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

In community, soul speaks to soul. We recognize our own pain when we see others who are suffering in some way. And we recognize our own joys when we share the joy of others.

Community—this is our word for a “common unity.” It’s easy to lose sight of what unites us when there are battles being waged over policy, preferences, and power. Yet in community we learn grace—both how to receive it and how to give it. And in this unity of grace, we find God whose “work is done in faithfulness. . . . the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord” (Ps. 33:4-5). 

—Marsha Crockett, “The Path of Community,” in Speak, My Soul: Listening to the Divine with Holy Purpose (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How would you describe your own relationship with your faith community? In what ways are you growing in patience and the ability to bear with one another in love? [questions from Speak, My Soul]
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Today’s Scripture

Walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.
—Ephesians 4:1-2 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, stay with me. Help me still my mind so that I can hear you speak within my soul. Amen.
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Something More

In Speak, My Soul, spiritual guide Marsha Crockett points us to seven inner pathways to help us slow down, listen, and draw closer to God. Explore the sacred paths of discernment, discipline, abiding, wilderness, identity, community, and contemplation in this practical and inspiring new resource. Learn more here.

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted May 5, 2024 12:04 pm

    I’ve been in my current community of faith almost 5 years. Through Covid, Zoom, a pastor then no pastor, now a new pastor, many Bible/book studies, and many committees, my faith journey has traveled. I am better for it. Thank You, Lord.

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