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

Wherever he goes, Jesus extends God’s mercy, power, forgiveness, and healing, and the most ordinary things are transformed—like water into wine. He opens the eyes of people who are blind, literally and figuratively, and releases people from whatever holds them captive. He transforms the lives of all he encounters, and he continues to do so.

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

Today’s Question

How can we learn to see who Jesus sees and to love who Jesus loves? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.
—Mark 10:45 (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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Lectionary Readings

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Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • Gail Churchill Posted March 27, 2023 7:58 am

    We do not have to look far. No further than our neighbor, or ourself. We need only be willing to love. It is written (I think, not sure of the source), the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Pray and “[T]ell God that you want to share his love with others and ask him to show you where he can use you most.” #Holy Mischief, from ShannonKarafanda.com

  • Julie Posted March 27, 2023 9:36 am

    I agree with Gail. We should keep our eyes and hearts open and look around us at everyone. I think we often don’t really see those around us. God will speak to our hearts if we keep them open to his leading.
    Wonderful day yesterday with Megan. We went to a movie and then shopped. We accomplished much togeher.

  • Ally Posted March 27, 2023 4:24 pm

    I like how yesterday’s question kind of segs into today’s. My answer for yesterday is try to be Christ to all I meet and do for them things that help them know they matter: to me and to God.
    Re: today’s question; Jesus sees everyone; Jesus loves everyone. Our job is to see everyone, to love everyone. We learn to do this by following Jesus; obeying Jesus seeking Jesus. Letting Jesus love us.
    Our town had a tornado touch down yesterday morning around 7:30 about 2 miles from our home. Fortunately, we had no fatalities or catastrophic damage as Mississippi saw Friday. I have tornado PTSD, due to experiencing both super outbreaks in 1974 and 20211. I get really nervous and scared when severe weather threatens. Thanks to all of my NEM friends for your prayers.

  • robert moeller Posted March 27, 2023 4:33 pm

    I’m in agreement and would add to do and be as much like Jesus as possible. With Christ in us, the Holy Spirit guiding and directing we can be the hands and feet of God..
    Had a wonderful day yesterday at Bretton Woods, the scenery, base lodge of the ski area, skiing, just terrific lunch, drive home, college hockey games, and three PBS dramas. A good day today as well, a nice walk outdoors with Russ to a local cafe, warm sunny weather, a snowshoe to the top of Bald Hill, and very tasty curry. All this soured by the loss of life in Louisville.
    Sadly the repetition of these kinds incidents continue. We need to do ball we can do to stop this. Guide us Lord.

  • Ally Posted March 27, 2023 5:13 pm

    Today, let’s see the victims of gun violence as we mourn those killed in Nashville today. Lord, help us to see. Help us to do more than wring our hands. Help us to work together for sensible solutions to this tragic problem. Help us to put others ahead of ourselves and what we think are our rights. Amen.

  • Jill Posted March 27, 2023 5:27 pm

    We must be intentional about looking towards others and their needs. Also, asking the Lord to bring others to our paths, that we may serve them and Him.
    Such tragedy in Nashville. Senseless. I pray for the families who lost a loved one. May God be very near to them, in their broken-heartedness. May those who come alongside be able to provide services and peace.
    My procedure was a bit more uncomfortable than anticipated today. Thanks to Tylenol and ice, the edge has worn off. I must move very slowly. Hopefully tomorrow at school will not be too much.

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