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 FELLOW CHRISTIANS are deeply divided on issues, if they center around the risen Christ with prayer, both verbal and silent, and celebrate the Eucharist together, the living presence of the Christ brings healing answers far deeper than we had dreamed.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today’s Question

How does being centered around Christ change your interactions with others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
—John 17:22-23 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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  • Michael Butler Posted January 25, 2020 6:38 am

    Being centered around Christ gives me the perspective that I’m in the midst of God’s children and though we may disagree, we have the same goal, to fulfill our purpose as God’s children and to love one another as Christ loves us all.

  • Jill Posted January 25, 2020 7:05 am

    I agree with what Michael stated. When our eyes are focused on Christ, we are better able to listen, to hold back quick “fix it” responses and to allow the Spirit to move and direct. Our goal is that He be glorified and that we would be conduits of His peace.
    I attended “Dare to Be” last night – what a powerful evening for women. As per usual I had expectations going in – but was blown away by the worship, what was spoken and just the energy which was present. God was surely glorified and lifted high. Some of it was what I expected, but it was so much more and I am so glad I attended.
    I thank you, Julie, for your comments regarding my health, my lack of symptoms. But, truth be told, I had to reach out to my rheumatologist this week and gratefully she was able to fit me in yesterday. Switching treatments is something she has suggested, but I am reluctant. Hoping the route we are taking currently will bring relief. I am seeing my physical activity significantly curtailed – which, ultimately may cause me to switch treatments. I am grateful that God has given me the strength and ability to get through each school day, even though my mobility has been limited at times.
    Thank You, Father – for strength for this past week, for the experience last night and for what You have in store for me this weekend.

  • Julie Posted January 25, 2020 7:48 am

    I agree with both Michael and Jill. when I remain centered in Christ I can more readily remember that everyone is child of Christ. Heloves us both and God created us both. There is an element of the divine in each of us.
    Welcome Michael and hope to see more of your wisdoom.
    Prayers for Jill’s health, I am sorry to hear of your difficulties. I know that when I started the new medication it resulted in some nasty side effects, but the results are nothing short of miraculous. I praise God and thank Him each and every day. Megan’s best friend has rheumatoid arthritis and has finally found relief with a strong medication, so I pray for you to find equal relief.
    Prayers for Robert as he continues working on his trains and as he reunites with Korean friends to celebrate a special time
    Prayers for Rick, may he be successful tis semester and also enjoy his courses.
    Prayers for Andrea and her daughter, April, BJ, Connie’s health, Lou’s emotional health, Mary’s safety, and Marcy’s health.
    Prayers and thank you UR

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