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, like Jesus, we regularly retreat in order to attend to God’s Word in an especially focused way, then the time spent in this environment for listening will bear fruit in the many ministries of a spiritually alive life. What are these fruits? They are love and freedom, which nourish our spiritual growth and strengthen us for the work of proclaiming the Good News in word and deed.

—John S. Mogabgab, “In Retreat,” The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent Reader, compiled by Benjamin Howard (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How often do you allow yourself time alone to pray? How can you find this time during the busy holiday season? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

After saying farewell to [the disciples], [Jesus] went up on the mountain to pray.
Mark 6:46 (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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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted November 24, 2021 8:16 am

    I pray but I seldom sit quietly, period. Even though I am recouperating from surgery I am still in near constant motion. This week’s prayer saddens me because the divorce mediation, divorce and move is “just around the corner.” I saw some notes of h’s and he is going to try to keep all the money to himself and give me less than half what we paid for the house 25 years ago. Real estate prices have risen drastically in our area and I know what this house should be worth. Thank goodness I have a very good lawyer!
    Prayers for Ally and David, may god be with them throughout the day as they see the urologist and learn if David’s PSA numbers have improved. Prayers for Jill and her family as they visit together and may Roger be responding to the insulin. Prayers for safe travel Lou’s family. Prayers for Robert and Erich to share a warm holiday together and good food. Prayers for Marti and her staff to have a good holiday with their families. Megan and I will be serving meals at church throughout the day. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here. I am thankful for all of you and for this place of Christian friendship.

    • robert moeller Posted November 24, 2021 8:22 am

      Want a fair and just divorce, you need to be in a less hostile environment. Thankful you have a great lawyer. God is with you.

  • robert moeller Posted November 24, 2021 8:19 am

    Thankfully these days are not the busy hectic days of old. Have bee retired from teaching and army reserve since 2007. Thankful I have things to do, I’m not idle. Thanksgiving tomorrow, meet friends on Saturday, help lead worship on Sunday. Snow tires go on today. Progress with my model. Hopefully a walk today as well. Hope you all have a great, SAFE, Thanksgiving. Thank You, Lord.

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