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

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Today’s Reflection

FOLLOWING JESUS does not mean imitating Jesus, copying his way of doing things. If we imitate someone, we are not developing an intimate relationship with that person. Instead, following Jesus means to give our own unique form, our own unique incarnation, to God’s love. To follow Jesus means to live our lives as authentically as he lived his. It means to give away our ego and follow the God of love as Jesus shows us how to do it.

Loving our enemies is the core of the Christian message and the challenge that Jesus presents us. If we want to know what Jesus is about, and what following Jesus is about, then the call to love our enemies is as close to the center as we can get.

– by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab
A Spirituality of Homecoming

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Today’s Question

How can you show love for an enemy today? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Psalm 111:1, NRSV

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This week we remember: Maximilian Kolbe (August 14).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted August 14, 2018 5:04 am

    Read the reflection but didn’t post yesterday, have read all the posts since then. Thank you for your prayers. Erich didn’t hear a thing. There was no response from the realtor after saying I’d hear from her soon. A lot of waiting
    with no news.

    Thankful for the news from each of you, Lou and her children doing well, Betsy and prison ministry. Julie and a job search, Connie expecting a tough day with “troublemakers”, Pam with 5 cats, and Mary being supportive to all.

    Loving your enemies! Up close and personal I don’t sense I have any. Hope that is true and not just wishful thinking. Further away I sense those who have hate, racism, and mistreat others. Certainly I can pray for them.

    Prayers for Sunday School students and teachers. The church I attend has ready and willing teachers, but we haven’t seen children often during Sunday School time and none all summer. No VBS! Active Sunday worship attending members can be as few as 11 and as many as 15-18 and we are all older adults.

    Thankful to have the boiler for the Bismarck steam locomotive rolled from a flat sheet of metal into a u-shaped piece. It can’t be a cylinder as it has to go over the motor. Some adjustments need to be made. I was able to loose fit the boiler and parts of the cab on the chassis that has the motor and wheels. That was a good feeling.

    May be helping soon to move the Central Vermont Railway Historical Societry archive from its current location to a new spot closer to former Central Vermont Railway headquarters.

    Was able to supply photos of a CV Jordan spreader, a device used to move both dirt and snow along the tracks to a modeler.

    Famous railroad photographers are in the news: Jim Shaughnessy passed away, George Corey will have a book out soon, and there’s an exhibit of Phil Hastings photos in his hometown of Bradford VT.

    Prayers for the UR family’s needs, concerns, and joys. Am starting a new book, “The Anatomy of Peace” from the Arbinger Institute. The pastor recommended it hoping it would help with conflict in the congregation.

    Blessings and God’s peace to all of you.

    • Andrea Posted August 14, 2018 9:29 am

      The Anatomy of Peace sounds like a good book, from the UMC review I just read. God bless.

  • Andrea Posted August 14, 2018 6:56 am

    Awakened early today to a beautiful sunrise. I am thankful for a glorious day yesterday at a very clean, man- made, filtered lake in a large oak savannah park, with my daughter and grandson. My grandson loved playing with sand toys on the beach and running in the shallow water. It was hot, but by the lake it was truly pleasant sittibg under a large beach umbrella, with a warm breeze wafting over us. Today will be a quiet day at home and I will sew. My husband will be home and we can spend some time together doing nothing important.

    Forgiving is hard enough, let alone loving one’s enemies. I don’t think I have true enemies, but I think of my ex- husband, who was malicious and deceitful. I am so glad he is decades in the past.

    My daily prayers for each of you. Robert, I sense the stress of uncertainty for Erich and pray things will come together for him with a good job offer, and the two of you will know soon where you will be moving.

    May UR friends and visitors have a Spirit- filled day. Blessings.

    • Connie Posted August 14, 2018 7:50 am

      Thanks Andrea, for the description of your trip-I could picture it and it made me smile, especially the “sand castle” part.

  • Connie Posted August 14, 2018 7:46 am

    It’s hard when “enemies” are step-family that you have been very good to over 35+ years. I guess when I understand it, things will be easier to deal with, but I am dealing with other things and will let it go.
    Hopeful that Erich will find what he needs.
    That yesterday is over.
    I will be walking more soon-I hope. My exercise machine conked out awhile ago.
    That I have friends that are “closer than a brother” and sustain me.
    I woke up a couple of days ago singing “Flies in the Buttermilk, shoo, fly, shoo”! ?????? Not exactly a hymn. ha.
    I am trying to share more, but I lead a very quiet life and not much going on. But I LOVE JESUS!

    • Julie Posted August 14, 2018 8:02 am

      I, too, find it hard to plumb my quiet life for interesting tidbits to share. Glad to know another quiet homebody, especially a fellow UR family member. May today be less stressful and more quiet.

  • Julie Posted August 14, 2018 7:57 am

    I do indeed have an enemy. I have prayed to God knowing that He would have me show “husband” compassion. But he is as Andrea describes her ex – deceitful, mean, secretive, self centered and he is actively, he admits, attempting to hurt me. I therefore, being mere human, treat him with noot with compaassion but suspicion and anger. Helpme to folow You Lord.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich. May Gd’s will be done with regard to the answers they await. May the minister’s words reach open ears in the congregation.
    Prayers for Andrea and her husband for a quiet and uneventful day. I pray that her daughter remembers quiet days on the beach when she feels stressed.
    Prayers for Marcy and her pain. Mre kitty diveersion. Tazzie, being Chai’s litter mate, also talks, they Tonks after all. But, as Tazzie is small so is his voice. He speaks much less and when he does it is usually about food. He, unlike Chai and his sassing, is very meek when chastised. He takes it hard and would never sass. His worst vocaals are loud maans of sorts or yowls that he lets loose upstaiers in the hallway. We have a 2 story foyer, so the sound reverberates throughout the house.
    Prayers and blessings for all of the UR family members, may you have blessed and peace filled day. Thank you for your prayers and kind words.

    • Andrea Posted August 14, 2018 9:25 am

      Thank you for your prayers, Julie. Prayers for you. God bless.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted August 14, 2018 7:57 am

    Grateful that another day is over.

    Just wish that tomorrow will be better. Work load is heavy especially if i have to work alternate saturday. This means i have to prepare lessons day to day on top of admin work, collecting fees, etc.

    I dont think i have enemies. Just people i dont like to be with. Some can be very annoying.


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