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

On a hillside in the Galilee, a boy had a basket with five loaves of bread and two fish. These were the gifts of God amidst a hungry gathering of seekers. “Send them away,” the disciples advised Jesus. “You give them something to eat,” he responded. God gives but does not share; that part is up to us.

—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

When have you shared the good news of God’s grace with someone? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.”
—Matthew 14:15-16 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted October 16, 2022 7:41 am

    Wish I could share it with my son who no longer believes. I share it with the congregation of my church, but that’s a bit like preaching to the choir. New to the area where I now live in 2019, Covid arrived and had us hunkered down until a year ago. Starting to be more out and about, but that’s not so much the way I have been most of my life. Church and family come first.
    In the 40s this morning, sunshine. Will be without our music leader who has Covid. Hopeful that the choir can lead us a cappella. Prayers you are all safe and sound, issues are being resolved, thankful that God is with us at every moment in this world and the next. Thank You, Lord.

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