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

Storytelling is a form of the ancient communal spiritual discipline of hospitality. It is a communal process of transforming sojourners into kinfolk and strangers into friends. The voice of the story resonates from deep within the body and imagination of its teller, and its vibrations reach into the physical and imaginative depths of the listener. The images that linger on the outskirts of consciousness and the voices that continue to sound in the ear of the heart are the threads that connect us to those who have known and loved the story across the ages. To be invited into the world of a story is to be offered the hospitality of the community of people who live by that story.

—Michael E. Williams, “Homecoming,” The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent Reader, compiled by Benjamin Howard (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

When have you received hospitality or extended hospitality with an invitation into the world of a story? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.

—Mark 6:34 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, thank you for what is just around the corner. In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, I await the coming of the most beautiful light.
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Something More

Join us for The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent eCourse. Beginning next week and throughout Advent, we will gather online for weekly guided spiritual practice sessions, group learning, and facilitated discussion. The eCourse also includes daily readings from this week’s featured book, The Wondrous Mystery. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted November 26, 2021 5:43 am

    As best I know, I don’t have this experience. Thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day yesterday,
    Yesterday’s snow forecast has turned to mixed precipitation. Want to visit this week’s posts to learn how everyone is doing. Hope you are all well.

  • Julie Posted November 26, 2021 8:03 am

    I also do not believe I have had this expereince. Megan and I spent a wonderful day helping to package Thanksgiving dinners with other church members. The dinners were delivered to homebound needy and first responders and were picked up by others who needed a meal. It was such a departure from what we have always done in the past and it was lovely.
    Prayers for Ally and David that the news regarding the PSA is good. Prayers for safe travel home for Jill and that Roger is doing better. Prayers for safe travel for Lou’s family. Prayers for Robert and Erich and their continued counseling. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

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