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

As you read about these different types of adverse childhood experiences, you may recognize some of them in your own life. If you have known any of these experiences personally, take note of how you are feeling right now. Consider some of the effects that these events have had on your life now or in the recent past. The work of building safer sanctuaries is important, but do not let the importance of your current task negate your own feelings in this moment. It is vitally important that you can take [care] of yourself as you do this work, and part of this is considering your own history. If you are a trauma survivor and feel you may benefit from talking more about what you’ve experienced, please take the time to call someone and seek help. You may consider talking with a pastor or trusted friend or church member about counseling resources in the community and getting connected with more support.

Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust Within Faith Communities (Discipleship Resources, 2023)

Today’s Question

What resources does your faith community offer people with adverse childhood experiences? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is my rock, my protection, my Savior. My God is my rock. I can run to him for safety. He is my shield and my saving strength, my defender.
—Psalm 18:2 (NCV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, we recognize that all people are entrusted to our care. We
respond to your will for us to diligently watch over one another. Help us keep our eyes
alert to dangers. Enable us to have attentive ears to even the silent cries for help. … Use our community to be a sure place of safety
for all. Use our community to be a source of overflowing love and compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Prayer from page 222, Safer Sanctuaries
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Something More

Since 1998, Safe Sanctuaries resources have been a trusted source of guidance for churches and other affiliated institutions as they work to reduce the risk of abuse in their communities. Now, Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities is a new and comprehensive resource that continues the tradition of Safe Sanctuaries ministry on the strong foundation of past resources while also inspiring and preparing churches for the work of the future. Learn more at SaferSanctuaries.org.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted May 5, 2023 9:26 am

    Our pastor offers counseling services and once e wry 6 weeks or so, we hold self-care sessions led by mental health professionals. We make sure our community knows that our church is a safe, nurturing place where persons feel welcome and can take part in the full life of the church.
    Thanks so much for your prayers for my recovery from shingles. I’m feeling better and have a little more energy. Today and tomorrow, I plan to try catching up on housework and laundry. I have booked appointments with potential clients to my business. Please I do not get discouraged and present with enthusiasm. Pray also for my anxiety. I had labs done at my dr. appointment Wednesday. Nervous about results. I think getting out of the house will benefit both David and me. We may take a short outing and have early dinner at a Mexican cafe in a small town not far from us. Love to all my friends here.

  • Julie Posted May 5, 2023 9:41 am

    We dont’t really do this. I am beginning to think that I need to speak to the pastor next week at Bible Study about fostering a feeling of inclusion in our community. We lament the lack of young people but do nothing to solve this issue.
    I have a lot of housework to do today as Friday is my major cleaning day. We are finally getting some sun and no rain is forecast. Coincidentally, our screen door was reinstalled early this morning as the screen was not attached to the frame on one side. It was still under warranty so they fixed it and brought it back today. Kitties will be thrilled.

  • Jill Posted May 5, 2023 4:41 pm

    In the Fall of 2017, shortly after I started attending my current church, they began talk of a counseling center, which would be under our church’s roof. It has grown so much that it has moved out of the church and just down the road about 2 miles to a much bigger facility. It is a 501c3 organization and never turns anyone away who requests counseling. I received counseling there for about 13 months during mom’s illness and subsequent passing. I heard last week that there is a 4 month waiting list. There is also a virtual component available and I believe the staff has grown from 4 counselors to 27.
    Yes, sun here too. As soon as I got home I opened the windows for the kittens. Tomorrow looks to be even better. My students test for my subject Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, so I am running review sessions tomorrow morning and Sunday late afternoon. Hopefully will get a good turnout.

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