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


With this new day,
we open our eyes
and we pray:
God, inhabit our seeing.
Live in our looking.
Be our vision and our sight.
Illumine us, that we may perceive you,
know you, welcome you
in all the ways you go hiding
in this world.


Now be rest for our eyes,
God of the evening.
In these dark hours,
repair us, renew us,
restore and redeem.

– Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women

From page 169 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Begin and end your day with these prayers. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

Hebrews 2:10, NRSV

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This week we remember: Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted October 5, 2018 4:07 am

    Beautiful, simple prayers. So many of Jan Richardson’s words speak to me deeply.
    Grateful for the end of the work week. We have meetings all day today – hoping it goes quickly and is beneficial.
    Have a friend from out of town spending the night tonight. Was grateful to have the time to clean my house last evening and prepare for her arrival. She is a retired former colleague and a group of us are going out to an early dinner after meetings today at school. Have a crazy busy weekend ahead and this will start it off. Hopefully, Roger will be on his best behavior!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 5, 2018 5:26 am

    Grateful for change and courage to accept the new job.

    Grateful for two more tuition assignments to complete as my students will be finishing their exams this year.

    Grateful for the morning and evening prayers, short and meaningful.

    Blessings to all and have a great weekend!

    • Andrea Posted October 5, 2018 8:41 am

      Congratulations, dear Mary! Is this the florist job? I pray it will be satisfying and enjoyable!

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 5, 2018 9:59 pm

        Yes, dear Andrea!

        It is my dream job!


        • Connie Posted October 6, 2018 8:58 am


  • robert moeller Posted October 5, 2018 6:06 am

    Wonderful prayers to begin and end the day. Great for today’s trip to the area of our future home. Pray we have a safe trip there and back. Fall foliage is starting to bloom. It should be a great day.

    Thankful for a successful chicken pie supper at church. A lot of work, a tasty supper, and memories made.

    Prayers for the UR family, their needs, concerns, joys, and praise.

  • robert moeller Posted October 5, 2018 6:23 am

    Prayers for Mary and her new job, it’s very challenging being a teacher in Singapore. Prayers that this will be a good and long lasting position.

    Thankful for Jill’s report about her Mom, a visitor, school, the garden, and Roger. Prayers all goes well.

    Prayers for Betsy’s upcoming mission trip. Am delighted women are joining.

    Prayers for Connie and green grass still have it here too.

    Yes, Julie, the chicken pie supper is a fund raiser. I think it went very well.
    Prayers for your needs and concerns, especially your future and being safe.

    Have a great weekend dear UR family.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 5, 2018 10:17 pm

      Thanks Robert!

      May you and Erich have a safe trip and may Erich be successful in his job search!


  • Connie Posted October 5, 2018 7:39 am

    The Angels are hovering over a dear relative and her time may be very short. I am so sad. She lost her husband a few months ago so there will be a “glad reunion”.
    I can almost taste the chicken pie. My former church had turkey dinners and Swiss Steak dinners and the socializing was wonderful, too. Small towns, big hearts (and appetites!)
    God, please help Mary with her new challenges.
    Bubbie be good. (I think Roger is Bubbie along with Julie’s, but I could be mistaken)
    The weekend looks rainy.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 5, 2018 10:21 pm

      Thanks dear Connie!

      May God’s presence be so close to you and your relatives.


  • Julie Posted October 5, 2018 8:03 am

    I like these short prayers. They are easy to remember and repeat.
    Prayers for Mary and her new job. Is it the florist job you mentioned? You speak of students, will you still teach?
    Prayers for Robert and Erich and safe travel.
    Prayers for Jill and her “crazy busy” weekend. May it also be filled with joy.
    Prayers for Connie and her family as they also hover with the angels around their relative as she joins the Lord.
    Prayers for Marcy. I pray she is safe.
    I feel scattered. I have applied online for several jobs and am in the middle of leengthy application processes for others. None of which are really what I want or need. I need to concentrate on civil service jobs instead and would feel better if I had a better start to applying for those. I intend to address this today.
    Prayers dear UR faithful and faith filled family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 5, 2018 6:08 pm

      Thanks everyone for your prayers!

      Yes, it is the florist one.

      My 2 more tuition assignments completed, i will move on to my new job. Not sure if i have time to give tuition. I will be a student instead, learning how to arrange flowers and design gift hampers. Who knows, maybe one day i will be able to teach flower arrangement.

      Blessings to all and may Julie be successful in her job search!

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