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

A more literal translation of [Philippians 1:27] might begin, “Conduct your citizenship in a way that is worthy of the good news of Christ.”

The net effect of this change is the way it puts believers in relationship with one another. We are not owners of private lots in a gospel subdivision where the good news means anything we say it means on our own property. Instead, we are citizens of a divine commonwealth that depends heavily on us to uphold its reputation.

—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)

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Today’s Question

In what ways does your life reflect your citizenship in a divine commonwealth? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Paul wrote,] Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.
—Philippians 1:27 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted September 22, 2023 7:06 am

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  • Julie Posted September 22, 2023 9:18 am

    Attending church and hearing and considering all thoughts, especially in Bible study.

  • Jill Posted September 22, 2023 1:57 pm

    I hope it is reflected in many ways. I think it is reflected in my language – both how I choose to express myself and words I don’t use. I hope it is reflected by my positivity, my willingness to listen and commit time to a person. I hope it is reflected in the people and institutions I choose to support.
    Well – I have so much food which has been dropped off, you would think someone died. I am grateful, but my freezer is nearing capacity. People are incredibly thoughtful and desiring to help, so I just keep taking it in. When they leave, I whip out ziploc bags and store things away.
    I slept much better being in my own bed. And the kittens are looking after me. I am seeing improvement in movement and am hoping tomorrow is even better, when I can finally remove the bandage/dressing.
    Someone else is dropping off bbq for dinner and my friend is coming. She has heard about this ice cream stand near my house – so we will likely go get a treat after dinner. It is a beautiful day out – so it will be nice to take a little ride with her. She has been training on line all week as she switched pharmaceutical companies.
    A colleague is dropping off papers – so I can get those graded before returning to school on Monday. Will be very helpful to not be way behind.

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