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

This book was written to serve as the primary text for a Lay Servant Ministries advanced course on spiritual gifts. This course is available to and recommended for everyone. If you are pursuing a designation within the Lay Servant Ministries program, it is helpful to take this course at the beginning of your call to Lay Servant Ministry. It can help confirm the direction of your call, or it can help you discern the direction in which your call may be taking you.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How do you think understanding spiritual gifts can help you grow in your discipleship?
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Today’s Scripture

Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:18-20 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me discover the gifts you have given me and find ways to use these gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 26, 2024 5:12 am

    “It can help confirm the direction of your call, or it can help you discern the direction in which your call may be taking you.” My call is helping people in any way I can. Thankfully I believe there is progress in this. The Lord has enabled me to do this. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted April 26, 2024 5:48 am

    Knowing our gifts can tell us where to begin in discerning God’s call for us. If anyone is interested in a spiritual gifts inventory, UMC Discipleship Ministries one online. I took it yesterday.
    I ask continued prayers for my job situation as I pray and discern God’s direction for me. Pray David grows in strength and has the neuro consult soon. Pray for my friend who has cancer and having challenges with treatment. Pray for my friend who left her abuser, and has had her children taken by child protective services. She has been arrrestwd because she fled her abuser and he has told many untruths. Very complicated situation. Blessings to all my friends here.

  • Jill Posted April 26, 2024 6:54 pm

    Knowing our gifts, accepting then humbly and using them selflessly honors Him.
    I have been placed on a 12 day steroid regimen, a pretty strong one, in another attempt to reduce my inflammation. I feel like overall…these past 22 months – the mental battle was not significant, or long lasting. (How does one define “long”?). But, now, the mental battle seems striking. Maybe it is just being coupled with the stress of getting my students ready for the assessment Wednesday and Thursday.
    Dad fell Wednesday and luckily did not hit his head on the floor. They all arrived back in town today and he has a visit set up with the cardiologist Monday. Becky is frustrated with him as he was to use a wheelchair at the airport today, but would not. We had come to an agreement when I left that he would do this and there would be room for the heavy bags on his lap and underneath. Instead – all were struggling with bags. It’s a circus and now the circus is back in town. I am going to have a courageous conversation with him Sunday – as he has invited himself over after church. He has been toying with his medicines…Becky and I have talked about the car situation and if we need to take the keys away. Would appreciate prayers for wisdom, good words.
    Ally – a lot going on there within your circle. May you be a source of light to those around you. May He strengthen you.

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