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

What prevents us from a good life is clinging to or craving things. …

I know all too well that the end of my life is near. Time is short, and every day is like the flipping pages of a calendar used in old movies to suggest the passing of time. I have never defined myself by what I own. I have never had many possessions, except my books; and even now, I am in the process of giving most of them away.

—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How much does your security depend on material possessions? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Then [Jesus] said to [the crowd], “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
—Luke 12:15 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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Something More

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted November 12, 2022 7:58 am

    Mine does not but h’s very much does. I am a simple person who longs to live simply. H’s clinging to his Mercedes is but one example of his identity being tied to his possessions.
    I will be going shopping with Megan and then she is going to a Friendsgiving. Her dad was released from the hospital yesterday. I have begun earnestly discussing the dog with Megan. She intends to get a dog at the end of December. I gave her conditions that needed to be met in order for this to occur. She has met none and yet has put a downpayment on this dog. I do not like dogs and I will be stuck with it during the day. I have a lot on my plate without adding something so time consuming that I do not want in the first place.
    Prayers for Ally and David, Jill, Lou, and Robert and Erich.

  • Jill Posted November 12, 2022 4:23 pm

    I don’t think my security depends on my material possessions, but I am sure in some ways it does. I am very fortunate to be independent, have money set aside for retirement (besides my teacher’s retirement fund) and to have my house paid off. I try to live carefully, but have certainly noticed that I am more “ahead” now than I have ever been. I am reluctant to by myself what I would consider luxuries. I think dad is frugal, to a fault. And my friend thinks I am frugal, to a fault. I guess it all comes down to perspective and perception. Dad very much wants me to move into a condo, but I just can’t come to terms with the monthly fee. So, for now, I will keep socking away my money – so when the time comes, I will have it for necessities.
    Less than 48 hours after temps in the 70s, it is snowing. And I think the beautiful weather is now gone for good. I attended my god son’s basketball scrimmage this morning and ran a few errands on the way home. Had an early dinner and have been relaxing with the kittens – they were on the couch with me…me under the heated blanket, them on top.
    Big tennis match tomorrow – against the first place team. If we beat them, we will be in first place with one match to go. It is at their place, so they will have a bit of an advantage. We beat them at our place, but they didn’t bring their strong lineup. I am pretty sure they will have the big guns tomorrow. The good news is, we have our strongest lineup. Should be fun.
    Father God, thank You for this space, for Your Spirit amongst us. Continue to lead us, strengthen those who are weary, heal those who are sick. Father God, hear our prayers.

  • Ally Posted November 12, 2022 4:26 pm

    I don’t put a lot of stock in things. To be a little more worry-free would be nice, though. Life feels hard right now. There is a lot going on and I’m trying not to give in to fear and anxiety.
    David fell last night again. This is frustrating to both of us. And I think he had a panic attack today: heart racing, a little short of breath, some lightheadedness. It left him feeling kind of washed out. Thanks to all for your prayers for us.
    Julie, prayers for the dog situation and that you will be able to sell the car. Prayers for Robert and Erich, Lou, April, and Jill. Praying also that Rick and Scott are well.
    Lord, help me to focus on my blessings and not my fears.

  • robert moeller Posted November 13, 2022 1:52 am

    Late posting, but glad to read your posts before I do. Had a busy but good day. Up early, drove to MA to shop for German and Korean food. Found and bought what we were looking for, a safe trip down and back Thank You, Lord.. I don’t have a lot of possessions, I ‘m glad to have built models of what I saw or could have seen on the railroad that ranin my boyhood town. Family genealogy, and Korean furniture make up a little more. I haven’t left a big dent on the world, no humongous legacy., no monuments., but hopefully remembered by those I hold dear. I’ll be at peace. Thank You, Lord.
    It’s Sunday morning, church today, the last Lay Servant class on Monday and we finish the book on Wesley Tuesday. Colder weather coming, a forecast of 90% snow on one day, Great changes in the weather from what I experienced for most of my life, addressing climate change is vital, essential for continued life on earth. Evidence abounds. Lord grant us wisdom and courage for the facing of this hour, day, week,month, year!
    Thank You, Lord.

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