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 KNOWS THAT for transformation to happen, we must dig deep. To bring order and direction to our lives and to invest them fully with the power of the Holy Spirit, we must be disciplined. Not punished, as discipline is commonly understood, but held to the highest standard, voluntarily. That is, we must dedicate ourselves to the practice of spiritual disciplines such as prayer and worship, confession and fasting, and sacrificial service and giving, in order to align ourselves with God’s will.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

Which spiritual disciplines help you align with God’s will? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
—Hebrews 12:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me put my love for you in motion: reaching to hold, lifting heavy loads, showing up when it counts, applauding to share my joy.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Joe Parrish Posted February 15, 2020 6:41 am

    A sermon for February 16, 2020, “How do we make the most of the rest of our life?” based on Matthew 5:21-37, for 6 Epiphany (A), is the first one at http://

    We are people on a journey to come closer to God’s will for us. Our lives are the Gospel, sometimes the only Good News others will ever hear or see. Pray for Christ to help us bring others closer to him.

  • robert moeller Posted February 15, 2020 7:39 am

    QT every day, prayer, reading scripture, donating to and supporting causes that help people, and worship are all helpful. I pray they are done in a way that is in accordance with God’s will.

    Below zero here last night and will stay cold a few days, but a 40 degree day is not so far away.
    Prayers everyone is safe and secure in whatever setting you find yourself. God be with you in your needs, concerns and joys! Thankful for a wonderful Valentine’s Day get together last night at church. and for the blessings of the day. Thank You Lord!

  • Julie Posted February 15, 2020 8:11 am

    I spend time reading the Bible daily, also the UR Daily Devotional as well as this UR publication and the comments. I have learned more and deepened my faith more through the wise words of those who share here so freely. Thank you all.
    It was so heartening to read posts from those we have not “heard” from in some time.
    Prayers for Andrea and her relationships with others in her family. Prayers for her grandson, may his health improve.
    Prayers for April and her grandchildren as they continue to create warm memories to cherish forever.
    Prayers for Lou, may her back issues not resurface and may she continue to provide for her children.
    Prayers for Jill, Larry and Becky as they enjoy the warmth of the sun and time spent together.
    Prayers for Robert who is strong through so much pain past and present. May his relationship with Erich heal.
    Prayers for Betsy, BJ, Connie, Mary, Marcy and Rick.
    H lurks nearby which is causing me to be on edge. Sorry if any of my posting is garbled. Megan and I will spend the day together tomorrow running errands and seeing a movie, so a much needed respite from h.
    Prayers and thank you UR

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