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.

Companions in Christ: The Way of Grace Leader’s Guide

Melissa Tidwell, Marjorie J. Thompson • April 2004

BUY Print $12.99

The Way of Grace Participant's Book is also available for small-group members.

The Way of Grace Leader's Guide provides all the tools you need to guide small groups through this 9-week journey. You'll reflect on "the way of grace" in our lives through the lens of 8 encounters between Jesus and various people described in John's Gospel. In the guide you'll find:

  • An explanation of spiritual formation
  • A description of the leadership skills called for when leading formational groups
  • A complete list of materials needed for each weekly meeting
  • Weekly outlines with full content for opening worship, sharing of insights, deeper explorations, and closing worship

Melissa Tidwell has written about metaphor, music, maps, and zombies. She is the former editor of Alive Now magazine and the author of Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on Incarnation. She contributed to the Companions in Christ small-group formation series and to The Upper Room Disciplines. An ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, Melissa is currently the pastor of the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Xenia, Ohio.

Marjorie J. Thompson is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She has served as director of the Pathways Center for Spiritual Leadership and as spiritual director to Companions in Christ, a program outgrowth of the Pathways initiative of The Upper Room. Companions in Christ is a series of small-group resources for spiritual formation in local congregations, suited to ecumenical use. Marjorie has exercised a ministry of teaching, writing, and spiritual guidance for many years.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9879-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2004

Trim Size: 7.3125 in (w) x 9.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 96

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120



"The Way of Grace is an invitation to experience anew the grace and acceptance of Jesus. Our group was challenged and inspired to reexamine our own lives, and how we have both received and extended grace. The exercises took us to new depths in our spiritual journeys and for that we are all deeply grateful."
— Vicki Walker Director of Adult Education Hyde Park United Methodist Church (Tampa, FL) "The Way of Grace offered units from the Gospel of John that unfolded new truths before us on a weekly basis. There seems to be a growing wealth of understanding and insight in every new book offered in the series."
— Jim Hablen Pilot Mountain Baptist Association Winston-Salem, NC