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

OUR GATHERING at the Table on a regular basis to partake of this holy meal may be an important link in healing the brokenness of this world and of our churches. It is at the Table that we are exposed to the Gospel story and go forth to follow the one who bids us take up a cross and walk with him. The stories of Jesus reclining in table fellowship show him eating with people from all levels of society, those on the inside and those on the outside, those who were in need of healing and knew it, and those who were in need of healing and thought they were well. (Larry M. Goodpaster)

—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)

Today’s Question

In what ways do you need Jesus to heal you today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
—Mark 2:16-17 (NIV)

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 February 1, 2020 5:17 am

    I would welcome His healing of my physical ailments. The inconsistency of each day is frustrating to me. I need to merely be grateful for days of reprieve, and lean in to Him well on more difficult days. I also would welcome His continued healing of my tender heart – He has been so merciful and bountiful in this area. I need to trust Him as I see dad hurting anew.
    The week passed quickly, being chock full of activity. Hard to believe it is February already. Today begins Saturday mornings at my former church, volunteering with the inner city basketball league. The league runs through Easter weekend – and I run the scoreboard and keep the scorebook. It will work out well with my god daughter’s basketball games as she plays early afternoon, so I can go from one to the other. I will meet dad for a fish dinner at a favorite spot following her game. I hope his spirits are on the rise as he looks forward to flying to Florida on Monday. He has sounded a bit better on the phone these past few days.
    It’s been a quiet space here recently. Thinking of our faithful clan which gathers here – the needs and stories. May God be faithfully near to you all.

  • robert moeller Posted February 1, 2020 8:04 am

    Had a busy day yesterday, up early in the morning, then woke up just in time for a quick trip to Walmart before breakfast at Friendly’s. That was followed by a trip to see a train friend in South Paris ME. Home for supper and the next to last college hockey game of the season.

    My former church is working with the Serenity Prayer as they try to see where they are going in the future. I think that prayer fits many situations .

    Mikie is doing well after heart surgery, that’s a blessing. Prayers for healing of all kinds for the UR family and all in need. Thankful for many blessings in the last few days. There’s progress with Erich’s business, he has product online and is ready for a sale. Slow and steady wins the race. Thank You Lord.

  • Julie Posted February 1, 2020 8:34 am

    I need Jesus to heal my heart. I just looked at our bank statement online and when h visited his “friends”, she wrote a check to herself which he signed for $721. This is not the first time for such an exchange. It hurts and leaves me frightened. I need Jesus to hold my heart and fill it with His peace.
    Prayers for Jill as she doea God’s work with inner city children. Prayers for Larry and his continued improvement.
    Prayers for Robert, I recite the Serenity Prayer each morning and find a different line speaks to me each day.
    Prayers for all those who have been silent for so long, may all be well. You are remembered and missed.
    Prayers and thank UR

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