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

A good description of the spiritual life is that it’s an expression of our “intention to pay attention”—to pay attention to ourselves, to pay attention to others, to pay attention to our life. This book is about attending to the ordering of our life and the practices that help us live this life with God, a life that leads to a social transformation that reveals the beloved community. It is about how we do this work as individuals and collectively. If a group of people wishes to live a life with God, how might that happen? What are the habits and practices and examples within the Christian tradition that teach us the consistency of such a life?

—Daniel Wolpert, “Creating Focus in My Life: The Practice of Willful Attention, ” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How would you answer the author’s questions in today’s reflection? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let those who are wise pay attention to these things
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.
—Psalm 107:43 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

In his revelatory new book, Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation. Learn more and order your copy here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted May 27, 2024 5:29 am

    As my friend would say to her children…love Jesus, love others and be a good human. Sounds simple enough. The command to love God with all your heart, mind and spirit, and do unto others as you would have them do to you – this must emanate from us…our words, actions, commitments. Christ lived with intentionality, so must we…as the title of today states…”pay attention”.
    Church yesterday morning was so good. Needed it. Always. The gathering at my nephew’s was just right. Not too big, not too loud. We were celebrating his birthday a bit late – as he and his wife were out of town at a wedding during his actual birthday a few weeks back. Some yard games, and seeing his wife’s parents and sister.
    Dad got to meet some of the people who we will be going to the beach with later this week. They are so kind to him and will take great care in seeing that he fits in and enjoys himself. He had a hard time hearing conversations at the party – the background noise is challenging for him in a big space. Hoping it will be better at the beach house. He so enjoys being around people and socializing. I think this trip will be good for him.
    We are to golf today and it looks like the rain will move out in time this morning. I asked my friend to join us – I think she is planning to do it. I have some chores to see to this morning, and begin packing. The rest of the week is quite busy – so need to take advantage of today.
    Robert – thank you for your service to this country. Happy Memorial Day.

    • robert moeller Posted May 27, 2024 6:12 am

      Thank you, Jill. Prayers for a great week with Dad and friends at the beach.

  • robert moeller Posted May 27, 2024 6:08 am

    If a group of people wishes to live a life with God, how might that happen? Join together, worship, pray, and do unto each other as we would want done to us. Care for those in need. Help each other grow in faith and service to God

    What are the habits and practices and examples within the Christian tradition that teach us the consistency of such a life? Fellowship with believers, lifting their needs up to God, helping them resolve their problems, fulfilling their needs as the hands of God.

    Thankful for God in Three Persons, Father-Creator, Son-Jesus-Redeemer, Holy Spirit-constant guide with us.

    Continuing the difficult relationship with my son, we both care for each other with mental issues causing disconnects. Thankful there are resources that should help us through two problems.
    Thank You, Lord

  • Julie Posted May 27, 2024 8:15 am

    Thank you, Robert, for your service and contribution for my freedom.

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