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 entire spectrum of color is always present in the light all around us. Rain doesn’t create rainbows; rain reveals the colors that are already present in the atmosphere. This color spectrum is usually hidden from our sight and only revealed under special conditions. In the same way, we may have moments of insight and revelation that reveal to us—or at least suggest to us—the presence of the Divine that is often hidden but no less real.

—Christopher Maricle, Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How might you gain new insight into the presence of the Divine today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.
—Genesis 9:16 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the humility to know that I am a growing work in progress. Give me the grace and understanding to see the growth in those around me.
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  • Jill Posted July 21, 2020 5:22 am

    I suppose to be more intentional, more aware. To take an extra moment to savor something visually in nature. To listen longer, to the activity of nature, even to the wind. There was just a brief shower outside – and how we need the rain. And to take that recognition in something of nature and think of it imaginatively as an act of love from God. He showers me with blessings unknown – to look deeply and recognize these things from Our Good Father.

  • Julie Posted July 21, 2020 8:33 am

    I need to remember that just as all colors are present at all times in all places, so to is God. He is present at al times, in all places, in all living creatures, including people, and in every situation. I may not be able to see the colors at all times as I can’t see the divine Lord, but at times I get a glimpse of the colors through the prism of water as I see God through the prism of his creation, including the smile of another.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may Larry’s neck pain resove by the time he wishes to golf.
    Prayers for Robert as he represents the divine patience and perseverance of God as he painstakingly recreates his trains.
    Prayers for April and her stewardship of God’s creation in her corner of the world.
    Megan and I spent the weekend in my hometown with my mother celebrating her birthday. We took Tazzie with us which was adventure for all three of us! Megan thinks we should continue to include Tazzie in our visits but I will try to find a pet sitter. If no one I feel comfortable trusting can be found then I will agree.
    Prayers, thank you and stay safe UR one and all

  • Lou Posted July 21, 2020 8:36 am

    I like that Jill- I need to be more open and aware of the daily gifts given to me and see them as just that – the gift of another day, the gift of the birds chirping and breeze lightly blowing, the gift of my neighbor waving as I walk by with my dog, the gift of my tiny dog sitting close beside me after our walk, the gift of a good cup of coffee, the gift of God’s word that I read this morning- all amazing gifts if I look at life that way instead of waking up in fear and panic due to the burdens ever on my mind. Thankfully God helps me push the fear away and get up and get going and face the day ahead. I’m thankful for the writers that contribute to the UR and to all of you and your comments that help orient me – thank you.
    Prayers for my youngest who is angry at me today- I can never do enough or be enough for her- I pray for patience , wisdom, love and peace. Prayers for all the faithful here today -May you be blessed today and everyday by the knowledge that in God we are never alone.

  • Ally Posted July 21, 2020 5:39 pm

    I don’t think bit is a coincidence that we discussed color saturation and techniques for shading in my painting class today. With watercolors, the more water you add to the pigment, the less concentrated the wash. Rainbows remind us of God’s promises. The pigments used in water color demonstrate how God works in us. With water color, if you don’t add enough pigment, you can always add more. If you make a mistake, their are techiques for repairs. For me, divine engagement with God is like painting. When I falter, God through grace, wipes my picture clean, letting me start again with his hand guiding mine. I thank God that He has given me opportunities to do things which give me joy and connect me to Him.
    David and I took a weekend trip and enjoyed ourselves despite the oppressive heat. We didn’t do everything we planned because the heat got to us. We enjoyed ourselves nonetheless. Please continue to pray for us, as I will be back at work next week and David moves forward in recovery.
    Jill, thank you for the reminder to take joy from and see God in nature. I pray for you as you prepare for whatever your school year will look like. Prayers for Relief for Larry’s neck pain. Julie, I’m glad to hear that you , Megan and Tazzie enjoyed your visit with your mom. My Lewis always enjoyed visits to my mama. I have been out of the loop, so I am assuming dear little Chai has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. I know y’all are heartbroken. I pray your memories of Chai will bring comfort and a smile. Lou, I pray that your daughter will feel your love today and that your bonds with her will grow strong. I pray we all stay well and safe in the knowledge our Lord will never leave or forsake us. Be blessed.

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