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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning follows the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through a compilation of reflections and call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

Jesus is the God who knocks because he came into the world as a stranger, inviting us into a relationship so that we would be strangers no more. He knocks on the doors, walls, and structures that we have erected to keep others out. Jesus knocks as one who stands in solidarity with those we have rejected. Jesus knocks as every visitor bearing the image of God who approaches our front doors and southern borders.

—Tony Huynh, “God Who Knocks: A Litany for Making a Home with and for Refugees and Migrants,” in Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, edited and compiled by Britney Winn Lee (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How would you interact with someone at your door if you imagined that person was Jesus?
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Today’s Scripture

[The righteous will ask,] “When was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it to me.”
—Matthew 25:38-40 (NRSVUE)

Today’s Litany

ONE: God who is their God, God who is my God, God who is our God,
ALL: Teach us to welcome all your children.

ONE: God who has crossed the border between divinity and humanity,
ALL: Teach us to leave behind our comfort.

ONE: God who took on flesh,
ALL: Teach us to love as you have loved us.

ONE: God who became human,
ALL: Teach us to be willing and vulnerable like you.

ONE: God, have mercy on us all.
ALL: Amen.

—Tony Huynh, “God Who Knocks: A Litany for Making a Home with and for Refugees and Migrants”
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted January 11, 2024 5:40 am

    If I imagined every person who knocked on my door was Jesus my home would be overflowing. As a country we would not be overflowing. Yes, some places are currently overwhelmed , but spread out there’s room. Our immigration policy and system needs overhaul. Congress needs to be responsible. They are the ones who make the laws. Administrations work with what Congress provides.
    Temperatures hovering in a range above and below freezing. No rain. Ski areas limiting trail access with another rain storm coming this weekend. Tough going for skiing. Certainly not the winters of my youth when there was no need for man-made snow.
    Lord guide us to take better care of the home you have provided.

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