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

It’s easy to stay on a superficial level with someone new when we only have passing contact with him or her. Yet it’s also possible to have regular contact with someone for years but not truly meet each other. It may take a change of heart on our part before we can look into each other’s eyes and truly engage in a meaningful way. When we risk letting ourselves be known to each other on a deeper level, it changes us and a new relationship begins. It’s as if we see the face of God in each other.

—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

With whom might you make a new beginning by changing your attitude toward that person? How might you begin that change? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand, for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God, since you have received me with such favor.”
—Genesis 33:10 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me a faith that hopes for what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted October 14, 2023 5:33 am

    This is an interesting question. A clear answer did not come to mind. What did come to mind was some of my students. This week was a frustrating week with some of my students. The program I teach in is pretty advanced. It draws a small portion of my school’s population…and generally it is the driven student who excels in academics. This year, some of my year 1 students are lacking in initiative and grit. It is perplexing. Forever, probably, there has been apathy in education. But it is heightened in the inner city and in this century. Mostly – this has not crept into the program in which I teach. I think a new factor for this is the pandemic and its impact on education. The quarter grades are due this coming Friday – and I have multiple F’s in my Year 1 classes. I don’t think I have ever had more than 1 in the 24 years I have taught in this program – and that was due to health issues and extended absences. I need to come with a fresh attitude, with gentleness – into my classroom next week. Try anew to extend help to these students. And, if my offerings are not accepted – continue in gentleness and patience – meeting them where they are.
    Supposed to be quite a rainy day – although it looks like there may be a lull here in a bit. If there is a break in the rain – I will get out for a walk. The rain moved in overnight – I heard it hitting my windows.
    Grateful for a low key weekend. I will see my hospice patient tomorrow afternoon – watch some football together. Not much schoolwork, so maybe some extra time reading.

  • robert moeller Posted October 14, 2023 7:09 am

    It took a little extra thinking here as well, finally I decided it was Erich. Although progress has been made, very thankful for that, more needs to be done.
    I can identify with Jill and her students having taught in the inner city. While I didn’t teach advanced math, certainly beyond me, I also didn’t teach advanced social studies. The school was so focused on having kids pass the state exam. Each year more and more kids passed it. Eventually the school earned a Presidential Award. Prayers that apathy is overcome and grit and determination are infused. Education is key to improving students’ lives.
    Had a longer walk yesterday, expecting to go on a fall foliage sightseeing drive-walk today. Temps staying the 40s-50s. Sunny here now.
    Laity Sunday here tomorrow, we are quite familiar with that and are read. My old church is now without a pastor. Hope there is a resolution.
    Enjoy the fall weather, take good care. Thank You, Lord.

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