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

When God Stepped In

In with the “in crowd,”
I lived the high life.
People looked up to me.
I answered to no one.
I was popular.

I was above everybody.
I was too cool for God.
I was a fortress.
I didn’t need anyone.
I was wrong.

God stepped in,
showed me the way,
came into my life,
loved me.
I was saved.

Now the glory is God’s.
And I am a servant.
If I thought life was good before,
now it’s even better.

– Stephen Kolibaba
Taking Flight: 60 Daily Devos

From the devotion “When God Stepped In” by Stephen Kolibaba, page 24 in Taking Flight: 60 Daily Devos. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray for a high school student today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

James 4:8, NRSV

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This week we remember: Hildegard of Bingen (September 17).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted September 20, 2018 5:04 am

    On the road home today, it has been a good visit with my sister.

    Prayers for high school and all students. They are the future, may they learn well. May spiritual growth be a goal they strive to achieve.

    Peace be with you. I hope for a more focused post tomorrow.

  • Jill Posted September 20, 2018 6:38 am

    I pray for my god-daughter this morning. She is a sophomore. She is very social, very outgoing, wears pretty much every emotion on her sleeve. Most of the time this is a very good thing. But when it isn’t, it can get ugly. She is playing on the JV tennis team at her school and doing very well, considering she just started playing in July. She and her doubles partner were undefeated until Tuesday. They came up against a better team, and my god-daughter got in her own head and psyched herself out. Moping followed. Her mother, my best friend, wasn’t taking any of it. Later that evening she approached her mom and said she needed to be at school the next day a half hour early. She wanted to join a club – Fellowship of Christian Students. Her mom grabbed that opportunity to address many things and talk about how her walk, her talk, her attitude, her composure need to reflect Christ – always. My best friend – for never wanting to have kids – is doing an amazing job with her two. She is firm, she is real and, as I have said before, a fierce lover.
    Grateful to spend a pleasant few hours outdoors at my god-daughter’s tennis match yesterday after school. Beautiful late summer sunshine – just right temps. Grateful for small group last evening. There are three younger ladies in my small group – all are doing foster care. A significant week lies ahead for all of them, as they have meetings, await paperwork, etc. A joy to see their intense commitment to this calling.

  • Betsy Posted September 20, 2018 6:49 am

    I pray for the teenagers this day. There is so much pulling at them-social media, peer pressure, etc. Help them, Lord, to turn to you for support in how to maneuver their lives.
    Grateful yesterday for phone time with a sister and my daughter, paperwork accomplished and sent off, and still time to rest awhile with a good book. Preparing for a short trip with good friends from back home, so errands and laundry to do today. The people in the Carolinas are on my heart still as they begin the tough job of clean up after Hurricane Florence. Keep all safe and strong, Father.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 20, 2018 7:16 am

    Praying for all students – may they bee humble and teachable, may they experience the love and power of God and may they glorify God. May they also be blessed with the joy of salvation.


  • Connie Posted September 20, 2018 7:46 am

    I have a special teenager, a dear friend’s Grandson, who I care about very much. He is sweet, kind and I pray for him and the whole family often. We need to support our teenagers-my children had “second families” when they were in high school, neighbors and friends who supported them and I will always be ever grateful.
    Thankful for:
    This day.

    • Julie Posted September 20, 2018 8:03 am

      Prayers for Connie and her reminder to be thankful for each blessing.
      “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

      • Connie Posted September 20, 2018 11:39 am


  • Julie Posted September 20, 2018 8:01 am

    I pray for the safety of all schol children. I cannot imagine being afraid for my safety in school. May God watch oveer each and every one of the precious lives in school’s this year.
    Prayers for Robert and his safe travel home.
    Prayers for Jill and her god-daughter and her budding life in Christ.
    Prayers for Betsy and I, too, have been praying for all of those affected by the recent extreme weather.
    Prayers for Mary and her students and their safety.
    Prayers for Marcy. So we call our babies many names. Chai is Cahai Bear and Barely there Bear and Stair Bear. He is like a big teddy bear and he tends to gain weight so barely there is like calling a hefty guy slim. Tazzie is usually May May, from Tasmanian Devil. The ma part. He is also Tazzie May, etc. I will try to remember to explain stair bear another day.
    Prayers for all of UR sibllings

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