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

Older adults often worry about not being able to adequately express their innermost thoughts to God. You too may be concerned about fumbling over your words, especially if asked to offer a public prayer. Remember this important truth: God is not impressed by lofty words. God yearns for authentic hearts and people who want to grow in relationship with God.

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What method of prayer allows you to authentically express your heart to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
—Psalm 71:12 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts of this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Rusty Posted January 26, 2024 9:48 am

    Mainly, for me, just conversation with God. And yes, as the reading suggests, I know that high falutin’ words and expression is unnecessary. He knows my thoughts from afar and all the comforting parts of Psslm 139 help.

  • Julie Posted January 26, 2024 9:58 am

    Yep, me too, just talk as though talking to a friend. Also, I always pray for others before myself. I also pray for creatures as well, my kitties come before me in my prayers. I start with gratitude.

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