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

[Acts 19:1-7] shows that Paul did more than start new churches; he also brought people into full understanding of the gospel. Before going out to create a new community, Paul met people who were already believers. But they had never heard of the Holy Spirit. . . .

As if in a moment of confirmation, Paul baptized them in the name of Jesus and laid hands upon them. What happened next was made possible not because of the gestures but because Paul was able to explain that John was a witness to the God who came to dwell among us. And then Paul got out of the way so that God could do what God alone can do. The Spirit who hovered over the waters descended upon these twelve disciples and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

—Joy J. Moore, Let’s Get Started . . . Again,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When have you sensed the Holy Spirit at work in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “The Companion, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I told you.”
—John 14:26 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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  • robert moeller Posted January 5, 2024 7:10 am

    Most recently visiting friends I saw while driving home. Sending a message to a friend of my wife. Watching a movie that had my life similar relationships. God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is with us always. Thank You, Lord.
    Hopefully the predicted snow will come. Winter outdoor activities require it.
    Communion and Epiphany this Sunday. Gifts from and for Jesus. Amazing!

  • Ally Posted January 5, 2024 1:47 pm

    My favorite Psalm is Psalm 40. God has pulled me out of the miry clay a number of times, given me a firm place to stand, and a new song to sing. I wait patiently on God (not really patiently).
    After a bad breakup years ago, I felt the Spirit’s presence as I cried out to God for help. God saw me and sent help in the form of an elderly gentleman who gave me a word of wisdom.
    Robert, prayers for Jenny and her family as they recover from Covid. Jill, prayers for your hospice friend, that he will have good days. Love to all here.

  • April Posted January 5, 2024 8:09 pm

    I have often said breath prayers asking the Holy Spirit to be with me or help me:
    Holy Spirit strengthen me
    Holy Spirit calm me
    Holy Spirit help me
    Whatever is needed at the moment, I pray to the Holy Spirit and He answers.
    Holy Spirit, fall afresh on our NEM family.

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