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 are not Christ, but if we want to be Christians, we must have some share in Christ’s large-heartedness by acting with responsibility and in freedom when the hour of danger comes, and by showing a real sympathy that springs, not from fear, but from the liberating and redeeming love of Christ for all who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behaviour. The Christian is called to sympathy and action, not in the first place by his [or her] own sufferings, but by the sufferings of [others], for whose sake Christ suffered. . . .

—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “The Perspective from Below,” in Compassion: Thoughts on Cultivating a Good Heart, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

How does “Christ’s large-heartedness” prompt you to extend compassion to the world?
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.“
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

God: With my eyes, I choose to see with compassion. With my hands, I choose to give and touch with compassion. With my feet, I choose to go where I can deliver compassion. With my heart, I choose to love with compassion. (Pause for a minute of silence, and imagine how you can show compassion today.) Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 6, 2024 5:22 am

    Story after story from the New Testament tell of “Christ’s large-heartedness”. My parents practiced and taught me this from a very young age.
    Worship with Extended Table Communion tomorrow. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted July 6, 2024 7:04 am

    I’ve never thought of Christ in this way…His large-heartedness. But, surely it is an accurate depiction. I think of Him being so humble, so other-focused…and I desire to be that to others. Especially those who are vulnerable. I think that is part of what is leading me into this EOL doula work.
    A lazy day yesterday, following tennis in the morning. Took in a lot of Wimbledon and did quite a bit of studying. I am way ahead of the game this time with my course, with only an hour long documentary to watch and some posts to make and respond to.
    Tennis again this morning and then Don invited his kids over, and me too, for a picnic and mini celebration of Becky’s birthday. It is going to be a beautiful day

  • Gail Posted July 6, 2024 7:41 am

    Acting w/compassion without fear of rejection, or worse.
    A movie about Bonhoeffer is coming out in December. He was large hearted.

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