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

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Today’s Reflection

WHEN THOSE WITH MONEY and those who need money share a mission, we see a central sign of new life in the Spirit of Christ. We belong together in our work because Jesus has brought us together, and our fruitfulness depends on staying connected with him. Jesus tells us: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). With him, we can do anything because we know that God surrounds us with an abundance of blessings.

—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball
Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition

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Today’s Question

How does the imagery of the vine and branches affect how you view your relationship with God and others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.
—John 15:5, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
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  • Bj Posted July 17, 2019 6:39 am

    Good morning UR family! I always look forward to read posts. I enjoy them, even the old ones. Lately the early mornings has been slacking. I really, really miss them. I love all of you. Have a blessed day!

  • Jill Posted July 17, 2019 6:47 am

    The interconnectedness of us all – a huge part of His masterpiece. And, He, just like the ensnaring vine winding through many of my trees in my backyard, links us together with Him and each other. I was up on the roof of my garage Sunday evening fighting that vine like mad with my loppers. An interesting perspective this morning.
    Grateful for time with a former student yesterday afternoon, walking and catching up. She will cat and house sit for me when I go to the beach next month.
    The song in the back of my mind this morning…”Just a closer walk with Thee, grant it, Jesus, is my plea. Daily walking close to Thee, let it be, Dear Lord, let it be.”

  • robert moeller Posted July 17, 2019 7:50 am

    I must confess that I don’t understand the relationship between those with and without money and Christ as the vine an we as the branches. I don’t equate those with money to Christ and those without money to the branches.

    Thankful for some rain this morning, a nice walk in a new setting, early morning chores done, and a cloudy day. Bible study went very well yesterday, I will team up with Art for next week’s meeting. We are just getting started in Ephesians and using a study by Max Lucado.. More items removed from storage, should be done this week. Thankful for a storage area in the basement.

    Prayers for Betsy as she moves. Have moved quite a fe wimes in my life, and it’s never fun. Prayers for Julie and Megan and a good solution to their home
    life circumstances. Pray too that Macy and Mary are making progress in every area needed. The same is true for Rusty and K, Mary and Molly; Jill, Larry, and Becky; Andrea and Lowell, Lou and her children, Connie and her husband, Edy and her son, Bill, and the entire UR family. I pray to for my former church, WCCC, and my new church, CCUMC, as well as the huge conundrum facuing the UMC. Thankful for the understanding a and position taken by the New England Conference as I think it is what God wants us to do.
    Lord, guide our understanding that Your will is done. Thank You, Lord.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 17, 2019 8:00 am

    Without God we cannot be fruitful or productive.

    Thanks Robert!

    Glad to hear that you and Erich are making good progress adapting to your new place.

    May Erich be blessed with a good and suitable job that he enjoys!


  • Julie Posted July 17, 2019 8:06 am

    I think that both those with and those who need money are the vines. I believe that if we all stay connected to the Lord and His Word (vine) then we can work together for His good. Only by staying connected to and through the Lord can our differences work together to further His kingdom on earth.
    Prayers for physical healing for Andrea and Lowell, Connie, and Marcy.
    Prayers for emotional healing for Lou, Jill, Larry, Becky and Mary.
    Prayers for success in new homes for Betsy, Robert and Erich.
    Welcome BJ, your posts are welcome to continue.
    Preparing for a trip to visit my mom this weekend. Today is her birthday. She is doing well and we hope to enjoy time at a fair and a picnic in a state park. However with the heat forecasted, fair may be out because heat bothers mom and Megan.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

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