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

We want to experience the fullness of Christ here, and that means we have to be glimpses of the promise of God for others to see in this world, right now, until Christ returns. . . . Paul did not bring a new gospel. He brought clarity of the faithfulness of God to complete what God had started in the very beginning.

When the people of God embody God’s faithfulness toward others, the world sees a demonstration of what it will look like when Christ returns.

—Joy J. Moore, Let’s Get Started . . . Again,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When have you seen glimpses of God in others’ lives? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord’s eyes watch the righteous,
his ears listen to their cries for help. . . .
When the righteous cry out, the Lord listens;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
—Psalm 34:15, 17 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted January 6, 2024 6:17 am

    When Erich makes meals, bakes, and cleans. Even though he thinks God doesn’t exist, Erich cares. Keeping an eye on the weather, hoping for snow.. Need to feed Pearl, she’s hungry. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted January 6, 2024 10:11 am

    When we come together at the church I attend on Thanksgiving to give others a wonderful home cooked meal.
    H will be coming home soon and I am trying to anticipate needed supplies. I am so grateful to the people on the caregivers Facebook groups I am a part of who share their knowledge and experience. I would be lost without them. I have prayed for God’s strength to help me with the arduous road ahead.

  • Jill Posted January 6, 2024 10:27 am

    Julie – I will be praying for strength as you navigate H coming home and caregiving for him resumes. May you find His provision sufficient.
    I am seeing God sustaining my friend through this most difficult season of the break up of a family unit. She allows me glimpses in and I continue to speak Jesus over her and her children. I have significant grief and an appropriate amount of concern for her, but I am not overwhelmed. At times she may seem overwhelmed, but I do know she is being buoyed by her faith. Her two small groups are integral also.
    Very busy day yesterday, with two doctors appointments, as well as PT. My double knee replacement friend was at PT the same time I was and we got to speak with each other at times during it and then we spoke briefly afterwards. She was super encouraged to be able to pedal forward on the stationary bike. She had only been able to pedal backwards prior to yesterday. She is also seeing her numbers rise, when the angle of her knees are measured. She is in triple digits.
    Had Chinese with Becky, Dad and Don and then some cards. Then to my god son’s basketball game. They didn’t play very well, but came on some in the second half to win. They are currently ranked second in the state in their division.
    Nothing in the works today. Becky brought up her car to store in my garage while they are in Florida. It’s a tight fit – two cars, but doable. Dad and Don’s cars are in their garage at their house.
    I take them to the airport tomorrow morning before heading to church.

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