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

We are all recipients of this Great Commission. We are all called to go about our lives with an awareness of the people we meet and how we might shape their understanding of Christ. As you are going to work or the park or the grocery store or the doctor’s office or the bus station, you are called to make disciples. The process of discipleship unfolds within our everyday lives and relationships.

—Rachel Gilmore, “Contextual,” in Where We Meet: A Lenten Study of Systems, Stories, and Hope (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How can you share God’s love with the people you come in contact with in your daily life?
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said to the disciples,] “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”
—Matthew 28:19-20 (GNT)

Prayer for the Week

Breath Prayer
Inhale: Jesus, Son of God
Exhale: Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Inhale: Ever-present God
Exhale: May I feel you here.
Inhale: You know me.
Exhale: You love me.
Inhale: You know my neighbors.
Exhale: You love my neighbors.
Inhale: You see me.
Exhale: You see the unseen.
Inhale: Help me to see
Exhale: All your children.
Inhale: God of love
Exhale: May all know your love.
—Prayer by Rachel Gilmore in Where We Meet
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Something More

What is Lent? When is Lent? Why do we set it apart? Learn more about this special season by reading Lent 101.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Lou Posted February 18, 2024 10:29 am

    Sharing God’s love is easy- a simple smile / letting someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery/ visiting elderly in the assisted living/ small gestures of putting others first and showing kindness and love.
    Prayers for Robert- we are all concerned and sincerely missing his great presence here- prayers that he is doing ok. Prayers for Ally and David, for Andrea and Lowell, Rusty and Kay, Jill and her family, Julie and her caregiving concerns, for April, Connie, Betsy and all who come here today – Blessings and Peace to all.

  • Jill Posted February 18, 2024 11:15 am

    By living authentically and embodying Christ in all that we say and do. Live out loud…I like this saying. May we speak grand volumes for our Lord and Saviour. May we indeed be a sweet incense to Him and others.
    Wonderful to worship together this morning with my church community. Brilliant sunshine made the drive so enjoyable. Looking forward to a day at home, reading, schoolwork and untimed things.
    Last night my god son’s basketball team improved to 19-2 – beating their most formidable opponent this season. The team played their best game. Looks like we are peaking at just the right time. One more regular season game left. My god son plays so heady – makes me very proud that he is a student of the game and an unselfish player. He so enjoys himself out on the court.

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