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

Reconciliation is not a hasty process, proclaiming peace where there is no peace, ignoring injustice and human suffering. Reconciliation is intimately connected with justice, with right relations. As Christians, we must restore the work of reconciliation from the periphery to the center of the life and witness of the church where it belongs. My dream is that every church becomes a neighborhood reconciliation center.

—Thomas Porter, The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of Justpeace (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

Does your faith community view reconciliation as the center of its life and witness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

He has told you, human one, what is good and what the LORD requires from you: to do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God.

—Micah 6:8 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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  • robert moeller Posted September 11, 2022 5:28 pm

    With CCUMC struggling to keep going, not every task can be considered. The phrase many hands make light work is tru e, but we don’t have many hands and the few people we have wear many hats. Church Council on the13th with the whole congregation invited.
    Reconciliation with my son, Erich, is most certainly a long, slow, and arduous task. Hopefully back to CBT work as the hot/humid days of summer fade away.
    Connections today to 9/11 and the Queen from 21 years ago and centuries before that for me. The Queen played the US national anthem at Buckingham Palace after 9/11. Ancestors of my mother’s family , LYON, came from Lyon France, crossed the English Channel with William the Conqueror, went to Scotland became the Earls of Strathmore in Glamis Castle. The Queen Mother and the Queen are descendants. In 1624 a branch of the Lyon family came to America and eventually helped to settle Craftsbury VT.
    Lots of reconciliation needed around the world. The US is among the many hotspots. Lord help us all to be instruments of Your peace. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted September 11, 2022 6:00 pm

    I don’t know that reconciliation is on the radar of my church. I believe my church aids those who seek counsel regarding this.
    It was good to be in church this morning, receiving encouragement and praising God corporately. The cancer support group was meaningful, once again. Grateful for the strong witness of these individuals in the face of so much.
    Ran an errand on the way home and have been doing schoolwork and other tasks throughout the day – with football on first, and now tennis. Sad to see this as the last day of tennis. It has been so enjoyable these past two weeks.
    Caught up with my friend and she shared some photos from Friday. She said that her mom was honored well. Unfortunately family drama was part of the evening. Hate for that bitter taste to be left in her mouth. She and her husband leave for Italy – a 10 day trip they have had planned for quite a while. I hope she will be able to grieve well, begin to heal and physically rest up. I think this time away will be very good for her.
    Plans are in place to help our year 2 students tomorrow, as they process losing a beloved teacher. All hands on deck. I hope the other teachers, like myself, have used these two days to process for ourselves as the focus will need to be on the students tomorrow.

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