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

Permission to boldly seek compassion is not the only way in which the Jesus Prayer offers a path to self-compassion. When “the prayer begins to pray us”—that is, when the mind enters the heart—we begin to take on the attitudes of Christ; we begin to share Christ’s ability to love. The spiritual warmth that comes in the prayer is the “‘flame of grace’ kindled in the heart.” It is Compassion living within us.

—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How might practicing the Jesus Prayer help you take on the attitudes of Christ? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
—Philippians 2:1-2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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Something More

Join us this weekend, September 29-30, 2023, for our virtual event, RESILIENCE. Together, we will explore how practicing compassion can transform our relationships in a world marked by conflict and division. If you can’t make it, register anyway to receive the session recordings. Take $25 off admission when you use the code NEW at checkout. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted September 29, 2023 6:05 am

    I’m trying to figure this out.
    Very glad for the good news from Ally & David regarding the court. Jill is doing extremely well after surgery, is back at school, even driving. The marvels of modern medicine. Glad to hear from Julie, prayers that challenges are being met.
    World Communion Sunday almost here. It will be amazing to see bread from many ethnic backgrounds on the altar this Sunday. A slightly warmer week coming up with temps in the 70s even an 80 day. Blessings to you all, thank You,

  • Julie Posted September 29, 2023 9:21 am

    Maybe by asking for compassion I am more able to give compassion.

  • Jill Posted September 29, 2023 5:55 pm

    When the prayer becomes less rote and more intentional, asking God to make it a reality in my life – this is when it becomes lived out for me. A mantra can be out of frustration or out of a yearning to be more aligned.
    Today was a day of teachers meetings and for the first time in 31 years – I didn’t go. I spoke with my principal yesterday and I told her I was thinking about not coming. She encouraged me not to come, but to take the day off to recuperate. What a blessing that was to me. Cleared any guilt that was lingering in my conscience. I took my first walk today. The rest of the time has been on my couch, watching the Ryder Cup, with my ice machine humming along. I am so encouraged by how this week has gone.
    Today started with rain, but the sun broke through and it warmed up and I opened the windows and doors. It is to be quite nice and warm for the next several days. Depending on how I feel tomorrow – I hope to walk again.
    I marvel at the healing God has brought on so quickly for me. So very grateful.

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