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

Reject the idea that your worn-out body no longer needs care and attention. Learn to love your physical body as tenderly as a vintage-car collector cares for a classic automobile. Even with some corrosion over time, your body is still God’s holy design, and God intends for you to care for it as best you can.

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Exercise will not turn back time, but you will glorify God as you become a good steward of your aging body. Where could you look (on TV, online, in your community) for a fitness program that might inspire you to care well for your body? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own?
—1 Corinthians 6:19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.*
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*Prayer attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted October 9, 2021 8:48 am

    I get up at 5am every morning and ride my eliptical for an hour. Every day, even holidays. I also lift hand weights 3 days a week and do planks and other floor exercises daily. So I think I have this suggestion covered.
    Megan and I are together tomorrow and we have many errands to run as well as tickets to a special exhibit at the Carnegie Natural History museum. We also will visit the Carnegie library main branch which is connected to the museum. This is dangerous for Megan and I as we both usually leave with 20 or 30 books each.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health and improved finances. Prayers for continued health improvement for Jill, Larry and Roger. Prayers for a wonderful 88th birthday for Larry. Prayers for Robert’s church as they say goodbye to Pastor Carol and continue seeking a new minister. May God guide their search. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers as they are greatly appreciated and may God bless all who visit here.

  • robert moeller Posted October 9, 2021 5:55 pm

    Memories of a very long ago, 1957, visit to the Carnegie Museum are awakened here. I am not a voracious reader, but do enjoy library visits. Amen to the prayers here, thank you for the prayers for me and Erich, Next Sunday the laity begins conducting worship on a regular basis. It will be like long ago, the 1870s, when the church began. Later circuit rider pastors from Portland ME made their rounds and visited the church. I’m a daily walker, varied terrain and length of time, but at least an hour a day. Thank You, Lord.

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