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

In Christian monasteries over the last fifteen hundred years, a way of reading scripture developed that goes by the Latin name lectio divina—which means “sacred reading.” This approach to reading scripture affirms scripture as more than historical detail, moral advice, or raw material for Christian doctrine. In reading scripture we encounter a person—Jesus. So we read slowly. We reread several times. We linger over words or phrases that stick out to us—that console or challenge us. We pause and ask ourselves, “What is God saying to me through these words that have touched me?”

—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

Pick a passage from one of the Gospels and spend fifteen minutes with it. Read it slowly. Savor. Pause. Don’t worry about doing it right or figuring it out, just read. What do you notice? [question from What We Need Is Here by L. Roger Owens] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. People do not light a lamp and put it under the bushel basket; rather, they put it on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
—Matthew 5:14-16 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Day by day, dear Lord,
of thee three things I pray;
to see thee more clearly,
to love thee more dearly,
to follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
—prayer attributed to Richard of Chichester, England, 13th century
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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted February 20, 2024 5:18 pm

    This morning my prayer time revolved around The Lord’s Prayer. What more is needed…Thy will be done…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. It was very good to have the Spirit bring that prayer to mind this morning and to just linger there. I also spent quite a bit of time in Ephesians, seeking the Spirit’s assistance to live out what is spoken about there. It seems I return again and again to “speaking the truth in love”…what does this look like in practicality in my life. I love the prayer here…to see Thee more clearly, follow Thee more nearly, love Thee more dearly. I am going to weave this into my time tomorrow morning.
    Brilliant sunshine and warm temps. I took a walk after school. Yesterday at PT I was given the green light to slowly integrate intervals of jogging into my morning walk…beginning tomorrow. More progress. I was hoping there would be something about hitting tennis balls, but alas – not just yet.
    It’s grown very quiet here. Praying for those who stop by and linger. Trusting God is holding each of you.

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