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

By acknowledging concrete, down-to earth activities—eating, drinking, making decisions, generous sharing, hospitality, and walking—as the means through which God comes to us and by which we participate in God’s work in the world, Christian practices remind us of the sensible, everyday qualities of Christian life. Christian faith involves more than simply believing certain things about God. It is also a matter of practicing our faith.

—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How do you practice your faith in down-to-earth ways? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
—James 1:22 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted September 13, 2023 5:45 am

    An email tells me that my post appeared yesterday. The first one since August 21st. I have posted regularly, but they didn’t appear.
    I posted using my phone so will continue that way.
    Thanks to Jim, Ally, Julie, and Jill for your concern.
    There are many “down to earth” ways I practice my faith, support for others, completing needed tasks, folding clothes, food shopping, bill paying, and walks with family and friends. Thank You, Lord

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