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

During the sixteenth, seventeenth,and eighteenth centuries, lined hymn singing was the primary method of teaching and celebrating God’s Word—due primarilyto the cost of books and high illiteracy rates during those periods. When slaves began to establish their own congregations,they took this tradition with them, and it ultimately became a part of the African experience in America.

The structure of lined hymn signing consists of a song leader “lining out” the words of the song and the congregation responding with the same words but in a more elongated,intentional tune and style.

Although this tradition was introduced to the slave community after many slaves were converted to Christianity, much of what gave this tradition life was the experience of the slaves before their conversion. The “moaning” that is often a part of the lined hymn tradition represents a deep cry to God and asks the question, “Lord, how come we here?”

—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

How often does your congregation cry out to God in song or through prayer? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Israelites groaned under their slavery and cried out. Their cry for help rose up to God from their slavery.
—Exodus 2:23 (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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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted June 22, 2023 9:59 am

    Not at all.
    I have no idea how h’s mind works. His mother has been dead for several years. Years of which he still drove and had more of his faculties. However, yesterday he went absolutely balistic when he demanded to go to the bank to close out her account. I told him that he needed more thaan just the death certificate. I told him several of the necessary paperwork which he does not have. He insisted that I take him to a certain branch of the bank. However, I indicated that I have a very cooperative relationship with an assistant manager at another branch and she told me what forms we need. He kept saying then show me the letter. I reiterated that no letter exists it was a handwritten list. He tried walking to his preferred branch which is miles away. Lord, give me patience.

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