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

Today’s Scripture: Matthew 2:9-12

When we are seeking insight from God, we do not always get clear and visible evidence. It can be frustrating because we are uncertain about what to do. Honestly, there are times when we may not receive a visible sign no matter how hard we look and pray. I do believe, however, that a closer look at this text reveals why the Magi receive an epiphany. The Magi are seeking Jesus because they believe him to be the king who will fulfill the prophecies in scripture.

—F. Douglas Powe Jr., in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

When have you received a sign from God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When [the magi] saw the star, they were filled with joy.
—Matthew 2:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

All-seeing God, may our words and our actions help others to
see you. May we talk the talk and walk the walk as Christians.
Prayer by F. Douglas Powe Jr.
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Something More

This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023. Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Epiphany of the Lord

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  • robert moeller Posted January 6, 2023 6:25 am

    I think twice God reassured me of His presence and a third time reassured me that my steps toward paying off a debt would succeed. By the time the magi arrived, Jesus is living in a house not the stable of an inn. I wonder if the magi would have accepted Jesus as king had they found Him in a stable.
    A gloomy morning, snow expected, no idea how much, yesterday brought only rain and a few flurries. Not the ski season skiers hope for, snowshoeing isn’t any better.
    The House of Representatives needs prayer! We don’t have a fully functioning government.
    Blessings to all of you, I need to do some catchup work to know how you are doing.

  • robert moeller Posted January 6, 2023 7:11 am

    Julie, I expect H’s confusion and arguments may increase, soon the arguments will make less sense. It’s sad to see, even if the relationship has been poor for a long time. Prayers for patient endurance. Thankful the therapy is helpful.
    Jill, sure hope this is not a long nasty strike, it achieves safety for teachers, students, and staff. When that happens administrators will be safe too. Hope you don’t lose health insurance if on strike and that more an helpful information about school conditions and your health comes. Too bad about the MRI results.
    Ally and David, prayers for David’s health issues, so glad your sister is coming for a visit, hope Lewis gets the help needed.
    Thank You Lord for news from the NEM family.

  • Julie Posted January 6, 2023 9:31 am

    I do not recall this ever happening. I fear it is because of my lack of seeking and actually paying attention.
    Prayers for Ally and David and Lewis, may all be well and may Ally’s sister have safe travel. I pray David takes advantage of the excellent rehab facilities. Prayers for Jill and her fellow teachers as they fight for not only their own safety but also that of the students. Prayers for Robert as he prepares for yet another move.

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