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

Silence breeds silence. If no one is talking openly about their experiences with mental health, no one wants to be the first person to test the waters and see how the community responds. I understand this fear. I too have been scared to share my experience with mental illness. As a pastor, I feared telling members of my congregation that I had been diagnosed with situational depression during my years of infertility. I didn’t know if they would trust me with their concerns if they knew I was taking medication for a chemical imbalance. I have feared also for a few of my family members who have been diagnosed with serious mental illnesses; I have worried that they might be ostracized from their faith communities if they revealed the extent of their disorders. I am a church leader. If I have been scared of speaking up about my personal experiences with mental illness, I only can imagine the fear other members of the congregation must feel.

—Elizabeth Hagan, Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Who can support you in situations where you feel afraid to speak up about your experiences? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

—Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, grant me the patience and grace to listen, the courage and wisdom to question and speak, and the bravery to create safe space for tough topics.
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  • robert moeller Posted June 9, 2021 5:26 am

    Acknowledging that pastors are just as human as ourselves is essential. Yes, they have a calling in a way that we don’t, but we too have a calling in a way that they don’t. We all have different gifts, just we are not all the same, and yet we are all in the image of God. We all need God, for without God we have no being. Thank You, Lord.

  • robert moeller Posted June 9, 2021 5:40 am

    Glad Julie and Megan had a nice day out with meals, a movie, and an art/craft show. I add my prayers for Ally and David’s health and job search, Jill and Larry’s safe travels, Lou’s visit with her children, and Marcy’s health and finances. The weather is improving as temps slowly subside and the possibility of rain increases. If all goes well there should be stripes on the front of the CV Brill car today. Hope my skills are as good as my hope for success. Thank You Lord for AC in hot weather.

  • Julie Posted June 9, 2021 8:43 am

    Yes, God stands beside us through our trials including when we share those trials with him. I definitely identify with the lack of acceptance within the church. I have not felt fully accepted, as tough I am being kept at arms length. Also, the last time I was at church they had learned who their new pastor would be. Many expressed concern and negativity because the new pastor is African American. I was overjoyed because we are near a city that is predominately African American and poverty striken.
    Megan and I ha alovely time yesterday, mostly because we were not around h. We each made purchases from artists and ate at a Greek food truck. I had a wonderful falafel sandwhich on pita and tabouleh. We had ice cream and then went to a store that sells specialty shoe inserts that help with joint pain. They were $400, but Megan could barely walk in and when we left she walked without even a limp! They are lifetime warrenteed so I felt it was well worth the expense.
    My ex mother in law is in the hospital with COVID and she is dying. Megan’s dad is going to where we are from to be with her and Megan will join him in the middle of the night Saturday/Sunday.
    Prayers for Robert and his church, Ally and David’s health, Jill and Larry’s safety, Lou and her children’s visit together and safety, and Marcy’s health and finances. Thank you for your prayers.

  • Ally Posted June 9, 2021 1:33 pm

    Hello UR family. I’ve had several days when I did not feel well due to small vessel symptoms. I’m much better today and we are trying to play catch-up on errands and household chores. we are fortunate to have family, friends and church families who support us. I have been in churches that did not feel safe. As a youth minister many years ago, I served a church whose pastor told lies about me when I was dealing with panic disorder and situational depression. I reached out to him because I thought he was someone I could trust. Had it not been for pastors who had been there for my family in times of crisis and were like family, I don’t know that I would have ever trusted another clergy person. Today, I ask God to help me be a support as others have been for us. David is healing after his fall. Pray that I can help him increase his strength by starting the exercise program so that we will stay strong.
    Robert, I hope you can get some painting in on your car. Thank you for the insight regarding our gifts. We all have something to offer. I am with you on AC. Don’t know how folks made it through Georgia summers without it. Thank you also for your prayers for David and me. Julie, I’m so glad you and Megan had such a nice outing. Praise the Lord that the shoe inserts brought Megan relief and enabled her to walk better. Prayers for your ex-MIL, that she will pass as peacefully as possible, and for Megan and her father as they grieve. I pray that your church will see their new pastor as one who will broaden their ministries and their mission in their community. I pray for you, that you remain safe through this trial, that freedom and peace are in your future. Thanks for your prayers.
    Lifting up Marcy, Jill, Lou, April, and our other regulars. May we all find the support we need through fellow believers and look to Christ as our strength. Be blessed!

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