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

Church membership is not the same as discipleship. While this seems like a patently obvious statement that should not require debate, the lived-out practice in many local churches has turned it around. Why has this happened? We have spent decades placing an emphasis on tracking how many members a local church has, how many people attend worship, and a variety of other measures. While this data is important, it is far more important to look underneath it to see the true story of a community of disciples living out their call. . . .

Do we spend more time in a new members’ class talking about the bygone history of our congregation, or do we talk about the vision to which God calls us? We need to focus more on the spiritual needs of individuals, from cradle to grave, and how the congregation can help people live into the fullness of their discipleship through mission and ministry.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What are your spiritual gifts? If you don’t know, consider using the spiritual gifts inventory provided in For the Common Good. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts.
—1 Peter 4:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 2, 2023 5:27 am

    I think my spiritual gifts list is pretty low if I need an inventory to determine what they are. I have taken inventories in the past but do not easily, quickly remember what they showed.
    A second day of lows in the 20s highs in the 40s. Clear skies and an 8 mph wind.
    Prayers for Ally&David, Jill, Julie, Lou, Rusty and all who come to NEM. Thank You, Lord.

  • Rusty Posted November 2, 2023 5:38 am

    This sentence from today’s Daily Reflection reading seems to have caught me unawares this morning and won’t let go: “We need to focus more on the spiritual needs of individuals, from cradle to grave, and how [to] . . . help people live into the fullness of their discipleship through mission and ministry..”
    Lord Jesus, please guide me and grant me the gifts to make this my lived experience (especially toward those dearest and closest to me who have yet to become your disciples). Amen.

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