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.


Words of Hope During COVID-19

Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, offers an audio reflection on how she is discovering rather than creating daily life with God. She’s learning that God has been present all along—she just has to slow down and be still enough to notice.


Today’s Reflection

Sometimes the resistance of our heart to another person melts away suddenly and surprisingly because a whole new picture of the situation that caused our hurt has emerged. There is so much we do not see and cannot know about those who wound us, even in our families. It is one reason we need to find ways to tell our deep stories and to hear one another’s deep stories. It also reveals why we do well to leave judgment to the searcher of all hearts, who comprehends the internal as well as external realities of each situation.

—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)

Today’s Question

When has telling or hearing a deep story helped to melt the resistance in your heart? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
—Romans 12:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, your love, and your forgiveness.
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  • Jill Posted April 30, 2020 6:42 am

    This is something I miss the most from my first small group…the telling of stories. About every 6 weeks or so we would have a prompt and we were encouraged to share a story – about 10 minutes, where the rest of the group would just sit and listen. And at the end – questions were somewhat discouraged – regarding specific aspects of the story. Conversation centered around feelings, those who heard and those of the teller of the story. It was a very moving experience. These could be heart changing…a deeper appreciation, more empathy, a desire to listen well.
    My dad’s best friend turns 93 today and dad has organized a drive-by this morning. Unfortunately – I have one of my on-line sessions and will not be able to join. Jim lost his wife, my mom’s best friend, the week before mom found out her cancer was back and subsequently began palliative/hospice care.
    Father – thank You for this space where we can gather from our corners of Your world, share praises and concerns and know faithful and fervent prayers are raised. Father – thank You for the people who assisted Julie’s mom in her move – may this new space be well suited for her. Father – continue to strengthen David…physically, emotionally, spiritually as he heals and rehabs. Thank You for those compassionate laborers in all areas of the health care profession – for their patience, perseverance and kindness. May Robert be blessed by the upcoming Zoom family gathering. Father – thank You for this day – we will rejoice in it as we rejoice in You.

  • Julie Posted April 30, 2020 8:50 am

    I tried sharing deeply with Megan regarding aspects of my childhood and how the effects affect my actions now. She seemed to not care and was blase.
    Prayers for Jill, Larry and his best friend. May he have a good birthday today and may he and Larry celebrate together soon. May God lead Jill to a new group that shares deeply and openly and respectfully.
    Prayers for Ally and David. I pray that Ally can speak with one of David’s therapists soon and that her anxiety may lessen. I pray for David’s complete recovery with no lingering side effects. I also pray for each to be held by God and to be strengthened by Him for the long road ahead.
    Prayers for Robert and his extended family as they gather via Zoom to celebrate together. May they gain strength fromone another and their shared love.
    Prayers for Andrea, April, BJ, Lou and Rick, may they and their families stay safe and healthy.
    I received a call from my eye doctor’s office reminding me of my appointment on Monday. I am unsure about keeping the appointment. I feel most comfortable going to this office as opposed to others. I have been seeing this eye doctor longer thank Megan has been alive. We catch up with our personal lives and he shows me pictures of his children. Actually I started seeing his dad when this son was in eye doctor school. Megan has been seeing him since he began, joining his father who then retired soon after. I will call and discuss my reservations. Another sigh….
    Prayers and thank you and stay safe dear UR

  • Ally Posted April 30, 2020 9:06 am

    As an elementary student, I was in the same class several years with a girl who was not pleasant to be around. She called me names and bullied me at PE. I am not the most coordinated or athletic of people. I went home crying a few times because of things she said. One day, a mutual friend told me that this child’s home life was close to unbearable. I told my mother about it and she said, “be kind to her no matter what she says”. I did this for the rest of the school year. When we returned to school next year, my classmate was not so hostile. She spoke to me on the playground and sometimes we walked home together. We were never close friends, but became friendly associates. A few years ago, the demons she fought became too much for her to bear and she took her life. I was heartsick when I heard, but very glad that I could look upon that relationship with no regrets. Yesterday at lunch, a co-worker and I discussed how forgiveness changes us. When we choose to forgive, it is like losing 100 LBs. The weight of holding a grudge is too heavy for our hearts. I still struggle with forgiveness at times. But I do try to put myself in the shoes of other people. As Atticus Finch said in “To Kill A Mockingbird”, you never know how it is for another person unless you climb inside his skin and walk around in it. Because God extends grace to me, it is up to me to extend grace to others.
    David worked hard in therapy yesterday. His O2 saturation levels dropped a little and the respiratory therapist decided to put him back on O2 nasal cannula. The RT did say the drop is likely the result of exertions during therapy. Please pray for him to maintain and continue to improve his level of function. The big news from yesterday is that David’s oldest daughter called him. They had not spoken in years due to a misunderstanding. David was so excited, he could hardly sleep. We have devoted much prayer to this situation and through David’s illness, their relationship is being healed. We give God the glory for 2 miracles! If you watched today’s video, you will notice that Pat Luna conducts the Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, the United Methodist Assembly in Alabama, where I grew up going to camp and worked as a counselor when I was a college student. It is a special place and where I met God for the first time. Sumatanga is an Indian word which means “place of peace and rest”. I pray we all find peace and rest today. Again I want to say how thankful I am for this forum. Your insights into life with God have lifted me up. I continue to lift up your concerns to the Lord. I pray everyone has a blessed day.

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