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 Quiet Pentecost offers more than forty stories of inviting the Holy Spirit into congregational life. These voices come from United Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Missionary Baptist, Roman Catholic, African Methodist Episcopal, and United Church of Christ congregations, as well as retirement centers and campus ministries. All witness to the power of spiritual formation practices, whether in congregations, chaplaincy settings, or college campus ministries. These practices work! …They enable people to experience a lived relationship with God and to grow in companionship and mission within their congregations and communities.

—Dwight H. Judy, A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices does your congregation engage in? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.
—Matthew 22:37-39 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and
the glory, forever. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Day of Pentecost

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  • Julie Posted May 22, 2023 9:24 am

    This is a vague term with no definition and no examples. Therefore, I am unable to answer.
    Spent a lovely day on my own. At church we welcomed a family and child. The parents joined the church and the baby was baptized. We had a celebration afterward. As I was leaving the church, the refreshmentcommitee chair, a wonderful lady, asked if I would be interested in chairing next. I told her I would consider it. I reminded her that I am only able to attend every other Sunday and she said that would be fine. It is mostly sending emails and making sure all refreshments will be provided by the members. I am leaning towards saying yes.

  • Jill Posted May 22, 2023 11:42 am

    One which is unique to my experience, at least on a consistent basis, is to have a time of communal/liturgical confession of sins and neediness of a Saviour and His righteousness. The worship leader takes his time with this part, providing time for reflection. My church does a more liturgical service than others I have been associated with.
    Dad and I had a beautiful afternoon to enjoy golf yesterday. Definitely getting me ready for summer.
    The beginning of this week is exam time for seniors. My seniors have an exit survey to complete for me. Underclassmen exams begin Friday. So reviewing and wrapping things up.
    Tennis is an away match this evening, as is Wednesday’s. Makes for a hectic week – but manageable. No one has commented on car pooling this evening – it is about an hour away. Possibly because several people will be coming from work.

  • robert moeller Posted May 22, 2023 7:53 pm

    I think of the remembrance of the Holy Spirit coming on Pentecost, a cross with a flame, the phrase “ catch the Spirit”, and like Jill, the confession of sin, need for salvation in worship, especially before Communion.. A Quiet Pentecost is very new to me, I like its ecumenical nature. Have to learn more about it.
    Helped my friend Russ celebrate his 90th birthday today. Went for a walk, attended a party, went out for coffee/tea, and picked up a package at the Post Office. Some food shopping, things I need to complete the dishwasher installation, connections of water line and wiring. Lots of little steps needed. Keeping you all in thoughts and prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted May 22, 2023 9:39 pm

    Prayer, confession, reading scripture together, praise through music, acts of service, Holy Communion, loving each other. Holy Communion is the one that puts my heart right.
    We’ve had a quiet day. Worked on my business, had quiet time, got ready for a meeting, but got there and discovered I got the dates mixed up. David has stsrted his new meds and we pray for good results. Made homemade tomato soup for supper.
    My kitty Dixie doesn’t seem quite herself. Will monitor and pray she isn’t sick and doesn’t need a vet visit.

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