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

Psalm 27 encourages us to live boldly, courageously, and powerfully. Our faith doesn’t remove us from intimidating situations, and this psalm acknowledges that reality in the first two verses, envisioning a terrifying scenario where “evildoers assail me to devour my flesh” and “war rise up against me.” Having faith does not mean avoiding reality. Faith, instead, addresses intimidating circumstances with defiant confidence in God. After describing a host of imposing realities, the psalmist pushes back in verse 3, saying, “Yet I will be confident.”

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

How has faith helped you develop defiant confidence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart
take courage;
wait for the Lord!
—Psalm 27:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us
from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform
us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their
necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen.
—Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted February 8, 2023 7:35 am

    Keeping faith when I am constantly made aware that Erich does not believe. He has a very unconventional understanding human origins, believes there is no God. Faith is strengthened when we meet such challenges with continued faith, belief, trust.
    Thankfully on other topics, activities, we have more agreement and some harmony.
    Out for a walk with my friend Russ this morning.
    There will be better progress and understanding at church when the job description of our
    lay pastor in training is completed and made public.
    Hope the NEM family’s needs are being met. I find it harder to keep up with you. Have tried posting later in the day, that is somewhat helpful. It’s very hard to change my early morning QT to later in the day. Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day.

  • Jill Posted February 8, 2023 8:22 am

    Without my faith – I have nothing. Holding tightly to it enhances defiant-ness. Also, observing defiant faith in others in much worse circumstances than I have experienced encourages my soul.
    A most exciting basketball game last night, where my god-son was partly the hero of the game. His team was down by 10 points with under 5 minutes to play – but hung in there, scrapped and fought. The team has two seniors who do the bulk of the scoring. Yet, my god son found the ball in his hands, down 3 with less than 30 seconds to go. He took it hard to the basket, made the bucket and got fouled. He did miss the foul shot. But – a bit later, his teammate made a bucket to put them up 1 with 3 seconds to go. Then my god son stole the inbounds pass from the other team. It was quite a scene – beating their rival like that, on the rival’s home court.
    Using this morning at school to get caught up on some grading and prepare for next week.
    PT today after school. My sister started her PT yesterday – I need to call and see how it went. She was bracing for the pain.

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