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 tension of sacrifice draws me into closer relationship. Sometimes the relationship I’m tending means that I explain to my children why I won’t be available to tuck them in one night. Sometimes I’m drawn into closer relationship with my children, and I focus my energy on them. Our sacrifices and our choices remind us that we are all image-bearers, and every relationship is holy. On whomever I focus my attention, I have the chance to see the face of Christ.

—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How have decisions of sacrifice shaped you and led you deeper into the holiness God is growing in you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, you should do it all for God’s glory.
—1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, may I see my moments of strength and my moments of weakness as invitations to draw more closely to you. Amen. [prayer adapted from from This Life That Is Ours]
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 12, 2024 5:11 am

    I might not recognize them right away, but yes, I think sacrifices bring me closer to God. Thankful that Chris and JoMarie are moved to their new apartment. Much easier for them on the first floor,
    Church today. Thank You, Lord

  • robert moeller Posted May 12, 2024 5:18 am

    Thankful for the joy expressed by Rusty, Lou, and Jill, now able to see my posts. Prayers for Lou’s Mom, Jill’s health and her dear friend. Yes, indeed I was in a deep valley regarding my posts, but patient persistence brought results. Blessings to all of you!

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