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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning follows the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

Many millennials have been unwilling to accept the choice offered to them between progressive politics and orthodox faith. Many younger Christians see this false dichotomy not only as a challenge to their public witness but also as an impediment to their practice of faith itself. When slaveholders in the nineteenth century argued against abolition, they used the Bible to do it. But their lies not only hurt the people who were enslaved but also divided the church in America and distorted the spirituality of those who were taught that the Bible allowed some people to own other people.

—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, “Gospel Reconstruction: A Lament for Slaveholder Religion and the Ongoing Racism That Infects Us,” in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How do you respond to false dichotomies related to politics and faith? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.
—1 Thessalonians 3:12 (NRSVUE)

Today’s Litany

ONE: In your mercy, help us mourn the divisions among the body of Christ and work for its healing in the places where we gather to worship you.
ALL: Forgive us for where we have failed to understand, Lord, and in your mercy, set us free.

ONE: Embolden us to resist the political forces that oppose the expansion of democracy by appealing to traditional values and idealizing a past when white men were in charge.
ALL: Forgive us for where we have failed to understand, Lord, and in your mercy, set us free.

ONE: As we name and unlearn the habits of slaveholder religion, give us grace to draw deeply from the witness of the movements that have always resisted injustice in the power of your Spirit.
ALL: Forgive us for where we have failed to understand, Lord, and in your mercy, set us free.

—Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, “Gospel Reconstruction: A Lament for Slaveholder Religion and the Ongoing Racism That Infects Us”
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted January 12, 2024 6:18 am

    I reject false dichotomies related to faith and politics. I apply the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to faith and that plus the Constitution to politics. George Washington warned against political parties. While there have been times when good resulted from political party efforts, party must not come before country in my opinion. God gives us the ability to distinguish right from wrong, good from bad. Stay connected to God. What would Jesus do?

  • Ally Posted January 12, 2024 8:08 am

    I look up on the false dichotomies I hear with dismay. I don’t like confrontation, but when the Lord gives me boldness, I try to respond with grace. I’m not sure how much good it does. Folks have dug in their heels. Thank you Robert, for your words about the Wesleyan Quad.
    Severe weather is moving through the south today, with the winter storms. The extremes we see are more than concerning. Lord, help us to take care of what You have given us.
    Prayers requested for my sister and her husband regarding their work. Please pray for me about upcoming training and the possibility of moving into another position within the mental health center. Blessings to all.

  • Rusty Posted January 12, 2024 9:35 am

    Amen and Amen. Thank you both, Robert and Ally.
    Ally, prayers on the way.

  • Julie Posted January 12, 2024 9:51 am

    Politics have divided the Methodist church. The church I attend welcomes and celebrates ALL people. Just as Jesus did and taught us to do. May all God’s childen return to Jesus’ words and teachings. May we all look beyond our outer differences to see the children within.

  • Andrea Posted January 12, 2024 12:24 pm

    Hello UR friends, Though I haven’t commented in a long time, years in fact, I read New Every Morning nearly every day. I read your comments and say a prayer. I very much appreciate the core group who comment so faithfully here. I ask for your prayers for my husband Lowell. He has a compression fracture of a lumbar vertebra, and a complicating factor is that he has Crohn’s disease, which has not caused him significant symptoms since he was a young man but now is a real factor in determining his treatment, medications that can and can’t be used. I appreciate your prayers more than I can say. Thankfully, I am healthy. My daughter, son-in-law, and grandson (who is now almost nine years old) moved to the Pacific Northwest last summer and though I worry about them, they are happy to be where they are, no longer having to deal with Upper Midwest winters. Prayers for each of you.

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