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

The psalmists wrote out of their daily experiences. Nothing was too mundane or earth-shattering to bring to God, whether it was caused by pain, ecstatic joy, fear, hope, or longing to know holy Presence. …

When something really grabs us, we may be surprised at our capacity to give voice to the experience. The trouble is that all too often our days pass in busyness without pause to acknowledge the divine grace that touches our lives moment by moment. But if we do stop—even briefly—we notice the gratitude, fear, or other emotion that lies beneath the surface of experience. Out of this awareness we can pray with integrity—and create our own psalms.

—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What verse from Psalms helps you feel God’s presence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

—Psalm 62:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted July 5, 2023 5:39 am

    If I go up to the heavens, you are there.
    If I lie down in the deepest parts of the earth, you are also there Pdalm 139:8. Further promise that God will never leave or forsake us. Amen.

  • April Posted July 5, 2023 8:12 am

    In peace will I both lie down and sleep; for you alone, Oh Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

  • robert moeller Posted July 5, 2023 1:25 pm

    Post Two- my first one disappeared!
    I agree with these verses posted by Ally and April, but it’s the nudges I get in church or on walks on the woods that make me feel God’s
    presence. We ran out of strawberries as we closed so our sale went well. Thank You, Lord

  • Jill Posted July 5, 2023 5:48 pm

    Be still and know that I am God.
    In true stillness, this is where I can best sense Him, best steady myself on Him.
    Warm, warm, warm here today. But my dad – we go out and play a round of golf in 92 degrees, grab an early dinner and ice cream…he is pretty incredible. I am blessed. We are blessed. Both Monday and today we are paired up to play with people we don’t know. When I tell them he is 89 – they can’t believe it. Two weeks ago at a family gathering, his great grandson didn’t realize how old “Pop-o” was, as we were talking about his 90th birthday party we are going to have before he heads back to Florida. His great grandson thought he was 75 or so.
    I try to be grateful for these days, these memories we are making. I don’t want to take them for granted. I try not to get too caught up in how I am playing…to just be there – enjoying him enjoying us being able to do this together.
    Contacted the dentist’s office today – he is out the remainder of the week. Hoping to get in early next week to get my crown reattached. Still have residual tenderness from the root canal, but doing good.

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