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

Christian practices that incorporate everyday gestures and actions typically involve our bodies: We speak, sing, eat, wash, or bow. We walk. By investing these gestures with new meanings, Christian practices shift our way of being in the world. The Incarnation means that God invites us to experience our physical, embodied existence as a dwelling place of the holy.

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

Today’s Question

What everyday gestures serve as a reminder that your body is God’s dwelling place? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
—Romans 12:1 (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 12, 2023 5:43 am

    Thankful am I for the message from Jim sharing the concerns of Ally, Julie, and Jill. I post every day, look back through the week to read your posts so I can respond. I have the Reflection on both phone and computer. “Your post is under moderation “ often shows up. Hope what ever
    is not working is corrected.. Blessings to you all.
    54 years ago today, an event that would dramatically change my life began. I was in the army. That led to service in Korea, a glimpse of
    the woman who would become my wife,, and after military service was over and I returned to Korea as a teacher, we truly met and were married. Thank You,Lord.

  • ally Posted September 12, 2023 6:04 am

    Wonderful to hear from you,Robert. Praying for you as you remember your journey with your wonderful wife.
    I often clap if a lively hymn moves me in worship. I sing. Sometimes I kneel in prayer. I pray as I walk at work, going about my duties. Please pray for our Lucy, who has not been feeling well. She spent last night at vets. She’s a wonderful girl. Thank You Lord, for NEM and my friends here.

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