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

This was the first but not the last time that I heard the sound advice of law enforcement agencies, security firms, and first responders rub up against the mandates of the gospel: Love God and love your neighbor as yourself. . . . I came to understand the problem as one of mission. All sorts of people are eager to mitigate the fear generated by an avalanche of mass shootings in this country. The agencies presenting their solutions and suggestions are driven by motives that might at times overlap but are not at one with the mission of a church, the hope of the gospel.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you noticed a discrepancy between sound advice and the gospel message? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
—1 John 4:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. (Adapted from Psalm 23:4)
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  • robert moeller Posted July 5, 2021 6:06 am

    An example of a discrepancy between sound advice and the gospel message came when providing home cooked food for distribution to the hungry was stopped. Health officials said it wasn’t healthy to have food prepared at home sent to a shelter to feed the hungry, the food should be prepared at the shelter. I don’t recall if the shelter had a kitchen.
    The transition has been made, Pastor Carol led worship and we had communion. Sang out side to start and end the service. The transition team will meet with her to help things along.
    It was an overcast, off and on rainy, and cool 4th of July, but the fireworks went off.
    Face timed with my daughter and granddaughters yesterday, but will do it again this morning
    Erich has fillings replaced at the dentist today.
    Waiting for the medicine that should end my ear canal infection, have some temporary remedies until the medicine arrives.
    Prayers the NEM family had a wonderful 4th and a blessed Sunday. Hope you are all safe at home or on the road. Prayers for health, needed resources, family and friend concerns, attending worship, and well-being. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted July 5, 2021 1:48 pm

    A few years ago, a town in Florida passed laws that individuals could not feed homeless people and police arrested some folks who fed homeless folks in a park. I feel that the new voting laws in my state of Georgia fall into this category as well. Today’s OT reading from 2 Samuel gives an account of King David feeding all people from the resources of the nation of Israel. What would folks who think who believe that caring for citizens is not a function of government? Lord, help us all to love one another as Christ loved us.
    Robert, I pray your ear infection clears up soon. Prayers also for Erich as he gets fillings replaced today. Praying for smooth transition for your church and new pastor. I thank God for my UR family and lift up our regulars. Blessings to all!

  • Jill Posted July 5, 2021 7:21 pm

    This question has stumped me. Nothing is coming to mind.
    Robert – I hope the medication for your ear canal infection does the trick for you.
    Praying Julie is spending time with Megan and that Megan’s case of the shingles is not too severe.
    My oldest nephew bought a boat – and dad wanted to see it. They have a place about an hour and a half south of where we all live, where they camp and boat. Today, my dad, sister, her husband and I went down to see it. It is pretty slick, as not only can you ski, tube and wake board behind it, but you can also surf, as there is some apparatus that you put back by the motor which sends the water to one side only and it forms waves which you literally ride a surf board on top of. My nephew and his son got up, but my sister was unable to, despite many efforts. Most of the time she was too busy giggling. I thought I would try it, but decided against it. I am not that adventurous and don’t care for risky things, especially in the water. Despite the temps being in the 90s, it was comfortable with breeze of the movement of the boat, as well as the overhang. But it felt good to come home and get a shower and now sit in air conditioning.
    I continue to feel sad for dad – as his hearing is not good and he misses out on so much. In the restaurant at lunch, the background noise makes him unable to hear the conversation at our table. Out on the boat, he didn’t hear much of what his grandson said to him. He is so social and this is so hard on him. But he won’t consider getting better hearing aids at this time. Anymore in the car we travel in silence. I don’t have the radio on, in case we try to communicate. Most of the time when I speak to him, he asks me to repeat it. I try to turn my head and face him and speak much more loudly. I think he finds this discouraging. Not sure where to go with this, just keep trying to speak loudly and distinctly.

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