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

Prayer is much more than repeating familiar phrases and formulas or saying a rhyming verse at bedtime. And though of course I pray for those I love, prayer is much more than asking God to do something that I need or want done. Prayer is more like a continually deepening conversation with God, where listening can be as important as speaking—and this conversation can take many forms.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What forms of prayer help you engage in “a continually deepening conversation with God”?
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray.”
—Luke 11:1 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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  • Ally Posted May 21, 2024 5:47 am

    In the busyness of my day, often my prayers are “help”. AuthorbAnne Lamott has mentioned this sort of prayer in her writings. I have learned that listening for God’s voice should intentional, but also involves keeping my heart and mind open in the busyness, allowing Holy Spirit to wash over me. Sometimes I need that touch to get through some days. I will need it today.

    • Lou Posted May 21, 2024 8:24 am

      Special prayers for you today Ally- may the Lord send help to you in whatever ways that you most need and may the Holy Spirit wash over you with peace.

  • robert moeller Posted May 21, 2024 6:54 am

    Simply saying “Thank You, Lord.” Without God everything doesn’t occur, whether physical, spiritual, emotional, or mindful. I had three wonderful experiences yesterday. A walk with my friend Russ which included muffins and apple juice when we were done, A call to my daughter and air conditioning parts are on their way, a smaller AC is doing the job until they come. Kayaking on Conway Lake with church friends Sue and Candace. Mount Washington in the distance appeared and disappeared in clouds. Saw loons and a beaver, glided between islands. We were out on the broad lake for much of the trip. After returning we snacked on great strawberries. Thank You, Lord

    • Marian Straight Posted May 21, 2024 9:34 am

      Wow! You had a very lovely day! Thanks for sharing. Marian

  • Marian Straight Posted May 21, 2024 9:33 am

    I simply try to be aware of Holy Presence throughout my day and converse with my Lord as a Being who is sharing my existence. I read once that the best miracles are hidden in the mundane.

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