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.

Because of This I Rejoice

Reading Philippians During Lent

by Max O. Vincent

Rejoice in the Lord always—even during Lent.

Many Christians think of Lent as a season of self-sacrifice and spiritual chores. But this year, what if Lent was different? What if we approached Lent with the spirit of joy?

Because of This I Rejoice is a 6-week study of Philippians that explores what Paul teaches about joyfully practicing spiritual disciplines. The intent of these disciplines is to help us focus less on ourselves and more on God. This Lenten study invites us to engage in the same spiritual practices as a way to grow closer to God and allow joy to flow through our lives.

Key Features

  • A reading for Ash Wednesday, one chapter for each week of Lent, and a reading for Good Friday
  • Daily scripture readings
  • Reflection questions
  • Leader’s Guide contains a suggested format for small groups

Print: $13.99

Download a sample chapter from the book.

About the Author

Max O. Vincent is senior pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Atlanta. He is married to Kristen Vincent, and they have one son, Matthew. Max and Kristen coauthored Another Bead, Another Prayer, a collection of devotions and prayers to use with Protestant prayer beads. A Georgia native, Max holds Master of Divinity and Master of Theology degrees from Duke Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in Religion from Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina. He studied for one year at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany. A member of the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church, Max has served as pastor of United Methodist congregations in North Carolina and Georgia. He served for 4 years as a chaplain for the brain injury unit at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Max enjoys teaching workshops on prayer and spiritual disciplines. He loves reading theology, preaching, golf, college basketball, and Girl Scout cookies.

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