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

WE ALL POSSESS TALENTS. They come in many forms and combinations. When we appreciate and celebrate these gifts, we come a bit closer to God, the source of all gifts. Some of us play music or dance. Some write, draw, paint, sculpt, or take photographs. Some are skilled scientists while others possess a knack for comedy. Through the Internet and social media, people can share and express their talents globally, bringing them spiritual insight, compassion, laughter, and inspiration. Our gifts can offer grace to us; they are signs of God’s spirit moving within us and among us.

—Christopher Maricle
Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God

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Today’s Question

What talents or gifts do you have?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.
—1 Corinthians 12:4, NRSV

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  • Jill Posted June 28, 2019 5:32 am

    Visitors here share the gifts of listening well, being empathetic and being consistent pray-err. I am grateful to be part of this community.
    Surely, teaching is my gift and I am grateful to be able to use it. While I was unable to attain the job I wanted out of college, God had a bigger, much wiser plan – and I have been reaping the rewards of it for many years now. Thank You, Father – for this gift, this passion.
    Time and presence are gifts we can share with others, as well. I have been the recipient of these, the past few years especially, and recognize the value in them. I will strive to be givers of these gifts moving forward.
    Tennis camp wrapped up well – we were so grateful for good weather. Yesterday was the hottest day and we recognized how fortunate we were for the breeze and less humid air we had the first three days. Got to meet some of the parents afterwards.
    Today I will be at my god-daughter’s basketball shoot-out. I missed so much of her basketball and her brother’s basketball and baseball as I tended to mom and then stayed close with dad following her passing. I am glad to have this day, will take a book to pass time between games and will enjoy seeing her play.
    Grateful for Connie’s good report from the doctor and to hear from Robert, following his transition. May all have a good Friday.

  • Connie Posted June 28, 2019 8:03 am

    I don’t know what my gifts are. I know I am a good Wife, Mother, Friend. I am a Child of God, the Giver of all Gifts.
    I am looking forward to the weekend and the following week. I would like to get the grill out and fix hamburgers for my husband.
    God bless you all.

  • Julie Posted June 28, 2019 8:08 am

    I have the gift of science ability. I never thought of this as a gift from God before. Science and math are easy for me, even the most difficult ideas and formulas and I enjoy both. Never thought of these as Go’d gifts, but it makes sense since He made us.
    I agree with Jill, this family is truly special for the level of caring and prayers and kind words offered to all. Listening and empathy are under appreciated in our culture.
    Prayers for Jill and resumed activities.
    Prayers of thanksgiving for answered prayers for Connie and her husband. How wonderful for your family, Connie.
    Prayers for Robert, may he have home internet service soon so he can connect with us daily once again.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, blessings and joy aplenty.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health be improving.
    Prayers for Betsy and her husband, may they find a new home quickly.
    I am having trouble with h today. Prayers welcome, for safety and for him to be gone soon (on vacation).
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs, and thank you dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted June 28, 2019 8:35 am

      Thank God for the gift of music. It’s a joy to be able to sight read and play the piano so that I can serve God with it.

      Thank you Julie for all your prayers. You are blessed with the gift of intercession. You pray for us daily without fail. We are so blessed to be covered by prayers!


  • Barbara Lomas Posted June 28, 2019 9:06 am

    Folks tell me I have the gift of music and teaching. While I am by no means a professional musician, I can play several instruments…all by using my ear for music. It is a gift that brings me the greatest joy when I play for a local nursing home. What a wonderful sight to see a resident dancing to my tunes as she balances on her walker. It makes my day.

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