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

Today I am learning to be gentler with myself, to not hold myself to higher standards than I do everyone else, to know the things I need in place to maintain emotional and mental health, and to accept my humanity and my weaknesses and honor them by eating, sleeping, and moving my body.
I am trying. I do my best every day and hope it will be enough. This is who I am today. This is how far I can see of who I am becoming.

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

Today’s Question

Take time to wonder: Who are you today? Ponder or write or speak of where you find your identity this day. What can you name about who you are? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves.
—Matthew 11:29 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

May I see my moments of strength and my moments of weakness as invitations to draw closer to you.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 6, 2021 6:48 am

    I am trying to resolve the reality my son has of me. Perception is everything, how others perceive is is their reality. Understanding Erich’s perception will hopefully help resolve many issues. Despite an emotion filled before noon conversation he was able to get his second Covid shot, made it time to a store for an important purchase pickup, and we ate the most wonderful Korean food we have eaten in some time. The table being made is progressing. It gets drawn on the wood so it can be cut. One last soldering job on the Brill car is a challenge. Have the joint cleaned up, hope it can be successfully done. Lots of clouds, but the sun shines through and we’re dried up after yesterday’s all day sprinkle. Im up to date on my through the Bible reading, the first 10 chapters of Leviticus are bloody with sacrifices. The readings in Hebrews allude to them and declare the sacrifice made by Jesus does away once and for all with the sacrifices mentioned in Leviticus. I’m thankful that is true.
    Prayers for safety, well-being, recovery, a successful job hunt, fun at golf and tennis, a new truck, relations with friends, relatives, the last months of the regular school year, energy for the summer session, and God’s peace. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted May 6, 2021 8:45 am

    I am trying to resolve the dawning of my mother’s indifference towards me. I always knew this but not in the KNOW sense. This week of texts following her surgery (she has yet to phone) has really driven this truth home in stark reality. I know that it is a reflection of her lack of ability to love me and not on my lovability, but it is hurtful. This treatment from my mother which has always been my reality is another reason I have to stop procrastinating and call a counselor.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as they work on their relationship, you are my rolemodel in this counseling foray.
    Prayers for Ally’s job search and strength and David’s healing from all of his issues.
    Prayers for Lou’s travel safety, her son and his job and relationship, and her daughter and her schoolwork.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry and their relationship, may they grow together through their sharing thoughts and golf and Bible study.
    Prayers for the UR

  • Jill Posted May 6, 2021 6:12 pm

    Words of a song run through my mind as I consider this question…”I am who You say I am”. I am His beloved, I am His child, I am forgiven, I am bestowed with mercy, lovingkindness and matchless grace. I am His and He is mine. And that is everything to me.
    In this moment, I am tired. I am weary from schooling during a pandemic. I am sick of screens. I am tired of not being able to see faces, and of not being able to express myself fully as well. I feel like showing up at work is close to drudgery – and I am actually able to have gratitude in the recognition that in 28 years of teaching – I can’t recall feeling this way before. How fortunate I am. But it doesn’t change the day to day reality. There are some good moments with my year 2 students. But I remain unable to make much of a connection with my year 1 students…the classroom is quiet, they are very removed it seems, and I suppose I am as well. They file in and file out and will reply if spoken to. But heads are down, there is no conversation, no banter. They don’t know me and I don’t know them. I can do this for four more weeks. Yes I can.
    My sister is arriving in town late tomorrow evening. She and her husband will be staying at dad’s until they get the keys to their new house in a couple of weeks. I am anxious for them to bring all my purchases from Florida – so I can array them around my bedroom.
    Tomorrow night is our next playoff tennis match. The opposition is hosting at their courts, about an hour away. If we win this match – we will be qualified for the state championships.
    Julie – did anything ever come of the conversation with the lady at the supermarket?

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