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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

All over the world, children of God seek to cross walls meant to keep them out and deadly waters indifferent to their suffering. Yet we, as God’s children, are bound to all our siblings who are seeking better lives. But how do we take responsibility for them? First, we feel concern for them. Then, we must move to action to save lives in dangerous situations; lessen the existence of poverty and suffering that motivates dangerous journeys; and comfort those afflicted at every stage of migration. Our belovedness and inclusion in the kingdom of heaven demands no less.

—Cory Driver with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Fresh Air Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Which actions could you take to demonstrate concern for God’s children who are in danger? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
—Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV)

Today’s Litany

ONE: Jesus: the way, truth and life, help us to walk in your ways.
ALL: You told us when we love the stranger we are, in fact, loving you.
Lord, help us to love the stranger, our neighbor!

ONE: God, create in us a compulsion not to stand idly by.
ALL: Lord, stir us up to holy action lest the blood of our neighbor be shed.
For the glory of your name and the love of our siblings in Christ. Amen!

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Something More

The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted August 14, 2020 12:10 pm

    I do what I can, most of my help goes to my son, but two children, one in Rumania and one in the Dominican Republic are supported, others are helped through church, and a daily online activity..
    Thankful I am enabled to do this. Prayers for Jill, Julie, Ally, and David, their families and friends. Prayers too for those we may think of as enemies, God created them, and we are all sinners.
    Thankful for nice weather, bills paid, and resources that enable life. Prayers for all enduring hardships in this pandemic and poor economy. May a vaccine soon be developed. Thank You, Lord.

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