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.

The Awakened Life

for High School Students

Finding Stillness in an Anxious World

Study Resources

Wake up!

This is not your typical Bible study. This is an invitation to awaken to life. In this eight-week study, you will explore practices of prayerful meditation that can calm your mind, reduce stress and fear, and allow you to find stillness in an anxious world.

Daily spiritual practices open us to the abundant life God offers. We invite you to explore new ways to get the most out of every moment and to see what God is doing in you, in your relationships, and in the world around you. We hope the practices you adopt will bring you closer to God, build strength to face life’s struggles, and awaken you to a life of joy. 

Below are resources and practices to support students and leaders during the study and beyond.

Week 1 | Introduction to the Awakened Life

  • Week 1: Awareness Meditation

Week 4 | Connecting to Others: Working Through Loneliness

  • Week 4: Loving-Kindness Meditation 2

Week 5 | Connecting to Others: Working Through Shame


Week 6 | Connecting to Creation: Experiencing Awe of Nature
Week 8 | Closing: Awakening to Joy