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

God asks us, “What is your name?” When we face up to ourselves before God, along with whatever other blessings we may receive we are always given a new identity. This new identity tells us that no matter who we are or what we have done, God has a new future for us. We are not defined forever by our past sins and failures. As someone once said to me, “Trevor, a new name can make you a new person.”

—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

How has your new identity in God transformed your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
—1 Peter 2:9 (NRSV)

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  • Jill Posted June 12, 2020 5:23 am

    My new name…Beloved, Never Alone. Praise God! As far as the east is from the west – this is how far He removes our past, our old identity…and gives us a clean, fresh start in Him, newness. Thank You, Father.
    My rheumatologist referred me back to my PCP. Fortunately, she is seeing me at 7 this morning. Going to run bloodwork and cultures to start. Covid has not been ruled out, but will not be starting there. I continue to be weak, although I did take a very SLOW walk last evening. Dad moved back our tee time this morning. A former colleague is joining us for golf – he plays with us a time or two each summer. Will be very good to see him. Hoping I will have sufficient energy to ride around on the golf cart and hit, like Wednesday. Certainly no where near playing tennis.
    Simple enjoyment of yesterday – professional golf is back and on tv. I had it on most of the day and found some motivation to do some prep work for the next school year. Live sports inching back. Robert – I bet you are missing baseball.

  • Ally Posted June 12, 2020 1:06 pm

    2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that we are new creations in Christ. New life in Christ is so much more than starting over. The old “me” was a was made over as if I were a caterpillar emerging from a cocoon as a butterfly. The new “me” has wings and I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength. I am called. Loved. New. Healed.
    David is getting stronger and is venturing away from his walker. He still tires easily, but is helping with things like folding laundry and drying dishes. No breathing issues. We are thankful for each baby step and still covet your prayers.
    Jill, continued prayers for your health and for a negative COVID test. I pray healing over you. Marcy, continue prayers for your and Lucy Lou’s health. Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer. Julie, prayers for you as you seek wisdom and a resolution to your situation with H. Praying for your babies as well. I know they are a comfort to you. April, thanks so much for your insight in yesterday’s forum. Rick, thank you for your calling as a nurse. I pray for your continued safety and am thankful for your faithfulness in answering God’s call as a lay minister. Loving Lord, may we all seek your wisdom and have open hearts to answer your call. Thank You for the gifts You graciously give us and help us to use them to glorify Your kingdom. I the name of Christ we ask this. Amen.

    • Rick Posted June 12, 2020 5:46 pm

      I too would have to say Beloved. It took me a while to understand that. When I was doing some healing work a few years back, a pastor friend of mine pointed that out to me. I was having some struggles, in returning to the church, as a gay man. He assured me I was a Beloved child of God, and that we are all created in his image. That was transforming for me, as well as healing. We are all Beloved sons and daughters of the Most High God.
      Jill, I pray that you return to health and your energy increases as you await the results from your tests. I hope your day with your dad and former colleague goes well. Ally, praise God that David is gaining strength and his breathing is better. I like your metaphor of the caterpillar! Marcy, praying your legs are better and that Lucy Lou’s visit went well. Robert, I’m praying you are well, I’m missing your posts. Julie, I pray you are safe and well, and that things with h resolve quickly. April prayers that you and your family are doing well. I agree with Ally, great insight yesterday. Blessings to all our visitors, and the upper room.

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