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 core of [Paul’s] new learning has to do with the equality of all people in God’s eyes. Because of Christ, because of the Holy Spirit, according to the will of God, all people receive God’s salvation. Men, women, young, old, Jew, Greek, slave or free are united to Christ and therefore join him as offspring of Abraham. All “are one in Christ Jesus” and can be filled with the Holy Spirit. All can minister using the gifts of the Spirit.

—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How much does your faith community emphasize the equality of all people in God’s eyes?
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Today’s Scripture

There is no longer Jew or Greek; there is no longer slave or free; there is no longer male and female, for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.
—Galatians 3:28-29 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted October 22, 2023 5:52 am

    I would say this is a consistent message – God loves us, desires relationship with us. We cannot cause Him to love us any more or any less. His love is steadfast and assured.
    This week promises minimal rain for several days and some very pleasant temperatures, come Tuesday. It will be coolish today, but I am hoping to try and mow my lawn this afternoon. Will take it nice and slow and listen to my body.
    Dad seems to be making his way back to full strength. They will be coming home in less than 3 weeks and will be here until after the holidays.

  • robert moeller Posted October 22, 2023 6:03 am

    At a time when there is a split over the LGBTQ community in the UMC we felt it necessary to display the rainbow emblem to show our welcoming of all. All are precious in God’s sight.
    To Julie and Jill,, no one knows us better than God. Hearts are loved, healed, uplifted. I’m glad both of you know this truth. Thank You, Lord.
    Another overcast, potentially rainy, day. Tree color perks up the day. Worship takes us higher.
    Blessings to all, miss Ally’s posts.

  • Rusty Posted October 22, 2023 3:26 pm

    Hi guys! Well, thanks to the Lord, he nudged me to check in with you all today. Jill, Robert and Julie, it’s so great to “hear your voices.” I’ve been away a long time. I checked out the past few days of posts and was glad to see your names and remember you as my ol’ UR friends.
    Jill, I totally agree with you that God’s love is steadfast, no matter what. Thanks also for your post yesterday about your mom. In my heart I believe your belief in God’s steadfast love goes for her as well. I’m one who believes God pursues us and talks to us right up to the last moment – and that he is very persuasive. There’s a wonderful old (kind of difficult to read) poem I think called “The Hound of Heaven” that speaks of his persistence. Jill, I’m sorry for your loss.
    Julie, blessings to you concerning your coming to recognize and address the truth of difficulties in your life. I’ve had to get over Pollyanna-ish self-talk about how things are not that bad, or telling myself that others have it so worse than I do. I believe that God has helped me to realize something important – and I imagine God saying to me, “Rusty, don’t you dare devalue the challenges and pain you have encountered in life!” I am learning that those are what drive me into closer relationship with him. Praise you, Lord.
    Robert, I was so glad to hear your voice reminding us that all are indeed precious in God’s sight. In my Episcopal Church our Baptismal Covenant, which we all recite at every baptism, concludes with the words, “Will you strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being?” “I will, with God’s help.”
    Peace and prayers for all of you. Your much to absent friend, Rusty

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