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

As we become aware of our fears, we can hand them over to God so that we can truly experience the grace God affords us. We can begin to live by faith, not by fear. The wonder of the Bethlehem journey is not only in the arrival; sometimes, the wonder can be revealed when we embrace the journey and decide to take a first step of faith, just like the shepherds. They had to be willing to leave behind their fears and their cares and step across the hills and valleys that were awaiting them on the way to Bethlehem. Our lives are no less fearful or arduous. We have our hills and valleys to navigate. But God has offered us the same good news: Come and see what God has done!

—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What fears do you need to leave behind? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.”
—Luke 2:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the lessons and love—expected and unexpected—you will bring today.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 8, 2021 7:17 am

    Concerned about the prospects of finding a single family home that meets our needs, so far so good on meeting goals in the plan, that’s encouraging. Christmas visit with my daughter, granddaughters, and in-laws edging closer. Snow in the forecast for today and Friday. My model is done and I’m in photography/article writing mode. Thankful David’s PSA results are good, Julie’s healing, hope for positive news on Julie’s job and Ally’s disability paperwork, Larry’s housing adjustment, and the health of Roger and Jeremy. It will be very helpful if skiing happens this week,,not many trails open yet, but the itch to ski may be scratched. Thank You, Lord

  • Julie Posted December 8, 2021 8:17 am

    The fear of no job which means no health insurance. The fear of the upcoming mediation. So many unknowns.
    Prayers for Ally’s disability filing, David’s PSA numbers to stay low, Jeremy’s blockage to clear, Jill’s final weeks of school before break, Larry’s consternation regarding move, Roger’s uncontrolled diabetes, Robert’s sking and finding a house. I always find it strange that we have skiing here before you do. The season started last weekend. i do not like downhill skiing. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
    Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted December 8, 2021 8:53 am

    I wouldn’t call it fear – but there is concern regarding Roger and my dad. Dad’s blood pressure seems to have stabilized but he still seems pretty intense regarding the sale of his condo. Each day I try to encourage him – he is anxious that he has only gotten one offer and it is below what he is asking. I tell him most people probably don’t have time to be looking for a place to buy with the holidays right here, right now. He told me yesterday to keep reminding him of these things. I will continue to encourage him to go to prayer when he recognizes his mind getting too busy.
    I have full confidence God will see me through the valleys involved with Roger. He has thus far. Yes – it will be sorrowful and my heart aches that he is not well. But – I am also grateful for each morning, each greeting and nose nuzzle on the floor, each time when he will jump up on my lap (whether it be for me or the heated blanket). God, too, will give Becky and I wisdom as we continue to assist dad. That in and of itself…Becky and I…God has worked mightily in my heart so that my sister and I are in a really good place relationship wise.
    Was to have a program/dept meeting after school today – but it too, is cancelled. Yay! Get to go home and have the evening with my cat.
    My god son played very well yesterday and it was good to have some conversation with my friend. My god daughter is back to non weight bearing – not sure when she will be back on the court.

  • Ally Posted December 8, 2021 2:02 pm

    This reading kind of hit a nerve, probably because of the people who throw the phrase “Faith, not fear” around as an excuse to not be vaxxed and not social distance. I am trying to put my feelings about that aside and look at the question objectively. There are things in this world that cause concern. I don’t sit around paralyzed in fear. I fear losing David, losing my kitties, losing other fsmily, being homeless or without transportation. But I try not to dwell on these things. That doesn’t mean I don’t obsess or imagine worst case scenarios on occasion.
    Jeremy may get to come home tomorrow, if he stays unblocked. I do pray so. We miss our boy. David took a fall yesterday. Tripped over a cord. He has a sore rib. Thanks so much to everyone for your prayers. They mean everything to us. Visiting with y’all each day gladdens my heart.
    Robert, praying for the right home to come along that meets your needs. Hope you get some time on the slopes soon. Julie, prayers for you a job with good benefits. Praying for the mediation and a settlement which is fair to you. Jill, my heart aches for you about Roger. My prayers continue for the insulin to control his blood sugars and that he be restored to health. Praying that Larry’s anxiety regarding the sale of his condo lessen and that you have what you need to get through the rest of this term. Praying for posters we haven’t seen in awhile. Thinking of Marcy, especially. Praying we can all wait with Hope. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

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