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

If you feel lonely and disconnected, you can do something about it. Meaningful relationships are beautiful and messy. They take effort, but they are worth the investment and can lead to experiences of love, respect, and connection. Did you know science has proven that when individuals sing a song in a choir, the hearts of the singers begin to beat as one in rhythm with the music and with one another? Interconnection is possible and real.

—Sarah E. Bollinger, Angela R. Olsen , The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Describe the feeling of connection. How does your body respond to connection? What kinds of things do you tell yourself when you feel connected? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!

—Psalm 133:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God, of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted July 27, 2023 5:29 am

    When there is connection with another person (for me), there is fluidity, there is a simplicity. The space is safe, authenticity is welcome, tenderness is shared.
    Gratefully, I have that with 3 people in my life – and I leaned hard into it yesterday. I got very disheartening news from my surgeon – I am facing 2 surgeries as each side must be done independently. I wasn’t ready to receive this news, at all. And when I spoke with each of my 3 people, I was a sobbing mess. And each provided a space for me to be what I was at that time and offer comfort. Words I needed.
    I will be having my first surgery, on my right side, August 16. If no repair is necessary and it is just a cleanup – the recovery should be easy and I will be ok to begin school. But, if instability or a tear is found, I will be on crutches for 4-6 weeks, unable to drive for that time period and won’t be able to work until at least 2 weeks post op. The bright side is that I should be able to recover in my home – able to somewhat navigate the stairs. If it is a repair, I may need a day or two at Becky’s just to get a bit of strength and confidence before returning home.
    I treasure your prayers for me. Right now the biggest thing is not being led astray by “what if” thoughts. Please pray that I will surrender my mind and my thoughts to God. The thoughts are coming, but I need to recognize them quickly and turn to my Father.

    • Ally Posted July 27, 2023 9:00 am

      Jill, many prayers for you : for healing, for God’s peace to surround you.

  • Ally Posted July 27, 2023 8:57 am

    I think of the connection to my family: last night, our cousins group texted back and forth, sharing memories of playing with our Barbies when we got together and what a great time we had, whatever we did. It was sometimes messy, because we had spats, but always made up. It’s messy still, as there are some of us who have had some disagreements as adults. It breaks my heart, really. I never thought I would feel about any family member, the feelings I have for 1 or 2 of them. Most are dear friends and we enjoy each other. My friends are scattered , but I feel our connection when we text or call. I’m thankful for the ones close by. Thankful for my sister and our connection and love. She’s coming to visit for her birthday in September. I hope to visit her in the fall.
    I’m very busy with my job. Thank God for our friends who help with getting David to appointments. BTW, he is making great progress in PT. My job is busy, busy, busy. I usually work 3 days a week, but my boss asked me to coworkers tomorrow, as she is taking some time off, and an instructor is on vacation. It has been an interesting week. Bedbugs were found in some of the classrooms. We have combined our classes and take turns leading. This is working well, and the people we serve get some extra time to do leisure activities. The money I’m making has a nice effect on our finances. I’m exhausted all the time, but thankful. I’m thankful for our forum here and time spent with God each day.

  • Julie Posted July 27, 2023 9:34 am

    I feel uplifted. I feel heard and understood. I feel encouraged and nourished. I feel as if the dry parts of my soul have been watered and tended to lovingly. I feel renewed and capable of tackling what life throws at me.
    Prayers for your upcoming surgeries and recoveries, Jill. Place yourself in His capable hands and rest assured.

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