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

Jesus was a faithful—though rebellious—sabbath observer. When the sabbath arrived, he marked the day with many different kinds of practices, even amid disdain. He sought solitude, he taught, he healed, he advocated for the marginalized, and he admonished.

—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How do you think acts of service can enrich sabbath without tiring you too much? How often would be realistic for you to do an act of service for others?
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Today’s Scripture

Wanting to bring charges against Jesus, they asked, “Does the Law allow a person to heal on the Sabbath?” Jesus replied, “Who among you has a sheep that falls into a pit on the Sabbath and will not take hold of it and pull it out? How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! So the Law allows a person to do what is good on the Sabbath.”
—Matthew 12:10-12 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me find freedom in the gift of sabbath. Guide me to build regular sabbath time into my life. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 8, 2022 7:09 am

    Based on the actions taken by Jesus, any day, any time is an opportunity for an act of service. Providing a seat for a tired 92 year old, helping a woman meet the people she sought, guiding people to a place they were interested in are recent opportunities I had Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted July 8, 2022 8:39 am

    I have also helped people with minor issues and the like on the Sabbath. Even a smile or kind word is a help to others.
    H continues to chafe at all of the restrictions placed on him since he took the downturn. He is taking it out on me as I am the one who must enforce the restrictions for his own good, Also it has come to my attention that he has been in communication with the people who scammed him out of a large sum of money. I have to watch him because he has been lying to me about that.
    Prayers for Ally, for discernment in her troubling situation. Prayers for Jill and her family as they continue to have warm moments together. Prayers for Robert who is a definite light in this world showing God’s love to all.

  • robert moeller Posted July 8, 2022 10:45 am

    Prayers for Julie caring for h, who also needs prayers. There are times when those receiving care will refuse, reject, ignore it. Mom certainly did that even to the extent of not recognizing my sister and I and asking, telling us to get out. It’s a shock when it first happens, but you will recognize the person as not being them self. Dementia has this devastating effect. I expect other unwelcome behavior comes wit it as well. Prayers for Ally. in a tough situation. Thankful for the warm family fellowship shared by Jill, Becky, and Larry. We all can do better at being God’s arms, and legs. It’s the Holy Spirit that keeps going. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted July 8, 2022 4:16 pm

    I never considered it, but when I volunteer at the homeless shelter – it is always on a Sunday evening. My friend, who joins me there, is re-energized by serving. It sets the tone for the week ahead.
    Wonderful cloud cover again this morning for our golf. Dad isn’t playing well and he is easily frustrated. I know both of us want to do well, but it seems if he starts out poorly, it is four hours of grumbling, muttering and slamming clubs. I wish he could have a realistic view of being able to golf at 88. Flawless golf just isn’t in the cards. As patient as he always was with mom and others, he does not grant himself the same.
    It’s trying to decide if it is going to rain or not. I am supposed to pick up to girls this evening from church and hit tennis balls with them. I keep watching the radar. Dry at my house, but rain to the south, where they live. We shall see.

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