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 Rev. Dr. Vicki Gordy-Stith wrote an article about her father-in-law’s five-month experience as a through-hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

The second aspect of the trail experience involved the practice of trail angels. These people keep connected with the hikers through blogs or other hikers, and they bring gifts to the hikers on the trail. One person brought a cooler full of ice-cold sodas and handed them out to any hiker he encountered. Another angel, a woman, learned that my father-in-law, who was hiking with a lap band because of a hernia, had left his lap band in an overnight shelter by mistake. She took a day off of work, drove to the trail head nearest that shelter, hiked to retrieve the band, drove to the next shelter to intercept him and deliver the band! Others picked him up to take him to their home for a warm shower and comfortable bed or drove him to resupply stores.

—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What can the church learn from trail angels? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Don’t neglect to open up your homes to guests, because by doing this some have been hosts to angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:2 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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Something More

Prayer is one of the best ways to place yourself in God’s presence and deepen your spiritual life, so we offer this free downloadable resource Prayer Practices for Disciples as a gift to you in honor of The Upper Room Chapel’s 70th Anniversary. Download and learn more about the resource here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Gail Posted June 14, 2023 7:16 am

    Be attuned to needs of individuals and the community. The building is locked during the week and you have to ring the doorbell if you don’t have the app or a key. Security.

  • robert moeller Posted June 14, 2023 3:26 pm

    There are a myriad of ways to help each other. There’s always a way to be helpful.
    The Appalachian Trail comes through NH not far from here.
    I’m delighted to tell you that the plumber came and the gas stove has been installed. It works just fine. Thank You, Lord. Next we’ll get rid of the old stove. Progress is being made.
    Continued prayers for the dear NEM family’s wellbeing, needs, concerns, and joys. God is with you. Thank You, Lord.

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