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

To truly be grateful for the meal you are about to share, consider its origins. Take some time to think about the people involved and processes required to grow, produce, and transport the various ingredients for this meal. Be grateful for those who helped to get this food to you, and be aware of how your food’s production affects the earth.

—Sarah E. Bollinger, Angela R. Olsen , The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Describe a meal you vividly remember. Who was present? What did you eat? Why do you think this meal stands out in your memory? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said] “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
—John 6:51 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God, of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

This summer, join The Upper Room Chapel for our Summer in the Psalms series. Each week, Dr. Rev. Amy E. Steele will lead us in scripture reading, prayer, and reflection as we meditate on the Psalms together. Catch up on previous services and join us each Wednesday on Facebook or YouTube.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted July 30, 2023 6:59 am

    This is super hard, so many great meals. All family attended. Joyous and happy occasions.
    More comfortable weather today after heavy rain yesterday. Low 58 and high in the 70s. Supposed to continue this the rest of the week.
    Time for breakfast and getting ready for church.

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