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

The spiritual practice of the regular reading and study of scripture is . . . a team sport. While carving out personal time to read, pray, and wrestle with ideas is important to us individually, our practices bind us together in faith. They expose each of us to religious language, like covenant, exile, transgression, oppression, supplication, redemption, and forgiveness. The regular spiritual practice of study and prayer forms us in a story that we are a people, ancient and set apart. Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Hannah, Deborah, Ruth, Mary, Amos, Micah are our people, a part of our spiritual identity, our religious heritage.

—Amy E. Steele, foreword to The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices bring you closer to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Train yourself for a holy life! While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come.
—1 Timothy 4:7-8 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

New Year’s Day

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  • robert moeller Posted January 1, 2024 6:54 am

    Coming to New Every Morning to start my day, going to church., reading and studying the Bible. praying, and helping others help my faith. Thank You , Lord..
    A blessed, happy, healthy, and safe New Year to all.

    • Rusty Posted January 1, 2024 10:02 am

      Amen, Robert. Ditto that. 😀

      Happy New Year, all!

  • Jill Posted January 1, 2024 9:43 am

    Time sitting in His Word. Reflecting on His faithfulness. Talking through things with trusted friends and my spiritual director. Attempting to be more grateful.
    My heart is so heavy for my friend. What a challenging season it has been for her and her children. A seismic argument erupted yesterday between her and her daughter – much was aired, not necessarily in an ideal way – and finished with so many tears. I am so brokenhearted for her. We met last evening at an ice cream shop and cried over peanut butter oreo sundaes.
    Father God – I entrust to You this year ahead, for my friend and her children, for the cares and concerns of the faithful here. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

    • Ally Posted January 1, 2024 1:04 pm

      Right now, prying scriptures and the Collects of the day, some journaling, checking with NEM., singing hymns. Today’s UR devotional really lifted me up. Some days trying to hold on to hope is hard. So Icwill try to speak light into the darkness.
      We are having a quiet day. I made cinnamon rolls, as I often do on holidays. Getting ready to put my black-eyed peas on to soak. Cooking a pork roast, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, and cornbread too. Yes, we are southern in this house😊. Going to try to watch the Rose Bowl and cheer on Bama.
      Please pray for my dear Aint Sarah. She has some kind of respiratory thing going and has been pretty sick. She’s in her 80s and she’s very dear. Prayers also apprecfor my sister and BIL, as they have Covid.
      I wish all a blessed 2024. Love you all.

    • Ally Posted January 1, 2024 1:06 pm

      Jill I am praying for your sweet friend.

  • Rusty Posted January 1, 2024 10:10 am

    Thank you, Jill for how you care for your friend. I believe that when you are there for people they appreciate you and your support remains in their thoughts far more than you can know.
    Lord please ease the burdens for both Jill and her friend. We turn to you Jesus in our pain and pray for joys to rejoice with you in as well. Help us to lean on you this coming year, and yes, please come quickly, Lord Jesus. Amen.

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