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

God of hosts, we long for you. Our hopes lie in you, who have empowered us to act on this hope and made your kin-dom present on earth. Restore in us the active hope that changes things everywhere. May you restore in us the hope we have lost. May your face rekindle in us the light we have lost along the way. May your salvation come to the whole world: people, animals, seas, mountains, and the whole earth. Amen.

—Cláudio Carvalhaes, “Collective, Active Hope,” in Light from Afar: An Advent Devotional from Around the World (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

What practice from another church or denomination could you try this Advent to bring new life to your experience? [question written by Joel Bengbeng] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
—Psalm 80:3 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O God, thank you for the light from afar that came into our world when your Son, Jesus Christ, was born. Be with us as we await the birth of the Christ child in our hearts once again. Give us patience in the waiting. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 29, 2023 6:59 am

    From my days in a Korean UMC I’d try starting the day with early morning, sunrise, prayer, Sae Byuk Ki Do.
    There can never be too much prayer, we are to be unceasing in our prayers to God. Thank You, Lord.

  • Rusty Posted November 29, 2023 7:49 am

    I agree, Robert. You make a great point about never too much prayer. The early morning sunrise prayer from the Korean UMC sounds like a wonderful practice. Good to read your post this morning.

    I recently began a study of hope in the Dutch Reformed tradition using a book called Keeping Hope Alive by Lewis Smedes. Actually, it was just coincidental that I bought it about the time Advent started, but a couple of days ago I decided to make it my Advent discipline this year. So far it’s good.

  • Ally Posted November 29, 2023 5:50 pm

    Hello all, I want to answer yesterday’s question, our NEM family is one of my greatest spiritual benefactors. Others would be the pastor who baptized me when was 12 and understood mixed teens and tweens wonderfully well, my parents and grandparents, the dear saints who loved and nurtured me in the church where I grew up, my seminary mentor, the late Bob Mulholland, my
    Sunday school class, authors Anne Lamott, Wendell Berry, and the late Rachel Held Evans. Many others.
    Now today’s question: I’m serving as pianist at a s!all country church. Such sweet, loving people. But they don’t observe Advent in a format way. So I miss celebrating in church. I have decided to do it on my own with some things from the Anglican tradition: the Collect prayers of the day, scriptures, Readings.
    I have the first respiratory thing I’ve had since before the pandemic. I see Dr. On Friday. I did home covid test last night and will test again in the morning. Prayers for healing are much appreciated.

    • Rusty Posted November 29, 2023 8:53 pm

      Prayers on way, Ally. Hope you feel better soon.
      And you reminded me . . . ! Anglican (Episcopalian) is my home denomination, so doing NEM and Upper Room (hosted by United Methodist Church)with you all is indeed a practice from another church or denomination for me. Thank you! It’s wonderful.

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