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

Mary Magdalene is searching for Jesus. She cries because she doesn’t know what to do or where to go without him. Then Jesus speaks her name. And she recognizes him. “Rabbouni!” she exclaims. He is her teacher, the one whom she follows, whom she seeks. Our question for today is this: Who or what are we seeking? What would bring us sorrow if it were lost? Our answer may not be (at least not exclusively) Jesus. If so, we can be honest with Jesus about that. When we listen for Jesus to speak our name, no matter how often we get confused or distracted, we know that he is always and everywhere seeking us.

—Matthew Croasmun, Let Me Ask You a Question: Conversations with Jesus (Upper Room Books 2018)

Today’s Question

Who are you looking for? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.”
—John 1:38-39a (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me know the difference between what you ask of me and what the world asks of me.
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  • Jill Posted August 15, 2023 5:49 am

    I think who I am looking for is myself…and what do I look like – being totally dependent on God. And part of this questioning in myself is “what do I look like as I rehab from two surgeries – where I will possibly need to be very dependent on others to assist me with simple, daily tasks.”
    This became more present to me yesterday when I met with a nurse to go over “crutch usage” and all the simple things I didn’t think about, regarding holding my leg in one position. If there is a repair, I can’t bend over for at least 4 weeks…things like socks, shoes, putting down my kittens’ food and water dishes, cleaning the litter box.
    Father God, quiet my mind. I consider anew the invitation of Matthew 11:28-30…come unto Me, You who are weary… I seek Your rest. Teach me to trust, and to be open to assistance – like I have never had to be before now.

  • robert moeller Posted August 15, 2023 6:52 am

    Prayers that Jill’s surgeries go well and there’s help as she recovers.
    I’m not looking for anyone, just want to stay connected to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, my children and granddaughters. Hope for a positive church council meeting that brings a new pastor to CCUMC.
    A rainy day in the White Mountains. Prayers for all the NEM family, the people of Maui, area’s suffering from heat, floods, drought, hunger, conflict, and oppression. The need for You, Lord, is never ending. Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence.

  • Julie Posted August 15, 2023 9:18 am

    I am seeking myself as I work with a therapist to address and repair the damage done to me throughout my lifetime. There is not a time in my life when I have not been a victim of trauma and abuse. So I am seeking the healthy me who can live authentically as a child of God. Accepting that his love for me is truly unconditional.

  • Ally Posted August 15, 2023 5:37 pm

    I am looking for peace and contentment. Those things can only be found in Christ. I wish I could be free from worry. My job has helped our finances and we were able to pay for our car repairs today. Praise God for that.
    Due to heat, my workday was long. Not a bad day, just exhausting. We took clients on an outing and they had a great time, but the heat and humidity zapped me.
    Prayers for NEM family, that we find the things we seek. Robert, I am in agreement with you in prayer for Maui and all areas of the world where people are in peril. Peace to all.

  • Ally Posted August 15, 2023 5:40 pm

    We had a beautiful rain this afternoon that brought relief from heat. Lower temps tomorrow. Low 90s instead of high. Praise the Lord.

  • Nancy Bryan Posted August 15, 2023 7:15 pm

    Jesus said, come to me and I will give you rest. Help Jill and Julie to believe in their strength. Open their heart and souls to the power of our Lord’s healing. The struggles we experience lead us to your loving presence, when we rest in His presence. Live a worn but smooth stone, we are held in the arms of love. Please pray for all the families in Maui, for those suffering from heat, lack of adequate food and safety. You, Lord, are our rock of faith and compassion. Be still and allow us to experience your comfort through your warmth and divine love.

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