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

Even the Christ does not get to do whatever he wants. Even the Christ defers to the authority of God. The path of faith is not the exercise of personal prerogative. … Jesus challenges the church to have a view and practice of authority that is precisely opposite to the wider culture of that day and our own. “Lording it over” others is not how Christian community functions, no matter how efficiently it seems to work in the corporate world or political backrooms. Power and privilege reside in service. If you want to be first in line, you take care of all the others in line first.

—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

Where might you find opportunities to serve others today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” And he said to them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.”
—Mark 10:35-37 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Lou Posted February 25, 2021 8:37 am

    Once again an old post popped up when I tried the link the first time and I was able to navigate to today’s posting. I loved seeing the comments from old friends and my comment reminded me where I was at in my life in 2018 just making an offer on this house- God has carried me a long way. I’m so thankful He is by my side – and I’m thankful for this UR community- blessings to all this day.

  • Ally Posted February 25, 2021 11:50 am

    Morning all, David is at ER. He took another fall while I was getting him to the car for his dr. appt. he has a nasty forehead laceration and has had a CT. scan. Waiting on those results. He is alert and talking. Thankful for that. I’m a basket case. Please pray for healing. Love you all.

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