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

The qualities that made the desert perilous, however, provided just what the desert Christians sought. In the wilderness, they found the external landscape that their interior terrain needed. A desert exposes everything; it provides little room to hide from others, from God, or from oneself. Divested of the possessions, relationships, and rhythms of life that defined them in the city, the ammas found a freedom in the desert that would have been hard to come by otherwise.

—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How might you encounter new freedom by divesting yourself of some things that define you?
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Today’s Scripture

You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
—1 Peter 2:9 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted March 5, 2024 6:30 am

    I need help to discern what to give up. My interest in trains has certainly changed. Closer to me are the Hessians sent by their ruler to aid the British, but also by their presence helped the people of their homeland. Thnkdful for God’s ever presence. Lord, You are a lamp unto my feet. Thank You. Lord

  • Jill Posted March 5, 2024 4:52 pm

    This question makes me squirm – because I am very much a comfort zone person. I love my routines, I love my independence…these things do define me. It should be interesting as retirement approaches – how that will impact me. I don’t feel like it will. I think I will fill my time well with end-of-life doula volunteering, as well as tennis and other physical activities. I think what I am afraid to consider is if there comes a point where I am not longer able to be physically active. That part of my life is certainly part of my “definition”. And I’m not ready to part with it. But, this too, must be held up before God’s altar and I must loosen my grip. I feel like this past year plus has given me a better perspective on this. But – I just love being physically active. And I see the positive things it brings to my life. Kinda rambling…so I will pause here.
    Storm rolled through this afternoon – dropping the temperature quickly. While the sun was still out, I took my last class outside to the courtyard to enjoy the 74 degree weather. It was wonderful to jog this morning in shorts and a sweatshirt.
    A nice evening at home, before a busy next couple of days. Will try to get to bed again relatively early. My god son’s team plays tomorrow – about a 40 minute drive. I also have a doctor’s appointment after school.
    I think I mentioned here, but maybe not. My hospice patient passed a few weeks back, while I was at my dad and sister’s. I received a new patient today – and will likely be visiting her for the first time this weekend. Anxious to see how this relationship unfolds. So grateful for the length of time I had with my first patient – definitely not the norm.

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