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

This was the first but not the last time that I heard the sound advice of law enforcement agencies, security firms, and first responders rub up against the mandates of the gospel: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. . . .

I came to understand the problem as one of mission. All sorts of people are eager to mitigate the fear generated by an avalanche of mass shootings in this country. The agencies presenting their solutions and suggestions are driven by motives that might at times overlap but are not at one with the mission of a church, the hope of the gospel.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you noticed a discrepancy between sound advice and the gospel message?
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Today’s Scripture

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
—1 John 4:18 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 3, 2024 6:25 am

    I’m sure I have, but at this very moment I can’t think of an example.
    Taking care of the car and cat today. Had a great day at church, our new simpler administrative team is in place. Thank You, Lord
    A new week in a new month and pleasant weather here in NH.
    Blessings to all.

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