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

God knows that God’s people are always in danger of losing their spiritual memory. By Monday morning, you can’t recall the message of Sunday’s sermon. You moan about the food at breakfast and glance at a stunning sunset without giving thanks to the One who created it. It is as though you must relearn what it is to be a faithful follower each day. Perhaps that is why remembering is a dominant theme of the Bible.

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

Today’s Question

Becoming more mindful of God’s movement in your past is key to aging faithfully and noticing God’s presence in the here and now. What practice could help you remember God’s faithfulness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
I will remember your wonders of old.

—Psalm 77:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 7, 2021 5:32 am

    Communion, walks in the woods, reading the Bible, and fellowship with believers all help me remember God. Very thankful the laity of the church I attend, like those who founded the church in the 1870s, are leading worship while we have no pastor. Thank You, Lord. There’s progress too with plans for the spring. It will take a lot of effort, but the rewards are what is needed.. More work on my model should be possible now that paint is well dried. Hope and pray all goes well with Julie’s medical and legal issues, Roger recovers, school is safe, Larry is well, and Jill continues to do well in all she does; Ally & David are returned to good health, their finances are sound, Lou and her children look after each other. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 7, 2021 8:48 am

    Reading the Bible daily, the UR Daily Devotional and New Every Morning reflection as well as attending church help me to keep the Lord uppermost in my mind throughout the day.
    Hope to get more appointments made today as I was thwarted yesterday by h who hovered near all day. The valuer for the house came yesterday and that was also another distraction. Oh and Jill, I care not when you post your comments and your change to later day allows you to share what happened during your day which is very nice.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health and financial issues. Prayers for Jill and Roger, may the new food help Roger to fianlly overcome his stomach issues. Most all of our cats have been on prescription food. Sometimes they tired of it but not always. If this happens there are other foods, usually they start on Science Diet but Royal Canin is another brand. They are both available at Petsmart and Chewy and are much cheaper than at any vet’s. You can set up auto shipping at Chewy and this saves money as well. I know these foods are expensive. Prayers for Robert and his church as they seek a new pastor. Also prayers for Robert as he considers another move to appease Erich, again. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted October 7, 2021 12:14 pm

    Currently – I don’t think I need a specific practice to remember His faithfulness. I frequently recall how He sustained me during mom’s struggle (as the faithful here can attest). It seems that the majority of what I read, either in the Word or in a spiritual book, someone sends me back to how mom reacted to her diagnosis vs. how I longed for her to react. My heart is full of gratitude.
    It is also overflowing with gratitude for Roger’s good report and my ability to return to activity. Many things seem bountiful now and I am grateful.
    Thanks for the tips, Julie – regarding the cat food. Luckily, there was a coupon which my vet used and it was cheaper than either Chewy or Amazon. They offered to write me a script – to use for in-store or on-line purchases. I think he has always enjoyed the crunchy dry food – and hope he continues to take to this.
    The issue at school has re-surfaced and I took further steps yesterday to try to find a workable resolution. I am trying not to react immediately, but to be measured in my response and reactions. I need to be mindful of this continuously and seeking the Lord’s strength and guidance.
    There is a very nice “Fall Art Mart” right up the road from my school and if the rain holds off, I hope to go through it before going home this evening. The remainder of my week is very busy and today will be my only chance. My photographer friend has a booth there – and I am looking forward to seeing her. Many of the booths are covered under a massive canopy, so even if it is lightly raining – I will be able to go from vendor to vendor under cover.

  • Dorothy Posted October 8, 2021 7:50 am

    I read to think of three things you are grateful for each evening. I find this a positive practice . Request in the am. Gratitude in the pm.

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