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)

—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 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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  • Jill Posted January 30, 2020 4:34 am

    Christ willingly immersed Himself in society, going to those who were needy, those whom the “religious” leaders of the day shunned. What an example for us. To acknowledge them, to look them in the eyes, to listen well. Not my first reaction when I see disrespectful students using horrendous language in the halls at school. I do sometimes ask myself where all that anger comes from. And I do suspect their home lives border on unimaginable. Hmmmm. So much to consider. My mission field is right here in my midst.
    Thank you for your prayers and your sharing of your concerns. May progress continue to be made in the avenues of our lives. May we shine His light where He has placed us.

  • Chloe Posted January 30, 2020 8:03 am

    Jill I love what you write as yes the younger ones are seemingly so “messed up” to use a term. It is wonderful that God has placed one such as yourself thete, to care. I most despise seeing a young person disrespectful to a parent, and I guess its because I’ve lived it. Thank God he’s changed our once lost state into one of His own, now and that always gives me hope for the ones that have not yet come into his saving grace. Compassion is a virtue far removed from even Christians, that I pray God will grow in me mire and more. Thankful for you! Pls pray God will use my husband more and more in a prison ministry we do.

  • Julie Posted January 30, 2020 8:24 am

    Every Sunday that Megan and I spend together we have breakfast in the same restaurant. I would be served my bowl of fruit by the prep person who is in the back. I had started tipping him for his special care in preparing such a simple dish. I asked to meet him and it flowered into a friendship with him delivering the fruit and sitting to talk about his life. Time spent in prison, gangs and drugs were in his past. Then one day he sat down and was very different…the drugs had reclaimed him. I talked ot him but he was too high to sit and listen. He is clean again now and I pray for him daily. He has a new job and I do not see him regularly. I continue to tip the new prep person and make a point of befriending each server and hostess. They are serving us and I am thankful. Jesus served us and I am thankful.
    Prayers for Jill and her troubled students and her epiphany, may she act on it. Prayers for Larry’s bruised heart.
    Prayers for Chloe and her husband and their prison ministry.
    Prayers for Robert and his railraod model. Today’s UR Sight Psalm is of a train with the caption “Yesterday’s innovation is
    today’s novelty.” How true.
    Prayers for Lou and her words yesterday, may she heart be healing.
    Prayers for April and her post yesterday, nice to hear from a wonderful and insightful Christian witness.
    Prayers for Andrea, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Mary, Marcy, amd Rick.
    Prayers and thank you UR

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