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 personality of a church is shown through the way people interact, the care they have for one another, the nurturing fellowship, and the sweet fragrance of respect that permeates everything. Even the architecture, windows in every classroom, open spaces in the pastor’s study with an administrative office nearby, speaks to openness and honesty. The presence of two teachers in every classroom, the sign-in and sign-out sheets for parents with children in the nursery speak to accountability. These are neon signs that shout, “We care about you, we want you safe, we hide nothing here.” This is the kind of church people want to join because there is a
promise of openness and honesty, a promise of boundaries and safety.

Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust Within Faith Communities (Discipleship Resources, 2023)

Today’s Question

How would you describe your church’s personality? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
—Psalm 37:3 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, we recognize that all people are entrusted to our care. We
respond to your will for us to diligently watch over one another. Help us keep our eyes
alert to dangers. Enable us to have attentive ears to even the silent cries for help. … Use our community to be a sure place of safety
for all. Use our community to be a source of overflowing love and compassion. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Prayer from page 222, Safer Sanctuaries
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  • Gail Churchill Posted May 4, 2023 7:40 am

    We like to think that we are friendly, hospitable, etc.

  • Julie Posted May 4, 2023 9:32 am

    I know our pastor just stood his ground with the operator of a daycare in our church. The issue involved what the author put forth here, about always having two adults, at least, at all times when there are children present.
    Thank you for your prayers regarding my Prolia shot, however Prolia is for the treatment of osteoporosis. It has nothing to do with pain or discomfort, it is to strengthen my bones. I had a hip replaced while in my thirties, so I have had osteoporosis for decades.

  • Jill Posted May 4, 2023 1:18 pm

    I feel like my current church is the friendliest of the three of which I have been involved with. The diversity of age groups, with a high number of young families – coming from modest backgrounds, is so incredibly refreshing. There is a willingness to mentor, regardless of age. People willingly volunteer and are content to share in the burden as well as the fellowship.
    Having dinner with my former student this evening. We were going to try a new seafood place, but she said it is practically Cinco de Mayo – so we might as well do Mexican – our usual fare. So, we are – at the restaurant near my house. She is going to swing by and pick me up when she finishes up work. I am grateful for this…otherwise I would have hung around school for over an hour as the seafood place was somewhat near school. Hopefully will sneak in a quick nap, as sleep last night was restless, for whatever reason.

  • robert moeller Posted May 4, 2023 4:02 pm

    I fully support the two people present when dealing with children. Glad Julie has help for osteoporosis. My wife and mother-in-law took Fosamax (sp), but that was over 26 years ago.
    Making progress with the installation of the new appliances. Almost done with the microwave.
    Rainy weather let up enough for a walk beside the Saco River today, high water and a section with rapids. Communion this Sunday by Extended Table. It enables Communion in churches without an ordained pastor. Thank You, Lord.

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