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 offer spiritual support?  Share your thoughts.

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

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

Something More

As we enter the third week of Advent, let’s step back from the encroaching busyness of the holiday season to listen to God through the silence, thanking God for the gift of Emmanuel. Help others experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Bj Posted December 21, 2019 6:36 am

    Good morning, UR family! May your day be filled with God’s blessings. It is good to know Jesus! May we thank God for yet having us on the land of living. My prayers are; may God continue to hold this group so close together, that one can’t fall from the other, and that we love others as He love us. God has given us so much love and peace, so glad for every thought and prayer from each and everyone. At times I find many posts that are very touching. What a blessing to just to be able to testify. There is no shame, we are pure in heart. As we continue on this journey, Titus 2:13 reads, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;(kjv) Robert, I need your email address.

  • Jill Posted December 21, 2019 6:44 am

    The community God has woven around me are His hands and feet to me. It took me, be willing to step out of my comfort zone, to welcome change, in order for His grace to flow, gushing through His tap. My encouragement to others would be – when you sense the nudging of the Holy Spirit – be malleable. Be ready, trust Him, ask Him to help you discern where He is leading, what He is asking. It is my experience that He will bring unlikely people to surround you. People I would not relate to, ordinarily. And, yet, they have taught me so much, encouraged me so much. Showers and showers of prayer, kindness. Because, they too, are seeking Him, seeking to see His Kingdom come here on earth. Be ready to be held and to be a holder.
    Father – thank You for the weaving of Your mighty tapestry. There is evidence of Your creativity here, those You have woven together into a prayer community. Thank You for the example of Christlikeness found here, may You alone be glorified.

  • Julie Posted December 21, 2019 8:07 am

    Oh yes, Jill and BJ, this community is truly one of Christian support and leading. Sometimes we need prayer and sometimes we are giving prayers and uplifting words. But always we can come and hear God’s love echoed.
    Prayers for BJ, your are an expert in Bible verses. Your memory astounds me! May you be richly blessed.
    Prayers for Jill, your words are always so illuminating and soothing. May you and Larry and becky be blessed.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family, for warm holiday memories with her grandson.
    Prayers for Connie and her family, may all have better health.
    Prayers for Mary and her family and students, for rich blessings.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be well and may her government aid be reinstated soon.
    Prayers for Robert and his family, for a wonderful holiday full of model trains and real trains.
    Prayers for April, Betsy, Lou and Rick.
    Prayers and thank you UR

    • Andrea Posted December 21, 2019 9:28 am

      Thank you, Julie. I pray you and Megan will be blessed this Advent and Christmas with peace, joy, and love.

  • Andrea Posted December 21, 2019 9:26 am

    Psalm 27:5 – For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilions; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall set me high upon a rock.

    My support comes through the devotion and prayers of this UR circle of prayer warriors; through the sincere spirit of Christ at church; through uplifting sacred music; through my loved ones; through the beauty of nature; and more….

    For the Light coming into the world, I give thanks. May this holy Light shine on UR friends.

  • robert moeller Posted December 21, 2019 12:55 pm

    Worship, prayer, fellowship, and Bible study are ways my community of faith supports me. My community of faith includes the UR, my current church, and my former church. Thankful for this support.

    Yes, Andrea, I too would add uplifting sacred music, my loved ones and the beauty of nature.

    The church has been cleaned and readied for a Blue Christmas service tonight. Not all of us are in a joyful mood even if we have joy in our hearts.
    Recent events and even ones long ago can dampen our spirits. I pray this service will both acknowledge that and help provide needed comfort, support,
    and reassurance. Thank You, Lord.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 21, 2019 6:51 pm

    The support comes from the sharing of testimonies, prayers, edification, the good work they are doing.

    Thank you God for the UR friends and others who continually pray for me.


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