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

We often treat Holy Communion as if it were an other-worldly moment disconnected from the rest of life. The Scriptures and the ritual for Holy Communion make it clear that those who eat and drink with Jesus are witnesses in all of life—even where there is tension, exclusion, anger, and hurt. We bear witness that all of our conflict, both in the church and in the larger arenas of human struggle, is canopied by the compassionate and forgiving Lord.

—Gayle Carlton Felton, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Upper Room Books, 2006)

Today’s Question

What helps you notice God’s compassion even in the midst of conflict? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
—Lamentations 3:22-23 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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  • robert moeller Posted August 1, 2023 7:35 am

    Strange as it may be, people in conflict with someone else will show compassion in a different setting or situation. We have the ability to do both. The one hand does the opposite of the other.
    Thankful for this lovely reprieve from heat and especially humidity and glad that other parts of the country are getting relief . They need it more than here. Sure hope more is done to counter what we have done to make our weather worse. We have the tools, we need to use them.
    Will make Wednesday my check up on NEM family day. I do better posting in my morning QT, but that makes contact harder.. All of you, Ally&David, Julie, Megan, and h, Jill, Becky, Don, and Larry, Lou, April, Gail, Rick and Scott are in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted August 1, 2023 9:35 am

    I must admit, when I am in the midst of heated discussions and conflicts it is difficult to notice God at all, let alone his compassion. In fact, h has never shown me or Megan any compassion, unless it is a prelude to asking us for something.

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