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 we spend time in prayer, we can begin to ask ourselves about how we feel called to respond to the climate crisis and its various effects. Even as we see an anxious, dissociated population, we can remember that millions of people are doing the opposite and engaging in this type of reflection every day. Brigit never seemed to ask if feeding one person could bring peace in the wake of the Empire or calm the turmoil of sparring warlords, and in the same way, we need not shrug off carbon-saving actions because one person can’t change the climate. Walking down the street, I can often spot dozens of people doing things that produce excess emissions who could change their behaviors if they became more aware.

—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How much difference do you think prayers make in our response to climate change? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.
—Psalm 34:17 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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Something More

Creating a Life with God is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this revised and updated release. Over the past 20 years, author Daniel Wolpert has inspired many to reflect on a life of prayer and what it means to be intentional about creating daily life with God. In this edition, two new chapters ask how we can use the practice of prayer to engage a world in crisis. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted September 2, 2023 6:01 am

    I think if we pray that there would be a change, and let it begin with me…and follow through – we would be doing our part. Leading by example and faithfulness can be strong.
    Dad, Becky and Don came over last evening for dinner and cards. Gratefully it wasn’t too late of an evening as I was tired from my first 5 day week.
    Dad and I have a celebration of life service to attend this morning – friends of his and mom from church. Then we are going golfing. It is to be a beautiful day. They head to Florida tomorrow.
    While today will be wall to wall busy – tomorrow should be less so, and Monday as well.

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