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

JESUS HIMSELF WAS A MIRACLE. More than what he did or said was what he was and is. That living presence still shows us supremely the heart and face of God. That gentle, loving touch still reaches through time and space to touch our deepest need.

Because Jesus is miracle, we too become miracles, living in God’s realm that Jesus called the kingdom. We do not have to die to enter God’s kingdom; it is already at work on earth — unfolding, expanding, healing, bringing new life. God’s kingdom is the realm in which daily miracles on all levels are a natural occurrence.

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need

From page 92 of Miracle by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

As you enter Holy Week, look for miracles. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

Mark 15:13, NRSV

This Week: Pray for those affected by gun violence. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: Sister Thea Bowman (March 30).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted March 26, 2018 3:13 am

    Everyday miracles…that keep our hope alive. Yes, Father – You are always at work. Give me eyes to see You in action and give me a desire to be part of a miracle for someone else.
    Prayers for traveling mercies and refreshing time for Lou and her daughter. Father – this respite is needed, with continued adjustments on the horizon.
    Prayers also for Andrea’s daughter and family.
    Father, as we gather here throughout the day, I ask for a measure of Your Grace – prepare our hearts for the activities of this Holy Week, as we remember what Your Son endured for us and his steadfast commitment to fulfilling Your Will.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 5:18 am

    Thank you God for daily miracles!

    Blessings to all!

  • robert moeller Posted March 26, 2018 5:41 am

    Yes, miracles can and do happen, look to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, they are at work. The beauty of spring as the earth awakens from winter, changes in our lives because of faith, encouragement and support from others, and resolutions to problems. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for Gloria, Larry, Jill and Becky, embraced by God. Safe travel for Lou and her daughter, a deepening relationship between Andrea and her daughter, thankful for new tenants for Mary’s family, a better job, and the well being of Mary’s family, Julie’s strength as she deals with Reynaud’s and
    her husband, and Marcy’s persistent witness despite health and insurance problems. Prayers for Betsy, Connie, Francesca, Louise, Rusty and K,
    Chloe and Paige, Joan, Mark, and all who come to the UR.

    Spiritually, even without our own problems, this becomes a tough week as Jesus accomplishes for us what we can not do for ourselves. Spiritually as we take up our cross and die with Christ, we, like Christ, rise again. With Christ in us, and helped by the Holy Spirit, we are the body of Christ called to serve others as Christ served us. Thank You, Lord, for this great miracle, salvation.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 6:53 pm

      Thanks Robert for your prayers.

      May we continue to support one another in prayer and edify one another in the body of Christ!

  • Betsy Posted March 26, 2018 7:10 am

    Miracles happen all around us if we have eyes to see and ears to hear. Open us to the everyday signs of grace this Holy Week.
    Blessings to all here at our UR family as we prepare to enter Holy Week and the mystery of the sin of God.
    We are traveling this week to be with our children for Easter, so I ask for prayers as we travel. Prayers to all who gather with family at this special time.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 10:36 am

      Betsy, may you and your husband have a safe and good trip!


  • Lou Posted March 26, 2018 7:43 am

    Yes Betsy- miracles are all around us everyday if we only have the eyes to see them –
    Everyday miracles in the prayers from all of you and the support offered here- I am so grateful. The miracle of having my son and his girlfriend and my youngest daughter at church with me yesterday on Palm Sunday – we all went out to brunch and had a nice time together. My youngest daughter got invited to go out with a group of friends – that rarely happens and she was very happy and everything worked out without drama – a miracle. And as I was sitting quietly by myself at my kitchen table working on work last night my dog started barking and would not stop- eventually I got up and looked outside and there on the deck was a wrapped gift and note- a neighbor who I thought of as someone who was not particularly close to me- had dropped off a small gift and wrote a lovely note telling me how much she would miss me and and my children as we move away. She said that she had enjoyed watching my children mature and she said – you are such a great mother… it was a very unexpected and much needed miracle. God knows our hearts – he sent me a little miracle that meant so much to me in that neighbors kindness.
    I saw the miracle of the sunrise this morning and felt the miracle of my son’s warm and lingering hug as he headed off to work this morning – thank you for your prayers for him-
    I’m keeping my eyes open for more miracles – God loves me and you –
    Blessings and peace in this Holy Week –

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 10:34 am

      Praise God for sending encouragement and comfort during difficult times!

      May more miracles happen daily for everyone!

  • Julie Posted March 26, 2018 7:57 am

    Prayers for Betsy and her husband as they travel this week.. I pray you have a joy filled visit with your children.
    Prayers for Lou and her youngest daughter for safe travel and a time to grow closer. Prayers for Lou’s son to be successful and enjoy his new job.
    Prayers for Robert and his bank account hack, Erich and Pearl, and Annaliese.
    Prayers for Mary and her parents. I pray for Mary to enjoy her new job and her parents to recover from hip surgery (father) and have an appetite (mother).
    As for miracles, Jill, I was listening too the CBS Sunday morning news and they discussed depression and anxiety in those diagnosed with cancer. They even had a woman on who was in remission but was anxious about recurrence. They were discussing various drug therapies. So, this is common and there are treatments. Please discuss with you mother’s oncology team, as it is surely something with which they are familiar. You and your family should not bear this alone and your mother need not suffer with this fear and depression. Prayers and love for all of you.
    Blessings and prayers for and thanks to all of my UR family.
    Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
    Dalai Lama

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 10:30 am

      Thanks so much Julie!

      May all experience more of God’s power and love in our lives!


  • Connie Posted March 26, 2018 8:08 am

    I BELIEVE IN MIRACLES! Big ones, small ones, they are a part of my life….I have seen many.
    Lou’s post brought tears to my eyes.
    Have a blessed Holy Week.

  • Tom Albin Posted March 26, 2018 8:14 am

    Gracious God,

    I thank you for the profound truth that your son, Jesus Christ, is the miracle. As we walk and pray together with him in this Holy Week, give us new eyes to see him, new ears to hear him, and a new willingness to live in him–as he lives in us through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

  • Andrea Posted March 26, 2018 10:44 am

    Lou, it is wonderful to read about your miracles.

    A small miracle here – I learned last week that a young relative from Norway is visiting us this week. She arrives tonight. I am so grateful my house is clean and neat. I thoroughly clean one or two rooms each day for maintenance. I consider it a type of spiritual discipline.

    We had new snow last night, which freshens the landscape. The diffuse sunlight gives the snowy white blanket a luminescence. The whitened branches of trees – pines, oak, cherry – sway gently in the wind. It is so peaceful. I have felt troubled and worried the last couple of days, not sleeping well. I put myself and my worries for my loved ones in Jesus’ care. I pray for wisdom.

    My prayer needs seem small compared to those of some dear UR prayer warriors. Now, during Holy Week, we remember the Passion of Christ. May we remember and be strong to walk faithfully through the difficulties in our lives as Jesus did in the very darkest days of His life.

    Prayers for Jill, Gloria, Larry and Becky; Robert, Erich, Anneliese; Lou and her children and mother; Marcy; Julie; Mary and her parents and her new job; Connie and her husband; Betsy and her family as they travel to be together for Easter; Pam, April, Louise, Carol, and all who visit UR. Blessings, all who visit here.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 26, 2018 6:49 pm

    Thank you Andrea for praying for all of us and your hospitality to your young relative.

    May we continue to love well and live well!


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