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

Sometimes the Spirit leads us to a mountaintop where we catch a glimpse of God’s glory and know with unquestioned assurance that the one we follow is the Son of God. Now and then we experience Christ robed in dazzling white and feel the presence of saints who have gone before us. Along the pathway of discipleship, we encounter wonder-filled moments of spiritual awareness that revolutionize our lives and transfigure the way we see the world around us. Like Peter, we desperately long to take up residence in that place or to hold on to it forever. We may be tempted to expect every moment of our life to be filled with an extraordinary sense of glory, assurance, and peace.

But then we come down from the mountain and walk through the world where Jesus walked and where the risen Christ promised to meet us.

—James A. Harnish, Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

What sustains you in the ordinary times? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As they were coming down the mountain, [Jesus] ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
—Mark 9:9, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And he shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings forever and ever!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And Lord of lords forever and ever!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

From Messiah by George Frideric Handel et al., 1685–1759.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 3, 2021 5:43 am

    Not what but who sustains me in ordinary times? The Three in One, God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, Christ, and the Holy Spirit all sustain me. Thank You, blessed Trinity.
    I had my “disciples moment” on Thursday, I fell asleep and missed the Maundy Thursday service.
    Thankful to attend two different Good Friday services. Today, long ago, must have been a very unsettled, full of doubt and misunderstanding day for all followers of Jesus. We know good things will happen, they had no idea. As has become a custom I meet church friends today for lunch. Very chilly weather this weekend, but Easter Sunrise service and Easter service tomorrow. Prayers you are filled with the blessings of this Holy Week and have a joyous Easter. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted April 3, 2021 8:47 am

    Faith is what sustains me.
    I still do not feel comfortable attending church in person. Megan offered to take me, but not until I am fully vaccinated. I may try to watch something somewhere, maybe what they are offering here at UR.
    Prayers for Robert and so good to see his comments.
    Prayers for Jill as she travels and for Larry as she mourns.
    Prayers for Ally as she seeks a job and David as he continues therapy..
    Prayers for the UR as they/we await the coming resurrection of our Lord and Savior.

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