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

Humility can come through mutual service that provides meals to those who are suffering, visits the sick and does not neglect them, and provides food to the hungry. Humility offers such acts of kindness not just for those we like or who we feel deserve such acts but to anyone with whom we are connected in Christ. We do such humble acts for those with whom we disagree as well as for those who always seem to agree with us. Humility enables us to live together in such a way that others see our life as something different from what they have come to expect in the world and to do so fueled by joy.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

How can joy fuel your humble acts of service? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind.
—1 Peter 3:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God, I give thanks for all you have done, are doing, and will do. Because of this, I rejoice.
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  • Julie Posted February 21, 2021 7:56 am

    I suppose the joy we feel in being loved and cherished and forgiven by the Lord should compell us to be humble and giving. We give because we have given so much by our gracious father. Even if we are not rich, we are rich in love and salvation.
    Prayers for Ally and David. May David agree to another ER trip and may a better doctor be seen. May Ally be strengthened through this by God.
    Prayers for April, Lou and Mary, may they be safe and well. I was unable to call Marcy yesterday as h was in the romm all afternoon. H is very confrontational and nasty. The court proceedings are spread out through March, April and May. The final hearing to determiine the validity of his claims to all marital assets by using a 16 year old document will be determined in May.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may Larry continue to feel well after his second shot and may Jill also be so blessed.
    Prayers for Robert and may we see comments from him soon.

  • Lou Posted February 21, 2021 8:58 am

    The thought that came to my mind is something my mom would always remind us when we were growing up – that God loves a cheerful giver. Giving to others brings be joy and happiness. To be able to think about another and go outside of oneself is a great joy.
    Today we are expecting more snow in the Midwest- warmer temperatures are ahead and all of the incredible snow we have had will need to go somewhere- prayers that it is not my basement! Prayers for everyone affected by the cold and challenging weather especially those in Texas. Prayers for everyone here struggling with many concerns- God is with you. Prayers for our faithful poster Robert whom we all are missing- we are all praying for his health and safety.
    Thankful to see my son yesterday and that he is doing well, thankful that all of my children are doing well in these trying times. Thankful
    that my church is able to provide us with remote church services that I gratefully attend from the comfort of my home. Thankful that my little house is surviving this winter and that I am safe and warm. For these blessings the Lord has given to me I am so grateful.

  • Jill Posted February 21, 2021 1:12 pm

    If I am intentional in my awareness and gratitude for peace streaming through me, my acts will be natural and authentic, fueled by humility and God honoring intentions. If my self focus is on something other than my blessings and peace, then I will cease to be acting from my best place.
    Abundant sunshine is so encouraging. Yes, Lou, I too am thinking about the “big thaw” I keep hearing about, wondering where all this snow will melt to. I surely hope your basement remains dry.
    I went out to run in very cold temps this morning, because it is supposed to be very windy tomorrow morning – and I dislike running in the wind. So tomorrow will be an elliptical day. I try very much to avoid back to back days on it. As I was running, waiting for my feet to warm up, I thought about how nice it will be to run in Florida in April, in just shorts and a tshirt. Will be glad once the sidewalks are clear again and I can run my normal route.
    Schoolwork aplenty today, with good basketball and golf on to be playing in the background as I work. Dad is planning on going to pickleball at his church late this afternoon, so I didn’t invite him over. I wish he would wait one week longer, for his vaccine to fully set in, but he is so anxious to get out of the house and see other people. I try not to nag, for fear of being like my mom.
    Prayers for David – may his discomfort lessen. And for Robert, may he be well.

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