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

Forgiveness is made possible by the knowledge that human beings cannot offer us what only God can give. Once we have heard the voice calling us the Beloved, accepted the gift of full communion, and claimed the first unconditional love, we can see easily—with the eyes of a repentant heart—how we have demanded of people a love that only God can give. It is the knowledge of that first love that allows us to forgive those who have only a “second” love to offer.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen, “The First Love,” in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practice helps you claim God’s unconditional love and accept the limitations of human love? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
—Romans 8:38-39 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
(This week’s prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9-13, NIV.)
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted July 11, 2024 7:29 am

    I can’t think of anything other than prayer.
    I’m the care giver today for my granddaughters, Oona nd Willa.
    A little cooler today.
    Time for a ride to pony camp.

  • Ally Posted July 11, 2024 6:12 pm

    In prayer, I try to do as the scriptures advise and cast my burdens upon the Lord. Forgiveness is hard. Robert, enjoy your grands. Love to all.

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