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

My hope and prayer are that those who enter the world of spiritual autobiography will discover the incredible power of sharing spiritual stories. As we find ourselves drawn by God into telling our stories, we become creative agents of meaning. Then like Jacob, who wrestled with his story (and God) at a place called Bethel, we can awaken from sleep and cry, “Surely the Lord is in this place [my life]—and I did not know it!”

—Richard L. Morgan, Remembering Your Story: Creating Your Own Spiritual Autobiography (Upper Room Books, 2002)

Today’s Question

How does telling your story help you connect with God and others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!”
—Genesis 28:15-16 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love;
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.
(Source: Hymn by Katherine Hankey, 1868)
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  • robert moeller Posted August 31, 2020 6:13 am

    Telling my story certainly connects me with God, but my children are not listeners.

    Thankful for a birthday remembrance and a helpful movie as well. Out for a hike with my son today.
    Anneliese is healing after a fall, Klaus is ok after a car accident, Tom”s and Gwen’s surgeries went well,
    Jill is healing and played tennis. Prayers for Julie and Megan, Marcy ,Mary, Connie,Andrea and Lowell, Betsy, April, Rick, Lou and her children and all the UR family. Guide us o Lord as we go vote, handle the pandemic, and attempt education. Help those hit by natural disaster. In Your name I pray, Lord. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted August 31, 2020 6:43 am

    Telling my story in an authentic way promotes a space for vulnerability and others to share their stories, when ready. It also provides a safe space to be silent, to ponder. God is present in these moments and is honored when we offer Him praise and glory for His presence, faithfulness and guidance.
    A nice, easy day at home yesterday in very comfortable temps. Did yardwork after lunch and dad stopped by and we visited outside, also talking about the Heaven book. We have one more chapter to go. It isn’t what he initially hoped it would be, I don’t think – but it has been very beneficial. We have had good conversations. I asked some hard questions yesterday – and I know he will be thinking about them. Throughout our discussions, I keep asking God to give me the right words and to shut my mouth when necessary.
    Hopeful that many of this week’s meetings will be beneficial – need to be more familiar with technology and have a bigger array in my arsenal. It is uncomfortable, because I am not confident – but must stretch myself.

  • Bj Posted August 31, 2020 6:47 am

    Good morning, UR family! I pray that all is well as expected. Psalm 27:14 (KJV) says, “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Remember that God is working all things for your good. To Him be the glory! God is a God that never changes. May your day be filled with God’s blessings.

  • Ally Posted August 31, 2020 8:30 am

    Every Christ-follower has a story. Our stories can edify others while bringing glory to God. Our testimonies can impress on another’s heart that Jesus is real and present. When I tell others my story, it is a reminder of what God has done in power and in love, not just in my heart, but in others. On days when my faith wavers, God uses my story (and that of others) to strengthen my faith that our God is real. Alleluia.
    Thank you for continued prayers for David. The medications for restless legs works in a hit or miss kind of way. Due in part to lack of sleep, he stays tired. Today, he didn’t get up when I left for work. Please pray that we will continue to trust the Lord to care for David.
    Jill, know I lift up you and your dad as you read the book and converse. May God continue to work in your hearts. I have spoken with several of my teacher friends, who have reported the challenges of this school year. I’m lifting up all teachers, and pray that the tech challenges resolve. Praying for safety for all teachers leading students in person. Robert, continued prayers for Anne-Liese and Klaus, and for good outcomes of your friends’ surgeries. Praying for your kids to have ears to hear. BJ, thank you for the good word this morning. Goes along with UR daily devotional for today. Continuing to lift up Julie and Megan, Rick, Andrea, April, Marci, and our other family members. Praying that the “seekers:” receive a blessing from hearing our stories today., Be blessed!

  • Julie Posted August 31, 2020 8:41 am

    I do not like to share my story with anyone. I share in solitude with God. I would like to answer yesterdays question. I have had filet mignon, alligator, duck, rabbit, turtle and many more exotic meats. But my favorite food memory is that my grandmother and I would make a “Snackin Cake” every Sunday after Sunday dinner. (some of you may remember this product as it was a cake mix that included a pan and you made it and baked it all in that pan.) My grandmother was a wonderful cook and baker, yet each Sunday we made this together and then went to her room and took a nap together. She would hold me close and we would rest until the cake was done then eat it warm from the oven together. I have tears in my eyes from this memory.
    Prayers for Robert and his children’s lack of ears to hear. When working in hospice I enjoyed the stories I heard most of all and would love to hear yours. I enjoy your remembrances you have shared with us. They are treasured and I am humbled.
    Prayers for Jill. May the upcoming week of training prove helpful.
    Prayers for BJ and her mom and their deep and abiding faith and BJ’s vast knowledge of the Bible.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may David’s health improve and his sleep be restful.
    We have 2 new kittens! All seems to be going slowly but with minimal ill will. My mom needs your prayers as she has numbness in her one foot due to diabetes. I received my first shingles shot yesterday. My arm is sore, red and swollen near the injection site.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

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