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

Sometimes I imagine God as that beggar, sitting on the side of the road and calling to us through our own fears, hopes, and struggles; calling to us through the fears, hopes, and struggles of others. The question to ask ourselves if we want to be open, available, and responsive to God is this: Will we stand still long enough to pay attention?

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!”
—Mark 10:46-47 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted June 16, 2024 5:23 am

    The desire to stop and help others is always there. In my home the one who needs the most help is my son. I try to do for him as best as I can. He does a lot for me despite his problems.
    Remembering Mom, she passed away 9 years ago tomorrow. My sister will be here tomorrow..
    Lovely weather, but expecting very high temperature heat wave starting Tuesday. Stay safe and cool, drink lots of water. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted June 16, 2024 7:58 am

    I probably stay still 50% of the time- these readings remind me that I need to try harder every day and not get discouraged- God is always near – Blessings to all this day.

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