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 Compassion-grounded, “Rest and Digest” state can set us on a path to physical and mental well-being. However, Christian spiritual traditions insist the purpose is something other than personal well-being. Being in intimate relationship with God, the Eternal Source of Compassion, is both the means and the end: We are invited to ground ourselves in Divine Compassion, receive Compassion, become filled with the Presence of Compassion, so that we become images of God, living expressions of the Eternal Source of Compassion.

—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

What helps you get in touch with the Eternal Source of Compassion? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is merciful and righteous;
our God is compassionate.
—Psalm 116:5 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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Something More

Join us this weekend, September 29-30, 2023, for our virtual event, RESILIENCE. Together, we will explore how practicing compassion can transform our relationships in a world marked by conflict and division. If you can’t make it, register anyway to receive the session recordings. Take $25 off admission when you use the code NEW at checkout. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted September 25, 2023 5:55 am

    Prayer, worship, opportunities to help people, and fellowship all help stay in touch with compassionate God. Taught from very young to help people by my parents helped a lot.
    Wonderful worship yesterday, coffee hour going green with real cup. No plastic!
    Will meet for breakfast with out visiting from TX
    Bible/book study friends.
    Temps in the 50s-60s with overcast then sunny skies.
    World Communion Sunday next week with bread from the countries of our ethnic origin.
    Very glad to read posts in the afternoon from NEM members, Ally,Jill, and Julie. Prayers for all of you.

  • Julie Posted September 25, 2023 9:46 am

    Remembering my grandparents and all they did for so many. Also remembering all God has done for me.
    Prayers for healing for Ally and Jill.

  • Jill Posted September 25, 2023 6:06 pm

    Stillness, gratitude, reflection. These help me to be aware, to be intentional, to spend time before Him.
    School went very well today. My energy was good. It was great to be back with my students. My classes were very busy and thus, the day went quickly. I feel all caught up – a good thing also, after missing three days.
    My colleague transported me to and from school. She will pick me up in the morning and the secretary will bring me home tomorrow afternoon. Hoping I can drive soon. Wednesday evening is grief support group. I really hope to be able to attend.

  • Ally Posted September 26, 2023 12:56 pm

    My parents and grandparents helped me connect with God and talk to Him at an early age. When my faith falters, I remember theirs. Connecting with God and remembrance at f the compassion and mercy so have been shown have helped me pass it on to others. We are waiting for court to begin. Please remember us in prayer, especially David. New judge we haven’t seen is presiding today. Praying he will be understanding of our situation. Prayers for all of you today. Much love.

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