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 your faith helped you develop defiant confidence?
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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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Something More

Engage the Psalms as a contemplative resource in the holy, demanding work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more about the latest release from Upper Room Books, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation.

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  • robert moeller Posted August 3, 2022 7:25 am

    Thankful for the time an ability to reach back an see posts from previous days. Glad to learn of Jill’s progress to return to playing tennis, thankful golf and card playing continues with a hoot and holler.
    Students progressing, teaching continues! Julie’s women’s health care comments echo mine. Patience with h is a God taught lesson, glad for time with Megan. Ally & David make slow steady progress like the turtle that wins the race! That’s great news. Thankful for a new visitor’s post.
    Faith makes me more confident, oh yes, it has. Faith helps remove fear Somehow, some way I believe the move to the Poconos will happen even though some factors have worsened. The “how and when” remain unknown. Will soon find out how the idea of a certified lay pastor is received by the community of faith. SPRC and Church Council meetings coming up. Have the sound system figured out and ready for this Sunday, Zoom works, need to figure out Power Point. A guest pastor for communion this Sunday and in September, Worship plans in place, a couple more to do. Thankful for progress with CBT, am into the second week of the program, Erich is reading a parallel book. Feel like I have done a lot early in the morning. I finally made a successful video, Conway Scenic RR #7470, a steam locomotive, coming out of the roundhouse, A sight to see, took me back almost 70 years to memories of steam locomotives on the Central Vermont Railway. It never gets old. Thank You, Lord

  • Julie Posted August 3, 2022 8:50 am

    I have no confidence anymore, h has made sure of that. Things are very difficult currently.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health and finances and for Lewis kitty’s health. Prayers for Jill’s body to recover for tennis. Prayers for Robert, for his CBT work with Erich to help heal their relationship, for his undertaking of the church’s technology and for the move to the Pocnos.

  • Jill Posted August 3, 2022 6:55 pm

    I have defiant confidence against the devil and his wiles because I know whose I am. The Spirit guides me and I must be listening and obedient – and the end result will be well. Maybe not without challenges. But – I must trust that what I experience/endure is for my edification and continual molding to Christlikeness.
    Lots of little things attended to today, which meant more time in the car than I would have liked. Driving is a big trigger to my discomfort. Had dinner with my friend, took a walk with her dogs and had a nice conversation inside out of the heat. Got some good advice as I begin to think about retirement. I have a video meeting with my state teachers retirement system in a few weeks and need to know what questions to have ready.

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