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 magi brought gifts of immense value; they brought what was precious to them. They parted with what they adored to adore the Lord. We are not so wise in our giving. I traverse not far at all when I shop, since I shop online. Why? It’s easier and more convenient for me. Or convenient for the recipient. . . . Notice that convenience was not a priority for the magi. Why has it become our guiding light?

—James C. Howell, Why This Jubilee? Advent Reflections on Songs of the Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What “gifts of immense value” might you offer to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
—Matthew 2:11 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted December 16, 2023 6:31 am

    My focus, a contrite heart, a desire for Him to mold me. Father, may it be so.
    Ahhh, the weekend. Spending some time with my friend today as she continues to recover and gain mobility from her double knee replacement. She prefers that I pick up lunch, as opposed to going out for lunch. My preference too. We will visit together and take in some football.
    Have some tasks to do around the house to get it ready for when I come home from surgery. Have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Want to get it very clean and orderly – so that if I am on crutches – I can navigate well and unimpeded. Have a few last second things to pick up as well.
    Becky and I are giving dad some framed photographs from his 90th birthday party – I need to get these wrapped today.
    A very mild day yesterday. I was able to go for a walk prior to the swim meet. Another one today – ahead of rain coming in tomorrow. I have been running for about a week now. The past 2 mornings have been able to do 4 miles without stopping to walk. I think I will try to do 5 this morning.

  • robert moeller Posted December 16, 2023 7:59 am

    Devotion, doing things in remembrance of Him, trying to love everyone.
    Had a longer walk in the woods, attended a Christmas music concert, watched what turned out to be a sad
    I’m amazed at Jill’s running, Despite my military service, I’m not a runner by choice, longer walks on hilly terrain are my favorite.
    My Mom made it to 90 and my friend Russ is 90 too. Congratulations to Larry.
    Thankful for your care of your friend with double knee replacement surgery.
    Prayers that your surgery goes well, Jill.
    Slept late, not a common activity. Time to get up, have a bite to eat, and review many unanswered posts
    from NEM. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted December 16, 2023 9:29 am

    Myself, I can give my life to Christ. That is what he most desires, our true commitment to him and his words. But is it humanly possible? For some yes.

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