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

Saint Augustine once said, “He who sings, prays twice.” This sentiment is true for the lined hymn tradition. When experiencing this tradition—and settling into the atmosphere that often accompanies this tradition—one cannot help but feel as if those who are gathered are in fact praying, the words reaching God as a cry of God’s people. Moaning and humming are significant components of the lined-hymn tradition. When a lined hymn is finished and the congregation has reached the end of the words, the congregation often continues the tune by humming and occasionally crying, “Lord, Lord.” When singing the tunes of lined hymns, we pray with “groans too deep for words.”

—Safiyah Fosua, Robert McMichael III, and Cynthia A. Wilson, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music (Discipleship Resources, 2015)

Today’s Question

What hymns help you “pray twice”?

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Today’s Scripture

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with groanings too deep for words.
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Bread of heaven, feed me until I want no more. Help me to understand that without you, it is impossible to survive in this world and its experiences. Thank you for being present with me in all circumstances. Amen.
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  • Ally Posted June 23, 2023 6:32 am

    Morning, all. The hymn-lining tradition was practiced by my Appalachian ancestors. It is how my great-grandparents worshipped in their little mountain churches.
    I’m not sure if o have prayed a hymn twice as author has described. I have prayed hymns and asked the Holy Spirit to intercede for me with groanings too deep for words when I don’t have the words.

  • Julie Posted June 23, 2023 9:39 am

    I don’t have a specific example either.
    Yesterday h was completely different from the raving lunatic of Wednesday. Welcome to the dementia dimension.
    Cue the Twilight Zone music.

  • robert moeller Posted June 23, 2023 1:44 pm

    This type of hymn singing is totally unfamiliar to me. I’m very used to piano or organ accompaniment. Often the melodies of hymns lift me beyond the words. It’s like the words are embedded in the notes. I certainly understand the moaning and humming. I hum or whistle hymn tunes.
    There are many hymns that touch me. Amazing Grace might be at the top of the list. Silent
    Night, Love Divine All Loves Excelling, and Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken are others.
    Thankful that there are also better days with h.
    Yes, the mind is a difficult thing to fathom at times, yet we all appreciate it when it’s on our wavelength. Thank You, Lord.

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