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

The fundraiser as servant is a countercultural notion. In a world that values money more than everything else, it is a short jump to say that if we make more money, give more money, or raise more money, then we are more valuable and have more power. Servant fundraisers—or servant fundraising boards or committees—recognize this illusion and make decisions to counteract it. Fundraising may be a mission-critical role for a faith community or organization, but it is not more important than any other role.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

Where do you observe people serving God in a countercultural way? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and to give his life a ransom for many.”
—Mark 10:45 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Something More

Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Rusty Posted January 16, 2024 12:26 pm

    I suppose maybe what my wife and I do in daily taking care if our infant and 4 year old grandsons when we are in our mid-sixties is countercultural and I pray we are serving God in this. I believe we are.

    Today K and I had a heartbreaking conversation about how she feels the fact that we have such an odd life – due to her severe immunocompromised status, where for years we have not been able to vacation, go to the movies or a concert, or.even eat out in a restaurant – she says “is all her fault. It of course isn’t her fault. She lives with an autoimmune disease that requires medication that renders her at risk for countless serious infections, many of which she battles every day. Without the medication, she would most like decline as her central nervous system would deteriorate and life for her would become intolerable. With the medication, we live in isolation, mask many times must go out for doctor appointments, etc., and she is constantly sick. Watching her cry about this during breakfast today tore me apart. I tried to come up with words of encouragement. But it seemed hollow.

    Prayers for all who come here. Thanks for listening and for your prayers.

  • Rusty Posted January 16, 2024 12:29 pm

    Typo – I meant to type we mask up every time we go out

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