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

It may well be said that Christianity was founded on the most profound act of nonviolence ever witnessed. Not only did Jesus submit himself voluntarily to martyrdom, but he did so when, by his own account, he had more power than any person on earth to end his own suffering, end the wickedness of his tormentors, and bring judgment to the whole situation.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How does the sacrifice of Jesus inform your beliefs about nonviolence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

His grave was among the wicked,
his tomb with evildoers,
though he had done no violence,
and had spoken nothing false.
—Isaiah 53:9 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 6, 2024 8:11 am

    Nonviolence is the best way to solve issues. Sadly human nature doesn’t fully accept this idea and conflicts continue. Evil forces don’t want to negotiate, they want to commit all sorts of acts that cause pain, humiliation, and death to get their way. Sadly even people who claim to be Christians use these methods to coerce people to publicly state faith in Christ. Keep praying, turn to God, trust in God, may God’s kingdom come and God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Thank You, Lord

    My car is back, Pearl is doing well, the new board is in place at church. Thank You, Lord

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