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?
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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

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  • Julie Posted January 18, 2022 7:58 am

    Um, right now I do not feel that this broken body is God’s dwelling place. I must have pulled a muscle in my thigh because now I can barely walk after sitting. Megan commanded me to call my doctor first thing this morning…but I have an appointment next week so I will wait. Mostly concerned that I am still experiencing stomach issues which sent me to the hospital.
    Prayers for improved health for Ally and David and kitties Jeremy and Roger. Prayers for safety for Jill as Covid ravishes schools. Prayers for God to lead Robert and his fellow lay leaders of his church. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted January 18, 2022 2:53 pm

    I feel like the pleasant simple gesture of smiling and receiving a smile is so lost in this world of masking. At school – so much is lost with facial gestures hidden. I aim to be more demonstrative, in order to make up for this – but not sure my students recognize it. I try to be more intentional about sustained eye contact.
    We did get a snow day today, found out last evening around 6. Grateful for it. My god son’s basketball game remains on schedule this evening, despite both schools being closed today. I figure, with cancellations due to Covid, they try to play as many as they can.
    Sun was out very nicely, so after my second nap of the day (such indulgence) I went out for a brisk walk. Will fix my dinner and then be off to the game.

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