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

SCHOLARS hold many theories about what happens to Paul. … Some think he is released from his confinement in Rome and undertakes another missionary journey that includes a trip to Spain. Most agree that he eventually is martyred in Rome.

The church and the gospel Paul proclaims lives on. The end of this story is yet to be written, and we are part of its writing. … [We] have a voice in determining how this story will end.

May we share the confidence and courage of Paul as we live, speak, and act as witnesses.

—Linda Tower Pevey
We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts

From page 74 of We are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts by Linda Tower Pevey. Copyright © 2019 by Linda Tower Pevey. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What gives you confidence and encouragement to live, speak, and act as witnesses?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For you will be his witness to all the world of what you have seen and heard. And now why do you delay? Get up, be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.—Acts 22:15-16, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

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  • Jill Posted July 14, 2019 5:33 am

    Christ in me – this gives me strength to testify about Him. The constant transformational work going on inside of me, even when I can’t detect it – this, too, emboldens me. Looking back – and seeing the green pastures, the still waters and the shadowy valleys – and seeing His presence in each of those circumstances – I must share His goodness and my gratefulness.
    Speaking of which – yesterday was a day filled with gratitude. I was able to attend my god son’s baseball tournament. It had been January since I had seen him play sports. It was just a blessing to sit with his mom on a comfortable summer day and just take it all in. I have so much missed being at his activities, as well as his sister’s. Getting back to normalcy and realizing what an integral part of my inner balance this family is to me.
    May our worship, corporate or solo, being glorifying to Him today, and always.

  • Julie Posted July 14, 2019 8:12 am

    Christ’s love for me and my desire that others know and experience this magnificent love means I must share my faith with others.
    Prayers for Jill and her continued return to normal activities.
    Prayers for physical healing for Andrea, Lowell, Connie, and Marcy.
    Prayers for emotional healing for Lou.
    Prayers for joy for Mary.
    Prayers for success in his job search for Erich and in his new church for Robert.
    Prayers for safety as Betsy and her husband move.
    I am alone with h today. His infirmaties are gettiing worse and hampen his abilities. He is having trouble with basic information but refuses to entertain the thought of cognitive decline. I pray for forebearance.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family for sharing your faith with me.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 14, 2019 8:47 am

    Thanks Julie!

    Grateful for the joy of studying God’s word, serving the God in y choir and worshipping at the 4:30pm service.

    Blessings to all and may all have a great week ahead!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 14, 2019 10:04 am

      God gives me confidence and encouragement to live, speak, and act as a witness.

      Thank you God for giving me confidence and encouragement to live, speak and act as a witness.

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