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 STORY OF FAITH still has a narrative arc: a beginning, middle, and end. We do have a sense of where this whole thing is headed, even if we can’t prescribe every stage of the journey for each unique individual. Being formed in the image of Christ is the process and goal of spiritual formation: That’s what we’re working and praying toward; that’s what we’re helping youth to become: “little Christs” — Christians who reflect the image of Jesus to the world.

– Sarah Arthur
The God-Hungry Imagination

From page 57 of The God-Hungry Imagination: The Art of Storytelling for Postmodern Youth Ministry by Sarah Arthur. Copyright © 2007 by Sarah Arthur. All rights reserved. Used bypermission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you define “spiritual formation?” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!

Psalm 133:1, NRSV

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This week we remember: Ephrem (June 18).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted June 20, 2018 5:49 am

    Before addressing today’s question I reiterate the scripture of the day.\

    How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
    I believe this is very truthful for the UR family. Thank You, Lord. God’s love is like glue.

    For me”spiritual formation” is the process we go through to become believers. For some it may be as quick as a blink of the eye, for others more long the long labor a mother endures bringing a child into the world, for still others it takes almost a life long effort. We come to believe that there is a God, Jesus is God’s child, and that the Holy Spirit comes to reside with us when we accept Jesus in our hearts. It’s faith, belief in what is unseen, but real and truthful. We learn to have hope and know that Jesus is that hope. God’s promises are real.

    It’s mid work week, prayers for each person’s needs and support for your prayer requests, thankful for your love, support, sharing, caring, and help all given as messengers of the Good News. God bless you each and every one.

  • Jill Posted June 20, 2018 6:26 am

    I would say that spiritual formation is a life-long process, or at least should be, as we are continually being renewed and transformed into His image, based on experiences we live out. I see it as a continuum – and when seeking to glorify Him – He continues to progress us along towards wholeness and holiness. Eyes on Him, a must…and heart aligned with His Word and Will.
    Father, thank You for guiding us along on the path You have laid out for us. Teach us greater submission.

  • Lou Posted June 20, 2018 7:21 am

    Thank you for that uplifting post yesterday Jill- I agree – not movie worthy stories … just us regular people trying to make it through day by day.
    Onward Christian Soldiers-
    I’m trying to just keep my eye on the prize – when I meet Jesus face to face. That’s my comfort.
    Blessings for all
    Prayers of comfort love and peace
    I’m thankful God woke me up and that he has given me a new day.

  • Julie Posted June 20, 2018 7:53 am

    I am so thankful for the mentors here. I learn so much from each of you. Robert’s words especially are always so wise and insightful. I think that each person, as a unique individual, has, accordngly, a unique faith path to walk. I count myself blessed to have been directed by God to this wonderful group of faithful. For it must be that God led me to the ones I needed to deepen my faith and to support me in times of stress…
    Such as I am currently experiencing. Nuff said on that….
    Prayers for Robert, I read and cherish each of your posts.
    Prayers for Jill and her family as they support Gloria.
    Prayers for Lou and her family and her wet basement.
    Blessings and prayers for all the UR family members and thank you again and again for your prayers and words of support, they help immensely

  • Maria Luisa Cortez Posted June 20, 2018 8:17 am

    I refer to Galatians where it says there is no Jew or Greek, there is no free or slave, there is no male or female, as we are all in union with Christ to support leadership in families not limited to patriarchs; and also civil unions in the LGBT community.

  • Andrea Posted June 20, 2018 10:34 am

    I give thanks for my husband, daughter, grandson, son- in-law, friends and dear ones near and far and here in the UR community. For the beauty of the earth. For senses to enjoy God’s creation. For lessons learned, for sorrows and joys, for each day’s measure of laughter and tears. For all that lies ahead, for God’s faithfulness along the path. May I walk with Jesus Christ.

    Blessings, prayers.

  • Marcy Posted June 20, 2018 1:39 pm

    Lord, please guide me in all Your ways, let my faith walk continue unabated, despite my health. I will never be satisfied, never know enough, but will always seek You out, opening my mind, heart and soul to You with all the strength You see fit to give me. Teach me, Almighty God, through Your Son, Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, for the rest of my life and beyond.

    Prayers and thanks to all, UR family, for your help yesterday.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted June 21, 2018 6:54 am

      Dear Marcy, may your health improve and all your needs met. God is our provider!


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