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 of the earth,
Creator of the universe,
Bless this seed that I plant this day.

For the seed, for the soil,
For the rain, for the sun,
For the miracle of life,
I humbly give you thanks.

For the plant that grows from the seed,
For the life that comes from death,
I humbly give you thanks.

Let me be a caregiver,
Servant of you,
Servant of your creation.

Bless this seed that I plant this day.

—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What seeds are you planting as you go about your day? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The seed scattered on good soil are those who hear the word and embrace it. They bear fruit, in one case a yield of thirty to one, in another case sixty to one, and in another case one hundred to one.
—Mark 4:20 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
—Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick
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  • Ally Posted November 22, 2023 5:55 am

    Bless this kitty asking for a bit of my muffin. Bless the muffin and and the fragrant coffee. Bless this early morning. Bless my clients and our workday. Bless husband as he helps get ready for tomorrow. Help me to praise you in the fog I’m in. Good to hear from Lou yesterday. For all who visit this forum, I ask Gods blessings. Thank you so much for your prayers.

    • Lou Posted November 22, 2023 6:31 am

      Bless you Ally.

  • Rusty Posted November 22, 2023 7:52 am

    Thank you, Ally, for your beautiful post today.. Prayers for your fog to clear and your world to be put aright.

    Today’s reflection prayer moves me to think of my father born on a cold November 22 in 1921. He was a seed planter both literally and figuratively. He loved to grow and protect plant varieties threatened in the natural landscape by urban development and local climate change apparent in our mountain environs even in the 1960’s and ‘70’s. He was also a cultivator of hopes and dreams through the love and encouragement he showed to all people. Lord, may I in this life plant even a fraction of the seeds my father did, starting again today as we celebrate Thanksgiving a day early.

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