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 we open our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, when we consent to God’s action within us, and when we become a conduit of divine love to all those we meet, Jesus is born again in and through us for the healing of the world.

Find a space today where you can spend five minutes with God. Sit comfortably with your eyes closed, place your open hands on your lap, and quiet your mind. Make Mary’s words, “Let it be with me according to your word,” your own prayer, and offer them to God along with the longings of your own heart.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

When have you consented to God’s action in you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come over you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” …
Then Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let it be with me just as you have said.”
—Luke 1:35, 38 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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Something More

This year, The Upper Room Chapel is celebrating Advent with preachers from across the globe in a special Advent Around the World Series. Hear preachers from Ukraine and the Caribbean, just to name a few. Join us on Facebook or YouTube each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (CST) for a moment of prayer and worship this Advent season.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 7, 2022 6:20 am

    Coming to New Every Morning and posting here is one of the ways I’ve consented to God’s action in me. Thank You, Lord for the many nudges and enabling me to respond.

  • Jill Posted December 7, 2022 9:11 am

    I am consenting anew, as dad may be encountering issues again with his prostate. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer early in 2018, but was told it would not come into play, considering his age. Well, last year the level elevated significantly, but overall the number was not too high. They have risen again this year – the urologist appointment is next week. I am trying to mentally prepare myself if he needs to do some type of treatment. I feel like I was thrust into mom’s situation – I can’t recall how I “consented” – if I did this ahead of time. The song I mentioned in my last post – this is what I am using to consent. The song is based off of Mary’s prayer…and may it be done until me according to Your will. “Help me be strong, help me be, help me.”
    The school week is moving along. I have all my exams prepared – exam week is the week prior to Christmas. It is good to have them done. Things are chugging along in the treasurer’s office, as this month is the deadline to use certain specified covid funds.
    Gratefully, nothing after school today – it will be good to be home while it is still light out.
    Prayers for those who gather here…that Advent preparation and stillness is able to be a part of each day.

  • Ally Posted December 7, 2022 10:24 am

    I admit this is hard for me. But when I consent, I feel peace. It is those times of consent and obedience, that I have seen God work.
    David is progressing in therapy. Slow, but steady. He is eating better and and is more like himself. I pray he will be home by Christmas.
    I second your prayer, Jill. Love to all.

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