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

Creativity is so much more than art making. It is a tool for navigating through everyday experiences to find the sacred in each God-given moment. Those who believe they lack creativity have relegated it to remote regions of their life, burying it under the need for security, approval, and control. However, like love, which is stronger than death, creativity does not die; it simply waits to be unearthed and set free.

—Karla M. Kincannon, Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today’s Question

What helps you unearth your God-given creativity? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

—Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
Help me discover my God-given creativity and find the sacred in each God-given moment.
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  • robert moeller Posted August 30, 2021 9:29 am

    I surely welcome spiritual creativity. It may be warmer today and tomorrow but then back into the 70s for highs. Thankful for some progress with my dental problem and the landscaping work around the foundation of the building where I live. Prayers for the people and places in Ida’s path and the successful end of operations in Kabul. Don’t forget the firefighters out west and the need for water there. Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day.

  • Ally Posted August 30, 2021 3:27 pm

    An art therapist friend stated to me that one becomes an artist when one puts pen to paper. As a music therapist i say that the phrase from Psalm 100, “make a joyful noise” is so true: to make music, you just have to open your mouth. There are many mediums for creativity and each can be an act of worship. A well-known Christian musical artist said in a concert I attended that what brings honor to the Lord is good.
    David has been experiencing some shortness of breath. This is a common “long-haul ” covid after effect. He has appointment with his primary soon. My cousin Brad is doing well. Been playing phone tag with the disability attorney and exploring opportunities for online teaching. Thanks so much for your prayers!
    We have 3 friends who had vivid and were placed on vents last few days. One passed away this morning. His wife is also in hospital very ill and doesn’t know yet that he has passed. Our hearts are heavy today. I pray Romans 8:26: the Holy Spirit intercedes.
    Robert, in agreement with your prayers. I pray also for relief from your dental problem and for your relationship with Erich. Prayers for Jill, Larry, Julie, Lou, and our other members. Julie, have you heard from Marcy and does anyone ever hear from Rick? Praying we stay safe and love our neighbors. I thank God for each of you.

  • Jill Posted August 30, 2021 6:35 pm

    I am not creative in the artsy sort of way. But I suppose I am creative in the way I am organized, and possibly even disciplined. I think people would say I am very creative on the tennis court as I am self taught and sometimes hit unorthodox shots.
    No jury duty again tomorrow. I feel like if I don’t have it Wednesday, I will be in the clear.
    Tomorrow I will see the sophomores who are enrolled early in the program. I have 9 of them in my one class. So, it should be a very easy day and I look to get a lot accomplished.
    Dad came over for dinner. He played golf today and felt reasonably well. The covid test was positive and I am hoping he is almost back to normal. His spirits seemed pretty good today. After eating we watched some of the US Open tennis. He commented about how much mom loved watching it on tv. He stayed longer than anticipated, but I did get out for a walk after he left. Will watch tennis a bit longer and then head to bed. Gotta get on this early to bed schedule and early to rise.
    Hoping Julie and Megan enjoyed their activities of the past few days, as well as the time spent together. Hopefully both got good news from the eye doctor. Sorry to hear of your friends, Ally. I believe we are far from being out of covid danger. Robert – hope you can continue to get out for walks during the Autumn, that the weather will be beautiful as the seasons begin to change. Praying for Erich as well, your relationship.

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