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

Jesus claims that his very self is the sustenance we’re looking for, that, even though we may chase after many things in our lives, we only need one thing: him. In our world, this is perhaps the most offensive claim Jesus makes: he—and only he—is what everyone needs. Many of us don’t like to think of ourselves as having needs. And if we concede that we have needs, we imagine that we’re unique enough that no one-size-fits-all solution exists. Still, Jesus says that he is the source of life for all. Does this offend you?

—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books 2018)

Today’s Question

Do Jesus’ words in John 6 offend you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

And Jesus said, “For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.” Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
—John 6:65-69 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me.
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  • robert moeller Posted August 18, 2023 5:22 am

    No, Jesus’s words in John 6 do not offend me. I’m thankful for those words. Jesus saved me and I am thankful.

  • Julie Posted August 18, 2023 9:19 am

    I don’t understand why one would be offended by these words. But I am not offended.

  • Jill Posted August 18, 2023 11:31 am

    Not an offense to me – a great truth. Grateful for His provision, His example, His love.
    Attended calling hours this morning for a man whose family I grew up with in church. He had three daughters – the middle one was my age, the others one year older and one year younger. I saw many friends from back in the day – youth group – whom I probably haven’t seen in over 30 years. In some ways, sad that this is the truth. We shared so many weekend trips – skiing, camping; we bowled together. Interesting the twist and turns life takes and we just grow so far apart…truly another lifetime ago.
    Playing tennis today with my long time doubles partner. I was happily surprised that I wasn’t worn out from my run yesterday. Hoping to feel just as good after tennis this afternoon.
    I have gained another hospice patient to visit – at the same facility as my other person. I will be dropping in on both of them tomorrow, as it is the first day I am allowed to visit per Covid guidelines.
    Refreshingly cool here today. Windows up and filled with my whiskered companions. How I have enjoyed my time at home with them this summer, seeing how they interact.

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