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

JUST AS THE ANGEL promises those women at the empty tomb that the risen Jesus will go ahead into Galilee, so he goes before us to meet us in whatever situation may represent our Galilee. When we recognize his presence and respond to him, resurrection happens in the midst of our daily lives. This is what it means to live today as Easter people filled with the Holy Spirit.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People

From page 18 of Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Where are you going in the next few hours? How does it feel to consider that Christ walked ahead of you and is already present there? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.”
—Matthew 28:7, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Tracy Robins Posted April 23, 2019 7:06 am

    Knowing Christ has already arrived at my job brings comfort and a stronger sense of being sure I do my best work while there. It’s a new thought for me.

  • Andrea Posted April 23, 2019 7:54 am

    I will remember this reading each time I visit my daughter, in-law and grandson and become concerned about my grandson’s behavior. I believe God calls me to be a role model for my daughter and son-in-law by demonstrating loving but firm responses to my 4 y.o. grandson’s behavior when he acts spoiled. I will picture Jesus going ahead, waiting for my arrival.

    “In all our work and prayer we are his loving care: May Jesus Christ be praised.”


    Blessings and prayers.

  • Julie Posted April 23, 2019 8:00 am

    I prefer to think of this question more long term. Where am I going in my life? I feel comfort and peace knowing that Jesus is going before me into the unknown and fraught future I face. He awaits me and smooths the way for me.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and their grandson.
    Prayers for April, Betsy, Edy and Bill, and Rusty.
    Prayers for Connie, may spring rejuvinate her spirit.
    Prayers for safe travel for Jill and Larry and healing converstions.
    Prayers for Lou and her oldest daughter may they grow closer.
    Prayers for Mary, may she have joy again and time for fun.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be well.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may Jesus go ahead of them on their move.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you for your prayers and kind words.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 23, 2019 9:08 am

      Thanks Julie!

      Yes, I had fun tonight at cooking class. This is the last class for level 4. We will have one week break then level 5 will commence.

      God’s presence goes before us to smoothen our paths for us. That’s what I always pray and that’s why I have no fear.


      I commit Julie into God’s hands. May she be well and healthy!

  • April Posted April 23, 2019 10:11 am

    Every day He goes before me….yes….and reminds me that we are Easter people as this song says:
    Ev’ry morning is Easter morning
    from now on!
    Ev’ry day’s resurrection day,
    the past is over and gone!

    Goodbye guilt, goodbye fear, good riddance!
    Hello Lord, Hello sun!
    I am one of the Easter People!
    My new life has begun!
    Blessings to my UR family …we are Easter People.

  • JE Posted April 23, 2019 11:34 pm

    I feel a lump and need to have a Mammogram ASAP. Jesus is before me and with me. Please pray.

  • robert moeller Posted April 24, 2019 7:22 am

    Off early yesterday morning food shopping. I get out of kilter. Thankful to return and be able to post.

    It is a very encouraging thought that Jesus goes ahead of me to prepare a place for me. not just when I pass, but everyday. I am thankful that the Lord has seen me through experiences that were tough for me. They help build, strengthen my faith.

    Continued prayers for mourners here at the UR, in war torn, conflict filled areas, and where terrorism has struck. God’s healing, comfort, and peace to those who are ill, impaired, or hurt. God be with you, now and always. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

    Yes, JE, have a mammogram ASAP.

    Thank you April, Mary, Julie, Andrea, and Tracy. Amen to your concerns and prayers.

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