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 legal status of guns in churches—in pockets in the pews or in the holsters of professional or volunteer security teams—varies across states and denominations and bears close and advised study by any church that is considering inviting guns into the sanctuary. The biblical status of a weapon designed long after the original writers had rested their hands likewise calls for careful, prayerful, and humble examination of the relevant texts. In sections of American culture, the gun has taken on weightier symbolism than its materials might suggest. To some, it is a smelted and cast idol; to others, an heirloom. To some, it is a uniform; to others, an accessory. To some, it is a necessary evil. To others, the phrase “necessary evil” flies in the face of the goodness of God’s creation.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

When determining what you believe about guns, how does the biblical text guide you?
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Today’s Scripture

At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs to arrest me as though I were a rebel? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not arrest me.”
—Matthew 26:55 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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  • robert moeller Posted June 8, 2024 6:48 am

    I know of no references in the Bible about any weapons in places of worship. Jesus never held a weapon in a synagogue or anywhere else. Churches are holy places, sanctuaries for everyone from the threat of evil. When guns come in, bad things happen. Lord guide us, that Your kingdom comes on earth as it is in heaven. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted June 8, 2024 7:58 am

    I live in Pittsburgh. We made the national news recently when a gunman entered the sanctuary of a local church and tried to shoot the pastor at point blank range. The gun jammed. The man was tackled by a church member and the gun secured. This is a complex dilemma.

  • Ally Posted June 8, 2024 9:33 am

    It is a dilemma. I personally do not want guns in the sanctuary, but I know there are several people who carry sitting in the congregation of the little church where I am pianist. At our home church, there is one designated carrier. That individual works for a federal law enforcement agency. We do not have firearms at home. My parents grew up with rifles for hunting and did not want them in their home. Julie is correct. It is a dilemma.

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