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

Although the book of Acts is often called “The Acts of the Apostles,” it could just as easily be called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit is the real star of the show. Jesus promises his followers that they will not be left alone even after his ascension because he will be present with them through the Holy Spirit. … As we read in Acts 2, the promised Holy Spirit comes and fills all the believers, an experience that continues for believers to this day. Throughout Acts we see the presence, power, and work of the Holy Spirit on display as ordinary people are transformed and empowered in extraordinary ways.

—Linda Tower Pevey, We Are the Church … Let’s Act Like It: A Study on the Book of Acts (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

When have you felt the Holy Spirit moving in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the disciples saw the Lord, they were filled with joy. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; if you don’t forgive them, they aren’t forgiven.”
—John 20:20-23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, God, for the power you have given us through the Holy Spirit.
Empower us to live as
faithful disciples of Jesus. In Jesus’ name,
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted June 12, 2023 9:39 am

    Morning, all. I’ve been mulling over the Upper Room devotional scripture this morning. Trying to work it out in my mind.
    The Holy Spirit has movies in my life, directing and guiding me. There have been times when it felt like I failed after following the Spirit’s guidance. I tend to question if i misheard or wonder if I did what I wanted and only thought I was following the guidance of the Spirit. Sometimes it seems hard to discern.
    I was hired for the part-time social services position at the mental health center. I start Friday. Today I am finishing up the new hire paperwork. David had several appointments, so this will be a busy week. I will still work my business, as I’m off on Thursday and Friday. It will be nice to look forward to weekends again.
    Jill, my heart goes out to your friend and her kids. May God give her peace as she grieves the dissolution of her marriage.

  • Julie Posted June 12, 2023 9:51 am

    When I look back at my life I can see the Holy Spirit has guided me at important times.
    Congratulations Abby. My heart breaks for Jill’s friend.
    Spent the day with Megan yesterday. We went to the Carnegie Science Center to see the installation from the Denmark museum. It was about the Vikings and was very interesting. They had boats constructed of the material the Vikings used and made with the tools they used back when they lived. It was a very detailed exhibit. We then went shopping, picked up takeout and went home to watch a movie. A full day.

  • Jill Posted June 12, 2023 12:09 pm

    The working of the Holy Spirit is so mysterious. I know the Spirit sustains me, to whatever extent possible – communicating with me as Christ did with His disciples. How I long for unmistakable communication. But, until then, I will try to lean not on my own understanding, lean into what I am perceiving as His work and try to be obedient…asking for assistance with this as well. He was at work, preparing my heart to hear God’s call, long before I knew it. Most recently, the call to be an end of life doula – I am more certain of this than anything. And it is remarkable and trustworthy.
    PT this morning and I have a physical/check-up this afternoon with my primary. Will run by school afterwards to do some treasurer stuff. Loose ends to tie up as the fiscal year ends here in a few weeks.
    Tennis this evening. Gray and cool here. Finally – water for my flowers. I heard rain overnight as well. Going to be cool tomorrow, with a chance of rain. Dad and I are hoping to get golf in – as we are playing at a really nice course.
    Ally – congrats on the job. Hope it is a good fit.

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