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

In Christian theology, of course, Jesus’ act of self-sacrifice was not a simple martyrdom, as costly and as precious as that might be. Jesus’ act of nonviolence defeated the forces of violence that hold sway in the world, even death itself. Furthermore, Jesus’ death on the Cross demonstrated something about the nature of God: that God is inclined to self-giving over vengeance, mercy over punishment, restraint over rage, and love over all. The Cross does not, it is important to say, make victimhood glorious but convicts the world of unjust and violent victimization. In dying, Jesus did not succumb to death but undermined the forces that wield it, demonstrating by his resurrection that life is more powerful after all.

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

Today’s Question

How can Jesus be an example of how to choose self-giving without glorifying victimhood? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, “he sat down at the right hand of God,” and since then has been waiting “until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.” For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
—Hebrews 10:12-14, NRSV

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. (Adapted from Psalm 23:4)
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  • Robert Moeller Posted September 16, 2022 7:20 am

    Jesus’s crucifixion doesn’t glorify death. This method of execution used by the Romans tries to bring total shame and humiliation. Jesus overcame this human action . On a spiritual level Jesus overcame sin. No one but
    Jesus could do this. Jesus overcame evil. Not sure if this addresses the question, but it is what I believe Jesus did.
    Definitely cooler weather. A high of 66 and low of 45.
    The huge crane helping with work on the tower is still here. Cars parked in different locations.
    Prayers for Julie, Megan, H, Ally&David, Jill, Larry, Becky, April and her loved one, Lou, her children and Mom, Rick and Scott, those who posted here in the past, and those whose names are unknown . Thankful that bills are paid and there are means to see us through the month. Thank You, Lord

  • Julie Posted September 16, 2022 8:25 am

    Jesus gave his blood for our sins but did so without drawing attention to the fact that he was a victim. He was not just a victim of those who stoned and crucified him but he was also our victim. He was a victim of each of us becasue he had to attone for our sins.
    I have to meet with the locksmith today because h cannot remember the combination to the lock on the storage unit. Also h had an “accident” in the powder room and I had to ask him to clean the floor.
    Prayers for Ally, may her spirits be improved with the visit from her loved ones. Prayers for Jill, may this new school year go well. Prayers for Robert, that God continues to provide for his and Erich’s needs.

  • Jill Posted September 16, 2022 4:40 pm

    I love the thought of mercy over punishment. Love needs to be baseline from which all decisions are based. Christ is the ultimate self-giver. His patience, willingness to take time to be with the “lesser” and His compassion speak…shout volumes to us.
    On Monday – it seemed like an impossibly long week was ahead. And it was pretty long – but we made it. I think the students and staff in my program collectively exhaled at the end of the school day. Now we need to rest up, attend to our emotions and be ready for what next week holds.
    The Fall tennis season kicks off tonight. I have a match this evening and Sunday evening. Dad and I will take advantage of a gorgeous day tomorrow to get some golf in. I am grateful our tee time is around noon – so I can have a relaxed morning.

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