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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning includes daily practices (instead of reflection questions) to follow the format of our featured title, Pauses for Pentecost, which offers 50 days of reflections based on a scripture theme and followed by a spiritual practice.

God-given radiance reflects the presence and work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. When we interact with the Lord as Moses did on Mount Sinai, the Spirit begins to work deeply within us. Our characters begin to radiate an inner integrity, an obvious serenity, a loving responsiveness toward others—all of which reveals vividly that we have been with the Lord.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Practice

When you look in the mirror today, ask the Holy Spirit to make your face shine with the Spirit’s presence. Trust that your face will reflect the presence of the Lord with us.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost
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Today’s Scripture

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
—Exodus 34:29 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy Spirit, turn my life into a deep reservoir from which life-giving streams begin to flow toward others around me. Amen.
Adapted from Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost
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  • robert moeller Posted May 30, 2022 5:56 am

    Almost thought there was no way to comment, looked carefully and found it In our hurting world we all could use to see someone filled with the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to bring Your peace to the world. Not what we hoped for when we put the condo on the market, but believe it is the best solution for us at this time. Take the condo off the market, save money, watch what happens, and try again in the spring. Additionally do things that help improve the possibility of a sale and take advantage of the opportunities available here in the Mount Washington Valley. This decision has calmed us. That’s a blessing . Thank You, Lord.
    Hope to visit the Poconos again before spring. Our Zoom pastor Will be with us in person for Pentecost and serve Communion. It’s a 75 minute drive from his home to our church. Today we remember those who gave all in the service of our country. Lord be with everyone who has a family member or friend who gave their life. The murders of adults and children in Buffalo and Avulde are on our hearts and minds. Lord grant us wisdom, grant us courage for the facing of this hour and enable action that does the most to reduce, end these occurrences.
    Thank You, Lord.

  • robert moeller Posted May 30, 2022 5:58 am


  • Ally Posted May 30, 2022 11:13 am

    In these crazy times, I sometimes feel at a loss as to how to pray. Some days, I don’t have the words. I pray Romans 8:26: when we don’t know how to pray, the Holy Spirit intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
    Thank you for your deep and heartfelt prayer, Robert. So glad to hear your decision has brought you peace.
    I pray we all feel God’s peace today. Love to all.

  • Jill Posted May 30, 2022 4:14 pm

    “God-given radiance” – I hope that I do “let it shine”. I also have an obvious serenity – and I would say others recognize this. It is profound, for me, having lived without it far too long.
    Very warm here. Got tennis in early and while sweaty, with sun block still on – I got all my mulching done as well as everything planted. There are still a few bare spots I can fill in with flowers with a few more purchases. I over-estimated the amount of mulch and have several bags leftover.
    This evening are the calling hours for the mother of one of the members of my tennis team. A fellow teammate is picking me up and we are going together. I
    Looking forward to an easy last week of school. Hope to get fully moved in to my new classroom. I have one exam left, tomorrow afternoon.

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