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

WORK AND REST are not opposites but aggregates, each necessary for the full expression of the other. While working to “get life right” is essential to the Christian life, resting from our work is God-commanded for a reason. The world often urges us to hurry along, yet we need only look to the example of our God who spent the seventh day resting from the work done in creation, not because God needed to take a breather but because God knew we would.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What do you think God did while God was resting? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

A sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
—Hebrews 4:9-11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me put my love for you in motion: reaching to hold, lifting heavy loads, showing up when it counts, applauding to share my joy.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted February 16, 2020 1:24 pm

    Very hard imagine what God dd on the 7th day. How does God rest? I’m thankful God rested. I sets an example for us, but I don’t think Gods as we do. God is divine, we are human, We have to rest, God does not.

    Thankful our pastor is back safe and sound from vacation and had a good time. She visited the area in Florida where she grew up.

    A peaceful day here, warmed up to almost 40. Keeping you all in my prayers, have a blessed sabbath.
    Thank You, Lord

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