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

The wilderness experience of aging can be lonely without the support and encouragement of others. In fact, staying connected to family and friends and to a faith community is vital to your well-being on the journey of aging. Yet maintaining those connections may become more difficult as time passes. … The importance of having a strong, supportive faith community as you grow older cannot be overstated. Take an account of your current situation. Are you trying to navigate life without a faith community at your side? How has your faith community changed over the last few years?

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

With whom do you regularly experience spiritual support and meaningful fellowship? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.
—Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

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  • robert moeller Posted October 10, 2021 6:17 am

    Thankfully I have two faith communities: NEM and CCUMC, one on line and the other via ZOOM / in person. I share NEM. Yes aging is not for the faint of heart, but God is always with us. Thank You, Lord. Our pastor departs at the end of today’s service, the laity leads worship until a new pastor is found. I’m encouraged by the actions being taken to keep this faith community alive and well. Thank You, Lord. God’s peace, mercy, grace, and love be with all of you dear NEM.

  • Ally Posted October 10, 2021 2:21 pm

    We have a faith community, but have not been very active since the pandemic. We do keep in touch with fellow parishioners. I miss in-person worship and Sunday School. I thank God each day for our NEM community. I pray for us and the things close to our hearts daily. Hope everyone has a beautiful Sunday.

    • Ally Posted October 10, 2021 2:24 pm

      Good thought-provoking questions this week. Aging is not something I want to think about. Good to face some of these things for sure.

  • Jill Posted October 10, 2021 5:36 pm

    I am grateful for the network of friends my parents had – it came from church, and was both spiritual and social. They had a group they played bridge with, but saw it fade away as illness and death took its toll. My parents also were avid pickle-ballers. I would like to see dad return to this, and has to some extent with my sister and her husband, along with mom’s sister and husband. The pandemic has been very hard on dad, as he is super social. It will be interesting to see how things go once the weather turns here. Some of his bridge gatherings have not started back up. He has found a new one, which he attends twice a week. I am grateful for his connections at his church.
    We celebrated his birthday last evening, with games and laughs. Becky made his requested dessert – a thing with chocolate pudding, crumbled up Oreos and brownies and whip cream.
    Today, he and I enjoyed a beautiful Fall afternoon with comfortable temps to play golf in. Our golf games could be better, but it was a nice day together. We grabbed BBQ beforehand.
    Finishing up the weekend watching football. Will be early to bed, as it has been an active weekend. Another one without cracking open my school bag. Grateful I can get away with it.

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