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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

If fundraising as ministry is about loving and being loved, then it is also a call to conversion for everyone involved. First, rooted in our call to help build a community of love, we are challenged to shift from an ashamed stance of bowing down as we ask for money to standing confidently. Fundraising is not begging. Our culture wants us to judge ourselves and others in terms of status, money, and power. We “look up” to some people and “look down” upon others. When we are fully grounded in love, nobody is beneath us and nobody is above us. It takes courage to develop this confidence in who we are and apply this to our work as fundraisers.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

How can you cultivate courage and confidence in who God created you to be? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.
—Hebrews 4:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join The Upper Room in prayer for the U.S. Election. Visit The Upper Room Facebook page on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. (CST) for guided prayer. Regardless of any divisions we have over perspective or politics, let us join together and pray. Save the date, and save the link: facebook.com/UpperRoomCenter

Lectionary Readings

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Today's Reflection

Henri insists that in order to act lovingly and to embrace fundraising as a way of loving, we must allow ourselves to be possessed by God’s love. To grow in the knowledge and experience of God’s love is to know who we are and where we belong. Everything we say or do as fundraisers will be determined by the depth of our experience of love and by our ability to return to God’s loving embrace.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What does it look like to “be possessed by God’s love”? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.

—Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join The Upper Room in prayer for the U.S. Election. Visit The Upper Room Facebook page on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. (CST) for guided prayer. Regardless of any divisions we have over perspective or politics, let us join together and pray. Save the date, and save the link: facebook.com/UpperRoomCenter

Lectionary Readings

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Today's Reflection

As fundraisers, we must take care of the being part of our lives. This means knowing who we are, knowing our value—no matter what we achieve or don’t achieve. It means having clear values and increasing our self-awareness as we engage people from various walks of life. The journey of fundraising holds unique challenges, and we easily can stumble along the path or get discouraged if we are not grounded in our being—that is, who we most deeply are.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What spiritual practices help you stay grounded in your value? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Instead, we are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.
—Ephesians 2:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join The Upper Room in prayer for the U.S. Election. Visit The Upper Room Facebook page on Monday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 3 at 11 a.m. (CST) for guided prayer. Regardless of any divisions we have over perspective or politics, let us join together and pray. Save the date, and save the link: facebook.com/UpperRoomCenter

Lectionary Readings

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Today's Reflection

With his eye on the life and teachings of Jesus, Henri suggests that our deepest desire be to help create a community of love in the world. Our mission, our overarching purpose, is to love. There are many ways to make this purpose concrete in our lives. We may be surprised (and excited!) to read Henri’s assurance that fundraising is a practical and privileged way to build a community of love, bring justice into the world, and learn how to walk humbly with God. Fundraising is a way of loving deeply.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Where can you embrace your purpose of building a community love today? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
—1 Peter 3:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

"Lord, stir us up to holy action," cries Rally, spurring people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God's people feel safe and seen.

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Today's Reflection

The fundraiser as servant is a countercultural notion. In a world that values money more than everything else, it is a short jump to say that if we make more money, give more money, or raise more money, then we are more valuable and have more power. Servant fundraisers—or servant fundraising boards or committees—recognize this illusion and make decisions to counteract it. Fundraising may be a mission-critical role for a faith community or organization, but it is not more important than any other role.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Where do you observe people living in a countercultural way of service? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

“For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”
—Mark 10:45 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

"Lord, stir us up to holy action," cries Rally, spurring people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God's people feel safe and seen.

Lectionary Readings

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Today's Reflection

Ministry is the unique way each of us uses our gifts and our energy to share God’s love with the world. This ministerial work can be done at home, at work, or in the marketplace. But before we can do the work of ministry, we first must affirm our identity as ministers, as people who have accepted the call to be servants of love, each in our unique way. Fundraising is one such form of ministry.

—Nathan Ball, Henri J.M. Nouwen, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

How has God called you to be a minister, a servant of love? 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

Dear God,
Show me how to use my talents and treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

"Lord, stir us up to holy action," cries Rally, spurring people to compassionately continue the important work of loving God and neighbor until all of God's people feel safe and seen.

Lectionary Readings

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Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

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