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

God is still showing us signs of life, if we want to look for them.

Perhaps you can reflect on those times and situations where you felt hopeless or estranged, only to discover that God was with you all along. Or perhaps you have experienced these new signs of life as you have witnessed the hopeful progress of others or been allowed to be a source of blessing to another person.

Regardless, the season preceding Christmas offers us these and many other opportunities for service, reflection, and helpfulness. And in so doing, we may discover that our eyes or ears are opened too—and perhaps we will see Jesus more clearly than we have ever seen him before.

—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When have you witnessed signs of God’s work in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.
—Matthew 11:4-5 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the expected and the unexpected love and lessons you will bring today.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted December 6, 2020 5:47 am

    Countless times, thank You, Lord. Yes, You are faithful.
    Father, continue to grant me opportunities to be a blessing to others, to be obedient and aware in these situations.
    Words are few this morning. Warm Sabbath and Advent thoughts to you all.

  • Jill Posted December 6, 2020 5:47 am

    Oh, and Lou – love the prayer bowl idea.

  • robert moeller Posted December 6, 2020 8:13 am

    I’m aware of some signs of God’s work in my life more than others and I suspect there are many signs I missed. A more recent one was finding the church I attend.
    Have a dusting of snow from the Nor’easter, temps below freezing means what little we got should stay a bit. Still cloudy, but some sunshine making its way.
    Up and ready for ZOOM worship at 10 am. In addition to being HOPE, the Second Sunday of Advent, today is also St. Nikolaus Day.
    Have to look up Lou’s prayer bowl idea.
    Be safe, God gave us the ability to reason. It’s up to us to use it. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted December 6, 2020 8:36 am

    I remind myself daily that I am here today only by the grace of God who has helped me through the worst times in my life. I know that I am never alone because God walks beside me each day and that belief is what helps me through.
    The prayer bowl idea I got from an advent reading this week so I cannot take credit for it but I love it because each time I walk by it it is a visual reminder to pray for the person chosen for that day. I need lots of reminders in my life and this is a good one!
    Prayers for all at the UR and prayers for our world. God’s peace with you all today.

  • Julie Posted December 6, 2020 8:37 am

    I’m sure there are many instances but, like Robert, I am only aware of several. I know God is with me always so I am sure he makes his presence knon in small, subtle ways that I in my distractedness miss.
    Prayers for Jill and her feelings of warmth during this Advent Sunday. May her warmth engulf her soul and buoy her today and the next weeks as she continues to teach and engage with her students.
    Prayers for Robert and his Zoom worship os Advent with his church. What is St Nikolaus Day, is that a German observance?
    Prayers for Lou and for all of those in her prayer bowl. May she and her family continue to be safe and to find ways to connect during the holidays.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may Ally’s appointment tomorrow yield answers and may her cardiac symptoms be relieved.
    I lit my Advent candles this morning and there is a broadcast on TV each Sunday from a different Pittsburgh church. So I will watch and “particpate” in the Salvation Army’s church service sometime. I spoke with Marcy yesterday and she is very sick and having emotional and financial issues as well. She has a new helper as Roxy relocated last month and the new helper speaks little English which adds to Marcy’s stress.

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