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

Yours the seed, yours the growth;
yours the water, yours the thirst;
yours the wild, yours the tame.
You are within me, O God,
and within all creation—
and you are beyond.
Shape and fill me this day
and all creation
with your grace.

—Sam Hamilton-Poore, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation (Upper Room Books, 2009)

Today’s Question

What grace from God do you need this day? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Know that the LORD is God—
he made us; we belong to him.
We are his people,
the sheep of his own pasture.

—Psalm 100:3 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, help me see the miracles that surround me each day.
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  • Jill Posted July 18, 2020 6:01 am

    The grace from God which I feel would be most helpful right now would be the trust and confidence that I will continue to sense His peace when my dad’s health begins to fail. He has been bothered by a stiff neck this week and it got so bad on Thursday, there was talk of taking him to the ER. And that just opened up a flood of thoughts and emotions in my brain which was unhealthy. It is only because of His grace that those thought patterns have been minimized. And it will be only by His grace that they are curtailed and minimal in the future. I took him to the chiropractor Thursday afternoon and he got some relief. Yesterday, the discomfort moved down into his lower back also. Dad did join me and my nephews at my sister’s last night for a cookout. He was able to drive himself – but he is still stiff and uncomfortable. He goes back to the chiropractor on Monday.
    Father – thank You for Your mercy and grace. It blankets us and we are unaware. Thank You for Your protection, Your angels of mercy which fight for us. Father – lead us deeper into Your love, Your kingdom work, Your purpose for our lives.

  • robert moeller Posted July 18, 2020 7:55 am

    While I know God is with me always and I couldn’t ask for better company, there is this wish there was someone in my life yearning. Watched this short, 12 episode, drama about two young people who struggled over an 8 year period. While not 100% for sure, the story ends with them meeting as they cross a street. The man believed in fate. Unsure of how I feel about fate, I did meet Soo Ok twice. First when she worked in a stamp collecting shop (I bought stamps and postcards) and then 3 years later when I taught at Seoul Foreign School. It will be 23 years November 17th since she passed away and 50 years since I first bought stamps and postcards. Love endures. Thankful God enables us to remember.

    It’s a tough reality that we grow old and this life ends, but faith in God keeps us going. One day our heavenly eternal journey will begin. That this life can lead to that outcome is very precious. God’s peace, grace, mercy, and most of all, love, be with you always. Thank You, Lord.

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