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

Great groups provide the opportunity to experience a healing replay of one’s family-of-origin dynamics. As group members gravitate toward roles similar to those they played in their families of origin, the group may be able to offer the opportunity for individuals to relive old family conflicts in helpful, healing ways. For instance, if you know group members are projecting a parental dynamic onto you, you may have the opportunity to respond more lovingly than their parents typically responded. Group members who develop sibling-like relationships may have the opportunity to have less competitive, less judgmental, and more loving encounters with one another than they had with their respective siblings.

—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When have you been part of a group that helped heal wounds from your past?
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Today’s Scripture

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
—2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, God, for the opportunity to grow closer to you and to one another. We ask you to be present in our small-group meetings and to help us become more Christlike. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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Something More

Our basic need for belonging and connection to other people is magnified during times we have to be apart from others. Licensed psychologist and author of Gather Us In Dr. Angela D. Schaffner offers 10 helpful tips for running a quality Zoom group. Read more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted August 14, 2022 4:39 pm

    Not yet! Interesting ideas on resolving conflicts. Am not good at it.
    Today’s worship went very well, I’m very thankful. It’s a team effort beyond the worship leader, liturgist, and music team. Resources, computer help. and printouts all play a role. Very smooth today.
    Hope you all had a blessed Sunday. I’m hopeful to read your posts since I’m writing late in the day.

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