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 decisions that we make to lock or unlock doors cannot be made solely on the basis of our own safety. We have responsibilities, as leaders within and examples to our communities, that extend beyond our walls. During the pandemic crisis, some of us found that our fear of personal illness paled when compared to the fear of causing harm to our communities, of becoming the center of a “super-spreader” event, sowing death and disease among the neighbors we are called to love as ourselves. The question of opening or locking our doors has become more complicated as we assess not only our bodily health but also our unseen influence in the world.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What helps you discern how best to love your neighbor? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
—John 17:15-18 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 4, 2024 6:10 am

    I think, believe, getting to know my neighbor best helps me discern how best to love your neighbor.
    Meeting with them, talking with them, sharing, caring, supporting all help accomplish loving them.
    Have I done this as best as i could? No. Have I done it at all? Yes. There’s always room for improvement.
    Thankful that my first SPRC meeting as leader went well. Pearl is home and doing well after her trtip to the vet. The car is at the garage and will soon get attention. Hopefully my son and daughter will be helped speaking to my psychiatric nurse practitioner. Bible/book study, “Unafraid” session two today. More work on the deck. Hekpful weather is making that possible. Thank You, Lord.

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