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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

While composing devotionals about the Psalms for our Double Love [Experience Church] congregation, we recognized that the spiritual and social concerns of our congregation were shared by many outside of our immediate community as well. People across the globe, especially those across the African diaspora, found themselves navigating dual pandemics, the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the domestic pandemic of Black bodies being killed in the streets by those sworn to protect them. People of faith around the world were in desperate need of spiritual resources to keep them going. We realized that the work we were doing at our church might be for an audience larger than just our congregation. People were struggling, and the Psalms were the perfect place to begin looking for help.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

What resources have helped you navigate the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
—Psalm 27:1, 3 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

Engage the Psalms as a contemplative resource in the holy, demanding work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more about the latest release from Upper Room Books, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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3 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted August 1, 2022 5:59 am

    Easter to Easter I read the entire Bible. We’re doing better at ending the pandemic than ending racism even though more than 1 million Americans have died from Covid. At least we have the tools to end the pandemic.
    Some refuse to accept racism exists, some fight against it, others encourage it. It has been a struggle since the founding of this country. It will be an issue until we live up to our motto “out of many – one”.
    Tom is home from the hospital, Nancy is still in hospice.
    CCUMC is dealing with the announcement of a certified lay pastor in training taking on the role of pastor beginning mid October. Change is hard despite the fact that we change minute by minute.
    A busy day, first day of the month, a dentist appointment, shopping, bill paying, and errands. Thankful for renewed resources. Blessings as we start a new month.

  • Julie Posted August 1, 2022 9:18 am

    The pandemic I get through by following sound medical advice. I still mask in most places and I have gotten every shot and booster as soon as available. Racism is something I try not to add to. I can only try but I believe I am not seen as a racist individual.
    Spent the day with Megan yesterday. One thing we did was visit the Warhol museum. They had a special exhibit by another artist that consisted of many “polar bears.” They were about the size of a kindergartner and were covered in colored feathers. Each one was a solid color such as yellow, pink or blue. They were in various poses, some whimsical and some more natural.
    Prayers for Ally’s health and finances and David and the kitties health. Prayers for Jill’s health and return to tennis. Prayers for Robert’s church, may all accept the lay person becoming a certified lay pastor.

  • Jill Posted August 1, 2022 5:57 pm

    Getting better at technology – not my forte – was what got me through the pandemic, from a professional standpoint. It’s still hard to believe what I did in my “virtual classroom” for one calendar year. The pandemic of racism – our school being very diverse – I think, listening well, giving each person a voice is important. The pandemic of racism seems to be growing instead of shrinking, a dire concern.
    Dad and I enjoyed a round of golf at a new course today, and it remained cloudy and comfortable for the entire round. I had a stretching appointment on the way home and believe I got some relief. A quiet evening, with early to bed.

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