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 power of a believing community can do wonders in how we wait in hope. A community helps us discern how God calls us and speaks into our lives, keeping us accountable to spiritual integrity and affirming or challenging our discernment as necessary. It is important to have people with whom we can prayerfully share our spiritual journeys and who can help us name the new realities that God might be birthing in our lives. A community can support us as we name these new realities and learn to live into our expanding or changing sense of identity as flourishing children of God.

—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

How does your community support your spiritual journey? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
—Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

As we wait, Transforming God, prepare our hearts to receive you.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

For many people, this time of year brings up feelings of loneliness, anxiety, grief, and despair. Join us to pray for those in need, or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted December 18, 2021 8:05 am

    The most important way my faith community supports my faith journey is through Bible study.
    Great news our recently retired pastor will lead the Christmas Eve service. Plans for continued worship in the NewYear are being made.
    With the delta variant of the virus spiking here and Omicron in the state, it will be tougher before it gets better.
    Today is catch up day so another post should be coming. Stay well, be safe. Thank You, Lord

  • Jill Posted December 18, 2021 2:54 pm

    The ladies in my small groups over the past 8 or so years have taught me so much. Perseverance, authenticity, how to suffer well, reliance on the Lord, immersion in the Word. Thank You Father, for these gifts.
    My friend and I won our first match and we play again this evening. It is good to be on the court together. She encourages me when I get down on myself and she appreciates my helpful hints. We started slow, but then got in our groove.
    I believe the damp drizzle has finally subsided, as I was hoping it would, so I can grill out some chicken sausages.
    A morning nap – hopefully the first of many to come in the next few weeks. Roger has been on the heated blanket with me in the recliner – treasuring these moments.
    Hard to believe Christmas is one week from today. Vigilance is needed with regards to safety amid spiking numbers. Spoke with a doctor last evening – she said we will continue to see more and more of these variants, they will be more contagious, but less impactful.

  • Ally Posted December 19, 2021 8:52 pm

    All in our church support us and we all support each other through prayer, the ministries of the church, education, and unconditional love. We went to in a person worship today. It’s good to be back.

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