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, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table (Upper Room Books, 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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  • Julie Posted August 5, 2023 9:22 am

    Physically, emotionally and spiritually. I pulled a muscle in my back and my IBS has been bad lately. I am in therapy to heal from the life long trauma and abuse I have endured. I need God to strengthen me against the allures of the evil one.

  • Ally Posted August 5, 2023 9:30 am

    I know there are ways I need to be healed and think I’m well. Lord, show me these so I can be healed. I need healing in the area of fear. I fear the future. What is ahead for our nation and our world? I need some physical healing and some healing in relationships. Our Lord is the Great Physician:

    William Hunter, pub.1859

    The great Physician now is near,
    The sympathizing Jesus;
    He speaks the drooping heart to cheer,
    Oh, hear the voice of Jesus.
    Sweetest note in seraph song,
    Sweetest name on mortal tongue;
    Sweetest carol ever sung,
    Jesus, blessed Jesus.
    Your many sins are all forgiv’n,
    Oh, hear the voice of Jesus;
    Go on your way in peace to heav’n,
    And wear a crown with Jesus.
    All glory to the dying Lamb!
    I now believe in Jesus;
    I love the blessed Savior’s name,
    I love the name of Jesus.
    His name dispels my guilt and fear,
    No other name but Jesus;
    Oh, how my soul delights to hear
    The charming name of Jesus.
    And when to that bright world above,
    We rise to see our Jesus,
    We’ll sing around the throne of love
    His name, the name of Jesus.

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