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

One of the first lessons we learn from Paul as he discerns whether revelations he received were truly from Christ, thus worthy of his trust and obedience, comes in conferring with spiritually mature people who have known Jesus (not just known about Jesus) longer than he has. The apostles who knew Jesus prior to his death and resurrection give Paul their blessing, acceptance, and affirmation because his astonishing story corresponds with the way of the Jesus they knew.

—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

When have you had conversations with spiritually mature people? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Now I encourage you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Agree with each other and don’t be divided into rival groups. Instead, be restored with the same mind and the same purpose.
—1 Corinthians 1:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 20, 2023 6:47 am

    At different times in my life I believe I have had conversations with spiritually mature people, currently there are three people in our Bible/book study group who are spiritually mature. I think it takes a while to recognize spiritually mature people. A prerequisite is being a believer. In my spiritual journey my growth was long and slow. I don’t know if I am spiritually mature. God knows.
    A long walk in the woods yesterday on new and familiar trails. Mountain laurel, huge holders, beautiful leaves,
    and a bit warmer.
    Time for breakfast, fellowship time, and a walk with my friend Russ. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 20, 2023 9:50 am

    Lots of times as I still consider myself a newer Christian. I say this because I feel although I have learned much, there is always vastly more to know. Also I find discernment in listening to other Christians’ perspectives.

  • Jill Posted October 20, 2023 11:40 am

    I am fortunate for the wisdom God has brought into my life via fellow pilgrims. Much of their wisdom is visible due to their transparency and vulnerability. I try not to take it for granted – the presence of these people in my life during various stages of my growth. They were willing to invest in me…sharing their time and wisdom. Grateful.
    Today is the close of our first grading period. In some ways it seems to have gone fast and in some ways, not as much.
    A rainy weekend ahead – and a few things on tap for tomorrow. Looking forward to going home after school and just relaxing this evening. Luckily – my Sunday is vacant of events outside of church – so I will be able to relax at home, do some schoolwork and take in some football.

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