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

The decisions that we make to lock or unlock doors cannot be made solely on the basis of our own safety. We have responsibilities, as leaders within and examples to our communities, that extend beyond our walls. During the pandemic crisis, some of us found that our fear of personal illness paled when compared to the fear of causing harm to our communities, of becoming the center of a “super-spreader” event, sowing death and disease among the neighbors we are called to love as ourselves. The question of opening or locking our doors has become more complicated as we assess not only our bodily health but also our unseen influence in the world.

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

Today’s Question

What helps you discern how best to love your neighbor? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, so that they also may be sanctified in truth.”
—John 17:15-19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. (Adapted from Psalm 23:4)
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  • Lou Posted July 6, 2021 7:20 am

    The title today – called to love – and I will try to do that more intentionally today. I did reach out to several of my friends that I know are hurting- one lost her husband recently to cancer and another has a son who is extremely troubled and it is her only child whom she treasures. I reached out to both with no response but I will keep on as I know they both need support. Prayers for these friends. I’m asking prayers for my youngest as she is in search of a new apartment in New York and the demand for apartments has increased making the search more difficult. She has already “lost” two places she and her roommates applied for – so prayers please that something will come through soon for her. It is stressful and I am trying my best to support her from afar.
    Praying for you all today- we all have our worries and concerns and we take them to the Lord today. Prayers and blessings to all this day.

  • robert moeller Posted July 6, 2021 8:16 am

    With personal experience living in NYC as well as knowing my daughter’s experience there, if you see it and you want it, you need to plunk down some money right away. Apartment hunting un NYC is a different world. Prayers she and her roommates find a place soon. Prayers too for your friends with tough situations.
    Nice to have someone post before me. than k you, Lou.
    Our last Bible study with our now former pastor ends today. Our new pastor will join to help transition us to a new bible study next week. This has been a very smooth transition.
    Have had some progress with my ear canal infection, less pain, able to use my hearing aid. Medication is on the way.
    Prayers for Anneliese, I suspect the change in the weather has brought on another fibromyalgia attack. Very incapacitating and not a whole lot you can do until it subsides.
    Progress here. Erich’s dental work is done, his qualms about dentists have been eased somewhat.
    Now have great maps of the trails in the Mount Washington Valley and hope to put them to good use. The repaint of the front end of the Brill car is underway. Primer, and olive green paint are on.
    Next comes the tricky yellow stripe painting.
    SPRC-Transition team meeting tonight at 7 pm. Very glad of that.
    Yes, Lou, “we all have our worries and concerns and we take them to the Lord today. Prayers and blessings to all this day.” Thank You, Lord.

  • robert moeller Posted July 6, 2021 8:19 am

    Contact, listening, interaction in any way that communication is possible help me decide how and what to do with my neighbor. Neighbors don’t just live right beside you, they are anyone you meet.

  • Julie Posted July 6, 2021 9:04 am

    The Bible and Jesus’ example within shape my view of who is my neighbor and how to best serve their needs.
    Jill guessed correctly in that Megan and I spent two days together as I felt she needed a boost with with her dad still away and her shingles. We ran errands on Sunday and went to the Phipps Conservatory yesterday. The flowers and plants were beautiful and their summer show centers around trolls which intrigued Megan. They were mostly designed out of plants and were quite whimsical. There were many interactive trolls and animation. We had a lovely few days free of worries and cares and cooking as we got takeout both days. Megan’s is feeling much better and thank you for your prayers.
    Prayers for Lou’s friends who are struggling and for her daughter and roommates, may their search lead to a good apartment soon. Prayers for Robert’s church as the transition begins in earnest and may his ear infection continue to improve. Prayers for Annaliese, may her fibromyalgia symptoms soon abate and prayers for Erich as he recovers from dental work. Prayers for Jill and Larry as he continues to refuse to buy better hearing aides and she continues to struggle to have him hear her. Prayers for Ally and David’s health and job prospects. God bless you all today.

  • Jill Posted July 6, 2021 4:03 pm

    My discernment begins with my petitions to God – seeking wisdom and opportunities. I try to be available, as a need arises.
    Very warm today and we played tennis at 11 – and it was quite challenging. My partner got a bit overheated, so we took a break and sat in the shade. We were able to complete our usual 2 sets, but did not play the final 10 point breaker – as she had too much. She did make it home okay.
    Our teams are meeting to play tonight as we don’t have a match scheduled due to the holiday. I will go – but if there are sufficient numbers, I will sit out. Once in this heat was enough. It will be less strenuous this evening, so if needed I will play.
    The canvas prints I ordered arrived this afternoon, earlier than expected. They turned out so good, better than I hoped and this will put the finishing touches on my bedroom. I am so pleased with them. I will put one in my room downstairs, the room I spend my morning time in. There is the perfect spot for it.

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