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

Like Joseph, we need to continually listen to what God may be saying to us when we are wrestling with decision-making. Listening for the Lord lies at the heart of the guided life. …

Think about a particular decision you are facing right now. Sit down with a notepad or with your computer, and list the different options before you. Reflect on them in prayer, asking God to guide you in the days ahead.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How often do you spend time in silence, listening for God’s guidance? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.
—Matthew 1:24 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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Something More

This year, The Upper Room Chapel is celebrating Advent with preachers from across the globe in a special Advent Around the World Series. Hear preachers from Ukraine and the Caribbean, just to name a few. Join us on Facebook or YouTube each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. (CST) for a moment of prayer and worship this Advent season.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Ally Posted December 8, 2022 10:02 am

    Not as much as I should, but it is a way to clear the clutter from my spirit so I have clarity and can hear God. David is progressing. PT is pleased that his balance has improved and he is doing well with transfers. His appetite has improved and so have his spirits. Pray this trend continues. Me, I’m struggling with feelings of hopelessness about our future and my life in general. I covet your prayers. I hold you all close in my heart and lift you up to the Lord. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted December 8, 2022 10:10 am

    While November seemed to be quite a struggle for me in the morning – attaining peace and stillness and maintaining focus, this past week or so has been much improved. I am spending time in Psalm 51, 85 and 86 – at least one of those each morning – helping the words form my prayer and re-shape my heart and mind for the day.
    Also, treasuring meaningful interactions. My best friend, who is struggling with her marriage now, is a pharmaceutical rep – and spends lots of time on the road. Yesterday, we spoke for over an hour on her way home. We hadn’t spoken since I saw her at her son’s game on Saturday. I am grateful I have the time to do this – and that we connected.
    Ally – I continue to pray that David will progress…balance and appetite. And that he will be home with you for the holidays. May God draw so very near to you and give you His peace in place of the hopelessness.
    Father – grant us a deeper measure of Your peace, as we reflect on the gift of Your Son.

  • robert moeller Posted December 8, 2022 3:12 pm

    Not nearly enough. Off on a trip with Erich this morning, it went very well.
    Hope for a walk tomorrow morning with my friend, Russ. Rainy weather or busy schedules have
    decreased walking. After worship Sunday, we have a hymn-carol sing with our coordinating pastor, Deb Hoffman. She’s recovering from surgery and will soon have chemotherapy. The prognosis is good for a full recovery. Prayers and blessings to all the NEM family. Thank You, Lord.

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