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

Perhaps our greatest challenge is our fragmentation along class lines. The victories of the American civil rights movement provided opportunity and access primarily to the Black middle class. Consequently, Black flight—fleeing historic Black communities in the inner city and retreating to the suburbs—has stripped these communities of our businesses and resources, leaving behind masses of our brothers and sisters still bound by the chains of poverty. The poignant provocative that first arose from the lips of Cain, now resonates anew: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” In recent years, we have appeared to respond in joint refrain, “No!”

—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

How do you think Christians should respond to systems that oppress people because of their social or economic status? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord loves justice. He will never leave his faithful all alone.
—Psalm 37:28 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Something More

Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted June 9, 2022 8:51 am

    I am flummoxed. If our leaders cannot determine how to help the disadvantaged, I am at a loss. I know many in our area are starting mentoring type organizations where Black men join and provide good examples and sometimes spiritual assistance to young men in disadvantaged areas. They provide safe places and alternatives to violence for conflict resolution. I think equitable eductional opportunities are an important component so that the young people can attain jobs that are above minimun wage to reduce the allure of crime. But how to institute such iinitiatives is the difficult question.
    I pray for patience and forebearance with h who is quite combative with me. He blames and accuses me of saying his dementia is worsening because it in some way is in my best interest. This of course makes no sense but he cannot stand to believe that his mind is going and that he often speaks nonsense and does not understand even simple things.
    Prayers for Ally’s job, health and disability appeal. Prayers for April and her loved one. Prayers for Jill and Larry as they golf more now with summer vacation. Prayers for Lou and her family. Prayers for Rick and Scott. Prayers for Robert and his church and their future, may it be long.

  • robert moeller Posted June 9, 2022 9:53 am

    The cry for justice in many different areas of life clamors for resolution. Various responses are given: from as much help as humanly possible to complete disregard. There are those working hard to house, care fir the homeless and those who refuse to acknowledge the existence of the homeless here. Very thankful that a donation to the church is serving as a challenge to match additional donations for a growing homeless care project.
    The challenges of dementia, limited mental capability causes all sorts of problems. Prayers for Julie, patience, understanding, opportunities for a respite from care, strategies that work to the benefit of all concerned.. Yes, continued prayers for Ally’s job, healthy, and disability concerns, David’s health, April as a caregiver, her patient, Larry and Jill on the golf course, Roger’s health, Lou, her work, Mom, and children, and life partners Rick and Scott. Thankful for prayers on my behalf, CCUMC’s future, and hopes to find a Poconos home. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted June 9, 2022 2:01 pm

    As Jesus followers, it is our calling to help break these systems. The organization I now work for is based upon Quaker principles for visiting those in prison. It is a daunting task to change perceptions and break these cycles of systemic racism. The US locks up more people than any other nation but China. Mass incarceration impacts minorities the most. Lord, show us how to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.
    David got his bloodwork report back from his physical. His kidney numbers are up. Dr. thinks it is because he doesn’t drink enough water and being on lasix, so he promised he would up his fluid intake. Today has been my first day of work with assignments. I was scheduled to start work on a couple of projects Monday, but the coordinator asked me if I could start today. I’ve submitted one thing and working on the next, which is due tomorrow at 4. Pray I am doing all of this right.
    Julie, prayers for you as you deal with H. I pray God gives you the grace and strength to do this. Take care of yourself as well, Robert prayers for your church and it’s future and for your goal of finding a home in the Poconos. Prayers for April as she cares for her loved one, for Jill as she enjoys some needed leisure and rest. Prayers continue for little Roger. And of course for her school as they deal with tragedy. Lord, be with them. Prayers for Lou and her family, and for Rick and Scott. Thanks to all for your prayers for us. Continue to remember the family of my friend Kenny. His loss is deeply felt. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted June 9, 2022 4:14 pm

    I have no positive comments regarding the situation this country finds itself in currently.
    Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
    A worthy mantra.
    Father – continue to be with these faithful corresponders here – their concerns and needs. Father – we desperately need Your wisdom and discernment. Guide us.

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