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 Jesus Prayer appears to be straightforward. At the most basic level, you merely repeat the words “Lord Jesus Christ, son of God, have compassion on me.” The words can appear to be little more than a request for Divine Compassion. The prayer is a practice for receiving compassion rather than for self-compassion. But what the words say merely scratches the surface of the power of this compassion practice. We experience the power of the prayer when it moves us from a place of receiving Divine Compassion to a place where we offer compassion to ourselves.

—Andrew Dreitcer, Living Compassion: Loving Like Jesus (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How can you practice receiving Divine Compassion today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
—Matthew 9:36 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give us compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving, and forgiving wherever we may go. Amen.
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Something More

Join us this weekend, September 29-30, 2023, for our virtual event, RESILIENCE. Together, we will explore how practicing compassion can transform our relationships in a world marked by conflict and division. If you can’t make it, register anyway to receive the session recordings. Take $25 off admission when you use the code NEW at checkout. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted September 28, 2023 6:01 am

    Being thankful for the food I eat, the resources that come my way, and the place I have to live.
    Have the flax seed bread that represents the area where my family comes from in Germany.
    Bread from our ethnic origin will be present
    for World Communion Sunday.
    In the low 40s last night. Bright colored leaves are not far away. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted September 28, 2023 9:27 am

    By thanking God more and asking less.

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