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

One of the bad habits we can fall into is to fill up the silence with our words just about the time someone is trying to tell us what they are truly feeling or thinking. Filling up silence with our words is often about our commitment to our assumptions and our own agenda. Jesus, by contrast, is often genuinely curious to hear the other person.

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

Today’s Question

When you’re in a conversation, what helps you cultivate genuine curiosity about the other person?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

My child, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
—Proverbs 4:20 (NRSVUE)

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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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted April 11, 2024 6:24 am

    Listening to what they have to say. It is a wonderful experience to listen to Russ and his life experiences. Listening to Erich is helping make progress, I have listened again and again to events from the past. Now we are making progress with the here and now. There’s movement forward.
    What is happening will improve our possibility of moving to the Poconos. Thank You, Lord.

    Snow vanishing, plants coming up, robins and bluebirds here, warmer temps. Spring!!!

  • Larry Eugene Dyer Posted April 11, 2024 9:19 am


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