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

As we become more and more faithful about loving the world with God, we won’t need to tell stories. At the end of the day, if we’ve nurtured relationships and honored, protected, loved, and given our best to make a difference, the stories will tell themselves. The rocks and stones will cry out. Neighborhoods will look different. Jail census will look different. Disease statistics will look different. People’s lives will look different.

—Rebecca Bruff, Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

When did you last hear a story of transformation? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
—Micah 6:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of St. Francis)
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • Jill Posted April 2, 2023 9:25 am

    It is a great joy to listen to how God is working in the lives of the women in my small group. I also can step back from myself – and see how God has worked so faithfully in my life. What an encouragement.
    A beautifully sunny morning, a good morning to be in church to celebrate Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. The message and music were just right – setting the tone for the week ahead.
    Looking forward to the ride down to Columbus and time I will share with my friend.

  • robert moeller Posted April 2, 2023 3:01 pm

    Am hopeful a transformation is about to happen, have been in this position before so I am at best cautiously optimistic. I do expect a great visit with Jenny, Chris, Willa, and Oona.
    Thankful for Communion today and the joy of Palm Sunday. Our King arrived and soon will do the servant work only the Son of God can do. Thank You, Lord.
    Holy Week blessings to all.

  • Ally Posted April 2, 2023 10:05 pm

    A few weeks ago at a training, I heard a woman tell her story. She was abused by her partner and found purpose through Jesus and the courage to leave her abuser and advocate for herself and her children. It was truly uplifting to hear.
    I’ve enjoyed this week’s readings. May have to get this book.
    Jeremy came home Thursday and is doing better. He’s on a round of antibiotics.
    We had a lovely Palm Sunday service at church today. Great message and music. I’m very thankful for our church.

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