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 first sight of our little failures should humble us, but then we must press on, not judging ourselves with a Judaical rigor, not regarding God as a spy who watches for our least offence, or as an enemy who places snares in our path, but as a father who loves and wishes to save us; trusting in His goodness, invoking His blessing, and doubting all other support; this is true liberty.

—Francois Fenelon, quoted in A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God, by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What encourages you to “press on”?
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Today’s Scripture

I press on toward the goal, toward the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 3:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

This day, we want to embrace your loving freedom, O God, knowing that only in your freedom can we find an abundant life. Amen.
Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God
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  • robert moeller Posted July 13, 2022 8:13 am

    Thankful for distractions that help ease the pain of losing Roger. Erich went through this with Isis when were still in VT. Despite our knowing that pets have shorter life spans, they are loved from the moment they enter our realm and stay with us in strong meaningful memories. I remember cats from 70 years ago. Thankful for all you did, Jill, to help him. That’s a blessing.
    Prayers for good results for Julie at the nephrologist and David recovering from his fall.
    I fear that CCUMC is on an unstoppable downward trend, but I “press on” as I think it is what is needed. If and when the move to the Poconos comes the training soon to be offered will be helpful both here and there. Our church directory takes up two sides of a sheet of paper, many worship attendees do nothing more than come for services. While financially “ok” at the moment, there are hints there of diminished resources. Still we, the few, are reorganizing, rethinking, still trying to keep going. Have some guest pastors in the wings. New ideas on church building use.
    Covid variants are causing some concern, even more so as fall comes.
    Thankful for nice weather, not too hot or too humid.
    Plans for my trip to the Hudson River valley are going well, hope I make the connection between the bus and Amtrak in Boston. Only 20 minutes between arrival and departure. Have done it before, but it needs close attention.
    Prayers that Ally and David will find the financial support they need, everyone stays safe in summer weather. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted July 13, 2022 8:52 am

    Prayers for Jill as she mourns the loss of her wonderful kitty companion. I agree with Robert, you did so much for Roger to extend his life and help him have the best quality of life his health would permit. My heart goes out to you.
    Prayers for Robert and his church as the struggle to survive continues. As for other uses for the church, the church I attend (CUMC from now on) is used by a Mexican worship group/church after we have our service on Sunday.
    Prayers for Ally, for discernment in her situation with the two individuals who are harassing her. Prayers for David’s recovery and that he is well enough to be released soon. Prayers for increased financial resources.
    My nephrologist said he thinks due to my clotting disorder that I may have little clots in my kidneys. My kidney function numbers pretty much stayed the same. They are not great. My next appointment is in November and I have to have lab work prior including a 24 hour urine collection which is not easy to do.

  • Jill Posted July 13, 2022 1:32 pm

    I press on because there is tangible evidence of His faithfulness in my life and in the lives of those around me. I am commanded in Scripture to press on – so obedience is not optional. Thanks be to God, I do not do this under my own strength.
    Thank you all for your kind words. I am finding my way. Brief moments of tears, but a lot of peace as well, and so much gratitude. I am in such a better place than with my previous cat, when I had to put him down. God is near. He had each of our days together numbered and I am grateful there were as many as there were. I still look for him in all his usual spots – habits are so hard to break. But it’s ok.
    Had a tennis “clinic” with my some of my teammates at my new club this morning. The “pro” was pretty good and it was good to hit balls. Storms rolling in late this afternoon – so hitting with the two girls this evening might be postponed.

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