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

Dear God, help me to be wise but not obsessed with thriftiness. Help me to loosen my grip on money and to grab hold of you instead. In the uncertainties of life, I will trust you. For the length of my days is a sacred mystery.

—Missy Buchanan, Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What conversation about money do you need to have with God today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.

—Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. —adapt. Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Serenity Prayer”
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted June 22, 2020 5:58 am

    I have tried to be attentive to specific financial needs during this time. I am grateful that my salary is stable and that has not been a concern for me. I ask Him to make me aware of a need which I can assist with.
    Dad and I spent the day together yesterday, playing golf in very warm conditions and then he wanted to eat at a local bbq restaurant. We were going to eat outside. But – when we saw there was no one eating inside, we grabbed a booth in the very back. He was appreciative of Saturday evening with my sister and I, and our time together yesterday.
    A week of full of tennis and golf lies ahead. Grateful to still be feeling well.

  • robert moeller Posted June 22, 2020 6:18 am

    Thankful that while I have, at various points in my life, over extended myself trying to help others. I have been able to climb out of debt. Not totally debt free, but progress has been made, but there is more to do.
    God most certainly has helped me through this valley.
    Am having a hard time getting to (I’m distracted),and through the New Every Morning posts I missed while the keyboard was being replaced. I will persist.
    Had a nice visit with a church friend, hope the zucchini plants grow and produce.
    Cooler weather today, cloudy, still a bit humid.
    Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christ’s love. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted June 22, 2020 8:43 am

    H is primarily concerned with leaving me penniless. He thought this would be accomplished through divorce but our state laws require everything to be distributed equally. So now he is pursuing other ways. I know his will does not include me and other things have come to my attention. God sent me to a wonderful lawyer who is appalled by his behaviour and attitude and wants to act now and take all we can. I prefer to bide my time.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry and their time spent together and the future golfing outings to relish. Prayers Jill’s health continues to improve.
    Prayers for Robert and his good and kind heart, may God reward him greatly.
    Prayers for April and her family. Thank you for your suggestion but h is more insidious and his abuse is mostly emotional. He especially like gaslighting, demeaning and undermining self esteem. I was a very strong person and he made me a shell of myself. When he startedspending most of his time away from home it was like awakening from a trance. I remember the first time I visited my family after this and my aunt took one look at me and said “How wonderful, we have our Julie back!” Her sentiment and what it conveyed keep me from being sucked down again.
    Prayers for Lou and her children, may they all heal from the wounds of rejection and abandonment. A man who rejects his children ins not worthy of your suffering.
    Prayers for Marcy and Lucy Lou, may both be improving healthwise.
    Prayers, thank you and stay healthy dear UR

  • Ally Posted June 22, 2020 10:17 am

    I have an impulsive streak and have to work at not engaging in impulse shopping when I am sad or depressed. I am not the best money manager by nature and must work to save and not spend. I also have a tendency toward envy of those who have more than I. Lord, help me to be wise in my money management and to be content with what I have, know t hat You Lord, have always provided more than enough. Amen.
    David grows stronger, but still tires very easily. He rode with me to pick up groceries through curbside pickup on Saturday, and was frazzled when when we got home. Apparently, this is typical of patients recovering from COVID-19. We appreciate your prayers for David’s continue healing and for our life situation now due to my lay-off. I know God is faithful.
    Julie, so glad that you, your sister, and your dad had a nice time together. I love BBQ! Thankful you continue to feel well. Praying this continues and you are able to keep up your level of activity. Robert, prayers that you continue well and can enjoy your hobbies. Thank you for your wisdom and insight here in this forum. Julie, emotional abuse is devastating to one’s spirit. I am thankful that your spirit is returning. I know that you are seeking God’s wisdom in how to proceed with your future regarding H. Many prayers for you and Megan. Also, prayers continue for your babies. Praying that Marcy and Lucy are experiencing healing and recovery. Lifting up April, Lou, BJ, Rick, and Andrea. Lord, meet their needs and give them joy. I pray that all of us find joy in the things we do, no matter how mundane or routine. As always, I lift up our world, praying that peace and justice will prevail and that God works in our hearts. I pray that God leads us to opportunities to be agents of change. Blessings to all.

  • April Posted June 22, 2020 8:43 pm

    I want to be a good steward of the resources I have. We have been pondering how to do this, considering our kids and all other organizations that are requesting help. I have been praying for guidance on this and I feel we are on the correct path. We will ponder more before we make actual moves.
    Julie, I continue to hold you in my prayers for a solution to your situation. You are a Beloved child of God!!
    On our walk today we saw so many duck families out swimming. The young were of various sizes, but each had their Mommy with them and she seemed so relaxed. She knows that God has His eye on her young. He does with each of us too, may we relax.
    So encouraging to hear of increased strength and healing, Jill, Ally, and David. Always good to hear Robert’s comments. I pray for those who post or not, God knows the needs of each.
    Blessings dear UR Family…..The fellowship of kindred minds, is like to that above.

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