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

THOUGH JOURNEYING together is rich and powerful in its ability to sustain us in faith, belief, and hope, there is something to be said about discerning whom we invite to walk alongside us. Mary and Elizabeth were fitting for each other because they truly believed in God’s ability to move beyond their understanding. They shared a similar faith imagination that could hold mystery and divine possibility in the face of what the world would call impossible.

—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

Who walks alongside you in imagining divine possibility?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.”
—Luke 1:36-38 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted December 20, 2019 8:18 am

    The only people I can think of are those who comment here in this UR group. Many times people have asked for prayers for outcomes that to others may seem impossible, and yet they ask in belief and we pray echoing that belief.
    Prayers for April, BJ, Betsy, Connie, Lou and Rick.
    Prayers for Andrea and her daughter, may both be well.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may both be experiencing healing of bodies and souls.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, for abundance of love during the holiday season.
    Prayers for Marcy, may all help be reinstated and may she be well.
    Prayers for Robert, may he have a wonderful Christmas with his daughter and granddaughters.
    Prayers and thank you UR

    • Bj Posted December 20, 2019 10:58 am

      I love you more, Julie! Prayers and blessings to this UR group. May your day be filled with God’s presence. Remember, only what we do for Christ will last. May all continue to pray for one another daily. Just being in the communications with each other on this sight, means a lot. I cherishes you all a lot. I am a witness that God is with us, for sure in this place.

    • Andrea Posted December 20, 2019 1:11 pm

      Thank you for your prayers, Julie. Prayers for you and Megan, may each day be peaceful and full of Advent hope.

  • robert moeller Posted December 20, 2019 9:58 am

    I agree Julie, there is power in the prayers of believers, here at the UR, and in my current and former churches.

    Prayers for your hands, foot, and well-being and for Megan’s future.
    Thankful for the blessings Mary, Larry and Jill, receive.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health and well being be well taken care of.
    Connie, April, Bj, Lou, Andrea and Lowell, Rusty and K, Betsy, and all those who come to read or post at the UR are in my prayers.
    A Blessed 4th Advent weekend to you all. The spirit of Christmas is on its way.
    Thank You, Lord.

    • Bj Posted December 20, 2019 11:02 am

      Prayers go up, blessings comes down. Thank you so much Robert! I know that you are still getting situating in your new home among other things. You have always be a great part in posting, lest known reading.

      • Bj Posted December 20, 2019 11:11 am

        By the way Robert, I asked my Sunday School teacher on the 2nd Sunday of this month, what does it mean about Advent by being a baptist. It seemed if though she was not aware. I know of my instans where I praise Him and thank Him for His shower of blessings. That I know that I can leave my burdens, obstacles, and all, troubles with Him. He all ready know our problems, He still want to hear it from us. To God be the glory.

    • Andrea Posted December 20, 2019 1:11 pm

      Thank you Robert. Prayers for you and Erich this Advent, may it be blessed for both of you. Prayers, too, for Erich’s next job venture.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 20, 2019 6:47 pm

    Grateful for all of you, family and.friends who walk along with me on my faith journey.

    Thank you Julie, Jill, Robert, Andrea, Connie, Lou, Bj, April, Betsy, Rick, Marcy, Rusty and all who reads and prayed but didn’t comment.

    Blessings to you and your family!

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