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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 83 speaks to our faith journey from within this matrix of enemies and calls for us to trust in divine deliverance. Its opening invocation sets the stage, “O God, do not keep silence; do not hold your peace or be still, O God!” Facing enemies is hard enough—facing enemies with a silent God is unbearable. The plea of verse 1 captures the blend of thoughts, feelings, and premonitions we experience when we are fighting for our lives. . . . As long as the scourges of police violence, community violence, and intimate partner violence are injuring our people, we must urge God to speak through sermons, through prayer, through laws and regulations, and through cultural consensus that prioritizes nonviolence and peace.

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

Today’s Question

When have you witnessed God’s deliverance from enemies?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
—Psalm 59:1 (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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3 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted August 5, 2022 6:30 am

    God’s deliverance from enemies. I’m not sure I have witnessed this. I have seen justice done, perhaps God worked through human hands. Perhaps God’s wisdom guided people’s actions. That’s certainly possible. Thankfully God is always there and we can always turn to God. I’m also reminded that Jesus said to love your enemies. We have a very hard time doing that. Jesus told God from the cross to forgive those who put him to death for they know not what they are doing.
    More humid, it just finished raining, slightly lower temps with partly cloudy skies. Erich wishes it would snow, he is no fan of summer. Prep for communion on Sunday, need to finish the worship plan for the 14th and proofread the next issue of the historical society’s journal. Hope for more pictures of the local steam locomotive in action. Fellowship time via Zoom soon.. Prayers for healing, recovery for David, Julie, and Jill.
    God’s peace to all. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted August 5, 2022 8:46 am

    I live with my enemy, so no deliverance in sight.
    Prayers for improved health for kitty Lewis, Ally and David. Prayers that Jill receives permission from her new doctor to resume tennis. Prayers for Robert and Erich as they continue to work on their relationship and may God bless his work for his church.

  • Jill Posted August 5, 2022 7:43 pm

    I am stumped by this question. Certainly God helps me in my struggles, delivers me from my sinful nature. I can think back to when I was coaching and was accused of cheating by parents of my own players. That was a hard time. Luckily my assistant was a strong Christian and our administration supported us.
    Hit with the team this afternoon as we prep for tomorrow. One of our players is sick and won’t be playing and my original partner – her knee still won’t permit her to be in the lineup either. It is unfortunate that we can’t put out our A team – but we will give it our best effort regardless. A little sore following playing, but hopeful I will be able to move sufficiently well. My mobility today was not inhibited, and I am grateful.
    The captain of our team and I went up to see the match between the two other teams in the playoffs – and there was an upset. The team who finished second to us won…we beat them both times this year – and we play them tomorrow. Too bad we are down two of our players.

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