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

WAITING FOR GOD to deliver on God’s word is not easy by any means. As we wait, we may question the belief that God has given us a word upon which to wait. Our faith dances back and forth, and we need a believing community to remind us that God is trustworthy. All we can do to determine the accuracy of our hearing is wait and see what comes to pass. Faith, hope, and trust can be contagious within a faith community.

—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

When have you needed a reminder that God is trustworthy?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.”
—Psalm 62:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Lou Posted December 22, 2019 6:41 am

    When things in this earthly life are difficult and challenging and when your heart hurts- that is when the testing comes and doubt enters in and when faith wavers – you may need a reminder that God is always near- closer than your breath. Those days come for me for sure – then I need to turn to His word and refresh my self in the fountain of His goodness.
    I find hope and faith in the power of this community of believers as well. The postings recently have been filled with such faith and wisdom- thank you all for your comments, scripture quotes, and prayers. I pray daily for you all- and I trust that you do as well for me.
    God hears our prayers – bless us as we wait the arrival of the King sent for all.
    My oldest daughter arrives today – my youngest has been here for a week. Today we will all be together and enjoy time with dinner and a show in the city. I will be so happy to just be with them. I pray for peace and harmony in my family. I pray for God to continue to shine His light and help my children to continue to trust in Him and to feel His love everyday.
    Thank you God for the blessings of family.
    Thank you for sending your Son to save us.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 22, 2019 6:16 pm

      May you have a blessed Christmas with your children, Lou!

      May God fill you and your family with love, joy and peace!


  • Andrea Posted December 22, 2019 9:04 am

    Hear the voice of my supplication,
    as I cry to you for help,
    as I lift up my hands
    toward your most holy sanctuary.

    I am grateful my daughter, SIL and grandson are coming to church today for the children’s program and to hear the little bell choir I am in. I ask you to keep them in your prayers, they are a hurting family. My grandson is showing signs of anxiety. It is a heavy load for him, a 4 year old, to bear the conflict and issues of his parents. Thank you.

    Blessings and prayers for dear UR friends, those for whom you pray, and all who visit today.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 22, 2019 6:18 pm

      May God strengthen your grandson, daughter and son-in-law, Andrea!

      Have a blessed and merry Christmas!

      • Andrea Posted December 22, 2019 9:18 pm

        Thank you, Mary. Wishing you and Molly a blessed Christmas too. Happy for you, that you got yourself out of all the stress of the awful job situations you were in. God bless you!

  • Rick Posted December 22, 2019 3:32 pm

    Grettings, Thank you Lou. Your message warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I am in gratitude this day. My heart has been full and it has been a challeging season leading up to this advent. I’m grateful for this amazing group of believers for the support and prayers. I confess there have had moments that i’ve needed the reminder, for which you have all given me. God is good and trustworthy,He is always with us. In this season of waiting I’ve been reminded of what is important!

    Lou, may this Christmas will be filled with precious memories with your Children. You have an amazing heart and i’m sure that your you have planted seeds of greatness in them.
    Prayers for Andrea, I pray your time with your Daughter and Grandson are Blessed and to keep them in prayer for healing during this difficult season.
    Prayers for BJ may your Christmas be Blessed as well. thank you for your joy filled post yesterday.
    Prayers for Jill keeping you Larry and becky in my thoughts and prayers.
    Prayers for Marcy, praying your doing well and may all your care be reinstated soon.
    Prayers for Robert and his family this holiday season.
    Prayers for Mary and a joy filled time with family.

    Blessing and Peace


    • Andrea Posted December 22, 2019 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Rick. God bless you and your husband this Advent season and Christmas and give you both strength for the challenges you face.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 22, 2019 6:13 pm

      Thank you Rick!

      May God’s presence be so close to you and your family during this difficult time.

      May God be your strength and ever present help, Rick!


    • Lou Posted December 22, 2019 9:57 pm

      Thank you Rick – prayers of peace and healing for you and your family.

  • Bj Posted December 22, 2019 5:04 pm

    Thank you, so much, Rick! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 22, 2019 6:19 pm

      Have a wonderful Christmas Bj!


  • Jill Posted December 23, 2019 5:44 am

    I need to be able to quickly remind myself of His trustworthiness when my mind is quick to wonder. Really, I should just wander into the awe of Him, His love, His plan, being called to be His own.
    A beautiful Christmas service yesterday morning, with a full house – pews overflowing with guests. Children drawn to sheep, camel and donkeys outside the church – under the warmth of a winter sun. A message on Our Prince of Peace. Embraces and a few words shared with others who also lost a dear loved one this year. May Our Great Comforter be very near to the broken-hearted in these days ahead.

  • robert moeller Posted December 23, 2019 8:04 am

    Off to church and then watched “Little Women”. Went for a drive to check the ski slopes. It was a wonderful, peaceful, restful day.
    Thank you all for your dear prayers. You are in mine as well.

  • Anonymous Posted December 23, 2019 10:03 am

    Psalm 28: 9 – O save your people, and bless your heritage; be their Shepherd, and carry them forever.

    The deer tracks criss-cross the snow in our backyard, and there are tracks of other critters too, including, possibly, a coyote or two. The light reflecting from the snow beautifies the winter colors, just as the light of the Christ child beautifies the winters in our lives – and all our days, all our seasons

    Today is ” Little Christmas Eve” in Norway and Sweden. Lowell and I will spend the day cleaning and picking up last-minute groceries. We will squeeze in a walk, too. I wish dear UR friends and visitors a blessed day and pray for you and your loved ones.

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