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 SURELY AS our suffering moves God, God beams with delight when we shine in the fullness of our power and giftedness. When we use our gifts, claim our power, find our voice, or own our dignity, God cheers for us. “That’s my girl,” the voice from the heavens champions. “That’s my boy. That’s my beloved in whom I am well pleased.”

—Frank Rogers Jr. , Compassion in Practice: The Way of Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How can you rest in God’s delight for you today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!”
—Matthew 17:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

A prayer of compassion from Mother Teresa
Lord, open our eyes that we may see you in our brothers and sisters.
Lord, open our ears that we may hear the cries of the hungry, the cold, the frightened, the oppressed.
Lord, open our hearts that we may love each other as you love us.
Renew in us your spirit.
Lord, free us and make us one. Amen
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted January 11, 2020 5:41 am

    The song rings in my mind, from Zepheniah 3:17…
    The Lord, your God
    Is with you
    He is mighty to save
    He will quiet you with His love
    He will rejoice over you, He will rejoice over you
    If you could only hear His voice,
    You would hear the Lord rejoice
    Rejoicing over you with thanksgiving.

    I have that passage in a frame with pressed flowers, hanging in my room. I got it from an Amish family at a craft festival many years ago.
    Yes, when we are abiding in Him – we sense Him, His pleasure, the movement of The Spirit.

  • Joyce Kaiser Posted January 11, 2020 6:18 am

    And the words of a song came to me after reading about the Lord’s Compassion…” O God my Father, there is no shadow of turning from thee; thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not; as thou has been, thou forever wilt be. Refrain: Great is thy faithfulness! Great is they faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see, all I have needed thy hand hath provided, great is they faithfulness, Lord, unto me! ” Note that the great faithfulness COMES from the Lord- to me! Isn’t that wonderful and comforting? He is well-pleased with you and me and loves us tremendously.

  • robert moeller Posted January 11, 2020 7:07 am

    Thank you Jill and Joyce for your posts. I did not know the song from Zephaniah, but the words from Great is Thy Faithfulness are familiar. I wish I could easily say I have a similar contribution. Mine comes from the feeling, the sense, that God was with me through a struggle and eventually the struggle was
    accomplished with God’s help.

    Have been dealing with this, whatever it is, bug for a week. I do feel like progress is being made, especially in the morning after a good night’s rest. In the late afternoon into evening, when I am tired,
    I’m not so sure. Hope I can go to church tomorrow, have a dentist appointment on Monday.

    Was able to fit the rear lights to the Bismarck steam locomotive and they work. Progress there.

    Erich is making progress with his effort to start a business and made good use of a skiing opportunity.
    Thankfully he has a friend with experience.

    Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day.

  • Julie Posted January 11, 2020 8:33 am

    Jesus loves me, this I KNOW! Simple and to the point. It is especially powerful as it is taught to very young children so that they are grounded in this knowledge and grow up with this certainty as their spiritual foundation.
    Prayers for Jill. Thank you for reminding me of those beautiful lines from Zephaniah. I pray you are able to rest and regroup this weekend after such a momentous week.
    Prayers for Joyce and her encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible and hymns. How wonderful to have these to help you in all situations.
    Prayers for Robert. I also can think of times that God heard my cries and delivered me from my suffering. I agree that this is a perfect instance of God cheering for us when our cries of anguish turn to cheers of thanksgiving. May your congestion clear enough for you to attend church. Prayers that Erich does his due diligence for his business endeavors.
    Prayers for Andrea, Connie, April, BJ, Betsy, Mary and Marcy.
    Prayers for Rick and may his studies be going well.
    Prayers and thank you UR

  • Lou Posted January 11, 2020 8:48 am

    He is near and he loves us so. Enjoying the posts this morning – Jill, happy about your recent positive health news, Joyce, welcome to the ur,
    Robert, prayers for continued progress with your illness- these things can hang on and wear us down.
    Prayers for all who come to the ur today- I have some rest time today and I will spend some of it in conversation with the Lord. He is near – He will never leave us. Thankful for this faith community and looking forward to church tomorrow as I have missed several sundays traveling.
    Peace and love to all of you on this blustery weekend.

  • Rick Posted January 11, 2020 7:24 pm

    Greetings all,

    Today’s reflection is what i needed to hear. All three songs you have all mentioned, have great memories and meaning n my life. Welcome back Lou, I hope you feel rejuvenated and rest up from your travels. I am especially grateful to all of you and your posts. Praying for you Robert, i hope it clears soon. I have a few more weeks before spring semester starts. I’ve been trying to get caught up with things around here. Holding you all in my thoughts and prayers.



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