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

Good Morning America viewers … marveled at my mother’s strength and grace after [my father’s] passing. Stories that include my family have been well received by the GMA audience. Folks are drawn to Mom’s humility, wisdom, and spirituality. I’ve been told countless times: “Your mother should write a book.” Well, just as the beautiful hymn that I have been blessed to hear Mom sing, says, . . . This is her story.

—Robin Roberts, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

Who exemplifies grace, wisdom, and humility toward you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Know, therefore, that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who maintains covenant loyalty with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
—Deuteronomy 7:9 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, this week we thank you for mothers and other people who have shown us the value of faith and singing songs of praise to you. Help us to pass on the lessons they have taught us and to demonstrate grace toward others. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted May 8, 2023 9:37 am

    My grandmother did, but no one in my life does now.
    I spent yesterday with Megan. I drove my car as I was hopinng to go through the drive through car wash and then clean out the inside. But it rained all day, so that didn’t happen. I only do this with Megan because it is difficult for me to do the vacuuming correctly due to my fingers. She is able to remove the mats and vacuum them on the stand provided for that purpose. We saw a movie and ran errands and got takeout. So a full and productive and fun day.

  • Jill Posted May 8, 2023 12:23 pm

    My friend who invited me to her church and into her small group. She is such a soft, quiet person. She listens so well and gives thoughtful responses. She is such a prayerful person, as well. She was there, time and again, to support me during mom’s struggle. She brought meals to my dad – taking note of what he especially liked. The way she facilitates our small group – it is just a warm, welcoming environment. Each member feels valued and heard.
    The weekend went quickly, especially yesterday as it was one activity after another. My great niece turned 18 – and the weather held for us to have her party outside. I was able to have the review session last evening outdoors also. Unfortunately, only three students showed up. They are testing right now. I hope they can set their anxiety aside and work to their potential.

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