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

Seek to allow your attention and focus to be on listening for what God is saying to you as you read this book. Listen for God to speak to you in and through, around and within, over and behind and out front of everything that you read. Keep asking yourself, “What is God seeking to say to me in all of this?” By adopting this posture toward the text you will begin the process of reversing the learning mode that establishes you as the controlling power who seeks to master a body of information. Instead, you will begin to allow the text to become an instrument of God’s grace in your life. You will begin to open yourself to the possibility of God’s setting the agenda for your life through the text.

—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How often does it feel like you are hearing God’s voice when you read scripture? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice!
—Psalm 95:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
M. Robert Mulholland Jr.Shaped by the Word
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Something More

In a success-oriented world, it is easy for Bible study to become another task to perform rather than a transformational experience. For nearly forty years, Shaped by the Word has shown Christians how to read the Bible not just for information but also for spiritual formation. Learn more about the anniversary edition of this classic here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Ally Posted October 4, 2023 6:04 am

    Robert, thank you for your prayers. Bless you. Jill, glad to hear you got a good report from surgeon. Many prayers for Larry as he recovers from Covid. Love you all.

  • robert moeller Posted October 4, 2023 6:30 am

    I have no idea how many times, they haven’t been counted. I do think that this period where a group of us and then a worship leader carried use through a pastor less time we heard God speaking through scripture. The desire to keep going, keep the church open, was very strong.
    Thank You, Lord.
    Nice to read Ally’s post. Yes, prayers for Larry with COVID. Thankful there are treatments that can greatly help him get better.
    Prayers for Julie caring for h and Jill recovering from her surgery.
    A wonderful day with Russ at the Fryeburg Fair yesterday. Really got around and saw a lot. Thank You, Lord.

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