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

When speaking of service, it’s important to note that I’m not saying we’re beloved because we serve God. We cannot do anything to merit God’s love. Instead, we are beloved first because God declares us so, whether we think we deserve it or not. Then, as we own our belovedness and live into it, we reflect God’s love for the whole world as we serve others. When we live out of our belovedness, we won’t be able to help it—we will feel compelled to serve.

—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How has living out of your belovedness compelled you to share God’s love with the world?
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Today’s Scripture

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
—Matthew 5:16 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
[adapted from Kristen E. Vincent, “Prayer Bead Experience,” We Are Beloved]
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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted March 28, 2024 2:22 pm

    I would not say that my service is because I am acting on my “belovedness”. I would say moreso that my service is me desiring to “be Jesus” (and I say that most metaphorically) to others. Be His hands and feet, in a hurting and needy world.
    Made it to spring break. Off to warmer and sunnier climate tomorrow. My kittens will be alone quite a while. But a trustworthy student will be looking in on them.
    Easter blessings to all who stop by this site.

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