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

When my church celebrates the Eucharist, worshipers walk forward to receive the bread and cup. Patrick, a member of the congregation, now uses a cane as a result of a stroke. He moves very slowly as he comes forward to receive Communion. Patrick could sit in the pew and let the servers bring the bread and cup to him, but coming down the aisle expresses his gratitude to God for walking beside him during his hospitalization and recovery. “Every step I take is a prayer. It’s how I praise God for my recovery,” he says.

—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How might you be changed by considering every step a prayer? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
—Ephesians 6:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted September 15, 2023 5:48 am

    December 1st, 2016 I had a heart attack, went to the hospital and they checked me with several tests. I was out on medication. Not long after that I started walking, was in a heart rehab program. Graduated from that and no longer see a cardiologist. I’m still walking and have helped serve Communion through Extended Tabke or by helping a pastor. Very thankful we have a pastor again.
    If you post in the morning I can see your posts on my computer in the afternoon and respond the next morning. It was a warm fuzzy feeling with your concerns for me. Glad to be reconnected
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted September 15, 2023 9:49 am

    Every day is a blessing from God. Our bodies are gifts from God. The movement of our limbs are God’s great design. So with every step we are honoring him.

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