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

We offer many differing prayers for use with your beads. You need not use the prayers in the order they appear unless you find that approach meaningful. So too you may choose to use the devotion and not the meditation, or vice versa. You may want to use the same prayer over the course of days or weeks, or you may want to choose a new one daily. Feel free to use what fits your mood or place in life.

—Kristen E. Vincent and Max O. Vincent, Another Bead, Another Prayer: Devotions to Use with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

When have you used prayer beads, and did they help you focus as you prayed? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Know that the Lord is God—he made us; we belong to him. We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.
—Psalm 100:3 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Pray the following prayer as you touch the cross, invitatory bead, and resurrection beads on a set of Protestant prayer beads.
Holy God, heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

Let my praise be united with that of
the angels as we proclaim that

you are holy, holy, holy. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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  • Julie Posted March 13, 2023 9:44 am

    I have not used prayer beads.
    I spent a lovely day with Megan yesterday. We went to the Pittsburgh Home and Garden Show. It is the largest in the country and spans 10 acres. We only traversed the top level as the lower level is all garden and outdoor spaces. We found both the painter and flooring company that we will be using this year. So it was a productive day. We also bought many good things to eat. There is a man who sells the most amazing coffee cakes. Usually he sells out but this year he brought extra. Megan is set for breakfast for awhile.

  • robert moeller Posted March 13, 2023 2:14 pm

    I have not used prayer beads.
    No Nor’easter here yet, but am surely expecting one to start later today into Wednesday. All prepared. If you have lived in the Northeast- New England for a while, you should be experienced and well prepared. Yes, there are variations, but the general concept should be familiar.
    Great to go to the Home and Garden show. Have been to one in Albany NY and another in NYC.
    A great place to find needed resources for home improvement.
    All’s well at CCUMC after our no heat for Sunday service experience. Propane tanks shoveled out, tanks filled, and all propane powered appliances and equipment are functioning again. Thank You, Lord.
    Erich is baking a lot these days. Various muffins, funnel cake, brownies, and Hermits. All delicious.
    A nice walk at Lowe’s with my friend Russ this morning.
    Prayers and Blessings,

  • Jill Posted March 13, 2023 3:14 pm

    I have not used prayer beads either.
    Julie – sounds like a delightful, as well as much needed, day with Megan. I love to go to Home and Garden shows. I used to go with mom. We enjoyed taking our time, reveling in the thought of spring and the flowers we would buy together.
    A very hectic day at school. Truth be told – I didn’t do enough schoolwork at home over the weekend, and paid for it today. But, all is well and the day passed quickly. Need to do a bit of schoolwork this evening.
    Lots of flurries today. I got up late (out late with tennis last night), so didn’t get a run in this morning. Was going to take a walk after dinner with the extended daylight, but think I will just let me body have a full day of rest.

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