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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

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

Our primordial encounters with God precede our later articulation of what God means to us. Before we could use language, before we even knew what language was, a Loving Presence brought us into existence from our mother’s womb. Surrounded by petitions for divine aid, vows of praise, and poignantly expressed despair, the psalmist smuggles in this dash of retrospective awe when he says, “Since my mother bore me you have been my God.” The same is true for us. We can also retrieve these memories of God in our first moments, before our first moments, and use them as a defense against environmental and social harms, as a source of devotion that undergirds our connection to our Creator and to our self.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

When have you felt that God was far away from you?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning?
But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
    O my help, come quickly to my aid!
—Psalm 22:1, 19 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

Engage the Psalms as a contemplative resource in the holy, demanding work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more about the latest release from Upper Room Books, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation.

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3 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted August 4, 2022 5:59 am

    I would slightly change this. God is always present, there are times when God allows us to be aware of God’s presence or when God enables us to be aware. God is invisible. I am thankful that twice I felt God’s presence. They are everlasting and powerful memories.
    Still waiting for the SPRC and Church Council meetings. SPRC was postponed, not everyone could make the ZOOM meeting. it’s not scheduled for the 10th, Church Council the 16th. Preparing for Communion this Sunday. Have our microphones working! ZOOM possible. it will be recorded and posted on Facebook. Prayers the UMC decides on the inclusion issue soon. The New England Conference supports inclusion. Continuing with CBT, have goals, working on values. Very helpful.
    The workbook is the therapist and my input makes the program individualized to my issues.
    Expecting a HOT day today, thankfully it is supposed to be only one day in the mid 90s. Prayers for those who face far hotter weather across the country. Prayers for Ally and David, Julie, Megan, h, Jill, Larry, Becky, Don, April and her loved one, Lou, her children and Mom, Rick and Scott, and all who come to NEM. God is with you all. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted August 4, 2022 9:06 am

    This is a hard question to answer as I did not grow up in a God centered family. So I never felt close to God until I moved away for my job. Or I guess I never felt God was near to me as this question is worded. I pray for him to be near me now each day to help me get through the day. I am taking one day at a time. I am a member of several online communities devoted to Parkinson’s and also the caregivers of those with Parkinsons. It seems a wise choice is to try to just take each day and its challenges as they come.
    Prayers for Ally and David and kitty Lewis, for improvements in health and finances and spirits. Prayers for Jill’s body to heal. Prayers for Robert’s and Erich’s relationship to heal through the CBT work and for Robert’s church to continue to strive forward despite the lack of a pastor.

  • Jill Posted August 4, 2022 5:44 pm

    Since I realized I could have a relationship with Him and experience His presence, I don’t think I can say that I have ever sensed He was far away. I believe in my heart He is near…with me. If I am unable to sense it, I assume the responsibility – asking the Spirit to lead me into confession, make me aware of what sin is separating me from Him. If I desire a stronger awareness, I simply ask Him. If He is not as close as I desire, I assume there is something for me to learn.
    Dad, Don and I got rained on today, after 11 holes. Becky rode along with us. We picked up Chinese on the way back to their house, and followed that up with more cards. Wrapped things up just in time to get home, ahead of the traffic for the Hall of Fame game this evening.
    Another day of feeling positive, thinking I will be able to fully participate in play-offs this weekend. It will be telling tomorrow when I meet with some of my teammates to hit. It has been almost 2 weeks with no activity. Hope I haven’t lost my touch.

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