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

Resurrection goes far beyond simply life after this life; it is life here and now; life not shaped, limited, or destroyed by the awesome powers of death. In spite of all that appears to be true, in spite of all who say they are in control, in spite of all the powers that be and their attempts to define who we are and how we live, Jesus Christ risen means we have been set free!

—Janet Wolf, “Chosen For  .  .  .  ,” 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

How does Jesus’ resurrection set you free?
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Today’s Scripture

We were buried together with him through baptism into his death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too can walk in newness of life.
—Romans 6:4 (CEB)

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 16, 2022 6:05 am

    Two answers in one post. Yes, Christ’s humanity means God understands, knows us beyond creation . Jesus faced what we face, experience, endure and succeeded beyond our capability. We are set free from human life’s problems by Christ. We still experience them but with Christ in us can make our way. Thank You, Lord.
    Prayers for Jill’s tennis partner’ knee, Ally’s disability application. Thankful David is recovering from his fall,
    Julie had a good time at the botanical garden and a needed break from h. The Alzheimer’s association can provide good help on caregiving. I expect in Pittsburgh there are other supportive groups. Hope to see a steam locomotive today.
    NEM prayers for the church I attend and my relationship with Erich are encouraging

  • Julie Posted July 16, 2022 8:46 am

    I wish I could lean into the freedom God offers. Freedom from worry by acknowledging that God is in control and not I.
    Prayers for Ally’s disability appeal and David’s release from rehab. Prayers for Jill’s tennis partner’s knee injury to heal quickly and well and her pain to be minimal. Prayers for Robert, for his church’s future, his relationhip with Erich and his seeing a steam locomotive in service today.

  • Jill Posted July 16, 2022 11:02 am

    Jesus’ resurrection sets me from striving. From trying to make things work. It is not up to me. I must be open and obedient. It is not up to me to change others’ minds, hearts, opinions. I must be willing to engage, to speak my truth and to listen well. Be about His business, under the direction of the Holy Spirit.
    Was supposed to assist my friend, the photographer, this morning in setting up her booth for an arts festival. I woke to the sound of rain and was not especially ambitious. A few minutes later a text came from her husband that she was ill and would not be participating today. So – I had a luxurious morning and a run once the rain stopped.
    My friend invited me over to dinner this evening. She said she would get some pork chops. I told her I had chops out, thawing – that I was going to grill out tonight – and that I would bring them. Haven’t seen her or her dogs for quite a while, so this should be nice.

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