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

Because God has shown up for us time and time again, it is only right that we show up for others. If we aren’t careful, we can get caught up in receiving from God, thanking God, and letting it end there. But the true way to honor what God has done in our lives is to make the way easier for somebody else. We honor what God has done for us by helping others.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, “An On-Time God,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How can you “make the way easier for somebody else” today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

We commend ourselves as ministers of God in every way. We did this with our great endurance through problems, disasters, and stressful situations.
—2 Corinthians 6:4 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Something More

Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • robert moeller Posted June 22, 2024 5:46 am

    Errands need doing today and I can certainly help make that possible.
    Hopefully the elderberry project will help others when the jelly is made.
    Haven’thad any home made elderberry jelly in quite a long time, it was
    a staple growing up. A couple daays of respite from the H&H, but it will
    return Sunday.. Hope everyone is cool and safe. Thank You, Lord

  • Lou Posted June 22, 2024 3:39 pm

    I do try to make the way easier in helping my family and friends – I may not be perfect but I do try as I am able-
    Friends here make the way easier with their sharing- I especially like how Robert always ends with a Thank you to the Lord – always a good reminder to me – to be thankful even when the road is not easy. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rains expected late tonight – I have a basement that has flooded multiple times so I am never happy about overnight storms – somehow being able to keep watch during the daytime is better – I have to trust that all will be well.
    Prayers for all of you-
    I miss hearing from Rusty but imagine he is caring for his family- summer is a busy time-
    Hopefully you are staying cool down south Ally and that David is making progress. Prayers for Jill’s training, for Julie and Megan and for Andrea and Lloyd and for all who come to this place-

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