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

Leadership matters, and after discerning a call from God, leadership is the most important ingredient in starting a new church, ministry, or faith community. Leaders have planted growing, life-changing new ministries with little money in regions of decreasing population and with almost no encouragement. More than financial resources, more than available meeting spaces, more than ministry partners, more than training, more than population growth, leadership is the most critical ingredient. Good leaders find ways to thrive and make the most of difficult situations, while poor leaders find ways to flounder, no matter the opportunity.

—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you seen good leaders make the most of difficult situations? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever.

—Psalm 111:10 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Each day this week, add a different person or group of people to this simple prayer:

Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted April 15, 2021 7:01 am

    Even though this happened in a pandemic, it wasn’t the direst of situations, but very quick and efficient, ever improving use of ZOOM by our pastor certainly showed excellent leadership and resourcefulness in keeping us all connected at a minimum of three times a week with emails in between. We were certainly blessed by this. Expecting some snow tomorrow, but it won’t last long.
    Yard cleanup continues, no parts yet for continued progress on the Brill car model. My Bible reading continues along with study of the book of Hebrews. The couch looks good, not quite as taupe as we expected, but good nonetheless. Trying to help my son understand his Mom. He feels a strong disconnect. Today Pearl gets a check up. That may lead to a teeth cleaning. Continued prayers for the New Every Morning oasis of faith. Hope some of you post earlier than me at least now and then. Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day.

  • Julie Posted April 15, 2021 8:45 am

    I saw it in one church when I was young. The Episcopalian church I attended with my friend’s family. I felt welcomed and valued even as a young person and nonmember, at first. There were no special youth groups but the pastor made all feel welcome and valued. Even the choral director was a kind and caring leader who valued each individual’s contribution.
    Prayers for Robert and I feel your winsome yearning for early morning posters. When you were missing I was the first poster and it is lonely. The higher elevations here may get snow, so the ski resorts will be happy.
    Prayers for Ally’s thumb, may it feel completely with no lasting effects. Prayers for her job search and David’s continuing improvement. They are opening a hospital clinic to address the health issues of Covid long haulers and I wish David could seek treatment at this site.
    Prayers for safe travel for Jill and may her tennis matches go well.
    Prayers for April, Lou, and Marcy may all be safe and well.
    Prayers for the UR

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