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

All things exist as a result of the love of the Creator because Jesus has revealed that love to us. His life, death, resurrection, and ascension demonstrate this divine love. This love, which existed always in the triune God, moves in the hearts of people to transform them. By the power of the Holy Spirit they seek to live lives of love and peace and justice. Sacrificing self, they give their all to worship and service, returning the love they have received.

—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How is God’s love moving in your heart today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
—Colossians 3:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Pause to breathe deeply. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Hold that breath briefly. Then release the air you are holding, ridding yourself of the old and making space for the new. And as you breathe, rejoice in the gift of life. Let the rise and fall of your lungs be a celebration of the amazing gift of being alive!
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted January 31, 2021 5:32 am

    Hopefully the upcoming counseling will help progress love for my son. Thankful for his help and cooperation. Had a nice visit and lunch with church friends yesterday. ZOOM worship today. Bible studyTuesday, we each bring our favorite Bible verse. Prayers fir all of you. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted January 31, 2021 10:48 am

    He is encouraging me to keep my hand to the plow – with the hours upon hours of grading that fill my weekend, and with my attempts at positive energy and questioning in hopes to engage my students in our 50 minutes of screen time/class time.
    With my year 1 students this week – the material is getting a little dicey and there are different editions of graphing calculators which we are all working from. So – I will be doing lessons primarily in class – to trouble shoot calculator issues which are so easily done in the classroom setting – where I can walk desk to desk to assist. Patience is a must this week. And, of course, with my one class of Year 2 students – always my challenge…I will try to minimize my frustration – or at least the amount which comes through during class time.
    Dad and I are trying to decide what spring break will look like as we have a significant “refund” in airline reservations, which must be used by May 31. Unfortunately I am in school until June 3. I am going to see if I can get an extension, but I am not hopeful. I have asked him to decide if he wants to return to Las Vegas to see his cousin, like we did 2 years ago, or if we should go plop ourselves on a beach in Florida. Don’t want to lose all that money invested in the tickets. He should be able to use some of it to fly to my sisters in March.
    Dodged a bit of the weather bullet here, as the significant snowfall is going south of me…but I think Julie is going to get the brunt of it. If she and Megan are out – I hope they are safe on their Sunday forray.
    Robert – praying the counseling session will give you the insight and necessary information and tools to guide Erich well.
    Yes, we all sojourn on here…uplifting and encouraging each other with our words, stories and prayers. Blessed be the tie that binds.

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