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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

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

Hospitality helped grow the early church. Members with large houses provided the first gathering places for congregations. With few inns for travelers, early Christian missionaries relied on other Christians opening their homes to them as they traveled between congregations in different towns. We see this reflected in the instructions Jesus gives to the disciples regarding their missionary journeys. . . . Jesus sends the disciples out with an expectation of hospitality. We read injunctions in Romans 12:13 and 1 Peter 4:9 about entertaining other Christians. Hebrews 13:2 reminds us that hospitality allows some to entertain angels without realizing it. Hospitality becomes one of the responsibilities of church leaders by the time some of the latest New Testament books are written.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

When have you received Christian hospitality? When have you extended it to others?
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Today’s Scripture

Welcome him [Epaphroditus] in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him.
—Philippians 2:29 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Create space in my life for more kindness, greater generosity, and fewer self-centered needs. Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent. Help me to recognize the simple gifts that lie in abundance all around me. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen. [adapted from “A Prayer for Lenten Simplicity” on sharecatholic.com]
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4 Comments

  • Ally Posted March 14, 2024 4:05 pm

    I haven’t extended often enough. I fix meals for sick folks when I can. It has been extended to me too many times to count. Love to all my friends here. I miss Robert and pray he is well.

  • Rusty Posted March 14, 2024 6:04 pm

    Thank you, Ally. Your hospitality for those coping with illness is a blessing.

    I’ve mentioned here before how I was driven by friends to church for a long time when I had difficulty with my vision. I have not extended hospitality in my home to others neatly enough!

  • Jill Posted March 14, 2024 6:07 pm

    There were a handful of ladies who fixed meals for dad and us while we were caregiving for mom. What a blessing this was. My best friend’s mother loved doing this, lived very close and repeatedly cooked some of dad’s favorites. I haven’t been as faithful. When “meal trains” are rolled out, I have not been very consistent in participating. Hopefully this is something I will do a better job with following retirement. In the summer, I have, on occasion, prepared and taken a meal.
    I seem to not be able to get out from under a boatload of grading. Tomorrow marks the end of third grading period. 75% through the school year. So – I really need to be caught up by the end of the weekend to have my grades ready. I think things will improve now that my god son’s basketball season is over. Two weeks and counting until spring break.
    Naming each of you in prayer, and your situations…Julie, Robert, Andrea and Lowell, Lou, April, Rusty and K, Ally and David. Praying He is near to you and you are finding strength in Him.
    Thank you, UR for this space.

  • Jim Ligon Posted March 14, 2024 8:04 pm

    I reached out to Robert via email last night. He is well and sends the following message:
    Hello Jim,

    I am posting almost every day. My posts get an “awaiting moderation” notification. I have contacted The Upper Room twice about this issue. They told me that it could take some time, due to the many posts each day, for the issue to be resolved. I tried twice yesterday to reply to a post from Rusty and the same result.

    THANK YOU, JILL, JULIE, ALLY, LOU, APRIL, RICK, ANDREA AND ALL THE NEM POSTERS WHO KNOW ME FOR YOUR CONCERN. LOVE IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED, AND MY LOVE IS SENT TO YOU.

    BOB MOELLER

    So thankful that Robert (aka Bob) is doing well.

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