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.

In our asking, we need to come to the Father simply, vulnerably, and honestly. You can begin where you are, right now. Maybe you feel you have come to the end of your own resources and need strength from beyond yourself; maybe you are tired of simply going through the motions in your faith, and you long for a sense of immediacy in your connection with God; maybe your Christianity has become a cold, ethical system, and you deeply want something that is more personal and intimate. Wherever you are in your journey of faith, there is always more of God’s Spirit to be experienced. Easter people know this, for we are a Spirit-empowered people!

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

Today’s Practice

Meditate on these words: “How much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him” (Luke 11:13, NIV). Receive them today as an invitation from God for you to ask. Respond to God’s invitation by making a simple request from your heart for the gift of the Holy Spirit.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
—Luke 11:13 (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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Lectionary Readings

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Day of Pentecost (Sunday, June 5) 

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  • robert moeller Posted June 4, 2022 6:41 am

    Yes, just as we can ask for Gods wisdom, we can also ask for the Holy Spirit. I think we need God’s wisdom and the Holy Spirit even when when don’t think so. We’re human not divine.
    Prep for Pentecost/Communion Sunday continues with several people working together.
    Good communication will help produce good results.
    Had rain last night, chance of a shower today High in the low 70s.
    Thankfully the car passed inspection, registration and car insurance renewed, and summer tires are on. Good to go!
    Will check how all of you are doing on my computer and post again. Blessings as we approach a celebration of Pentecost and Communion. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted June 4, 2022 10:10 am

    Holy Spirit, we are promised in the word of God for an advocate. I need Your presence and power in my life. Help me to drink it in. Walk with me on my journey. Live in me. Help me to be the person God wants me to be. In the name of Christ, I ask this. Amen.
    My Dr. Appointment went well yesterday. I have an appointment with my cardiologist on 6/27. I start my new work from home gig on Monday. I must admit I’m very excited.
    Robert, the market is very strange and holding off seems wise and prudent. Prayers for your and Erich as you seek God’s wisdom for your next step. Julie, I pray for God to give you the words to communicate what you need to say to Megan. May God prepare her heart to receive and accept. May God bless your family. Jill, my heart broke for you and your colleagues over the news you received regarding the death of a student. May everyone feel God’s comfort. Will be praying for you throughout the day. Lord, help us to care for each other.

  • robert moeller Posted June 4, 2022 2:42 pm

    Very sad tough news when you learn that a student died. One of mine passed away in an accident after graduating. I’m amazed, but very thankful ,she was the only one despite 14 years in Newark NJ where my students told of flying bullets on a daily basis and we had metal detectors that screened everyone. The times have changed when children are taught how to try and survive a shooting. No fears like that in all my school days, and only near the end of my teaching days. Yes, the term used for the Holy Spirit is quite legally oriented as some one who protects like a lawyer in court.
    Good news from Ally regarding her at home job, workstation, and disability application process.
    Thats a great name for a cat, they own where they sit or sleep, all others take notice. School ending, exams done, grades in, a great feeling perked up with a new, very positive classroom for next year.
    Golf, tennis, your Dad, and Roger, an unscheduled summer, all blessings. Good news from Julie too, discussions with adult children can be tough. I totally agree. Being able to communicate is a challenge. Your 4 kitties have their turf figured out. Times of rest and renewal forApril. Lou and her daughter are connecting in NYC, may it continue. Good news from Rick and Scott s they share life together. Delighted to know how all of you are doing. Catch the Spirit now and always. Thank You, Lord!

  • Jill Posted June 4, 2022 5:07 pm

    The sadness, the sorrow, the brokenness – I find myself saying more and more – “Come quickly, Lord Jesus.” But until then, may we see the Spirit – for guidance, comfort and wisdom. Grateful to know He is an ever-presence.
    There was indeed a vigil last night at our school’s baseball field. All four news stations had the story, as well as the local newspaper. It’s heart-rendering.
    Today was my doubles partner’s dads memorial service. More sorrow. Our tennis teammate who buried her mom this past Tuesday came, supported by her partner. Two other members of the team were there, as well as my friend who rode along with me. The small town was about an hour away. A beautiful day for the drive and the service. I think this is the first funeral/memorial service I have made it through without crying, since mom passed. My partner lost her mom a little over two years ago and I don’t know how to console her. She just needs to keep crying and being with family, and playing tennis as a diversion. Yesterday was her final day of work – she is retired. I don’t know that not having a regular routine is going to be a good thing. Hopefully her husband will be doing a lot of day trips with her.
    My dad’s cousin is having a birthday party this evening – he turned 91. Dad is so excited he is back in town. He is the cousin who lived in Las Vegas, who we went to visit shortly after mom died. He has a very poor heart and no way did we expect him to still be alive. He moved back to town with his daughter in December. Dad gets together with him and another cousin every other Friday. This cousin lived with my dad’s family quite a bit growing up – very much like his big brother. He tells old stories and he and dad just laugh and laugh.

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