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

Jesus is so persistent because this question—who we say Jesus is—is the most important question of our lives. Everything depends on it. It can sound crazy, this idea that our take on the identity of a guy who lived in Palestine some two thousand years ago is somehow the key to life. But I really think it’s the case. And so it is for our sake—not for his—that Jesus asks us again and again, patiently but persistently, “Who do you say I am?

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

Today’s Question

Who do you say Jesus is? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.”
—Mark 8:27-29 (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 19, 2023 6:30 am

    Jesus is my Saviour. He is my righteousness. He is my source. He is my example.
    Thank You, Father God, for Your Son – for what He means to me and how He shapes my life. Help me to be aligned with Him, always.
    Grateful to have played tennis yesterday – and fare pretty well. I am definitely out of shape – felt winded during longer points. But – my energy overall was good. I did go to bed quite early last night. But need to kinda work my way back into that pattern, with school beginning next week.

  • Linda Posted August 19, 2023 7:13 am

    Jesus is my best friend, caregiver, counselor, encourager, pusher, helper, listener, God of the world. Thank you, Lord. I love you.

  • Julie Posted August 19, 2023 9:13 am

    Jesus is my strength. Jesus is my healer and my protector. He is the source of comfort and assurance. He is my guide through all of life, the good, the bad and the ugly.

  • Ally Posted August 19, 2023 11:56 am

    Messiah, Lord, Savior. Bringer of salvation, of love, of mercy and Justice. My rescuer.
    I make no claims to have any sort of inside knowledge as to who Jesus is. but these things I know. I read an article recently by a pastor who told about one of his congregants who came to him after he preached on the Sermon On The Mount. The guy asked him where he got his “liberal talking points”. The pastor replied that his”talking points” came from the scriptures. The guy told him “Jesus is too “woke”. Wow. I’m still speechless that people might think being like Christ is”too woke”. Jesus is also my peace and my rest. If Jesus is woke, then may it be so.
    We came downtown today to get haircuts and I forgot David’s Walker. Forgot to put it in the car. He’s doing really well without it. I don’t think he’s ready to give it up. More important that he doesn’t fall. But he is much stronger. Thank Uou, Lord!

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