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

As we develop plans to better care for victims and survivors of domestic violence, we can turn to experts for guidance. We can educate ourselves about intimate partner violence and ask our pastors to address the subject from the pulpit and in other church communications. We can identify safe places, service providers, and other relevant resources in our local communities. However, real change requires introspection. If our congregations want to support people who are experiencing domestic violence, I believe we need to take some time to explore our theological convictions and how they shape the way we respond to victims and survivors of abuse.

—Elizabeth Hagan, Brave Church: Tackling Tough Topics Together (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How does your faith community respond to victims and survivors of abuse? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.

—Proverbs 3:27 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, grant me the patience and grace to listen, the courage and wisdom to question and speak; and the bravery to create safe space for tough topics.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Churches are not immune to violence, as we have seen from shootings at houses of worship across the nation. The challenge for faith communities is how to prepare for and respond to potential violence. In Whom Shall I FearUrgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence, author Rosalind Hughes asks congregational leaders to examine whether their operational and security policies are consistent with gospel values. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Gail Posted July 13, 2023 7:53 am

    So far as I know, the silence is overwhelming.

  • Julie Posted July 13, 2023 9:27 am

    I agree with Gail. As a survivor of domestic abuse, I can personally attest that there is no thought given to this in the church. In fact, I feel as if the constant emphasis on forgiveness is an indictment. I find it impossible to forgive my abuser as he disavows and continues the abuse.

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