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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

Reprinted 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

Even though the rhythms of spiritual growth hum with the rhythms of nature’s pace, we never seem to cease in our efforts to control the process of our own unfolding. Oh, how we try to make those rhythms adapt to culture’s pace—setting goals, measuring spiritual success, micromanaging our life in the Spirit as if it were a business project! But the template just won’t fit. We can cooperate with God’s holy process, but we can’t control it.

—Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

What helps you cooperate with God’s rhythms for your growth? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Because of this, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but the only one who is anything is God who makes it grow.
—1 Corinthians 3:7 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, God, for sun and showers
Thank you for each lovely flower
Thank you for each stately tree
Though all these, you speak to me.
—A Gardener’s Prayer
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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2 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted July 6, 2020 5:15 am

    Commit to God, believe, have faith, trust. Without God what is possible? i am challenged, but my faith has brought me thus far, why would I give that up now. Thank You, Lord for the blessings of each day.

    Yesterday was my first ZOOM communion. I’m very thankful to remember my Lord and Savior. May the Good News of Jesus Christ be with you all .

  • Julie Posted July 6, 2020 8:19 am

    My life is so connected to the seasons due to Reynaulds. I have never thought about how this affects my faith journey. I am always striving but when in pain the striving is different.
    Prayers for Robert and his church community as they continue to connect in new ways with ZOOM.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she receive good news today.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry as they grow their faith together.
    H is home. Life is not good right now.
    Prayers, thank you and stay healthy dear UR one and all

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