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

Your love makes possible the impossible.
When we are facing seemingly impossible situations,
remind us of your love and the possibilities it proclaims. Amen.

Prayers for Hard Times (from Pocket Prayers series)

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Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all.
Mark 10:43-44, NRSV

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This week we remember: Ignatius of Antioch (October 17).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted October 21, 2018 5:17 am

    Yes, Father – all things are possible with You. You are the God of miracles, big and small. That You love us is a miracle in and of itself – that You desire relationship with us. Thank You. Open my ears, to hear You. Open my eyes, to see You. Open my heart, to receive You.

  • robert moeller Posted October 21, 2018 6:09 am

    Thankful for the Italian restaurant Jill and her Mom and Dad visited, the California white bean, tomato, and ham hock soup Connie planned (hope you got to enjoy it). the very focused prayer from Julie. The book of Isaiah describes the Messiah in unpleasant terms and yet it is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who saved the world. Julie your heart is in the right place I surely hope that your home situation is resolved soon and well.

    Thankful for church today, choir practice and singing. It hasn’t arrived yet, but it is on its way a very unexpected but wonderful help that will make life easier, my financial situation more secure, and me more at ease. Have made very good progress with my finances and they will help make the move easier.
    Progress on the Bismarck. It’s looking like a locomotive. Detail parts are becoming the focus. Prayers that you all have a blessed Sunday. Thank You,

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 21, 2018 6:37 am

    Yes, God, remind us of your amazing love and the possibilities it proclaims.

    Grateful for God’s love and blessings.

    Praying that all will experience more of God’s love and blessings.

  • Julie Posted October 21, 2018 7:43 am

    I am thankful for God and His vastness and His sovereign plans for us. I need to be ever mindful that He has a plan for me and my life. God loves me and I need to rely on Him and allow Him to lead me.
    Prayers for Jill and her family. May each find inner peace.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich. Prayers of gratitude for Robert’s improving finances and Erich’s job. I know that I am not as h says. But words still sting and it shows the depth of his hatred as well as the ugliness of his soul. It is the day to day of living with such a human being that is draining.
    Prayers for Mary and her family. May they enjoy time together.
    Prayers for Connie and her calm and reassuring presence. I always feel restored after reading her comments and for this I am thankful to both God and Connie.
    Prayers for Betsy and her familty and ministry work.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family, Lou and her family, April and her family.
    Prayers for Marcy and her safety. The cooler (cold!) weather has the kittens cuddled together on their electric blanket. Tazzie is using Chai as a pillow.
    Prayers for all of the UR family and welcome to those who find this warm group of supporters

    • Connie Posted October 21, 2018 8:35 am

      And I am thankful for you, Julie.

  • Connie Posted October 21, 2018 8:44 am

    Everything is possible if it is God’s will. I believe in miracles.
    Thankful for:
    A sunny day. Yesterday 61 mph winds and snow south of us.
    A warm house. My few flowers are warm under their sheet. When it gets to 35? I will uncover them.
    This day that the Lord has made.
    My soup is still in the “preparation” state…..soaking beans, etc.

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