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 TELLING OF STORIES is woven into the fabric of our lives. When we speak about the deepest hurts and joys of ourselves and our families, we break into story. The stories we heard growing up—from the Bible, from the Brothers Grimm, from our parents or neighbors or friends—shape our images of who we are in the world and of the communities of which we are a part.

—Michael E. Williams, The Wondrous Mystery: An Advent Reader (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What stories have helped to form your identity? What stories form the identity of your community?  

Today's Scripture

“[I go] singing aloud a song of thanksgiving, and telling all your wondrous deeds.”
—Psalm 26:7 (NRSV)

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