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 people of faith, storytelling has special meaning for us. If all revelation is relationship, then storytelling becomes testimony, or the sharing of another’s testimony, to relationship. The act of storytelling itself becomes relational. It extends beyond the bounds of instructive or entertaining to become connectional. The storyteller engages the listener relationally. The listener responds to the story and the storyteller. … We are people of The Story.

—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)

Today’s Question

What Old Testament story comes to mind when you think of stories that have formed you in faith? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Abraham took the wood for the entirely burned offering and laid it on his son Isaac. He took the fire and the knife in his hand, and the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father?”

Abraham said, “I’m here, my son.”

Isaac said, “Here is the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the entirely burned offering?”
—Genesis 22:6-8 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us as we sift through the memories of our lives. Guide us to ponder the power of storytelling and to use our stories to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted September 8, 2023 9:54 am

    The first thing which came to mind was Elijah – and how he did NOT find God in the magnificent things that generally draw attention. But, rather, God presented Himself in a gentle whisper. A very personal thing for Elijah to experience and know it was his own unique experience. God is there, in the simple things, the subtle things. We just need to have the senses to experience and appreciate Him.
    Grateful for Friday, although a hectic weekend lies ahead. But as I think through what is to come – all are really positive, good things…which will feed my soul.
    Thinking of Robert – hoping he is visiting his daughter and grandchildren in NY, and not missing for something poor.

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