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

The kingdom of God is the kingdom of enough. It shouldn’t be a surprise that there is enough food, water, and shelter for everyone on the planet. In the United States alone, there are enough unoccupied houses—second, third, or vacation homes—to give every unhoused person on our streets multiple homes. And we are still arguing about whether it is a good idea or a wasteful handout to make sure children get lunch at school whether they can pay or not, even though approximately a third of the food produced in the United States goes to waste.

People do not have enough despite there being enough, because we serve wealth and not God. Thus, as we consider shifting our service to God, we start by noticing our attachment to money and begin to pay attention to the reality of enough. . . . We are talking about collective action that can allow us to become part of communities that share and live the reality of abundance.

—Daniel Wolpert, “Let’s Talk about Money: The Practice of Serving God,” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How might we begin to practice being in God’s service in tangible economic ways? [question from Looking Inward, Living Outward] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

No one can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
—Matthew 6:24 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

In his revelatory new book, Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation. Learn more and order your copy here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted June 1, 2024 6:22 am

    Advocate for and vote for candidates that support helping those in need, establishing policies that distribute food and other basic necessities to everyone. A beautiful day here in NH. A good day to work onh the deck. Thank You, Lord

    • Rusty Posted June 1, 2024 7:36 pm

      Amen, Robert. Thank you.

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