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

Racism can be hard to pin down when our actions are not motivated by overt racist beliefs or when the impact of our actions does not align with our intentions. As Christians, we have a responsibility to consider the following concepts: implicit bias (individual actions can unconsciously and unintentionally reflect and foster racism); systemic racism (attitudes toward different racial groups affects the structure of our society); and historic racism (confronting racism today requires us to make amends for the past). In this brave space, I encourage you to consider how the impact of your actions might not always align with your intentions.

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

Today’s Question

When have you realized that your intentions and their impact were not in alignment? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
—John 15:12 (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.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to prepare for and respond to potential violence. In Whom Shall I FearUrgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, author Rosalind Hughes asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Jill Posted July 14, 2023 5:42 am

    I think as a teacher, this can quite frequently happen. Especially, as I try to teach to a group of students who have different learning styles, different confidence levels in a topic and different prior experiences. I think also, in trying to comfort another in a struggle, we may not fully understand where they are coming from. Expectations, perceptions – need to be carefully re-assessed and addressed.
    The hospice patient I went to see was soundly asleep and we decided not to wake him. I will be returning this afternoon to see him. Planning on going during lunchtime – to find him alert and see if he is communicative.
    Yesterday was full of golf, PT and dinner with my former student. A few weeks back she celebrated two years of being cancer free. We had lovely conversation throughout – celebrating wins and happiness and sharing a bit of burdens together.
    I spoke with my doctor’s office and have been penciled in for surgery, hoping to be confirmed by Tuesday. It will be in August, when Becky and I return from Florida, and the week prior to school starting. It is a relief to have gotten this at least penciled in. Hopefully the doctor will confirm it with the proper paperwork on Tuesday and I can know for sure.

    • Larry Eugene Dyer Posted July 14, 2023 6:03 am

      We are holding you in prayer !!! AMEN. led. +++ ……..

  • Ally Posted July 14, 2023 8:14 am

    Lord, help us to be brave. Help us to speak and talk about the hard and the difficult things. Help us to be honest with each other and ourselves. Help us to hold each other accountable. Help to be brave and not protect those in high places. Help us to not be afraid of advocating for justice, Lord. In Your name Jesus, we ask these things. amen.

  • Julie Posted July 14, 2023 9:34 am

    I know that I am guilty of this. I grew up with certain stereotypes in my immediate family and community. It is difficult to exorcize such ingrained beliefs. I am trying with each encounter. Lord, mold me in your image and help me follow your precepts. Amen

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