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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*

 

Today’s Reflection

The purpose of your life is to glorify God—not to worry about tomorrow’s weather forecast or yesterday’s regrets …

When worries begin to crowd into your head, think of a field of wildflowers. Imagine for a moment that you are one of them. Feel the sun on your petals, the rich earth around your roots. Imagine what it would be like to be totally free of all concern and worry. That’s how God wants you to live your life.

—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

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Today’s Question

How can you glorify God today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth.
—Matthew 6:28 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Lord,
When I’m crushed by my fears and worries, remind me of your power and grace.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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5 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted March 22, 2020 6:02 am

    Worship at 10 AM on ZOOM. Had a test run yesterday, hoping for a wonderful turnout.
    Prayers that al of the UR family, named and unknown, are following CDC guidelines. Prayers especially for the sick, those who care for them, and those who go to work at places that help us live. Thank you for all you do. Prayers too for those with other health concerns, for Mary on her mission trip Thank You , Lord, that here we can gather and share. Blessings to all on this Sunday in Lent.

  • Jill Posted March 22, 2020 6:03 am

    To glorify God – I must confess my laziness, my lack of faith, my wavering in trust. I must accept where He has me, the limitations that currently exist and still have a grateful spirit. My attention needs to run to Him more often.
    These days it seems I have so much time that I am wasteful and complacent. I know this must begin to change this week as there is much to do in preparation for moving to on-line teaching. Yes – there are many platforms out there which will provide an opportunity to video-conference with my students. I picked up my document camera (think overhead projector, only the image will – ideally – be fed into the computer and displayed) from school yesterday. My instructional coach got me the “wiring” necessary, but we were unable to get my Chromebook to recognize the camera. She is going to continue to research it and hopefully get it up and running soon.
    Has been several days since I met dad at the park to walk. Following many warm, Spring-like days – yesterday it snowed and was down right chilly. I didn’t even go out for a walk. The reminder of the sharpness of the North wind during my morning run kept me indoors. The sun is to be out today, with temps warming some. Don’t know if he will think it is warm enough to walk.

  • Julie Posted March 22, 2020 8:13 am

    I can glorify God by counting my blessings, being kind to others at all times and accepting the current situation with grace. I thank God that I have a home to shelter within when others are homeless. I make sure to say thank you who must work amongst the public. I accept that in order to “flatten the curve” and keep untold scores of people safe we must refrain from our normal activities.
    Prayers for Robert, may he remain healthy and may his church axperience this morning be fulfilling.
    Prayers for Jill as she continues to muddle through learning to use new tools to teach her strudents.
    Prayers for April, may her garden continue to grow and bring her hope.
    Prayers for BJ and hermother, may both be safe and may BJ meet her goal of Bible reading. I, too, have such a Bible and I read it through in a year, but as this wasmany years ago I should join you in this endeavor.
    Prayers for Lou and her children, may they soon have answers to the questions regarding the future and schoolong.
    Prayers for Rick, may he continue to get over his cold and stay safe when he returns to care for patients.
    Megan and I met with much success at the grocery store yesterday. God continues to provide. Megan should be with her father today but will remain home to shelter in place and stay as safe as possible. H continues to go out to get takeout for every meal so I am following with Lysol to disinfect surfaces as best I can. I fear he is putting Megan and I in hharm.
    Prayers and thank you UR

  • Andrea Posted March 22, 2020 9:31 am

    Thank you for your prayers. Worry certainly wears down the immune system. Nature, like prayer, is an effective antidote to worry. We are so fortunate to live in an area where we can readily walk in nature.

    Yesterday, my husband and I went to my daughter’s house where we did a social distancing walk and sang happy birthday to my grandson. He turns five on Monday. He understood that we could not hold hands, so instead we each held sticks and touched our sticks together as we walked.

    Many church services on line today. The church I go to, ring bells at, is not doing a service on line. Many of the members rely on libraries for wifi access. The church’s parking lot abuts the parking lot of a low-income housing development. I love the church for its embrace of a vulnerable community. The pastor is reading a daily devotion on a 24/7 phone line. It is lovely to hear her sweet, enthusiastic voice. I will attend, online, the church service of a church located downtown St. Paul where a dear friend is an active member.

    It is good to see Bj back online. Bj, I have missed your faith-filled comments, which are such day brighteners.

    Prayers for you and your loved ones, dear UR friends. Wishing all a blessed Sunday. May all be raised on eagle’s wings, the safety of our loving God.

  • April Posted March 22, 2020 12:02 pm

    Just finished listening to services online. It is great to have this resource and ability to re-watch at any time. I hope that all may be connected to your churches at this time.
    Andrea, what a novel and uplifting idea of wishing your grandson happy birthday!! Little boys love sticks :)) I will think of you walking as we go out this afternoon too.
    BJ, you have inspired me to get to reading my Bible in a Year book….I have been lax.
    Robert, I pray you will continue to recover and that Erich will be able to move forward with plans even with Covid-19.
    Jill, glad you can take a break and rest up. I know you have been thinking of your teaching and will have many questions for your time of learning. I used to do Skype like Julie suggested. I would have all of my documents and links lined up below so I could quickly pull them up to discuss. Most lectures were PowerPoint and I learned that links are only active when you are in presentation mode. I always dressed for the lectures, even though I was not live, so that I was in the mood to teach. I did have live presentations and would wear blue, as that is a good color for presenters. Why am I writing all of this? I am sure they will give you this info next week…can’t let the teaching habit go :))
    Julie, I am not going to order the Worry book. I listened to Pat’s short intos to the week’s activities and they were a good reminder of what I have known….maybe I have read this book before?
    Lou, I hope all is going well with you and your children as they begin their careers and attend college during this time. So glad they have you as a solid rock to ground them with your strong faith as you have demonstrated to them.
    Rick, I continue to hold you and all healthcare workers in my prayers for safety as you care for others. I pray that we may help you as much as you help others by staying home as much as possible and distancing ourselves when we do go out.
    I pray for God’s wisdom to be with leaders as our world is confronted with Covid-19. May we be the hands and feet of Jesus as we work together to care for others.
    May we feel hugs to uphold us when we are down. God has not promised us a life without problems, but He has promised to be with us through the problems.
    Blessings to the UR Family and their families.

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