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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

Our prayer is that this [book] will help you develop a justice imagination that can speak a comprehensive, hands-on word of spirituality and social transformation into this racist, economically unequal, yet deeply hungry and hopeful moment.

A justice imagination is resistance at work. In a time period when folks laugh at us for believing justice is possible, those with a justice imagination find it within their hearts to imagine anyhow. That is our hope for you, that you might come away from this devotional with a desire to imagine a better world despite the pain of the moment.

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

Today’s Question

In the past couple of years, who or what has helped you believe that justice is possible?
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Today’s Scripture

Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
—Psalm 1:1-2 (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 2, 2022 5:47 am

    In the last couple years movements that have stood up asking for justice in this country for people of color have helped me believe justice is possible. More, than at any other time in my 75 years of life, have I seen people of every color support ridding the injustices done to black and brown people. Lincoln was right, “United we stand, divided we fall.” While aspects of racism rose, so did efforts to curtail and try to stop it God help us that the efforts to overcome the longstanding systemic racism of this country will continue until the goal is reached. God made us all equal and diverse at the same time.. Thank You, Lord.
    Book discussion and learning how to use our sound system at church are among today’s tasks. Blessings and prayers for the needs and concerns of the NEM family,

  • Julie Posted August 2, 2022 9:15 am

    Based on the recent ruling by the Supreme Court to deny women reproductive freedom, I would say we are taking steps back in time. We are taking away the freedoms of a group that has been marginalized for millenia and when we were finally enjoying some measure of freedom and euality, a group of white, privledged men reversed that progress.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health, finances and kitties recovery. Prayers for Jill’s body to recover so she may resume tennis. Prayers for Robert’s church as they learn the sound system technology and support the lay person who is willing to invest the time and energy to become a certified lay leader.

  • Jill Posted August 2, 2022 6:28 pm

    The steadfastness of peaceful organizers and protesters is encouraging. Despite the outpouring of hate and resistance, they keep their hand steady to the plow. Also, individuals out of the spotlight who do the hard, consistent work that no one else wants to do. They are firm in their belief and remain steadfast in their purpose. Dare I say the church could learn from these examples.
    I had a much more positive day today, with how my body is feeling. Such a rollercoaster. Taking prescription levels of naproxen to aid in my recovery. Was able to get some schoolwork done – feedback to students on their rough drafts. Saw my dermatologist today and had two spots on my face frozen. A new experience for me. Initial discomfort, but ok now. She told me to anticipate some discomfort in the next few days.
    Did some yardwork this evening – always pleasant to see a tidy lawn. Fertilized my flowers as well.

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