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

After the walk the group returned to the picnic tables in the meadow where we received a copy of Psalm 104. Our guide asked us to use its structure and write our observations into its pattern. We were not in the mountains of ancient Israel, but we sensed the same holy Presence as the psalmist. We wrote our psalms out of our own experience and gratitude for the order of creation. No wild asses, mountain goats, rock badgers, or whales peopled our psalms, but there were plenty of birds (some of them named), bees, ants, quahogs, and no-see-ums included in our prayer. We celebrated the sun and wind, one another, escape from the city for a few hours, and prayed for a fresh sense of order in our lives when we returned.

—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

How often do you enjoy taking walks in natural surroundings? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Lord, you have done so many things!
You made them all so wisely!
The earth is full of your creations!
And then there’s the sea, wide and deep,
with its countless creatures—
living things both small and large.
—Psalm 104:24-25 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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  • Julie Posted July 8, 2023 9:02 am

    I do enjoy walking in nature but the weather has not cooperated on the Sundays I could have gone to the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. This Sunday is to be rainy again. In two weeks I will be there for Walk and Talk and we will traverse the garden as a guided group tour and learn about plants that are hardy enough to live through the dry weather of August. If it does indeed dry out by then.

  • robert moeller Posted July 8, 2023 11:28 am

    All the time. I live in the White Mountain National Forest. You’d have to stay on the sidewalk to avert the woods. Thankfully there are many trails, but the heat, humidity, and earlier rain have kept me on a different schedule.
    I do walk at Lowe’s but my partner, at 90, has a
    shorter routine than I need.The weather is getting cooler for a couple days, hope to hit a trail .

    Church tomorrow, Bible/book study resumes on Tuesday. Prayers for those in the heat, humidity, and rain who also experience tornadoes.

  • Jill Posted July 8, 2023 1:48 pm

    Yesterday’s reading and today’s makes me think of a zoom session I attended during covid – and the multi-week format was on the Psalms. The leader was a young intern at the church. He did quite a wonderful job. I don’t remember specifically which Psalm we used as our model, but he gave us time to write out a psalm of our own, one tracing God’s faithfulness through our lives, an option to have some lament, and we were encouraged to finish with praise. It was a worthwhile exercise. And some of the participants bravely shared what they had written.
    Becky and Don got in safely, and we got back to my house at 2 AM. They had left their car here. So, low energy here today. Have taken 3 very brief cat naps around school work and watching tennis. Going to stay at it, as well as do some exercises encouraged by my physical therapist.
    I put together a meatloaf for dinner. I love using potato chips instead of bread crumbs. But today tried some crumbled up cheddar gold fish crackers. We will see. It has lots of BBQ sauce mixed in, so likely won’t even be able to tell.
    Had a wonderful conversation with my tennis friend this morning. We have such an easy way of conversing, and I treasure it. I find my friend who is going through a divorce – we rarely have the opportunity to talk like we used to. Mostly now she is sharing, grieving the current affairs of her ex and how her kids are. I am reluctant to share anything which is heavily on my heart. My tennis friend has stepped into that gap and I appreciate it. I will be sure to tell her that when I see her next week.

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