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

You may be experiencing a season of life that feels like the desert wilderness. Life has become so routine that it feels uninteresting and uninspiring. Sometimes you begin to question if God has forgotten you. Throughout the Bible, God uses the desert experience to shape people for God’s purposes.

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

Today’s Question

Perhaps it is time to disrupt your own routine. How can you be intentional about breaking the monotony of your late life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.

—Isaiah 35:1 (NIV)

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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  • Julie Posted October 6, 2021 8:32 am

    I have no thoughts on this question as I am living in constant flux and uncertainty. Doctor’s appointment went well with my PCP telling me to go straight to the surgeon as the hernias are in my stomach and quite plain to see. He indicated that no tests are needed to reveal the extent of the issue. He prescribed prescription strength Pepcid for the horrible taste and resulting nausea. So today I will call the surgeon and the hematologist. He also wants me to get a dexa scan of my bones in hopes that the insurance will relent and put me on Prolia. I have to call my gynecologist about the improved mammogram testing or ultrasound. So many health issues to deal with. Also the valuator for the house is coming today.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for his potential prostrate issues and her health and their finances. Prayers for Jill and Roger as they await the test results, may Roger not have a relapse during the wait. Prayers for Robert and may he and his computer be fine given his absence. May God bless Marti and her staff. Thankyou for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here today.

  • robert moeller Posted October 6, 2021 8:59 am

    If I was in a routine, it surely has been interrupted by the resignation of our pastor and the efforts of pastor/parish to provide worship services while the search for a new pastor goes on.
    Thankfully October is covered and there’s progress on November and Advent. It has been a great blessing to have lay members step up and take on this work.
    Prayers for Julie’s health issues: hernias, bone scans, and mammograms. David’s possible prostrate issues, Ally’s health, and their financial well-being are in my prayers. Hope for good, helpful test results for Roger, safety at Jill’s school, Larry’s health, and Lou’s well-being. The needs of out country, the people of the world, and sound efforts to deal with climate change are in my prayers too. Thankful for the Upper Room staff that enables this site. Thank You, Lord, for all You have done, do, and will do.

  • Jill Posted October 6, 2021 4:57 pm

    I crave routine and a schedule. I feel like I have adjusted well to the change in school schedule…an hour later to school and home from school. Still would not be my choice, but it is working. I do believe that when a change is under my control and I sense the need for it – I will make it. A simple example is the change up in my morning time – being fully unplugged. I know Robert and Julie would prefer I post early, but – my “new” routine is working well for me.
    Wonderful wonderful news regarding Roger – all the tests came back normal. We are going on a prescription cat food diet – I didn’t even know there was such a thing. It is dry food – which I prefer. I was hoping he would like it – and he absolutely inhaled it. So – we will see if this transition is helpful. He has been his normal self for many days now and I am grateful. It is such a relief to know he has no underlying issues. I was so relieved when I spoke with vet assistant. Also grateful to be able to pick up the food from the vet office after school.
    Lovely fall days here and dad got to golf again this morning with his buddies. We are going to golf Saturday weather permitting. My Goodyear Blimp ride has been re-scheduled for Saturday morning – so hoping the weather cooperates.
    Going to get out for a walk before small group later this evening.
    Thank you all for your prayers for my cat.

  • Ally Posted October 7, 2021 2:53 am

    Though I consider myself a spontaneous person, I don’t like my routine interrupted. I need a semblance of routine to function, to get things done. I do need to try something new and vibrant. How can I get out of some of my ruts? The entry regarding time spent on social media was quite timely, considering the travails of Facebook this week. Its time to limit time spent on social media and spend more time in prayer, study, and ministry. It is 3:53 and i Can’t sleep, but gonna go try again. Blessings to all.

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