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

ROOTED AND GROUNDED in the Creator’s love,
entwined in Christ’s own life,
may you hear the song of the Spirit today
in trees and grass, in forest and field,
and in the tender stretching of your own heart.

– Sam Hamilton-Poore
Earth Gospel

From page 150 of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore. Copyright © 2008 by Sam Hamilton-Poore. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s blessing. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

Mark 10:23, NRSV

This Week: pray for those without enough to eat. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: John Woolman (October 7).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted October 13, 2018 5:25 am

    Yes, Father – I am so grateful to be rooted in You. Take my roots deeper, clinging to Your foundation. May my nutrients come only from You, may that be what I seek.
    I am grateful for a touching card I received from one of the members of the cancer support group. I opened up a little this past Sunday during the meeting. The group is so supportive, so loving…so God-glorifying. May it be so of me.
    Grateful for heated throws and orange/spice candles.

  • robert moeller Posted October 13, 2018 5:44 am

    Yes, I pray this blessing to all believers and would be believers. There are still bright leaves here and there, but peak has past, rain and wind have taken leaves and now there are bare branches. Still the beauty of nature is to be seen and appreciated, Thank You, Lord

    Thankful for beef stew for supper, food shopping done, a walk, and emails and photos sent to Germany. The company of believers here at the UR , this place to meet and share, what a blessing that is. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for those in Michael’s path and those in other places around the world where storms have hit. May the hungry be fed, food distribution be equitable, and food not wasted.

    Prayers of comfort and encouragement for Gloria and Larry, Marcy, and Julie.
    Prayers of thanks to Jill and Becky for their care of parents.
    May Marcy and Julie find the resources needed for well being.
    Prayers for success at Mary’s new job, Betsy’s prison mission.
    God’s peace to Connie at this month of remembrance.
    Continued cooperation and understanding for Andrea and her daughter.
    Blessings to all the UR family, thankful for your presence, posts, and sharing.
    Thank You, Lord

  • Connie Posted October 13, 2018 7:02 am

    “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand”. May our roots go deep in our love for Jesus.
    Yesterday was very stressful, but today is another day.
    Thankful for:
    Another chance at peace and tranquility.
    My daughter’s little corner garden that is covered to keep out the frost.
    Little Hummingbirds that sit on the feeder for many minutes, probably thinking “which way do I go?”.
    My Reflection Friends who mean the world to me.

  • Julie Posted October 13, 2018 8:16 am

    Yes, may I see God in His creation, the trees and grass. May I follow their example and develop roots that reach into the depths of His earth.
    Prayers for Connie. I share your love for all the UR family members. Prayers for a better day today.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich. May Erich persevere with this job and may Robert follow God’s path to a new home in NH.
    Prayers for Jill and Roger and their comfort under heated throws. Prayers for Gloria and Larry as they learn to navigate life in their present circumstances.
    Prayers for Mary and her willingness to learn new skills.
    Prayers for Andrea and her daughter and their relationship.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family and her ministry work.
    Prayers for Lou and her family.
    Prayers for Marcy. May she and Lucy be well today.
    Prayers and love for all the UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 14, 2018 6:53 pm

      Thanks for all your prayers. Praying that all your needs be met. May all have good health and joy

      Thank you God that we are rooted and grounded in your love. I am eternally grateful for this.


  • Andrea Posted October 13, 2018 1:04 pm

    It is a sunny, windy day here today, and crisp. I need to get outside and walk. A little while ago, I yelled at my husband and told him to “go.” I feel awful, he did not deserve that. Please pray for him, and for me, and for us.

    Please also pray for my friend Grace, whose mother is dying, and whose family is high-conflicted.

    May I hear the song of the Spirit today…in the tender stretching of my own heart.

    Prayers for dear UR friends. Blessings.

  • Andrea Posted October 13, 2018 1:06 pm

    Thank you, Julie, for your prayers. My daughter and I have a closeness that I once did not think would ever happen. I am realistic that there will be conflict, but I take one day at a time.

    I pray for you and your difficult situation, hoping the divorce settles without undue delay and you are well taken care of. Prayers also for your health and for your daughter. Blessings.

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