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

Jesus had a simple message for those who were spiritually awakened by his ministry. It was a message about the timeliness of his kingdom and personal transformation. Mark 1:15 is short and sweet, but as Jesus lived that message with people, the experience of a transformed life was very real. Keeping things simple is a good recipe for a discipleship movement.

—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How has your life been transformed by the good news of Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
—Mark 1:14-15 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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Something More

We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted April 24, 2022 6:10 am

    I keep trying, Can’t do it all by myself, but have all the help I need. Thank You, Lord.
    Pondering what to do next regarding the Poconos. Glad to be safe and secure, Think it best
    to wait and see. Inflation, raising house prices and interest rates, and a host of other issues tell me so. Thankful we have a pastor leading worship from today until the end of June. Eastertide blessings
    to all who visit this site,

  • Ally Posted April 24, 2022 3:23 pm

    I suppose even when I don’t feel transformed, I know my heart is warmer. I feel God’s grace when I mess up and extend God’s grace to others. I hope that I am kinder, softer, have more compassion and empty. Hope everyone is having a nice Sunday. Blessings to all.

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