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

I know God doesn’t only communicate in the silence. I believe God speaks to us through the whole of our life. But silence creates space for us to practice listening for God so that we may better experience God’s presence in all areas. Silence is a spiritual practice that prepares us to receive mothering as a spiritual practice. It is a practice I need help practicing.

—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What busyness and noise keep you from experiencing silence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
—Psalm 62:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

May I be a river, free of attachments, flowing lavishly and abundantly through the day, moving with your currents, and bringing life and refreshment to my children. Amen.
Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours
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  • robert moeller Posted May 3, 2022 8:01 am

    The busyness of the day from after breakfast to just before sleep is a more challenging time to find silence. The early hours of the morning are the easiest. Walks in the woods during the day are helpful.
    Still on the search for a Poconos home, I’m reaching out for another 90 day mortgage pre-approval.
    Hope to connect with my daughter today and Bible study begins in half an hour. Those of us on SPRC are concerned about finding a pastor. There’s much more that a pastor does besides lead a worship service.
    Continued prayers of thanks for blessings and prayers of concern for needs, health, well-being, work, family, friends and specific issues of the NEM family. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted May 3, 2022 9:01 am

    The new job of overseeing h’s medicine is very time consuming. I am also going through his mail becaause he has just been putting it into a pile unopened. Yesterday I had to quickly address several time sensitive matters. I also have tbeen spending time with the new kittens several times a day. So all of this has kept me very busy as I must also maintain my normal duties.
    Prayers for Ally as she awaits disability information and seeks a new job. Prayers for Jill and her students as they take their exams. Prayers for Robert as he continues to explore the feasibility of moving.

  • Jill Posted May 3, 2022 6:56 pm

    The busyness and noise in my brain hampers my morning time, more often than I care to admit. A lot of it is inattentiveness and laziness. I will stay at it.
    The last few days got away from me. I received a call from my sister yesterday – there are some money issues among the three of them. Every thing with my sister is either utterly black or utterly white. I don’t know how she exists at the extremes of life constantly…better yet – I don’t know how Don exists with that. Anyway – she wanted me to step in and talk to dad. So – I had the conversation with dad, he felt bad and I guess they talked it out. I don’t know why I have to mediate from Ohio when they all live in a villa together in Florida. Pretty ridiculous. My sister avoids conflict at all costs, therefore placing me in the middle of that dynamic. Dad is very frugal and Don sends mixed signals and they just end up in a pickle.
    Definitely feel like I am on the slide towards the end of school. Testing begins for my students tomorrow, with my subject being Friday and Monday. I have taken them as far as I can – it is now up to them. So, now I am down to 2 classes. It is a lovely way to end the year…reduced load, ample time to get everything done at school.
    Under a tornado watch here, skies look less menacing than they did a few hours ago. Hope the storms miss us.
    I also enjoy gratefulness.org. Each week I put a quote up in the corner of my whiteboard. More often than not it is one of their daily quotations. I save the best ones in a file.

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