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 reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice, which addresses issues of social justice through reflection and over 50 call-and-response prayers known as litanies.

Jesus is the God who knocks because he came into the world as a stranger, inviting us into a relationship so that we would be strangers no more. He knocks on the doors, walls, and structures that we have erected to keep others out. Jesus knocks as one who stands in solidarity with those we have rejected. Jesus knocks as every visitor bearing the image of God who approaches our front doors and southern borders.

—Tony Huynh with Britney Winn Lee, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How is Jesus inviting you to respond to “strangers”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.
—Matthew 25:35 (NRSV)

Today’s Litany

ONE: God of the caravans,
ALL: We pray for our siblings’ protection.
Provide for them as you once did for your children in the desert.

ONE: God of the sojourners,
ALL: We ask that you give them shelter.
Protect them as they are vulnerable.

ONE: God of the travelers,
ALL: We ask that you guide them on their journey.
Make clear their paths and direct their feet.

Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

The final litany from Rally was written by Britney Winn Lee in the beginning days of the global pandemic. This prayer reminds us that hope endures; goodness prevails; people surprise us; and love cannot, has not, will not fail. Watch and listen.

Lectionary Readings

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Ascension of the Lord

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  • robert moeller Posted May 13, 2021 7:25 am

    I do what I can to help others. My recent personality assessment describes me as an industrious caretaker. Had two walks yesterday, one with my son, and a spur of the moment, out of the blue very spontaneous much longer (11.2 miles) walk. A bit of a surprise, was able to do it, went to the bank, bought some lemonade, kept walking and made it home. A little sore, stiff today, I’m functioning. Responses to your posts come next.

  • robert moeller Posted May 13, 2021 7:54 am

    Amazing playing all that tennis and teaching too. I don’t miss the mounds of school papers, projects waiting to be graded. Thankful Jill’s health is doing well and she is able to be so active. My walk yesterday didn’t do me in, but I won’t rush out to repeat it soon. Thankful Ally has some job possibilities coming up, hope there is continued progress with David’s health. I think too of Marcy and am delighted that Julie does not endure those tough cold winters on her hands and feet with a new medication helping greatly. I think June is the resolution of the divorce proceedings, hoping for the correct decision. Glad to hear from Gail. Hope Lou’s travels, children, and their relationships are going well, better. A door and an interior wall were installed on the Brill car. Saw a photo of a Central Vermont auto carrying boxcar in Vancouver, British Columbia. That’s a long way from normal traffic.
    Progress is being made with Erich, but we’ve only just begun. He clearly is in a deep hole with many concerns, issues. Some are being resolved, that’s helpful, but the big one, how he will support himself, remains. Hope you have a blessed day. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted May 13, 2021 8:34 am

    I remain open as I run errands. That was illustrated this Sunday as two people readily shared with me their pain and health issues. I think people somehow detect my receptiveness and naturally open to and share with me.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as they work on their relationship and as each works on themselves. I need to follow your lead. Prayers for Ally and her job prospects, may God duide her. Prayers for David’s health and continued testing and Ally’s steady improvement. Prayers for April and her Bible studay. Prayers for Jill and Larry as they continue to spend time together on the weekend, may Jill have time to reduce her stack of grading. Prayers for Jill’s health as she plays tennis. Prayer for Lou’s safe travel and her children’s issues. Prayers for Marcy’s health and finances.
    The divorce hearing is indeed in June but that is not the end. That just determines the legality of a document from two decades ago that I did not know existed. It was signed when both my physical and mental health were greatly diminished
    At the deposition h acknowledged that I was unable at the time to comprehend what he had me sign and he never gave me a copy and hid his in a place I did not access to..
    Prayers for all of the UR

    • robert moeller Posted May 13, 2021 12:14 pm

      Hope that hearing’s result in whatever way possible helps bring the correct solution to the case. News of Marcy is always welcome. I know that both finances and health are big cioncerns.

  • Ally Posted May 13, 2021 2:10 pm

    Today’s UR devotional Scripture, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, speaks of God’s love as a sweet aroma. If we are truly about love, then others will perceive that aroma as sweet. Showing hospitality to the stranger is one way to spread the aroma of God’s love. Today I ask God for opportunities to show God’s Love to strangers. I pray all are doing well. Know I lift up your concerns to the Lord. May all of us sense the aroma of Love today and show it to those around us. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted May 13, 2021 5:35 pm

    This evening I will meet two new ladies who are joining our Thursday evening tennis team. Being the introvert that I am, I am not overtly welcoming or conversational. Tonight will be awkward, as the new ladies will not get to the courts until I am already out playing. I will ask my friend, who is also going on the later match to be sure to greet them. I need to be more aware about being welcoming and friendly.
    A beautiful day today. It is quite enjoyable to walk out of school with no coat on and to have the windows down and sunglasses on during the ride home. Still thinking about planting flowers and beginning to look forward to that. Roger is enjoying open windows.
    This week has flown by and I was able to get through all of my Year 2 exams. I finally feel like I can breathe a little easier as the next few weeks are mapped up as I finish up instruction, do unit assessments and plan for the final exam.
    May the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ comfort you all.

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