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

Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the new church is off to a great start. The Lord adds to their numbers daily. They are on a roll.

Despite the amazing successes, the [Christian] movement faces internal and external pressures. With explosive growth comes many new challenges. The religious establishment, finding that the movement is not in line with their expectations, threatens to shut it down. Internal conflict over unmet expectations threatens its unity. The disciples find that their improvisational techniques are no longer sufficient to manage the growing movement.

—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What do you think contributed to the growth of early Christianity? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When they [the council of religious leaders, elders, legal experts, and the high priest] called Peter and John back, they demanded that they stop all speaking and teaching in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John responded, “It’s up to you to determine whether it’s right before God to obey you rather than God. As for us, we can’t stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
—Acts 4:18-20 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, thank you for the power you have given us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to live as faithful disciples of Christ. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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Something More

Prayer is one of the best ways to place yourself in God’s presence and deepen your spiritual life, so we offer this free downloadable resource Prayer Practices for Disciples as a gift to you in honor of The Upper Room Chapel’s 70th Anniversary. Download and learn more about the resource here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Gail Posted June 15, 2023 6:51 am

    Appealed to the weak, the ungodly, and sinners. Promised hope to the hopeless.

  • Julie Posted June 15, 2023 9:51 am

    The Holy Spirit.
    The titles for h’s vehicles are arriving in today’s mail. I want very much to be rid of them as he is just hoarding them. The Mazda doesn’t even run. But oh I dread his wrath when I do it.

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