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

Studying spiritual gifts, learning to work with them, and letting them work for the church can open up and expand fruitful ministry, whether a new ministry or a ministry that has had a long tenure in the local church. When we understand spiritual gifts and how they can be used to fulfill mission and ministry, we can structure the administrative life of the local church in ways that maximize its ministry effectiveness. Recruiting leaders and participants for ministry teams becomes a clearer task and not one people dread, as it helps those who are being recruited to become better-informed decision makers when they are facing opportunities to serve in their church or beyond. Persons serving from their gifts can experience greater joy in serving, and that joy spills over into the life of the congregation. Implementing various ministries is less arduous, and the results can be more effective.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you noticed the difference in people serving from their gifts with joy or serving from a sense of obligation? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.
—1 Peter 4:10, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Give me knowledge and insight that will help me make the right choices in my life. Amen.
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Something More

You are beloved, and you are gifted. Rediscovering Our Spiritual Gifts: Building Up the Body of Christ Through the Gifts of the Spirit will help you discover the particular gifts the Holy Spirit has given you and challenges you to use. A “Grace Gifts Inventory” is included in the book to help you identify and apply the spiritual gifts in your life.

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  • Julie Posted July 15, 2021 8:40 am

    Those who serve willingly do so with glad hearts and smiles, they are eager and more receptive to directives and work assignments. They go abovee and beyond the task asked of them and pitch in where they see a need. Those who serve begrudgingly do so with grumbling and trying to shirk responsibilities. They do the bare minimum and do not offer to assist others to lighten their load.
    Megan and I will be visiting my mother this weekend. We leave tomorrow. I hope to post at least Saturday and Sunday with quick missives. We have not seen her in exactly a year as we visited her last summer for her birthday. We have a strained relationship at best and she is already frettin because she still uses a walker as she rehabs from her latest leg surgery. I am somewhat dreadin the visit, but the time away from h will be most welcome.
    Prayers for Ally’s job search and her and David’s health. Prayers for Jill and her family and godchildren. May the graduation party be a success and a loving sendoff to her god daughter. May Jill and Larry have an easier golf outing today and be safe from storms and heat. Prayers for Lou and her family. Prayers for Robert and his daughter and granddaughters, may all have a wonderful and safe visit. Prayers for Marti and her group of tech wizards and the work they do to keep us going. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who come here today.

  • Jill Posted July 15, 2021 2:17 pm

    Those who serve from the proper heart stance, do so effortlessly, seamlessly and effectively. It is their joy to use their God given gifts to His glory. It’s not about them, it is about Him.
    A lovely morning on the course. Dad rode with his cousin and caught up on each other’s children and grand children. Golf was easy today, what a fickle game.
    Last match of the season for one team tonight. The other team’s last match is this coming Tuesday. I didn’t think the summer was going by too fast – then I saw today was July 15, realized the summer tennis season is quickly drawing to a close and summer school starts Monday. Ho-hum. Then it will be August. Dad continues to line up golf – as we will have three weeks of it in August.

  • robert moeller Posted July 16, 2021 5:07 am

    Adjusting to a new posting time, I m a day late. At least I see posts from others first. Thankful I only managed a program that helped students with attendance problems. Hard to imagine teaching summer school. Tennis winding down, but golf continues. Hope there is good weather.
    I’m very much in agreement with opinions on those who serve cheerfully vs those who find serving a chore Health, job, well-being, safety, family, friends, and neighbors are in my prayers. Special prayer attention to those we no longer hear from. Some progress on the model, a good visit to the dentist, and I’m hopeful the new counselor will be helpful. While I’ll lose two teeth on Monday, that is a step in improving my dental health. Blessings as the weekend approaches, breakfast with the pastor continues as our new pastor learns ZOOM technology. Soon it will be more routine. Thank You, Lord, for dental health insurance. God is with you, us, all.

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