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

In the quiet of Centering Prayer, receive the gift of Divine Presence. Let go of the noise that prevents you from being aware of God.

Read 1 Samuel 3:2-10. Listen to the prompting of the Spirit that comes through a word. Meditate on what you are given. Let it crystallize into some words of prayer. In silence prepare to take the word you receive with you.

—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices help you listen for the Spirit’s prompting? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
—1 Samuel 3:10 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

This week we invite you to practice Centering Prayer:
1. Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
2. Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly, and then silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
3. When engaged with your thoughts [which includes body sensations, feelings, images, reflections], return ever so gently to the sacred word.
4. At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.
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  • Lou Posted June 2, 2021 6:51 am

    This is one of my favorites – I often say at least silently- speak Lord, your servant is listening – because I want to know what God wants me to do. Particularly, since my divorce and since my children have left the nest – I wonder what my purpose is and I ask the Lord to guide me. I’ve tried several different avenues but I am still searching. I know my work is definitely part of the plan and I feel like I have a purpose there, but I am still growing and searching and I do my beat to listen for God’s direction in my life.
    Prayers for all of the UR today- may you hear God’s call and feel His presence and His peace.

  • Julie Posted June 2, 2021 8:36 am

    I try to spend time quietly with the Lord. I have roughly adopted the practice above without knowing it I started this year with using the word hope when I sat quietly with my breath and inviting God to speak to me. It is helpful when I have spent the time engaging in the practice. I have been remiss lately. Another day without h! It is so nice and peaceful and the stress level in the home is greatly reduced. This respite is much needed.
    Prayers for Lou and her seeking of God’s direction, may God nudge her and may she be receptive. Prayers for Ally and David, for health and a job. Prayers for Jill and her renewing of her spirit over the summer break. Prayers for Robert and his family and their relationships. Thank you for your prayers.

  • robert moeller Posted June 2, 2021 9:35 am

    Being silent, still, focusing on God is what I have been trying for the last 8 days. I’m following Rueben Job’s 40 day plan in “Listening-praying in a noisy world.” Anything new requires some getting used to, but I am enjoying the effort.
    Life keeps presenting new challenges, Lou and Julie describe their paths. I have some similar feelings, but my loss came from passing away not divorce. Either way there is plenty of ordeal to endure. I’m very thankful God helped me greatly.
    Drier weather and a second coat of paint on the Brill car, next to thin the yellow paint and airbrush the car front.
    Off again today to a wildlife area, came very close to fining it yesterday, have. better map today, Have also found a second spot as a backup.
    Warmer weather and then some HOT in the 90s days beginning this weekend. It will be a bigger test for our insulated curtain and ACed living room. There’s a larger AC in the smaller bed room as well.
    A very good and positive church council-SPRC-transition team meeting last night. Very thankful there are resources and good guidance to make this a smooth pastoral transition. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted June 2, 2021 11:16 am

    Sitting still in silence in the morning is one of the practices. This past Sunday in church we sang “I need Thee every hour” – this song moved me – as I need to have this stance as spend time with dad. I don’t have sufficient patience on my own – and I must rely on God to be my strength and my source of patience. While the song was being sung, I prayerfully cried out to God to keep me mindful of my need and to stay before Him more. When I sense myself struggling – I want to turn to Him, not spiral into frustration.
    Mindfulness is making a subtle difference on the tennis court. Last night was quite a frustrating match, but I held my tongue fairly well. I wanted to just beat the ball into the back curtain, but I caught myself, didn’t swing and let the ball just bounce. Awareness is the beginning step, as well as wanting to change. The change will come gradually, as I practice awareness and submission.
    Thank You, Father – keep working on me.

  • Ally Posted June 2, 2021 5:26 pm

    I have been sort of restless today. I’ve had a lot to do so I prayed and listened this afternoon as I went about my work. As I read the passage from 1 Samuel, the word “listening” stuck with me. Today I ask the Lord to help me listen: to God and to others. Part of listening is to be quiet and still. Help me Lord, to be still and listen for Your voice. Amen. Thanks to all for your prayers for us. May God bless our UR family.

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