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

This book was written to serve as the primary text for a Lay Servant Ministries advanced course on spiritual gifts. This course is available to and recommended for everyone. If you are pursuing a designation within the Lay Servant Ministries program, it is helpful to take this course at the beginning of your call to Lay Servant Ministry. It can help confirm the direction of your call, or it can help you discern the direction in which your call may be taking you.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How do you think understanding spiritual gifts might help you grow in your discipleship?
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Today’s Scripture

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 3, 2023 5:47 am

    Knowing one’s spiritual gifts helps guide your discipleship. I’m encouraged to read this book.
    Slightly warmer weather in the 30s and low 40s, a lot of sun this morning.
    Navigating the railroad engineer site is challenging, but progress is being made.
    Fellowship time this morning, maybe a walk with Russ – he had a cold earlier this week.
    Clock change this weekend, it’ll take a few days to adjust to that.
    Our cat is knocking on the door, Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 3, 2023 9:35 am

    This is a question to which I do not have an answer.
    H in extended rehab facility. I am grateful they will be spurring him on and not myself. He is not good with pain, at all.

  • Rusty Posted November 3, 2023 9:50 am

    Julie, I agree it’s a hard question to answer. Glad H is in rehab. My father in law experienced that some years ago and yes the staff’s spurring him on was a big help. Prayers on the way for H’s good progress and reduced pain.

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