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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning follows the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

I’ve never been a very good gardener. In all my efforts to have a beautiful, full garden, I often end up with half a crop at best. Some vegetables never see the surface. In other words, I’m still learning. But while gardening requires research and work, it’s also a deeply spiritual practice. It requires a gentle spirit, conversations with dirt and seedlings, and a lot of prayer. When my two children sing to our seeds, the ones that are deep in the dirt waiting to be born, they are learning that the Earth listens. She listens and she speaks. She tells stories. She fosters life again and again for us, and we are stewards of that life, lives that belong to the goodness of God.

—Kaitlin Curtice, “Stewards of Our Home: A Litany for Our Interdependent Relationship with All of Creation,” in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What does creation teach you about God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
—Isaiah 61:11 (NRSVUE)

Today’s Litany

ONE: We acknowledge the indigenous peoples who have always cared for the land. We acknowledge that we must learn from them, honor their stories, and pay attention to a deeper kind of relationship. May we dig deeper.

ALL: Because we are dust to dust.

ONE: We hope for a future in which we are hospitable because the Earth is hospitable. We long for a future in which our relationship is born out of constant connectedness, so that when we care for one another, we are caring for her. May hospitality be our future.

ALL: Because we are dust to dust and the Earth has always taken care of us.
Because we are dust to dust, we will recognize our place in this world.
Because we are dust to dust, we will choose, every day, to remember.

—Kaitlin Curtice, “Stewards of Our Home: A Litany for Our Interdependent Relationship with All of Creation”
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Something More

Meet Jesus at the intersection of faith and justice with our new Lenten resource. In Where We Meet, a collective of writers and activists invite you to immerse yourself in the stories of Jesus and the early church throughout the Lenten season. Learn more and download a free sample here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted January 13, 2024 5:35 am

    God creates continuously, It takes great effort, time, patience, and attention. God is flexible with different conditions, soils, and plants. God is a very able creator Thank You. Lord
    Snow from 6-10 and rain from 11-4 today.. Colder weather coming, lows in the single digits, highs in the 20s.
    Hope to review many days of NEM and respond today. Blessings to all, thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted January 13, 2024 6:11 am

    God’s creation speaks to His ability to form awesome grandeur out of nothing. He can overwhelm in a variety of ways. It speaks to His infinitude. He creates out a desire to please us, so that we can be thankful and humble before Him.
    I am humbled and reverent before Him as I survey the last two weeks in my mind. A lot of challenges, but His undergirding peace is present. He is my Sustainer, in the midst of chaos. I am hoping to take a step back this long weekend and to be re-filled, refreshed. Be mindful of gratitude.
    Andrea – so good to hear from you. Thank you for allowing us to pray for Lowell. I will hold you both before the throne of mercy. Father, thank You for hearing our prayers.

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