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

THERE ARE LIMITS to what we can offer ourselves—times when none of the tried and true approaches seem sufficient to our need. Sometimes we can only wait in hope on the provision of a holy energy that seems beyond our own to give us the lift for which we hunger.

—Susan Carol Scott
Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life

From page 79 of Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life by Susan Carol Scott. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you give yourself a lift? When have you sensed a need for the divine provision of strength beyond your known resources? How did that provision come?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
—Isaiah 40:29-31, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I can and cannot see. Thank you for giving me life and for the small miracles that find me each day. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • Jill Posted July 28, 2019 6:14 am

    Often, the easiest way to give myself a little boost is to listen to worship music. Another trick up my sleeve is to sit quietly at my house in my “morning” room – where I have photography of places I have been – seashores and snow capped mountains -and “be still and know that I am God” stenciled on a wall. I will say eight word phrase slowly. Then I will remove one word from the end…saying seven words. The next time, remove another word…six words. So on and so forth. This settles me.
    Dinner with a friend last night and then we attended the Saturday evening service at the nearer church which has the cancer support group. The services at this church are really impactful. I feel like I have put down some deep roots at my main church, but feel drawn to this church as well. Having the Saturday evening service is a great option for me. On the way out, someone called out my name – and I turned and it was one of my former students. She is on the mission field and is home for her wedding in a few weeks. I have been supporting her for three years and she is having a support open house this coming Saturday. Due to a prior commitment – I am unable to attend. It was very fortunate that we ran in to each other. I met her fiancee, another missionary whom she met in the field.
    Prayers for this UR family. May your worship today be glorifying to Our Father.

  • robert moeller Posted July 28, 2019 6:25 am

    This day has come faster than on other occasions. My membership will transfer from a church in VT to a church in NH. Worship will be on a lakeshore with a picnic and water activities to follow.

    Had an email from my daughter and hopefully will see her and my granddaughters next weekend,.

    Progress getting settled, hopeful the window adapted AC will help Erich’s skin
    problem, he’s not a fan of summer. A better bed should soon be on the way.

    Continued prayers for Julie and Megan, Marcy and Mary, Betsy and her move, Mary and Molly, Andrea and Lowell, Connie and her husband, Rusty and K, Lou, her children, and Mom, and Jill, Larry, and Becky as well as all the needs and concerns of the UR family. Thank You, Lord, on this beautiful Sunday morning.

  • Julie Posted July 28, 2019 7:44 am

    I pray daily for God’s stength to lift me up and for im to give me the strength to reach the end of the day. I thank Him at the end of each day for getting me through once again. These are daily prayers as my life continues to overwhelm me.
    The more the UR family members share of their church activities, the more I realize how dead the church I attended has become. It solidifies my thoughts to attempt to find a more dynamic congregation.
    Prayers for Jill and her two vibrant churches.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich and may Erich heal quickly.
    Prayers for Andrea and her grandson, may he be well cared for despite Andrea’s concerns.
    Prayers for a smooth move for Betsy.
    Prayers for sunny skies and renewed health for Connie.
    Prayers for Lou’s heart to heal.
    Prayers for Mary and Molly, may both be abundantly blessed.
    Prayers doe Marcy, for healing and health.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR sojourners

  • Mary Posted July 28, 2019 8:19 am

    I pray for all Americans to come together & stop hating. Prayers for our President & government to come, work together for the good of all! Amen.

  • Mary Posted July 28, 2019 8:23 am

    Prayers for God’s world. Healing all. Amen

  • Connie Posted July 28, 2019 8:29 am

    Yes, Holy Energy, please Lord. I lift my spirits by thinking of something that makes me smile or laugh out loud.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 28, 2019 8:37 am

    Thank you all for your prayers!

    May God meet your every need and may He refresh us all!

    Time of refreshing comes to me when I play the piano and sing hymns or I listen to some instrumental music.

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