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

HOW CAN WE describe life in the kingdom? It is an intimate life in which we come to know God personally as Abba. It is a shared life through which we come to discover ourselves as a part of God’s family. It is a transformational life in which we are gradually changed into the people that God wants us to be. It is a powerful life in which God acts together with us for the good of others and the healing of our world. It is a loving life in which we become more responsive to those around us. Above all, it is an eternal life that cannot be snuffed out by death.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days

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Today’s Question

How do you describe life with God, your Abba? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
—Mark 1:14-15, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

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  • Rusty Posted February 19, 2019 6:19 am

    Joyful. Calming. Comforted. Eased, because I know he is always there, always supportive, always forgiving, always faithful. Peaceful.

    Filled with love, if only I let it be so.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 19, 2019 6:45 am

    Well loved, fulfilled, peaceful, joyful, contented and so blessed.

    Thank you God for the joy and the privilege of being your child

    Blessings to all.

    May everyone have a great week ahead!

  • Andrea Posted February 19, 2019 7:59 am

    Yes, to all that is expressed above. In my life with God, I have confidence, and I know I am blessed.

    Prayers for Robert, Erich and Anneliese, may Robert be strengthened in his care for Erich and Anneliese, may he be comforted, guided, supported as he walks through the valley – in the words of the Psalmist, surely goodness and mercy follow him. Surely goodness and mercy follow each of us. Prayers for Jill, Gloria, Larry, and Becky as they walk together through Gloria’s transition, and may Jill’s faith strengthen her family. Prayers for Julie, with thankfulness for her faithfulness and prayers; may her pain abate, may her home situation resolve soon, and may she remain strong in God’s love. Prayers for Marcy, may she be relieved of pain and illness, may she have the resources and support she needs. Prayers for Connie and her husband, may Connie be uplifted, may the stress on her ease. Prayers for Mary, may she be strong as she cares for her parents. Prayers for Lou and her children, may they be strong in God’s love. Prayers for Rusty and K, with thanks for Rusty’s faithfulness and care for K. Prayers for Betsy, her husband, her sister and brother, and for Betsy’s service through her church. Prayers for April and her family, with thankfulness for April’s faithfulness. Wishing all a blessed day.

    • April Posted February 19, 2019 11:04 am

      Oh Andrea, thank you for your prayer to me for thankfulness and faithfulness….even though I do not post often. I keep my family and our UR family in my prayers daily, asking for God’s love to be with them and guide them. Then after I pray, I feel the assuredness that all is well because I have turned my concerns over to Him because He is our Abba. Please sing with me and Connie and all the chorus here at UR:
      Perfect submission, all is at rest,
      I in my Savior am happy and blest,
      Watching and waiting, looking above,
      Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
      • Refrain:
      This is my story, this is my song….

      • Connie Posted February 20, 2019 8:49 am

        “Praising my Savior all the day long”

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 19, 2019 5:43 pm

      Thank you Andrea for your prayers!

      May God bless you and your family abundantly!

  • Julie Posted February 19, 2019 8:23 am

    I am ashamed to say that my thoughts turned to Abba’s promise of eternal life and reuniting with my loved ones. At this time this is what it means to me to have a life with Abba as my father and Saviour.
    Thank youu Andrea for your prayers. Prayers for you and Lowell and may you be complely healed of your injuries soon.
    Prayers for Rusty and K, may Rusty be strengthened as he cares for K.
    Prayers for Mary and her family asnd may she be strengthened as she cares for her parents and her students.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich , may Robert continue to have good health so he can help Erich and so he can move without undue stress. Prayers for healing for Anneliese.
    Prayers for Connie and her husband and may she be experiencing the sunshine that I have streaming in my windows.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family, may she be strenthened in order to minister through her many volunteer projects.
    Prayers for Lou and her family, may they all be doing well.
    Prayers for April and her family, may they all be well.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may she be strengthened by her faith to care for her family as they support Gloria as she joins Abba.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be receiving all the support she needs.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 19, 2019 8:35 am

      Thank you Julie for your prayers!

      May you be so blessed and loved by our Abba Father!

    • April Posted February 19, 2019 10:44 am

      Oh Julie, thank you for your continued prayers for all of us as we pray for you and your situation which I can’t imagine living in each day.
      This morning’s thought immediately brought to mind the word Assured and then Blessed assurance….Please sing with me as I too look forward to glory divine….. may you feel me and the UR family hugging you all the day long….
      Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
      Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
      Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
      Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
      • Refrain:
      This is my story, this is my song….

  • Lou Posted February 19, 2019 11:04 am

    Mostly comfort and courage – He helps me be brave when I feel insignificant and small. He gives me courage to get through each day because I know that I am not alone. One of my favorite songs by Bethel music says –
    “You make me brave
    You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
    No fear can hinder now the promises You made.”

    He is for us- He is our Savior- on that truth we can depend. We are not alone.

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