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.

The Cycle of Grace

Living in Sacred Balance

Trevor Hudson, Jerry P. Haas • January 2013

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Are you soul-weary? Do you struggle to make time for God in the midst of a packed schedule? Or do you sometimes stay so busy doing things for God that you can't relax and just "be"?

Jesus faced amazing pressure and overwhelming demands throughout his ministry, but he did not experience the burnout so common today among Christian ministers and laypersons.

You can learn the rhythm of living that Jesus demonstrates — the Cycle of Grace — throughout the Gospels. Use this workbook and accompanying video about the Cycle of Grace either individually or in a small group.

The Cycle of Grace examines 4 components of a grace-filled life:

  • Acceptance
  • Sustenance
  • Significance
  • Fruitfulness

Trevor Hudson, a dynamic pastor, author, and speaker, introduces each part of the Cycle of Grace in a short video segment (available on YouTube). The video segments are titled as follows:

In the workbook Jerry Haas provides practical exercises for individuals and groups, complete with suggestions for journaling and preparing for group sessions.

This 6-week study will help you

  • know that God loves you
  • nurture your spiritual life
  • understand who you are called to be in the world
  • learn how to restore balance to your life

The workbook includes a Leader's Guide and several useful appendixes. A must-have resource for clergy and lay leaders, The Cycle of Grace is also an excellent text for seminary and college classes preparing students for ministry.

Categories: Healing & Wholeness
Trevor Hudson is a Methodist minister, pastoral therapist, and retreat leader in Benoni, South Africa. He is the author of several books, including Hope Beyond Your Tears, The Serenity Prayer, One Day at a Time, and A Mile in My Shoes. Hudson travels widely to conduct conferences, workshops, and retreats. Ministro metodista, terapeuta pastoral y líder de retiros en Benoni, Sudáfrica. Autor de múltiples libros, entre ellos; Hope Beyond Your Tears, The Serenity Prayer, One Day at Time y A Mile in My Shoes. Hudson viaja frecuentemente para realizar conferencias, talleres y retiros.

Jerry P. Haas is executive director of Border Community Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising cross-border awareness and fostering binational relations along the Arizona/Sonora, Mexico border. Before assuming this role, he served as director of the Academy for Spiritual Formation and spiritual director of The Upper Room (1999–2012). He pastored churches in California and Arizona for 25 years before moving to Nashville, Tennessee. Jerry is the coauthor of The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance (with Trevor Hudson) and Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement (with Jack Hansen). He was project coordinator for Upper Room Worshipbook: Music and Liturgies for Spiritual Formation. Jerry and his wife, Donna, live in the Tucscon, Arizona, area.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1198-9

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1229-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1202-3

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: January 2013

Trim Size: 7 in (w) x 10 in (h) x 0.234 in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Adult

BISAC1: REL109010



Balance—we all want this, some of us us seek it, but very few of us achieve this. Trevor Hudson and Jerry Haas bring us a sacred gift of a journey toward balance. This multifaceted approach will give you time to discern the holy shifts you must make to approach a more balanced life. Read, reflect, watch, interact, and be blessed by the gift of sacred balance.
—Bo Prosser Coordinator for Missional Congregations Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

[Alternative endorsement by Bo Prosser, depending on the target] This is not another program; Lord knows we don't need another program. What we do need is an approach to sacred living that helps us achieve vitality in our spirituality. This is what Trevor and Jerry have prepared for us! As you enter into this cycle of living into sacred balance, you begin to discern life in a variety of ways. You begin to know Jesus in ways you've only hoped for. And, you begin to know, truly know that you are a child of our Heavenly Parent, God.
—Bo Prosser Coordinator for Missional Congregations Cooperative Baptist Fellowship