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

Gardening (whether it’s in the yard or in the heart) involves some effort and sweat, but mostly it’s about allowing ourselves to be in harmony with the awesome creativity of the universe. We join hands with the Creator to do the tilling and the planting and nurturing together, then watch expectantly for the greening.

—Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

Who can support you in watching expectantly for the Creator’s work in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 1:6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, God, for sun and showers.
Thank you for each lovely flower.
Thank you for each stately tree.
Though all these, you speak to me.
A Gardener’s Prayer
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Something More

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted May 1, 2022 2:49 pm

    I think have family, friends, and church members , NEM certainly included, who all help in one way or another. Just off the phone with two of them. Concerns from church members this morning. Erich helps every day. Messages from NEM come daily too.
    It has been a busy Sunday, up early, did some errands before church to make sure I was ready to help with communion. Had a hard time reading during the service , but it went well.
    Taking a rest, but I also proofread the next issue of a railroad historical society’s journal. Appreciating and understanding what you saw as a kid 70 years is very fulfilling. This quarter’s issue deals with shipping milk to Boston.
    Periodontist in the morning and SPRC tomorrow evening. Need to catch up with all of you! Take good care.

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