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

Prayer, worship, practicing the presence of God—these are things that will keep us close to God when we start to feel overwhelmed at the work set before us. Jesus has shown us how to lead and how to care for our souls. He has shown us how to stay close to God, even as he gathered a new community and taught and healed and traveled. Let’s lean on Jesus as we go about our lives and ministries and remember that the church doesn’t live on our strength alone; it lives only by the power of God. It’s not all on us! We can’t ruin what God has established, so let’s give ourselves a break and remember the unforced rhythms of grace.

—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How can you lean on Jesus today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me.
—2 Corinthians 12:9 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

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  • robert moeller Posted January 9, 2022 5:46 am

    Depend on Jesus and faith in Him today as the worship team conducts worship remembering Him today. Thankful for all the help that makes this possible. Blessed Epiphany- Jesus’ Baptism to NEM.
    A wintry mix in the forecast, hope it is mostly snow. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted January 9, 2022 11:16 am

    On the days I feel weak, say to Jesus, “be strong for me today”. This is when I find a quiet place and listen to Scripture and sacred music. The last few days have been those kinds of days. Thanks to all for your prayers. Know that I lift up the things on your hearts. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted January 9, 2022 3:27 pm

    I can be in more consistent communication with Him throughout the day. Pausing in gratitude, reciting Scripture to myself. Checking my attitude.
    Wonderful cancer support meeting this morning. Such strong warriors who are faithful through it all. Their experiences and things yet to be faced – all praise goes to God Who goes with them, each step of the way.
    My tennis team finally did it – we qualified for state this afternoon. All three courts went to the third set match tie-breaker and two of the three courts won. We have several weeks until the state competition. We received our banner, took pictures and signed the banner which will hang in our club. It is nice to finally take this step, we had been on the doorstep several times.
    Roger’s numbers finally have shown some improvement. None of the numbers yesterday were in the 500s…first time that has happened. They are still too high, way too high – but I am encouraged that maybe we are approaching the right dosage level and won’t have to switch types of insulin. I will be anxious to hear what the vet has to say.

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