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.

Hope, quite possibly the most elusive of these things, challenges me to turn its seemingly faraway song into an experience into which people from all walks of life can enter. How do I wrestle hope down from its hiding place, put meat on its bones, and offer it as a viable option to a room full of strangers?

That’s the magic of storytelling and world-building. In the four walls of my theatre, I tell stories of the least of us, centering their experiences and showing how people under the boot of oppression can overcome, all while maintaining a sense of integrity, humanity, and joy.

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

Today’s Question

When has a theatre (or other art) experience opened you to a new perspective? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.
—1 Thessalonians 1:3, CEB

Today’s Litany

ONE: We are made in the likeness of Eternal Creativity.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.
ONE: Its insistence moves us into being and imagines for us worlds beyond
our hopelessness.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.
ONE: We are made to collaborate with those around us to build deeper connections
and sustainability around new ways of doing life together.
ALL: Another world is possible and on its way.
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

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted May 11, 2021 6:39 am

    An Apple tv drama series about Emily Dickinson opened my eyes to a new way to see, understand her. I still find her quite confusing, poetry is not a favorite art form. I’m not sure what she accomplished. Bible study today, chapters 11-12 of Hebrews. Very encouraging chapters about faith and hope. More preparation today for my counseling session tomorrow. The table is ready to be cut and assembled. Thankful for a walk beneath the towering stone walls of Cathedral Ledge, to me it’s the Yosemite of North Conway NH. It challenges climbers to scale its face. Huge boulders at the base have, I assume, fallen off. The number of new Covid cases has dropped a lot. New England is the most vaccinated area of the country. Continued prayers for all of you dear NEM members.
    Thank You, Lord

  • Gail Churchill Posted May 11, 2021 7:08 am

    Lately the only live theatre that I have seen is worship, with music. Our church has a praise band and a choir with traditional music. Both sing and perform during the 10:00 am service. During Communion we walk up to the altar to receive Communion, and as you sit in the congregation you can see all the people in the worship service walking forward, and back to their seats, to receive Communion. The processional of the congregants is special. During worship we are one congregation worshipping together, with many parts, and that exhibits hope.

  • Julie Posted May 11, 2021 8:40 am

    Nearly every art experience has changed my perspective and concept of the world. But the most influential is the fine art museum here in Pittsburgh. The Carnegie Museum of Art has every type of art from ancient to modern. The modern is especially mind widening as it often challenges and is vulgar and “in your face”. I makes me uncomfortable just as injustice does.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may the counseling help them grow their relationship. Prayers for Ally and David, for continued healing and a new job. Prayers for Jill, may her health withstand the new tennis season. Prayers for Lou’s safe travel and her children’s issues. Prayers for Gail and her church, may all be safe and grow in their faith.
    Megan and I had a nice Mother’s Day together although, like Jill, it was very wet. I am thinking of getting a new kitty from the shelter via PetSmart. However, Megan cautioned me regarding h as he will yell and scream. So do I withstand h’s tirade or miss out on a kitty that touched my heart in a special way?… Also I texted that person I met while shopping.

  • Jill Posted May 11, 2021 5:10 pm

    I don’t think I have much appreciation for many forms of art…poetry, drawn art. I am not interested in it and I never understood any poetry or mythology I had to take in school. It is beyond me. Nor can I draw a lick. I suppose the appreciation I have is the respect for the creator of art.
    A late start for school today as we had 2 hours of meetings for teachers and another meeting after school. Seems ridiculous at this point in the school year, but maybe this is a form of administrative art that I just can’t appreciate. Everyone is counting down, teachers and students alike. I am finally making headway on my stack of papers. I found some gumption somewhere deep within today and finished grading one of the Year 2 classes sets of exams. It is encouraging – maybe more gumption is forthcoming.
    Summer tennis season begins tonight. Always a hectic end to the school year. Each match has 5 courts, and unfortunately our club only has 4 courts. So, the last court must wait to go on. So instead of finishing around 9:00, it is closer to 11:00. Way past my bedtime. So – luckily I have nothing tomorrow evening and will be able to come home from school and crash. Then do it all over again Thursday. It’s all good – just gotta make sure I get some naps and take care of myself. Roger will have the bed warm when I get home late tonight.

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