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

The beginning point for being an effective spiritual leader is to be a spiritual person. This is both an opportunity and a danger. A common foible for pastors is to feel that being the pastoral leader means being superspiritual. In their book Leaders That Last, authors Kinnaman and Ells state that “the pastor/leader must be spiritually minded, but he or she need not be the most spiritual person in the church.” This is a reminder to respect the spiritual journeys of those around us. Being honest about our spiritual shortcomings and leaning on the spiritual help of others can be a growth opportunity for all involved.

—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

When have you sought out spiritual direction? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
—Romans 8:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted May 28, 2023 7:18 pm

    I sought out spiritual direction about 15 years ago – and got paired up with a wonderful lady who directed me well for at least 10 years. She listened well and got me in tune with my spirit and really helped to settle the thoughts in my mind. And, this past September I sought out another director. This one is even a better fit, a perfect fit for where I am now. Grateful for God’s pairing and timing.
    Church was wonderful this morning. New music, very meaningful. Moved me to tears at one point. The pastor began a series on Psalms. My love language.
    Dad and I had a beautiful day to golf. He gets so frustrated with himself and his game. The last hole, he hit two in the water and just quit. He sat in the cart while I finished the hole. I told him there were other things we could do together this summer, that we didn’t have to spend the time and money playing golf if he was going to be so frustrated. We did have a nice lunch prior to golf, as well as ice cream.
    I planted one flat of flowers before he picked me up and two more after I got home from golf. I need to go out and buy some more tomorrow. My plans to spend time with my tennis friend tomorrow fell through – so I will hit a nursery or two and pick up some more and work in my yard.

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