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 ARK OF THE COVENANT was a beautiful chest that held the Ten Commandments, constructed with great skill by Moses as directed by God. . . . Use your unique skills to make something beautiful. Art is for everyone—engineer, homemaker, athlete, and teacher. What art do you love? Take time to enjoy or make art this week.

—Kara Lassen Oliver, Passing it On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

How does making art and looking at art show you God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD has filled him with the divine spirit that will give him skill, ability, and knowledge for every kind of work. He will be able to create designs, do metalwork in gold, silver, and copper, 33 cut stones for setting, carve wood, do every kind of creative work.
—Exodus 35:31-33 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

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.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted May 23, 2022 9:12 am

    I am not good at making art but I do enjoy looking at art. I think of the great gift that God bestowed on the artist and the great gift the artist gave me by sharing the gift and the fruits of the gift. How that embodies Jesus as he used the holy gifts he had for the good of others and how these acts were shared with others to enhance their faith.
    I ended up spending the day alone yesterday because Megan and I argued early iin the day. After she left I had an overwhelmiing urge to go to church even though the service was almost over. I needed to be in the Lord’s house surrounded by other Christians.
    Prayers for Ally, for her enduring friendship and her health and financial issues, may she soon recieve good news regarding her disability appeal. Prayers for April. Prayers for Jill and her family as they celebrate life’s milestones together. Prayers for Lou, for safe travel and a busy week to engage her after her visit with her daughter. Prayers for Rick and his husband. Prayers for Robert, may the condo sell soon and may Erich learn patience.

  • robert moeller Posted May 23, 2022 9:42 am

    My skills are better at model making than art. I do appreciate looking at art, some skills are shared, but the artist goes far beyond me.
    This post came late, today that’s a good thing. I get to read some one else’s post first. Thank you Julie. I echo the prayers for Ally’s appeal, Lou’ visit, travel, and busy work week, Rick and his husband, Jill and the family celebration. Prayers too for Julie’s healing and life at home.
    Have a 3rd showing this Thursday, doing what we can to improve the possibility of a sale. The idea of a price drop is on our minds. We are not out to make a killing, want very much to have a sake that gets us moved to the Poconos. Nice seasonal weather after a different weather weekend. Bible study tomorrow, session 4 of 6, Jesus’s farewell begins with foot washing.
    Not sure what will happen at CCUMC. Still going. Thankful for that.

  • Jill Posted May 23, 2022 12:35 pm

    The creativity and talent involved in song and music writing is splendid. So many rhythms, harmonies and just beauty are gifts, given and shared. Some athletes perform with such grace that their games are beautiful to behold. I doubt my skills rise to that level, but I do know I have been blessed with wonderful hand-eye coordination. Many of my reactionary shots in tennis earn positive feedback. It is nothing I practice, just something that I was given. Not cultivatable.
    My colleague and I, as we greeted students before our first block, commented that today was our last “Monday” of the school year. We took encouragement from that.
    The assistant principal who got a fresh bouquet of lilacs this morning, returned the favor – making me a lovely planter of annuals I will put on my front steps. It has lobelia in it – a trademark of every pot mom made.
    Wrapping things up in my classes, as exams begin Friday for my year 1 students. One last “teaching class” tomorrow, as Wednesday and Thursday will be spent reviewing for exams.
    Tennis this evening – a home match. Got word last night that the captain of my Thursday night team – her mom passed last evening. My partner’s dad must still be alive, as I received a text from her saying she wants to play this evening – needs to be doing something “other”. I can completely relate, as I played the day before my mom died.

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