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 TAMBOURINE with metal disks only makes music when someone moves and shakes it, reminding us that we can celebrate and praise God with our own movement. . . .

Dance! Dance in any way you can—tap your toes, bob your head, shake your whole body. We can praise God with our bodies by dancing. Tap your foot while you do dishes, invite your spouse or child to dance in the living room. Boogie in the yard or slow dance in your bedroom.

—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 dancing makes you feel—embarrassed or free, self-conscious or joyful?
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Today’s Scripture

The prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand. All the women followed her playing tambourines and dancing.
—Exodus 15:20 (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.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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  • robert moeller Posted May 25, 2022 5:34 am

    Haven’t got the moves on the dance floor.I’m awkward. Certainly appreciate those who do. Very thankful for the Gospel of John. it’s the only gospel wth foot washing and the most spiritual.
    Taking two sessions to discuss Jesus’s farewell.
    Lovely weather here, it has made walks very pleasant. Dropped $10K on our asking price. Hope it generates a sale. Would very much like to be looking for a house in the Poconos.
    Thankful Lou’s post came before mine. Wonderful news being able to travel and spend time with children. Hope this country wakes up and does something to limit, ever better end, these gun enabled massacres. Thoughts need to bring action, prayers bring healing. Leave military weapons in the military, we’re waging war on our own people. Lord, we need Your wisdom . Thank You, Lord,

  • Julie Posted May 25, 2022 9:10 am

    Moving my body in dance makes me happy. Megan’s dad and I attended dance classes together when we were together and before we had Megan. He was very good at the jitterbug and we would go to dance clubs that played music for tangos and sambas and waltzes, etc.
    With the horrible news from Texas I hate to add my own but I received the results from the rheumatologist yesterday. He said that I do not have Crest yet but he believes I will in the future. He said the main organs that are vulnerable are the hearts, lungs, and kidneys. He suggested that I see the doctors at the University of Pitttsburgh because this is rare and dangerous. I am seeing a different rheumatologist in August and I will see what he says. In the meantime the doctor yesterday suggested some baseline tests and an ace inhibiter be started to be proactive and perhaps prolong the time before the oset of symptoms.
    Prayers for Ally as she continues to work on her disability appeal and for her and David’s health concerns. Prayers for April. Prayers for Jill and her students following yesterday’s news, may they talk freely about their feelings and may all feel safe. Prayers for Lou and her children and their warm and loving relationships. Prayers for Rick and his husband. Prayers for Robert as he continues to try to sell the condo, may all go smoothly and may an interested buyer find his condo magnificent.

  • Ally Posted May 25, 2022 10:33 am

    I love dance, love to watch great dancers. Some of my favorite movies are classic musicals with wonderful dance numbers. Sometimes I listen to music while working in the kitchen and I will dance. I’m not much good at it. I know David danced to praise the Lord. I don’t feel much like dancing today. Today I feel like tearing my clothes and sitting in mourning. Lord, turn our mourning into dancing.
    Robert, prayers for successful sale of the condo. I am in agreement with you about the appropriateness of military weapons. I also pray for wisdom. Julie, prayers for your health and for a treatment plan. I treasure our friendship. Jill, prayers as you wind down your school year, and as you and your students express your feelings over the shootings. Prayers continue for Roger’s health. He is a great cat. Sending a hug. Prayers for Lou as she travels to see her child in NYC. I thank God for her insights. Prayers for April as she serves as caregiver. May she have opportunities for self-care and quiet times. Prayers for Rick and his husband as they continue to adjust to being back in San Diego. A blessing for sure! May we all take time today to hold our loved ones close and seek God for ways to prevent senseless tragedies. Be blessed.

  • Jill Posted May 25, 2022 12:57 pm

    I very much enjoyed watching synchronized dancing, such as what is found in Lord of the Dance, RiverDance, etc. I can watch that for hours. Have enjoyed the shows I have seen in person very much.
    We did observe a moment of silence this morning, to consider the shooting victims in Texas. Not much discussion tho, as the students are focused on preparing for their exams.
    I brought in my last batch of lilac cuttings, in a large vase for my room. Hoping they last until tomorrow. I sure wish lilacs had a longer shelf life. My classroom smells so fresh.
    I have been given a new room for next year’s school year. It will be good to have a space that is quiet and conducive to learning. So, I am in process of throwing out many things. Luckily the classroom is on the same floor and only a short distance away. Will be using a cart to move all the heavy textbooks. I will still be very near to my closest colleague…just around the corner. She is going to be the English teacher in our program – she is a welcome addition.
    Tennis this evening – should be a competitive match. Looking forward to it.

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