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

More than likely, you have witnessed the church’s silence on mental illness firsthand. If your church is anything like mine, you hear lots of requests during Sunday services to pray for “Aunt Judy who’s having surgery next week” or for “My neighbor who just found out she has cancer.” But you rarely hear prayer requests for someone who is clinically depressed or hospitalized for mental illness or struggling to pay for out-of-pocket therapists. We do not talk about the father with a newly diagnosed panic disorder or about the teen who tried to take his own life. Few people share these stories because we have not established the necessary bonds of trust within our congregations. Our churches don’t feel safe, or perhaps aren’t safe, for these concerns. We have work to do.

—Elizabeth Hagan, Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What might it look like for your faith community to build trust and enable more honest conversation about mental illness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

—Psalm 9:10 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, grant me the patience and grace to listen, the courage and wisdom to question and speak; and the bravery to create safe space for tough topics.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to prepare for and respond to potential violence. In Whom Shall I FearUrgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, author Rosalind Hughes asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted July 11, 2023 5:21 am

    So, so very true. My friend who helped me early on with my auto immune diagnosis – her daughter struggles so much with mental health. She was the one who went out of state to a facility to receive treatment for 6 months, at the end of her senior year of high school. My friend has spoken with me regarding how people just don’t react well, with prayers, support, considerate words – when mental health is brought up. And it is hurtful, this silence, this lack of acknowledgement of the severity of the struggle. She has talked about starting a parent support group. Two weeks ago, at a tennis match – my opponent had shared with me a few years back that her daughter was struggling along these same lines. She shared that her daughter had spent 2 months at the same out of state center – and had received significant assistance.
    My dentist cancelled my appointment yesterday, once he read the summary from the endodontist. I need a new crown and am scheduled to get a temporary one and get fitted for the new one in a few weeks. So, dad invited me down for pizza and cards last evening.

  • Julie Posted July 11, 2023 9:25 am

    I believe this is done on a personal level. Between two people or maybe several. But a bond needs to form before the trust to share is established. There are two other women from church that I will meet with every other Tuesday for a caregiver’s support group of sorts. We have discussed doing this for months and finally a date and time and venue have been agreed upon.

  • robert moeller Posted July 11, 2023 7:01 pm

    It has taken too long for mental health to creep out of the shadows. Alzheimer’s has made more people aware. Still a lot of stigma. PTSD has also made people more aware. Churches should easily be places to have helpful discussions and care. Jesus cured many of mental health issues.
    A fabulous meeting on Monday with my psychiatric nurse practitioner, we are very much in agreement. The trouble with healthcare: a person with a broken leg is carried into a hospital, can’t do that with someone who has mental health issues. They have to agree.
    Vermont is under water, so far so good here in my part of NH. Prayers for all the flooded areas from PA-NY-VT and Southern Asia. Time to green up and stop global warming. We created it, we must stop it, we are God’s stewards.

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