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

Because of the boy’s generosity and Jesus’ miracle, there is plenty of food. But the food could not have been distributed without volunteers. In some versions of this story, the crowd is organized into groups of fifty or hundreds of people. The disciples, the boy, and other leaders among the people all choose to help with the food distribution. There is need, yes, but mostly there is a little food and a lot of volunteers. The result is not only that everyone eats their fill but also that there are twelve baskets left over. Not enough becomes a surplus. Five loaves, two fish, and twelve volunteers, blessed by Jesus and his compassion for the people, leads to more than enough food for everyone.

—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When have you witnessed that, by divine power, “not enough becomes a surplus”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets.
—John 6:13 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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  • Julie Posted May 26, 2021 8:37 am

    I can’t say I have ever seen such a thing. Interesting to think it could happen today.
    Yesterday was another court apppearance for just the lawyers and the new judge. They went over things like discovery and preliminary thoughts of proceceeding. The judge is leaning to give h the house. So I will have to fight this and find waysto show he should have the house. I am going to include that he is a hoader and that his areas are fire hazards and unsafe. I also think he should be in a single level home or apartment because he has trouble with steps. There is also a fight ver the date of “separation.” I need to enforce for my lawyer my wishes. She seems wishy washy on fighting for my rights. I got little sleep last night. Please continue your prayers and thank you for “listening ” and praying.
    Prayers for Ally and her job prospects and for David’s stress test. Prayers for Conner and Rachel for their continued health issues. Prayers for Jill and her students as they continue to mark end of the year milestones. Prayers for Marcy’s mental health stuggles. Prayers for Robert and his retiring pastor and incoming pastor. May all feel supported and valued during the transition.

  • Jill Posted May 26, 2021 1:50 pm

    I don’t know about a surplus, but my dad, sister and I were stretched pretty thin in mom’s last days. The hospice nurse asked dad on Saturday if he would consider moving mom to a respite center so we could recover a bit. He adamantly said no. The next 24 hours were so awful that the topic was discussed the next afternoon with the nurse. She was going to seek the physician’s approval on Monday, but mom passed late Sunday evening. I so clearly see God’s timing and providence during that time. Dad would have had immeasurable guilt had we moved mom and then she passed at the center.
    Much needed rain today. Dad and I had planned on golfing 9 holes after school, but it continues to rain. We also pushed back our Saturday tee time to Sunday – when the weather should be clear. I can’t say I’ll be disappointed to go home after school if we don’t golf. The last two days have been hectic after school and not getting home until around 7:00.
    My school is looking for a girls golf coach and several teachers have tried to get me to do it. These past few days, getting home at 7:00, having to pack food and a change of clothes – just absolutely cemented in my mind that this is NOT what I want to do. Even though it is a short season – I would have to begin a month before school starts…my coaching days are behind me.
    Julie – we will continue to pray about the court proceedings in the coming days, as well as the environment at home.

  • robert moeller Posted May 26, 2021 2:45 pm

    Some time during the pandemic it was discovered that the 40 year old heating system at church could no longer do the job, A proposal to correct the problem came in. at $24,000, a lot of money for a small community of faith. Almost immediately some one anonymously donated half the cost, donations continued and there is a $3000 surplus. That’s a miracle. Thank You, Lord.
    Pearl had a dental cleaning and several teeth extracted today, she will be home soon, all went well. Thank You, Lord.
    Snow tires off, summer tires on, but a new water pump to keep the car operational, and new front struts and a new muffler are needed to pass inspection. Thankfully there are resources to pay the bill. Thank You, Lord.
    Prayers for Julie’s court proceedings and safety, may God’s wisdom and justice be present. Prayers for Marcy’s mental and physical health, God’s wisdom in Jill’s decision not to coach high school girl’s golf, Larry needs her support. Yes, prayers for Ally and her job prospects and for David’s stress test. A hot, 90 degree day here, but thunderstorms and rain are in the forecast along with more traditionally seasonal weather for the rest of the week. Began the first of the 40 day “Listening” prayer focused silent before God lessons today. Thankful for this study. I am quite assured that the new pastor and retiring pastor are being well cared for. Open arms and generous thanks are present. Thank You, Lord.

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