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

When the storms of life hit our doorsteps, how do we react? If we know that God is with us, why do we panic? It seems so logical that if Jesus is present, we have nothing to fear, and yet our humanity gets the better of us in times of crisis. When things get suddenly bad, we often forget how present God has been. . . .

How do we handle the storms we face like the one in [Mark 4:35-41]? Many of us would think that because Jesus is there, we shouldn’t have a storm in the first place. We must be careful, though. We cannot assume that we will be without trouble because we are faithful Christians. Trouble is not an indication that God has left us. Sometimes trouble finds us and Jesus is right there, waiting to see how we will react.

—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

What storms are raging in your life right now? What is your faith telling you? [questions by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
—Mark 4:40 (NRSVUE)

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)

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  • robert moeller Posted June 23, 2024 5:32 am

    Two sides of the same coin are so different, I’m the thin edge in between. Both sides care for me but oppose each other. It’s a complicated situation. It has been present for a long time brewing like a teabag in a pot of hot water. I know that I will get through this, The how is yet unknown. God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit are always there. Thank You, Lord
    Worship today, planning for leading worship July 7th after fellowship. Sunday blessings to all .

  • Lou Posted June 23, 2024 9:15 am

    Lots of storms – literal and metaphorical – I think that is just life. I feel weary but the only option is to keep on- to trust in the Lord – that he has a better way ahead and that he is always near. We are never alone – blessings to all. Thankful no flooding despite torrential rains last night –

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