) poured into the election is mind boggling in this economic downturn and pandemic. II surely wish money wasn’t spent on this despite its importance. Money to pay for the new heating system at church was raised in an unbelievably short time with half the funds donated by an anonymous giver. Yes, it can be done, but I don’t think it is any easier.
    I’m glad to read that concern for the giver is a part of fundraising. For me the desire to give often is stronger /bigger than the amount of resources from which to give. It’s frustrating wanting to give what you don’t have. I don’t think cheerful and frustrating fit together.
    Hope the new clubs meet expectation. Amazing and wonderful Larry can golf at 87. I suspect it may be part of the reason he is in good health.
    Thankful for a Charles Wesley hymn, Marcy. Sure wish the tune could be heard. To me a hymn is a poem set to music, I have a harder time with poems, but set to music they do wonders. The spirit is at work.
    All Saints Day and on a Sunday no less. A good way for me to start a month that has a tough day in it. That day put a damper on a month that has my Dad’s birthday and Thanksgiving .
    Chilly weather, lows in the upper 20s and highs in the upper 40s. Ice on the deck. Cloudy with the sun trying to peek through. Clocks adjusted, now to get the body to adjust as well.
    Discovered a big mistake I made on my model and thankfully it looks like I can correct it. A more challenging paint job is what I expected, but I think that too will be met. Otherwise the model is coming along.
    Prayers for you dear UR family and your loved ones on this ALL SAINTS’ DAY. God’s peace, love, mercy, and grace be with you. Thank You, Lord
    Prayers for all aspects of the fundraising ministry seem quite necessary.

  • Julie Posted November 1, 2020 8:37 am

    It is a nice way to bring all the parties together in the fundraising process. I thought of your sentiment, Robert, and I think frustration is a product of cheerfulness. Because you are such a cheerful giver it frustrates you that you cannot give more. You are a wonderful model of cheerful giver and someone to be emulated.
    Prayers for Jill andd Larry, may they enjoy a day of golf in November breaking in new clubs. I have received the book and have not started it yet. Thank you for the reminder.
    Prayers for Marcy who I missed talking with yesterday. I shall try again.
    Prayers for Robert and his model revision, may it go smoothly. Prayers for the church’s new furnace, may the replacement work be swift and with no additional cost. Bless the person who provided the bulk of the funds.
    I spoke with my mother yesterday. She is doing well and will in fact be released from rehab work a week early. We spoke about Thanksgiving and she told me if I feel the need to skip it this year and only come for Christmas that is fine with her. She understands. She also would be willing to celebrate with just her, Megan and me. That is true of Christmas also, but she would like us to visit for Christmas. I do not like the idea of the hotel but will wait to see what the next few weeks bring.

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