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

Fundraising is a subject we seldom think about from a spiritual perspective. We may think of fundraising as a necessary but unpleasant activity to support spiritual things. Or we might believe that fundraising reflects a failure to plan well or to trust enough that God will provide for all our needs. Indeed, quite often fundraising is a response to a crisis. Suddenly our organization or faith community does not have enough money, so we begin to say: “How are we going to get the money we need? We have to start asking for it.” Then we realize that we are not used to doing this. We may feel awkward and a little embarrassed about it. We begin to worry and wonder: “Who will give us money? How will we ask them?”…

From the perspective of the gospel, fundraising is not a response to a crisis. Fundraising is, first and foremost, a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing our vision and inviting other people into our mission. Vision and mission are so central to the life of God’s people that without vision we perish, and without mission we lose our way.

—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What other “unpleasant” activities might we view as ministry if we intentionally look at them from a spiritual perspective? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
—Colossians 3:2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, Give me vision and mission, so that I may find new life and direction.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 11, 2021 6:24 am

    I haven’t thought of any other “unpleasant” activities that might be considered ministry. I would also change the word “unpleasant” to “sometimes difficult”. Coming up this week is the life of this church without a pastor. So far plans and preparation seem good. Bible study has a leader, all are welcome to attend church council, another person will lead the Friday breakfast meeting, and a group will lead worship on Sunday. The life if this church goes on. Thank You, Lord. Prayers the NEM oasis is in God’s hands as a new week starts.

  • Julie Posted October 11, 2021 8:59 am

    I have read (perhaps here) that we should think of all things we do as ministry. Things like chores and exercise as sacred. We are doing for the good of others and for cleanliness, etc.
    Megan started her job today. I think she is both excited and nervous…so normal first day jitters. We went to the Carnegie Museum yesterday. We saw a special exhibit about monstrous freshwater fish. It was interesting to see the history and the fish themselves. They had actual specimens of them and they were huge. Many indigenous people in the world rely on these fish for food and other items such as weapons and cooking utensils. We also went shopping and completed many errands. We had ice cream and each got takeout for dinner. A great day together.
    Prayers for Ally and David’s health and finances, Larry’s social life and Jill’s safety at school, and Robert’s church’s search for a pastor and for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted October 11, 2021 5:21 pm

    This seems like a challenging question. Maybe general up-keep of the church – neatness and orderliness in presentation. Serving those in need, welcoming the poor, the downtrodden. Of course, these are ministry, but not necessarily the ones first volunteered for.
    Was able to get my lawn mowed, leaves raked and some flowers pulled up from flower beds. A few beds still look ok, but for others – it was time. Grateful for pleasant weather, and to be home after school in time to eat and get these tasks done. Will be early to bed this evening.
    Our principal from the past several years, got moved part-time into another position. The interim principal – well, it just wasn’t working well . So, our original principal is back – full time in our building, but maybe doing some of the “other” job from our building. Not sure what that will look like, but hopeful his presence will impact our climate for the better.

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