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

As we age, changes are apt to rock our boat more than in the past. It can take longer to adapt and get our sea legs. Though building trust in unfamiliar circumstances takes time, God meets us and loves us through both our resistance and receptivity to strange new beginnings. Changes activate our curiosity about how God may be at work in our circumstances. Changes also challenge us to become creative meaning-makers in our new circumstances. In this way we collaborate with God in making a way in the wilderness.

—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What are some ways you’ve made it through changes in your life with the help of God?
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Today’s Scripture

Do not remember the former things, or consider the things of old.
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth; do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
—Isaiah 43:18-19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me a faith that hopes for what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted October 12, 2023 5:15 am

    How encouraging that God meets us and loves us in our moments of resistance. He keeps pursuing – thank You, Father.
    I am trusting this – as my tennis friend has yet to come to the grief support group. She was to come last evening, but did not. I continue to ask God to draw her near to Himself. She says she is coming next week.
    God’s provision – His strength and through His people – got me through mom’s ordeal. Leaning into His Word…even if concentration was hard…I had to keep putting it in. It fueled me. Taking just one day at a time, and staying in the current moment – things were doable and not overwhelming.
    Dad is regaining his strength and looking to become a bit more active. He is really bored. Becky, too, is getting back to how she wants to be feeling.
    I am encouraged by physical therapy. It is a significant time commitment – but worth it. Things ramped up this week. I get fatigued during the work. But, gratefully, don’t “feel it” the next day. My therapist is very encouraged by how I feel when she works on the area, as well as how I am responding to various stretching and flexibility exercises.

  • robert moeller Posted October 12, 2023 6:37 am

    I think God, through scripture, helped me understand and improve my views of the LGBTQ community. How we missed this all these centuries is quite mind boggling. The messages and examples of LOVE in the ministry of Jesus are abundant.
    So glad to learn Jill is making good progress with PT and that Larry and Becky are recovering from Covid. Hope Don is doing better as well. Hope Larry finds activities.
    My former church is now pastorless. Thankfully CCUMC is doing well with our new pastor. We’ll experience what it was like without her this Sunday as it is laity Sunday. Our pastor is helping The Walk To Emaus.
    Too early to tell how it will turn out, but I sense the possibility that both Erich and myself will benefit from our meetings with the psychiatric nurse practitioner and the therapist. Making the needed connection s in mental health are oh so important. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 12, 2023 9:09 am

    God is helping me meet each of h’s changes in condition as his health continues to decline. God is helping me be calm amidst the storm of having ten men in my house every day painting. It is looking amazing.
    May God grant us the insight to realize that each individual processes grief in their own way.

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