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

While the danger of sabbath intentions and parameters might drive away people because they feel like obligations, not observing sabbath at all can leave us feeling self-centered. If we practice the Jewish or Christian faith, then sabbath orders our lives rightly; it makes God the Creator and us the blessed recipients of creation and rest.

—J. Dana Trent, For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

How does sabbath help you receive the gifts of creation and rest? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the LORD your God commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God.
—Deuteronomy 5:12-14a (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O God, our Creator and Redeemer, help me to realize my need for sabbath time in my busy life. Please give me a hunger for sabbath time so I can spend more time with you, my family, and my faith community. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

SABBATH: An Ancient Practice Meets the Modern World is a new two-hour documentary that explores the history of one of the world’s most important spiritual practices and its timeless relevance for a stressed-out, modern world. This week’s featured author, J. Dana Trent, is one of the featured commentators in the film. Learn more at www.journeyfilms.com.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 1, 2023 8:58 am

    I feel spiritually strengthened. This is an area where science and facts don’t dominate. It’s felt in your heart, mind, and soul, present but unseen, unheard, but recognized. Thank You, Lord.
    Preparing for Communion Sunday. Very thankful that Communion is possible through Extended Table from the bishop’s cabinet.
    A new month coming, restored resources. Thank You, Lord.
    AC in and working. Several warmer days ahead. Those of us who enjoy winter mind the heat. So far no humidity.
    Two out of three needed actions in Washington taken, Hope the next action goes smoothly.
    Prayers for health, healing, wellbeing, safety, successful exams at school, physical therapy, time with friends and family, and solutions to people problems. The Lord is with you!

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