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

Scholars hold many theories about what happens to Paul. . . . Some think he is released from his confinement in Rome and undertakes another missionary journey that includes a trip to Spain. Most agree that he eventually is martyred in Rome.

The church and the gospel Paul proclaims lives on. The end of this story is yet to be written, and we are part of its writing. . . . We have a voice in determining how this story will end.

May we share the confidence and courage of Paul as we live, speak, and act as witnesses.

—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church . . . Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What gives you the confidence and courage to live, speak, and act as witnesses?
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Today’s Scripture

[Ananias said to Paul,] “For you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.”
—Acts 22:15-16, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

God, help us be the church you created us to be. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted September 4, 2022 3:24 pm

    The cloud of witnesses and the faithful followers in the Bible – they were all in on their mission, for their God. May it be so of me as well.
    Dad and I had a nice afternoon of golf. We got paired up with a dad and his 13 year old son. It was quite enjoyable watching the father foster a love of the game with his son. It also gave him the opportunity to teach him about golf etiquette as they had only golfed by themselves previously. I played the best I had ever played – getting my lowest score yet. If I had made a couple of putts, it would have been off the charts good. Dad and I grabbed dinner at a local restaurant. He still wants to go, knowing I am uncomfortable eating inside. I tried to encourage a drive up place where we could eat in the car, but he wasn’t having it.
    My friend asked me to come over to watch the Ohio State/Notre Dame game. Her youngest sister was going to be there, as well as her daughter and boyfriend. It was a lovely evening. It was good to meet her sister and to express my condolences in person with both of them. We flipped back and forth between the game and the tennis. The night stretched long and the conversation was enjoyable. I feel she is healing well. Their family is so incredibly close and loving – and it was nice to see my friend care for her sister so well.
    Church this morning, a quick stop for some groceries and home to tennis, schoolwork and getting my household chores done. I got in a walk between rain showers.
    Dad is having a picnic tomorrow for his brother and sister, and niece and her husband. I will do the grilling out at his place, so he can visit. Hope the rain holds off while I am manning the grill.

  • Ally Posted September 5, 2022 1:46 am

    If I have any courage at all, it comes from the Almighty. I’ve heard a preacher call it “holy boldness” right now I don’t feel bold I feel like frustrated and defeated. David fell when I thought he was in bed. I’m at the end of my rope in trying to figure out how to keep him safe. It feels like 1 step forward and 2 steps back. Ive hurt my back and am in incredible pain and limited in what I can do I can’t take care of David when i can hardly do for myself. Anne Lamotte says “Help” is the most honest and basic of prayers. So I’m crying Help.I thank God (where IS that guy? I need HIM) for my friends here. Pray I can get perspective and an empathy pop-up. Love you people.

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