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

Abba Macarius was asked, “How should one pray?” The old man said, “There is no need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hands and say, ‘Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy.’ And if the conflict grows fiercer, say, ‘Lord, help!’ God knows very well what we need and shows us mercy.”

—Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Editor, Writings of the Desert Fathers & Mothers (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

What simple prayer could you offer today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.
—Psalm 34:17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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  • robert moeller Posted January 18, 2021 6:28 am

    Thank You, Lord is my short prayer. God has done so much for us, we are to be ever thankful.
    The Browns made it a close game against a tough team, The diner is nearing completion. 65% chance of snow through 8 am. Church friends lost a nephew to Covid,, others are recovering from it.
    Vaccine available to 65+ starting the 26th. Prayers for Marcy, Julie and Megan, Jill, her school, cancer support group, and Larry, Ally and David, Lou and her children, April, newcomers to the UR, those we remember so well and miss, and all who come here. Be safe and know God is always with you. Thank You, Lord.

    • Bj Posted January 18, 2021 11:06 am

      Hi Robert!

  • Lou Posted January 18, 2021 7:12 am

    As I woke very early this morning the first words in my head – Help me Lord. I had a rough day yesterday but today is a new day and I add, thank you Lord. We are never alone- God is near. Prayers for all who come here today. God is near.

  • Julie Posted January 18, 2021 8:49 am

    I am much like Lou, Help Me Lord! But just as she notes each night I also say thank you Lord for getting me through the day. I also ask that He get me through the night. It is by his benevolence alsone that I keep being able to slog through this life.
    Megan and I spent yesterday together shopping and visiting the Carnegie Museums of Natural History and Art. They are in one huge building as is the Carnegie’s Library mainbranch, however the library remains closed except to students who need access to computers and internet for online learning. We saw a special exhibit of dinosaur armour and the went to polar world and Native American exhibits. Next we went to the CMOA and saw the Monet’s and Renoir’s, as well as many other paintings, statues and even furniture. It as a nice day.
    Prayers for Robert and his church, may God guide a new pastor to this small but mighty church .
    Prayers for Jill and Larry. May this long weekend refresh Jill and allow her to recharge her reservoir of compassion as well as joy.
    Prayers for Lou as she struggles with this time of year and the loneliness the distance from family brings to her heart.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may Ally’s sleep continue to be sound and long and may David’s depression continue to lift.
    Prayers for April and her family and all who receive her help and uplifting messages.

  • Jill Posted January 18, 2021 3:37 pm

    Lord, I too often forget to say, Thy will be done. But it is in my heart and sometimes I am not even aware of it – but, yes – Thy will be done. And may I be a part of it happening in my realm of influence.
    This week – in the next few days – my prayer will be – Lord, check my heart. May my words reflect You and not my discouragement with a handful of students.
    The first semester is over and it was a rough ending for my one senior class. May I somehow be an encouragement to them, to try harder, to put more effort in – to this very challenging topic.
    This morning, my friend and I went to a few grocery stores north of us, on the suburbs of Cleveland. And, we also hit The Container Store. Quite possibly the coolest store ever. Julie – I first stumbled upon this gift of a store in your town. One opened up near Cleveland about 2 years ago. I was looking for a compact carrier for my document camera, as the cardboard box it came to me in will not hold up well once I start toting it back and forth to school. I found the absolute perfect case and so much less inexpensive than I had hoped. My friend took the styrofoam from the original packing and trimmed it down slightly and wedged it in the new case. It is just right and I am over the moon with a simple $4.00 plastic carrying case with a handle on it. The simple things of life. Ordinarily we would have eaten at a restaurant in the area up there as there is such a great selection, as compared to what we have in our town. But neither of us is ready for that. Today, was actually the first time I had been in a store that wasn’t a grocery store. It was just nice to spend that time together doing something we may have taken for granted previously.
    Ah, yes, Robert – the game from yesterday. Quite an effort for us and truly, an accomplishment considering 0-16 three seasons ago. It was great fun, despite the outcome. Instead of looking for a new coach or a new GM – we are pretty much assuming playoffs at a minimum next year.
    Dad is quite anxious because he can’t get any information on when he will be able to get an appointment for the vaccine. I am trying to keep him settled down, but it isn’t easy. My brother-in-law and sister went to Florida, and he got vaccinated at the VA in Florida the third day after they arrived. My dad’s sister will get the shot on Friday, and she lives in another city in our state. My friend, a drug rep, keeps me informed on any tips she hears.

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