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 again anticipates this problem and has a secondary question ready to address it: “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” From the start, Jesus recognizes what we so often fail to see: Our experience of worry ironically exposes the cause of our worry and, at the same time, its uselessness. We worry because we recognize that things we care about are fundamentally out of our control. Even the most fundamental goal of our biological existence—the extension of our life itself—is beyond our control. But the fact that the outcomes that we so desire are beyond our control demonstrates just how useless our worry is, which means that, as with material goods, getting what we want is hardly the solution to our worry.

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

Today’s Question

What worries do you need to release in the presence of Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
—Matthew 6:34 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Give me the patience, focus, and strength to pause, listen, and reflect on what you ask of me. What do you ask of me today?

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  • Jill Posted September 18, 2020 4:35 am

    I used to be a worrier, but I believe maturity – both in life and in Christ – has significantly changed this. Praise Him. Now, I would say these types of things “exist on my radar”. I have an awareness of them, but they don’t own my thoughts. So – at the top of the list is dad, his health, and how I will deal with his ultimate passing. I wouldn’t say I worry about my health, but since it is “on my radar” – I believe I appreciate the ability to be active. For, I genuinely believe, that time will come to an end. But it doesn’t distress me.
    Thanks to each one who covered my dad in prayer yesterday. I know you are faithful on other days as well. Thanks for being part of “Team Larry”.

  • robert moeller Posted September 18, 2020 7:24 am

    There was a time when I too worried, now I’d change that word to concerned. Meeting the scripture about worrying some years ago surely helped change me. Are there times when it nudges me a little ,yes,
    My childhood allergies do the same.

    Breakfast with the pastor and church friends coming soon, today I’m brief. Thank You, Lord for all You did, are doing, and will do.

  • Julie Posted September 18, 2020 8:31 am

    I feel as if my life is one big worry lately. I know in my mind the words in the Bible regarding worry, however they have not rested in my heart yet. I know worry is futile and accomplishes nothing, but….
    Prayers for Jill and her health and concerns for Larry and his health. Prayers for Larry, for his health and heart.
    Prayers for Robert and his pastor and their breakfasts that continue despite sheltering in place.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may they heal and have business success. Prayers for Mr Pere, may he recover from Covid 19.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her migraines stop until the Botox shots appointment. Prayers for Roxy and all she does for Marcy.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

  • Marcy Posted September 18, 2020 9:30 am

    A hymn for
    Today’s Scripture Reading:
    Matthew 6:34

    I Know Who Holds Tomorrow

    Verse 1
    I don’t know about tomorrow;
    I just live from day to day.
    I don’t borrow from its sunshine
    For its skies may turn to grey.
    I don’t worry o’er the future,
    For I know what Jesus said.
    And today I’ll walk beside Him,
    For He knows what lies ahead.

    Many things about tomorrow
    I don’t seem to understand
    But I know who holds tomorrow
    And I know who holds my hand.

    Verse 2
    Every step is getting brighter
    As the golden stairs I climb;
    Every burden’s getting lighter,
    Every cloud is silver-lined.
    There the sun is always shining,
    There no tear will dim the eye;
    At the ending of the rainbow
    Where the mountains touch the sky.

    Verse 3
    I don’t know about tomorrow;
    It may bring me poverty.
    But the one who feeds the sparrow,
    Is the one who stands by me.
    And the pathway that be my portion
    May be through the flame or flood;
    But His presence goes before me
    And I’m covered with His blood.

    Ira S. Stanphill

  • Ally Posted September 18, 2020 1:46 pm

    As I read the passage from Philippians in the lectionary readings. Paul stated that he struggled with the same issues as the church at Philippi, things we all struggle with. I know that we can cast our cares onto the Lord Jesus as Psalm 55 states, but for me, it is hard to cast my cares onto the Lord and take them back. I worry about David’s health, work, the times we live in, the election. Jesus promised us in John 16:33 that He has overcome the world. The human side of me struggles to let go.
    David is more like himself and we are thankful. He is still a little unsteady on his feet. He’s a little stronger, but if he exerts himself, he sometimes gets short of breath. I have an eye appointment Monday and a cataract on my left eye. I can’t see anything out of that eye. I think one is forming on my right. Continued prayers for Mr. Pete, who has pneumonia-related to COVID-19. His brother has had the virus as well, and is much better. Praise the Lord. Please lift up our concerns. I’m trying not to worry.
    Jill, I hope Larry had a good day yesterday. Know that I will continue to lift up his health and spirits. Robert, I thank God for the wise words you always leave with us. Julie, I am in that place too, where I know that worry is futile and I need to trust, but it’s hard. Thanks for your prayers. Marcy, I pray that the botox helps your pain. Thank you so much for the scripture and humn. One of my favorites. Hope your kitty is well. I pray everyone continues safe and that you have a lovely weekend. Blessings to all.

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