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

Churches should engage in food ministry, providing food in ways that acknowledge the systemic nature of poverty; treating food-insecure individuals as people who have gifts, strengths, and dreams; and recognizing food-secure and food-insecure people as equally loved and in possession of God-given gifts. The primary strength churches bring to food ministry is not their excess of food resources but the excess of Jesus’s love, care, and grace and our ability as church members to recognize that all of us need that love, care, and grace regardless of how much food we have.

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

Today’s Question

How can you share the love, care, and grace of Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be the best in this work of grace in the same way that you are the best in everything, such as faith, speech, knowledge, total commitment, and the love we inspired in you.
—2 Corinthians 8:7 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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  • Julie Posted September 24, 2022 9:05 am

    Now that the restrictions of the pandemic have been relaxed our church has opened up our food ministrie’s meals to include fellowship. We have a once a month meal called a “grab and go.” People sign up for a meal and they have the option of picking up a takeout meal and leaving or staying and having fellowship with one another. This will also be the case on Thanksgiving. Thise who cannot come to the church have their meals delivered.
    I have been having some horrible days with h. He is very reticent to lose his vehicles and he is making my life a living hell.
    Prayers for Alley and David, for improved health and finances. Prayers for Jill and Larry as they enjoy the day together before a prolonged separation. Prayers for Robert and Erich, may their relationship grow and flourish.

  • Jill Posted September 24, 2022 10:50 am

    I can share the love, care and grace of Jesus – by present in the moment and meeting a need when I become aware of it. Living authentically, looking for opportunities to be a blessing to another – there is great reward in this.
    Watched the final professional competitive tennis match of Roger Federer’s career last night. And cried right along with him following the match when he addressed the crowd, his competitors and his family. It is he for whom my cat Roger was named. What an incredible career and even moreso, how wonderfully graciously he carried himself.
    Ran a necessary errand this morning which I had been putting off. Got my assessments made – so feel like it has been a good, productive morning. Dad will be swinging by shortly after lunch to pick me up.

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