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

Oftentimes, we are not alone in hearing a local cry for help, and we are wise to collaborate in our reply. One local spiritual pioneer, hearing the pain of divorce in their community, gathered local leaders from the fields of mental health, education, health care, and representative faith groups to address marital health issues in a proactive way. Together, they formed a collective rotating premarital education series for couples. The whole effort knit together dozens of new partnerships, and the entire community benefited as more couples entered marriage better prepared for the journey.

—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When you hear a cry for help, who can you collaborate with for greater benefit to the entire community? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
—Psalm 116:1-2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted April 23, 2022 6:43 am

    There is a Christian pastoral group here in the Mount Washington valley, and a connection to Memorial Hospital. Add the expanding homeless shelter and a broader range of services would result.
    While I’m comfortable here in NH, I am very aware after our visit, that the Poconos offers more for Erich and me. Have to see what can be done to improve our ability to move there.
    Thankful that we will have a pastor from now through the end of June for zoom worship .
    It’s taking a few days to overcome the unsuccessful effort to buy a house. We are thankful that we own a condo.
    Julie, Jill, Ally&David, Lou, April, and all the NEM family are in my prayers . Thanks for lifting us up.
    Zoom-in person worship tomorrow. We’re in Eastertide. The most important event has occurred, but memory of it is still strong. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted April 23, 2022 8:48 am

    The church I attend does much for the community and partners with the Pittsburgh food bank to provide meals and other services. Since I am still healing and unsteady on my feet I am unable to participate at this time. I pray that healing will continue and someday I will be able to participate.
    I am beginning to doubt thatvI will ever walk normally again. Jill, to answer your question, I just started listening to a podcast called “Take and Read.” Currently, the pastor is going through the book of Mark. I found it through another podcast that is has the pastor on as a guest every so often.
    Prayers for Ally and David as they await the results of the biopsy and the application for disability. Prayers for Jill as she undergoes the heart monitoring. Prayers for Robert as he decides if this is the correct time to move given the current economic conditions. Prayers for April and the new member of their family.

  • Ally Posted April 23, 2022 4:28 pm

    David and I have volunteered with other people from our church with a ministry which combats hunger in our community. Our town is starting to experience gentrification. The rate of homelessness is rising as the availability of affordable housing is shrinking. Our church has been collaborating with a couple of other churches to keep refrigerators in a downtown building sticker with fresh, healthy food. This ministry is much needed in our area.
    David has been experiencing some anxiety regarding his biopsy report, which we will get on Wednesday. I had my evaluation for disability and to say it was stressful is an understatement. I was mentally exhausted by the time we were done. It was disheartening to be confronted with my limitations and face what I Seem to have lost. Today I am so sad.
    Robery, prayers that you and Erich find a house that is affordable and decent. Very good to hear that the Poconos area will offer much to you and Erich. Julie, prayers for your healing and relief from your pain. Glad you are enjoying the podcasts. Glad to hear kitties got fixed. Jill, prayers for you as you deal with the heart monitor. Been there. Do you know if they are looking for a particular kind of rhythm? Prayers you will get an “all clear”. Prayers continue for little Roger. I’m so happy that he is progressing. I’m thankful for our NEM community. Pray for all who visit here and for our world. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted April 23, 2022 4:43 pm

    The connection which I still have with the Young Mom’s group is one resource, with whom I have partnered. Usually around holiday time. And my church keeps us well informed of needs – I try to help as I can. Also, the cancer support group. I am least able to assist there, as it is 45 minutes away. Helping with meals during school is quite hard.
    Dad and I went golfing today as it was warm and sunny. I played like I hadn’t touched a club in 6 months. Fortunately, I had realistic expectations. Just tried to enjoy myself, which I did. We grabbed a late lunch/early dinner at a BBQ place and ice cream on way home. Looking forward to our golfing time together this summer.
    Wasn’t impeded by heart monitor, just had to keep all the wires tucked. It was only for 24 hours, so it is off now. Sleeping last night wasn’t great – will catch up tonight. I was only told it was an abnormal EKG – and hence wearing the device. Not sure when I will hear the results.
    Another beautiful day tomorrow. Plan on mowing the lawn – some parts are looking pretty scruffy. Need to work in some of my flower beds also. Happy to do it. All my school work is complete and in my bag – ready for Monday.

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