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

The spirituals, also uniquely representative of the sounds and songs of the tribes from whence we came, served multiple functions. These were frequently lifted in the fields in the daytime. They were a musical summons to worship God in all circumstances; their call-and-response style became a way to forge community in the toilsome fields. History also documents that the spirituals came to be a means of secret communication. In the deep woods, and later in more formal places of worship, songs were sung that were constructed around Bible fragments and often had overtures of liberation, forward movement, and heaven. They were sung with heart, mind, and body.

—Safiyah Fosua, Robert McMichael III, and Cynthia A. Wilson, Reflect, Reclaim, Rejoice: Preserving the Gift of Black Sacred Music (Discipleship Resources, 2015)

Today’s Question

What are your favorite spirituals? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I’ll sing a psalm in the Spirit, but I’ll sing the psalm with my mind too.
—1 Corinthians 14:15 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Bread of heaven, feed me until I want no more. Help me to understand that without you, it is impossible to survive in this world and its experiences. Thank you for being present with me in all circumstances. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Gail Posted June 20, 2023 7:02 am

    Swing Low Sweet Chariot comes to mind.

  • Julie Posted June 20, 2023 9:40 am

    I wasn’t sure what constituted this style but I also like the one Gail mentioned so I will be safe and second hers.
    I am not sure if there is an issue with my edition of the comments but yesterday mine had the first commentor as April but everyone else stated the identity as Gail. I am confused and if my phone and tablet are changing names I need to identify this. This same issue has happened before so I would like to resolve this issue. If I need to contact the NEM administrator I will do so after I know for sure. Thank you for your assistance fellow commentors. Additional information: my edition identifies today’s first commentor as Gail.

  • Ally Posted June 20, 2023 11:05 am

    My Lord, What A Morning. A message of hope and deliverance to oppressed people.

  • April Posted June 20, 2023 4:15 pm

    It was me, April, that sent in the pretzel post.

    • Julie Posted June 20, 2023 5:47 pm

      Thank you
      Also thank you for the post
      A wonderful story

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