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 Participant’s Book

John Indermark • April 2004

BUY Print $9.99

The Way of Grace Leader's Guide is also available.

Grace is a gift. Even before we recognize its need in our lives, God extends us favor. This 9-week study in the Companions in Christ series explores the Gospel of John and how divine grace is at work in our lives today, just as it was in the lives of biblical characters 2,000 years ago. "God's grace comes to us in the distinctive shape of our personal histories, needs, and possibilities," Indermark writes. "Yet divine grace also reveals the depths of what we share across all boundaries of time and place."

Participants in this small-group study will explore the central stories of John, focusing on people who discovered God's grace through their encounters with Jesus. This is more than a survey of the biblical stories of Andrew, Simon, Philip, and Nathaniel; Nicodemus; the Samaritan woman; the lame man; the woman caught in adultery; the blind man; Mary and Martha; and Simon Peter. The Way of Grace is a transforming interaction with the events and the characters, a chance to identify with what God provided for these people — a provision they could never achieve for themselves.

Groups new to Companions in Christ or to spiritual formation will find The Way of Grace to be a good introductory course. If you long to open your heart to a deeper knowing of God's grace — to recognize the "soul's deep compass steering us Godward," this is the study for you.

John Indermark is a writer and retired United Church of Christ pastor. He has authored a number of books published by Upper Room Books and Abingdon Press, in addition to writing for a variety of curriculum resources. John and his wife, Judy, are now full-time residents of Tucson, having traded the rainforests of southwest Washington for the Sonoran desert. They are members of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Tucson. When John is not writing, he enjoys taking photographs of landscape and wildlife in the Sonora region and elsewhere when he and Judy travel.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9878-2

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2004

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

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120



"Members of my group were all thirsty to know what grace is, and this resource gave us eight biblical ancestors to walk with us and guide us through our exploration. The Way of Grace challenged us to look for God's grace in real cicumstances and to ask hard questions. Thanks to Upper Room Ministries for again challenging us to think and act out our faith in real ways and in real situations."
— Rev. Marilyn Dickson Disciples of Christ (Dallas) "The readings and experiences invited us to wade into the water of God's grace and meet som wonderful characters from John's Gospel. We emerged refreshed, renewed, and blessed."
— Rev. Larry Peacock Malibu United Methodist Church (Malibu, CA)