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Tear Open the Heavens, O God

Today’s Reflection

we are your children who long for your coming.
Sorrow, injustice, and fear surround us on every side.
With our hearts on bended knee, we cry to the heavens:
Come Lord, Jesus, set your people free!
Free us from the snares of darkness that drive us away from you,
that we may entrust ourselves to your love.
In the confidence of your love, we march toward Bethlehem
as our souls await the dawning of your redeeming light.

Alive Now, Nov/Dec 2014

By Maria Kane, from page 39, Alive Now, November/December 2014. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
Mark 13:31, NRSV

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This week we remember:
John Knox
(November 24).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill November 30, 2014, 3:41 am

    Father – I praise You this morning for the snares that You have freed me from. Indeed – I was a prisoner of my own making, a prisoner to thoughts. How You have quieted the waters. Circumstances, memories occur – and remind me of the circus that was in my mind. Father – thank You for serenity. Your serenity. You lead me beside still waters, You quiet my soul. Father, by Your grace – might I never go back there.

    Bless each member of this UR community. Might today be a wonderful time of worship in our church communities.

  • robert moeller November 30, 2014, 6:03 am

    Yes, Lord, I am thankful that You are the one who I go to when heart, mind, and soul are troubled. Thank You for wisdom. patience, persistence, and endurance yesterday in solving a banking problem.
    It was exhausting but the end result was good. Prayers for Erich, Anneliese, and I as we deal with a variety of life’s challenges. With You Lord there is a way, a good way.

    Blessings on all travelers, especially students and teachers, as the long Thanksgiving weekend closes. Blessings on all believers and this UR community as we begin Advent, the remembrance of Your coming to be with us. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

    • Susan November 30, 2014, 6:27 am

      Lord, hear our prayers.

      Are you, by any chance the Robert Moeller who grew up in Elmhurst?

  • Sara November 30, 2014, 7:30 am

    Our kind Heavenly Father I thank you for your presence in our lives. Give me the wisdom Lord to know when I need to retreat to your presence. It’s so easy Lord to go here and there rather than to pause and seek you.

    I pray Lord for church services today and ask your blessings upon the ministers and congregation. May all feel your presence.

    I pray for my son returning his daughter to college today and for all college students returning to college. Lord, bless them with their classes and challenges that come their way – give them wisdom to make wise decisions.

    Lord, I thank you for your faithfulness and unending blessings you bestow upon us. Forgive me when I become self centered and I fail to be centered in you, Lord. Bless this day O Lord and let all within me praise your Holy Name. Amen

  • Betsy November 30, 2014, 7:34 am

    Bless us all at the beginning of this Advent season. With the lighting of the first candle, may Your light shine in to each personal darkness we face. I pray for safe travels for all who are leaving to go back to their own homes. Our children will be leaving this morning to return home; it will be a short month and they will be back again for Christmas! We are so blessed to have them here for a short visit.

  • Connie November 30, 2014, 7:38 am

    Yes, let us march to Bethlehem with our eyes looking upward and expectation in our hearts. Maranatha.

  • Andrea November 30, 2014, 9:15 am

    A beautiful prayer. In this season we begin to celebrate the Light that came into the world 2000 years ago. The Light shines faithfully in the darkness. Bless all who are saying goodbye to lover ones today and bless all travelers. Thank You for Your blessings, Loving God. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  • Carol November 30, 2014, 10:33 am

    I was excited to see a reading from the Alive Now magazine this morning. UR friends, if you have not tried a subcription to this wonderful resource, you are missing another wonderful resource of UR. Perhaps you would consider giving your self a wonderful Christmas present, a subscription to Alive Now.

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