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

Everyone is welcome in the house of God, but not all behaviors are welcome. Everyone is welcome, and for the sake of safety and dignity, we set boundaries for how to be together respectfully. However, it is important to differentiate the actions and expressions that are really harmful from those that are idiosyncratic, unusual, or even uncomfortable to those unused to accommodating them but are ultimately the sign to an observant faith community of the compassion of an all-embracing Christ.

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

Today’s Question

How does “the compassion of an all-embracing Christ” shape your faith community’s practices?
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Today’s Scripture

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSVUE)

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. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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  • robert moeller Posted June 9, 2024 5:35 am

    Based on what I learned in my previous UM church, I asked on my first worship with CCUMC if the church was all inclusive. The answer was yes. The New England Conference of the UMC, even before the recent decision, embodied inclusion. Yes there have been some disaffiliations, but far fewer than in other parts of the US. Thank You, Lord.
    We are the way God made us and God loves us all. God is love.

    • Ally Posted June 9, 2024 10:22 am

      Amen, Robert. The south has had many disaffiliations. There has been much disinformation put out by entities encouraging disaffiliation. It played on people’s fears. I pray the UMC can move forward in ministry.

  • Ally Posted June 9, 2024 10:19 am

    Our faith community is welcoming and inclusive. Our pastor preaches the love of Christ and each member (I believe) endeavors to be the presence of Christ in our community. We offer and extend grace. We are thankful to be a part.
    David had an episode Thursday morning in which he became very weak and was confused. EMS came and he had responding to commands. His blood pressure was very low. He was taken to hospital and after receiving some IV fluids, perked up and felt better. He was dehydrated and his white count was elevated. After labs and CT scans to look for a source of infection, e everything came back negative. Dr. admitted him for observation and he was discharged around noon Friday. He rested yesterday. Still is a little weak and tired. I stayed home with him today. Pray for healing and strength for David, for discernment for me regarding work. Love to all.

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