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

WHEN WE GATHER at the Table we are invited to partake of God’s grace in a way that allows us to glimpse a community grounded in God, shaped by Christ, and empowered by the Spirit. What Dr. King proclaimed is that any attempt at creating such a community is possible only as we fully grasp—and are grasped by—the love of God made visible in Jesus and made victorious through the Cross. It is a community because we are made one with Christ and one with each other. It is beloved because we are loved and graced by God. It is a vision of a beloved community that is filled with images of peace and harmony, of truth and justice, of reconciliation and transformation, and of hope and trust. (Larry M. Goodpaster)

—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)

Today’s Question

When have you seen a vision of beloved community? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
—1 Corinthians 12:24-27 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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  • Joe Parrish Posted February 2, 2020 3:31 am
  • Jill Posted February 2, 2020 6:02 am

    I used to consistently witness this togetherness, this diversity, this compassion each week when I volunteered with the teen/young moms program. The center which hosted this program does an incredible job of including everyone and sharing the love of Christ. I am fortunate it is in my community, less than 2 miles from my home. I hope to one day get back involved with this center. They do so much to reach out to the youth in this area.
    Dinner with dad last night was enjoyable – talked about the wonderful weather awaiting him tomorrow in Florida. His care pastor reached out to him to see how he is doing in his grieving process, asking dad if he wanted to go through the GriefShare program again. Dad and I talked about that, and maybe seeking out a different grieving program or support group. But – I don’t think he is interested. He says he doesn’t feel as though he is grieving right now, as much as just trying to figure out what his new life will look like. I pray he will ask God that question. I think I might speak with him about that this evening. He said to me last week – I am asking myself what I want my life to look like now. Perhaps tonight I will suggest he should ask God that question. He is coming over for dinner and then we are going to the local homeless shelter to serve dinner.
    Sunday morning blessings to all.

  • robert moeller Posted February 3, 2020 5:12 am

    I see a vision of beloved community at my current community of faith, my previous church, and here at the UR. Very thankful for all of these.
    Blessings to Jill and her Dad, life goes on, a curve in the road has been successfully traveled. Yes, God will provide the answer to what is next.
    Thankful for many positives from Friday through the weekend, Part of Saturday was an oopsie daisy, but
    in general things are progressing. Hopeful there is a sale soon, more items to be sold are coming. Getting things going is a big task.
    Prayers for the UR family’s needs, concerns, and joys. Thank You, Lord.

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