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

LEAVE FLOWERS at grave sites,
On street corners, and at memorials.
Leave candles and letters,
bundles of sage
or crosses made of twigs.

Let all know
That they are not forgotten,
That their lives,
No matter how short or long,
Made a difference.
That their names,
Famous or unknown,
Will never die.

Their presence in this world
Changed it, touched it,
Marked it in a unique way.

Each one.
Every one.

In love,
In respect,
In gratitude.
–Beth A. Richardson

– Beth A. Richardson
Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me

From page 52 of Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2016 by Beth A. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give thanks to God for those who have gone before you. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for persons who are making life-changing decisions. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Joan of Arc (May 30).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted May 28, 2018 5:36 am

    Father, thank You for this country, for the countless who have served honorably, sacrificed immeasurably. May the families of those now gone be blessed by the memories.
    I lift Kelly to You, as tomorrow is the third anniversary of the accidental death of her fiancé. As she still mourns, yet strives to move on – continue to work tenderly with her heart.
    Mary – my heart goes out to you as you continue to oversee the care for your parents. May God continue to strengthen you daily, as you see to their needs.
    So very good to be in church yesterday. To close with “How Great Thou Art”.
    My parents and my sister and her husband are coming over this afternoon. It is Roger’s birthday – any reason to get together and make memories.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 28, 2018 6:23 am

      Thanks Jill!

      May God bless the fellowship at Roger’ burthday celebration. May God be the source of strength and ever present help to each of your family members. MAY HE surround each and everyone with His love and peace.


      • Andrea Posted May 28, 2018 7:42 am

        I echo Jill’s prayer for you, Mary. You both are such a blessing to your parents.

        • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 29, 2018 9:42 am

          Thanks Andrea!


  • Betsy Posted May 28, 2018 7:09 am

    We remember those who have served this country and their families. May we continue to honor all who sacrificed so much so we could have the freedoms we hold dear.

    Thank you, Lord, for the blessings you provide and the opportunities we have to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

  • Julie Posted May 28, 2018 7:43 am

    Yes, may we never forget that our freedoms have been won with a high price paid by those who came before us. God bless them and keep them and their loved ones left behind.
    Prayers for strength for Mary as she cares for her parents.
    Prayers for Betsy, her family,and church.
    Prayers for Jill and her family as they try to store up many happy memories.
    God, please be with those currently serving our mation. Keep them safe and bring them home to their loved ones.
    Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
    Mark Twain

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 29, 2018 9:43 am

      Thanks Julie!


  • Andrea Posted May 28, 2018 7:47 am

    Deep thanks to and prayers for the women and men serving our country and to families who have lost a family member in service to our country. Prayers for those who are scarred by their experiences in war zones.

    Prayers, too, for those who have difficulty with the heat wave hanging over the Upper Midwest. 96 is predicted for today.

    May all have a blessed Memorial Day.

  • Andrea Posted May 28, 2018 8:25 am

    Thank you, Robert, for your military service. It is an experience I personally know little about (my father was in WW Two, and my brother had a very high draft number and therefore did not get drafted to go to Southeast Asia). It is giving a big chunk of your life in young adulthood.

  • Connie Posted May 28, 2018 8:29 am

    It is my Father’s birthday today and I lit a candle and put it in the window. He died in 1976. He was a WWII veteran. But most important, a wonderful “Daddy”.
    Happy Birthday to Roger also! (a salmon patty cake?)

  • robert moeller Posted May 29, 2018 6:08 am

    Yes, I’m thankful for those who served and paid the price for our freedom.
    Prayers for Kelly who lost her fiancé, Mary and Jill’s parents, Mary and Jill,
    Roger’s birthday, Betsy, her family and church, the heatwave in the Midwest, floods in many places, the people in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Prayers for positive discussions as a start to positive results in Korea. Thank you, Julie for that priceless Mark Twain quote. Thankful, that while late, today I was able to respond to yesterday’s reflection. Better late than never.

    May God’s peace be with you. Thank You, Lord.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 29, 2018 9:46 am

      Thanks Robert!


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