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

During his earthly life, Jesus went out of his way to eat with all kinds of people—his followers, his enemies, and those who were marginalized in his society. Ignoring the criticism of his choice of meal companions, Jesus enjoyed table fellowship, taught, and witnessed to God’s inclusive love. The phrase in our ritual which Christians should perhaps find most comforting and most challenging is the simple statement that he “ate with sinners.” Thank God that he did, and that he does. Pray that we might exemplify such love.

—Gayle Carlton Felton, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Upper Room Books, 2006)

Today’s Question

How might the example of Jesus challenge you to expand your table fellowship? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.
—Mark 2:15 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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  • robert moeller Posted August 3, 2023 5:18 am

    I could go out and offer meals to others, volunteer at a food bank, donate to the homeless shelter.
    Still enjoying wonderful low humidity and pleasant temperatures. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted August 3, 2023 9:28 am

    A local church has lunch for the community every Tuesday. It’s called Cafe Central. David and I went most weeks before I started working. It is a gathering of all kinds of folks from different backgrounds. Many of them are from among our community’s low income and from those living with mental health issues Getting to share a meal with these resilient people has been a Great privilege. Since I have been working at the mental health center, I help escort our clients to Cafe Central. This is a highlight of our week. Everyone is equal. And the food is good! Siting with the people I serve, just another pilgrim in search of table fellowship, is to me, a reflection of how heaven will be. It may not be the bread, wine, and liturgy of the usual Holy Communion, but we break bread, drink sweet tea (after all, this is the South!) and share God’s inclusive love. Thank You, God!
    David continues to progress in therapy and his PT is working with him on using a cane. He’s not quite there yet. His right hip needs a little more strength. I’m enjoying my job. Our finances are much better. Thank you, Lord. As our country preacher said in the little Methodist church that nurtured me as a child, God is good all the time.
    Robert, just want to let you know, my dr. changed my medication to something I haven’t tried before. We are hoping for good results. Thank you for caring. Lord, bless Jill as she faces surgery. I pray for a good school year. I lift up Julie, as she cares for H. Lifting up Lou and her children regarding their relationship with their father. My neighbors kids have been through this. I thank God this is a forum where we feel comfortable sharing with each other. Lord, bless all who visit here. Love to all.

  • Julie Posted August 3, 2023 9:39 am

    I am self conscious about eating with others. I have been meeting friends who are or were caregivers of loved ones for lunch. This has gone well and I am encouraged. We have caregiving and attending the same church in common. As we share our stories, we learn about other similarities. This illustrates to me that we can find common ground with all people, if we take the time to listen to their stories and share our own.

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