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

I DECIDED I WANTED TO TRY a new prayer practice. I began saying the Jesus Prayer repeatedly at various times of the day. Christians have been reciting this prayer for over a thousand years. Because it’s short, it makes a great breath prayer: a prayer you can say in connection with your breathing.
Inhale: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
Exhale: Have mercy on me, a sinner.

I practiced saying this prayer while folding laundry, walking the dog, driving to soccer practice. One day I sat at a red light while saying the prayer. Suddenly, I stopped on the second line: “have mercy on me.” Mercy. My thoughts immediately returned to what I had recently learned about hesed [a Hebrew word used to describe the love God has for us and the love we are called to have for each other; it is a love that is kind, faithful, loyal, unfailing, unconditional, merciful, rich, wonderful, transformative, and grace-full].

What if I used hesed in the Jesus Prayer? Slowly, I prayed, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, love me, a sinner.” Though it didn’t change the spirit of the prayer, the difference was profound. I was proclaiming God’s love for me, connecting with it and inviting it into my heart.

– Kristen E. Vincent
Beads of Healing

From pages 89-90 of Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness by Kristen E. Vincent. Copyright © 2016 by Kristen E. Vincent. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, love me, a sinner.” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength

Psalm 29:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for the victims of voilence. 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: Rita of Cascia (May 22).

Lectionary Readings

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  • diane/nj/usa Posted May 22, 2018 4:55 am

    the Jesus prayer – have mercy on me lord – I have had hardships since a young age – your LOVE for me lord Jesus has left me alone and barren in my old age – even JOB had restitution – your child – diane/nj/usa

    • robert moeller Posted May 22, 2018 6:58 am

      Don’t know the big picture of your situation, am thankful you consider yourself a child of God. God’s love is with you. I pray that like Job you will be blessed. Your faith like Job’s will keep you safe and well.

    • Andrea Posted May 22, 2018 7:29 pm

      My prayers for you, Diane. God bless you.

  • Jill Posted May 22, 2018 6:31 am

    Yes, Father – may Your Love shower down on us. Saturate us. Thank You for pursuing us, for loving us perfectly.
    May Your grace and mercy be felt by the faithful who gather here. Strengthen us to be Your light in the world.

  • Gail Posted May 22, 2018 6:35 am

    A New Testament prayer. Sometimes I feel like Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night as in John 3.

    “everyone who believes in him … may have eternal life.” May the Lord bless and keep you, all.

  • robert moeller Posted May 22, 2018 7:21 am

    Yes, remain faithful as Christ, God, the Holy Spirit are faithful and all will be well.

    Making progress finding someone to go with me to the Alzheimer’s study. Spoke with my sister and with mre details from the study we should be able to work something out. Spoke also with my daughter and she is supportive. My son knows. He needs to be at work and I see him every day.

    Have the castle, saw mill, house, and barn models I’ll use on the layout selected. Will need to scratch build Sorga station, have seen a video on how to do it, and have both a drawing and photos of it.

    Pearl’s diet has been changed, improved. She woke up later this morning, has eaten, played, and watched out doors an now is fast asleep.

    Preparing for the “All Things Maple” sugar on snow social, bake, and tag sale at church.

    Prayers for Gloria, Larry, Jill and Becky; Marcy, Julie, Andrea’s daughter and grandson, Lou and children, Mary and her parents,April, Connie, Betsy, Francesca, and all the posters, readers, and visitors to the UR. I give thanks and prayers for Richard White, Arnolds Vilcins, Diane Corse, Kristin and Chris Brygna and their children, Pastor John, Danielle, and their two sons, Betty and Bob Jones. and Debbie Lavigne and her daughter.

    Safe travels as we move toward Memorial Day weekend. Trinity Sunday is next.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 22, 2018 8:43 am

      Prause God for blessing Robert with someone to go with him to the Alzheimer’s study and Erich is working.

      Lord, have mercy in us.
      Hear our prayers, Lord!

      Grateful for another happy and fruitful day.

      Blessings and may the peace of God be with all of you!

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 22, 2018 8:45 am

        I meant, Lord, have mercy on us!

    • Andrea Posted May 22, 2018 11:35 am

      Thank you, Robert. Lowell and I are going to my grandson’s preschool’s picnic on Friday eith my daughter.
      Blessings, and prayers for you, Erich and Anneliese.

      • robert moeller Posted May 23, 2018 4:36 pm

        Andrea and Lowell, hope you have a delightful time and the day is joyous.

  • Julie Posted May 22, 2018 7:46 am

    Diane, you are not alone. You have found a warm and supportive group of fellow believers. Also, as long as you have Jesus in your heart you are never alone.
    Robert, what good news regarding Pearl and your train setup. I feed my kitties prescription food and therefore I am familiar with how vital good nutrition is for their overall health and well being.
    Gail, thank you for your insightful words. I continue to pray for you, your friend and her son.
    Jill, continued prayers for you and your family. I pray you remain healthy and pain free.
    My mammo yesterday was clean. Thank you Lord.
    Blessings and prayers for and thank you to all of the UR family
    Making a million friends is nt a miracle…the miracle is to make such a friend who can stand with you when millions are against you.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 22, 2018 6:19 pm

      Julie, praise God your mammo is clean!


    • robert moeller Posted May 23, 2018 4:39 pm

      Pearl is a Bombay and she seems to be doing better with her new wet food.
      Had to make quite a few adjustments from and American Short Hair to a Bombay. We’re doing them.

  • Andrea Posted May 22, 2018 11:41 am

    A breath prayer has a great calming effect, I have found. The Jesus prayer is especially calming.

    Happy to be home. I am so thankful to have re-connected with friends from high school days. So much laughter. We hope to continue to meet once or twice a year.

    Jill, we also have had roofers here this week. Lots of stomping, thumping, pounding, and loud booms overhead.

    Prayers for UR friends and visitors. Prayers for victims of violence, for their healing and safety.

    Wishing all a blessed day.

  • Lila Posted May 23, 2018 1:01 pm

    love this so much

  • robert moeller Posted May 23, 2018 4:40 pm

    Welcome Lila, you say a lot in a few words.

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