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

To be with Jesus is to be with people who are poor; to know Jesus is to know people who are poor. If our reason for serving is to care for the “least of these,” then we are called to recognize Jesus in those we serve and to spend the time to build a relationship with them. Jesus is present among people who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.

—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When have your relationships with the “least of these” helped you notice Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’”

—Matthew 25:37-40 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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  • Julie Posted September 19, 2022 9:27 am

    I find it interesting that this and indeed other reflections we have read assume that we are not nor have ever been “the least of these.” That we have always come from a place where we have the abundance to share with those who have none. At least for me this is not the case.
    I spent yesterday walking at the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden. It was wonderful to finally be able to do this after they suffered a power outage one Sunday and had their parking lot cave in another and then rain every Sunday I could go after that.
    Prayers for healing for Ally and David. Prayers for a better week for Jill and her school. Prayers for Robert and his church as they struggle with a falling and meager membership.

  • Jill Posted September 19, 2022 5:20 pm

    When I worked with the young moms – I was able to see their sometimes desperate situations, and the poor decisions they made and the circular motion of it all. How desperately they needed hope, a Saviour. They needed mentors, who would pour into them…not financially, but spiritually – helping them to mature. Their home lives were wrecks.
    Serving at the homeless shelter – we see men who have been in the “program” and are now serving as part of the team at the shelter. They come and go. They seemed to have turned their lives around, but then word comes back that they have been sucked back into their previous lifestyle. But – we must continue to serve, and trust God to use us and others to make the needed change in the lives of these people.
    Spoke with some teachers today – there will be a handful of us who are at the calling hours the entire time, in a room off to the side. We will be there to help students and former students who need to talk, cry, hang out before or after. I addressed my seniors today – encouraging them to do what is right for them, as they continue to process this loss.
    There was a melee at school during the last class block – and pepper spray was used to bring the unruly crowd to submission. It happened on the opposite side of the building. We heard the disturbance, but my kids just kinda roll their eyes and kept working. My door remained locked until the end of the day. There was a police presence in both parking lots after school.
    I continue to pray for our new principal – for her wisdom in decisions which need to be made.

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