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

GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS for the grace
that lies at the heart of our faith.
Even as we fall short in our response
to your love and your call, your grace still abounds.
We see your grace in the sunlight that warms the earth
and in the starts that light the sky.
We see it in the manger at Bethlehem
and in the cross of Calvary.
In your grace we find peace and healing
for troubled lives.
In your grace we see promise for justice and mercy in a troubled world.
As you envelop us, enliven us, and embrace us,
we celebrate you as the God of grace. Amen.

– Mary Lou Redding
Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments

From Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments, compiled and edited by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
Mark 1:14-15, NRSV

This Week: Pray for compassion. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Anthony of Egypt (January 17).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Andrea Posted January 19, 2018 8:44 am

    62:8 Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

    The words of Psalm 62 are so powerful.

    Prayers and blessings.

    • Andrea Posted January 19, 2018 10:02 am

      Where are all the comments that are typically posted by now? I only see mine.

      • Julie Posted January 19, 2018 10:05 am

        The reflection was just posted

  • Julie Posted January 19, 2018 10:03 am

    Prayers and blessings to all
    God be with you and may He ease your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs and concerns

  • robert moeller Posted January 19, 2018 11:12 am

    Andrea, today’s reflection came late as Julie also noticed. You were right to expect posts. Hopefully they will come soon, but there is a slight change in timing.

    Thankful for groceries, information given to Erich to help him, expecting a game of chess sometime today. More cleaning and organizing in my room. Thankful to have found some needed modeling supplies. Should have looked earlier they would have helped even more. Sometimes I get lazy. Thankful for the wonderful help Erich provides when it comes to meals and grocery shopping. Thankful for Face Time with Jenny, Oona, and 5 year old birthday girl Willa yesterday. Thankful they are all well.

    Prayers for the all needs of the UR family. God covers them all. Thank You, Lord. Prayers especially for those with medical issues of any kind, those trying to be reconciled with family members, and teachers working with students, fellow teachers, administration, and parents. Safe travel for all on the move today.

    Spreading the Word class, worship, and fun tomorrow at our sister church. I already have practice getting there in the dark. Hopefully a walk outdoors today, have been inside working out for the last three days..

    The Lord be with you, thank You, Lord.

  • Andrea Posted January 19, 2018 1:36 pm

    I look at the UR Daily Relections’ mobile version and the time that each reflection and comment is posted does not show there. I will not wonder the next time it happens….thanks Julie and Robert.

    I pray Jill’s father is doing well and Marcy’s transition back home today is smooth.

  • Lou Posted January 19, 2018 1:47 pm

    Prayers for all today- especially Jill and her father, Mary and her father – and both of the mothers as well- I hope that the recoveries are speedy and smooth- prayers for Annelise and her pain management and for those who help her.
    Blessings and healing for Marcy and Julie. Peace for Robert and Andrea and their adult children who still need them-
    Prayers for Connie- it’s warmer here in Chicago today- I hope you are well Connie. And prayers for peace and blessings for April, Francesca, Betsy, Louise.
    Thankful for a full and busy work week, finals done for my youngest, middle daughter in her last semester of college and the last tuition bill paid!, thankful for my son who continues to look for a job but helps me with things I ask him to do around the house. Thankful my mother is doing well despite the snow they have been dealing with recently.
    Prayers for all-
    Trust in the Lord always.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 19, 2018 5:53 pm

      Thanks so much Lou

      Blessings to all and have a great weekend

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 20, 2018 1:35 am

    Thank you God for your unfailing grace.


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 20, 2018 5:47 am

    Grateful for the joy of seeing my dad’s progress and the nurses and doctors who take good care of him.

    Grateful also for his good appetite. Please pray that he will want to do his physio exercise as he is frustrated due to his weakness and inability to do what is required.

    Grateful that the physio therapists are very patient with him.

    Gracious God, thank you for your patience with us too.


    • robert moeller Posted January 20, 2018 6:13 am

      Praise God for the good news from you, Mary. So glad your Dad is making progress, eating well, receiving great care, and patient help. Slow but steady continued progress is best.

      Prayers for a restful weekend and God’s wisdom, courage, and strength for you and all concerned at school. Prayers for communication help, that will ease a lot of tension. Blessings and peace.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 20, 2018 6:18 pm

        Thanks so much Robert

        May God provide for your every need


  • Betsy Posted January 20, 2018 7:28 am

    Praying for grace in the troubled world in which we live. Work through you servants, Lord, to bring comfort. Prayers to Jill and Mary for your dads as they heal.
    It is beginning to thaw out here and the sun is shining. A beautiful sunrise and the promise of warmer temperatures. Thank you, Lord, for your creation.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 20, 2018 6:20 pm

      Thanks so much dear Betsy

      May God bless you and your family abundantly

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