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

In stillness we let go of our need for control and acknowledge the only one who is really in control: God. We can just be. We don’t have to be good at prayer or a good Christian; we don’t have to be happy or smart; we don’t have to be successful or good at sports. We can just be. And when we can just be, we learn to rely on God for everything, from our identity to our way of being in the world. The vulnerability of stillness facilitates that divine connection we’re searching for.

—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How does it feel when you rely on God and you can “just be”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
—Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
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  • robert moeller Posted April 16, 2022 7:58 am

    Thankful for yesterday’s Good Friday service and this morning’s visit to a garage where no problem with the car was found in an inspection and two test drives by different technicians over different roads. Thank You, Lord. Should be able to go to the Poconos this coming week. Some unexpected twists and turns, but so far so good.
    My mornings are usually busy. Today is different even though I was up early in order to be out and about. Unlike the disciples, we know Christ will and did rise on Easter morning. We are not surprised, we know it to be a fact. Thank You, Lord. We can “just be”.

  • Julie Posted April 16, 2022 8:50 am

    I keep trying to lean into this, but am not always successful. i have glimpses of the complete surrunder that this would be but only glimpses.
    Prayers for Ally and David as they await the biopsy results. Prayers for Jill and Roger as they enjoy time together at a relaxed pace. Prayers for Robert’s preparations for the trip to the Poconos. May all have a rewarding Easter.

  • Jill Posted April 16, 2022 6:01 pm

    I love this – and have stood in awe when it occurred the first few times for me. It was then so refreshing to relax, to let go and let God have His way. For sure, there still must be intentional awareness of when I am on autopilot, doing my thing. I need to surrender that comfortability from the past, than human pull. I ask Him to make me aware of it, so that the hold will loosen – more of Him, less of me.
    Got to see my god son pitch this afternoon, as the grayness of morning rain gave way to the sun breaking through this afternoon. He didn’t get much help from his batters. But I thought he pitched pretty well. His mom is a nervous wreck when he pitches. Prior to the game, met a friend for lunch – sushi for her, definitely not sushi for me. Even had enough gumption to grade some papers this morning.
    Next week’s days are filling up, but with good things. Should still have plenty of time at home with Roger.
    My sister is hosting Easter tomorrow afternoon. It will be good to have the family together.

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