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

When my youngest son, Zach, was a baby, I signed up for a Disciple Bible study in our United Methodist church. In one year, I read 70 percent of the Bible and digested it with a small group of people from church. We spent two hours per week meeting together to study and reflect. I wrote more, gave sermons at a small Wednesday night service, and asked a lot of questions. I began to experience the Bible differently. More than ever before I recognized that Bible stories have symbolic meanings, and they jumped out at me.

—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

What Bible stories do you hold most dear? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Every scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character.
—2 Timothy 3:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Gail Posted April 11, 2023 8:40 am

    Stories about God leading the Israelites from Egypt. Stories of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. My 4th grade teacher read aloud from Hurlburt’s Bible Story book, daily.

  • Julie Posted April 11, 2023 9:35 am

    Noah and the birth and death of Jesus.
    Yesterday, h was busy in the shed and garage therefore, I had a restful day. We did have it out over the state of the shed. He is a hoader and it took 2 trucks which were each full and cost $2,000 to have the junk people clean out the basement. I told hiim to clean out the shed or I’ll call the junk haulers again.

  • Jill Posted April 11, 2023 4:18 pm

    Yes, Gail – the story of Abraham and Isaac remains incredibly impactful for me.
    My small group has been doing a methodical study of the Gospel of Luke the past year +. So much of it is familiar territory. But doing weekly deep dives on small chunks has really provided the opportunity to look at Christ, His interactions with His disciples and others. I have been using my chronological Bible as a wonderful supplement. It is interesting what is included and/or left out by each of the individual authors of the Gospels. Next week our study on Luke will be complete. The past few weeks, leading up to Easter, has included the buildup to the event in Luke.
    Doors and windows open with fresh air blowing through my kittens’ whiskers. I love having the fresh air in my house.
    Have been doing some more school work today, along with more relaxing by reading and catching up on some of favorite tv series. Becky and I will be spending the afternoon together tomorrow – going to hit several stores in a shopping area between our two houses. Going to have lunch at a place I haven’t been to since prior to the pandemic.

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