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

Just by getting together as a group, we provide an opportunity for people to cope actively with life instead of withdrawing into an isolating avoidant coping style. Most mental health problems intensify in the face of social isolation, so the social nature of the small-group experience can be both spiritually and emotionally transformative. When we avoid relationships, we can only imagine and guess at what people in our lives think and feel. To know relational truths, we have to go beyond imagining and guessing. We need to interact with people. Groups give us the opportunity to check out our assumptions and to hear that we are not perceived as negatively as we sometimes feel.

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

Today’s Question

What has been your most supportive group experience?
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Today’s Scripture

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
—Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (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)

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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted August 13, 2022 8:37 am

    I do not know that I have had this experience.
    The weather has cooled however I prefer the heat so I am chilled. The kittens are growing quickly. Baby Shark will be long and sleek much like Tater. Piddles still has some of his baby round belly but it is redistributing somewhat. He will be a more solid kitty like Fake Mews. It is interesting because both Fake Mews and Piddles are black and white. Piddles is still my constant shadow.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for David’s improving condition and increasing independence and for Ally’s disability appeal. Prayers for the kitties continued improvement. Prayers for Jill’s travels. Prayers for Robert and Erich and their relationship work and the CCUMC and the work ahead for the congregation in taking over the duties of running the church.

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