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

Do we buy a particular home on the basis of the call of God, or because of the availability of money? Do we buy a new car because we can afford it, or because God instructed us to buy a new car? If money determines what we do or do not do, then money is our boss. If God determines what we do or do not do, then God is our boss. My money might say to me, “You have enough to buy that,” but my God might say to me, “I don’t want you to have it.” Now, who am I to obey?

—From Money, Sex and Power by Richard J. Foster, in A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck (Upper Room Books, 1990)

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have; for [God] has said, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
—Hebrews 13:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, I am humbled to hear the good news that you love me and will never let me go. Guide me this day to share this good news with those around me. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted May 1, 2021 6:04 am

    With 330,000 miles on my last car I think God agreed that a replacement was in order. Didn’t buy a new car either, I do think God plays a roll, and rightly so, in determining where my money goes. There’s progress with the transition to a new pastor, breakfast with the pastor will continue, we may lose some distant attendees because of the change in pastors, but local people should remain. Hopefully there will be new people as well. The long awaited tool to enable soldering arrived a day early. hope my skills are up to the task and progress is made. Thankful I found the Britbox 1978-1986 version of All Creatures Large and Small after seeing the recent PBS version , both tell of vets caring for animals in Yorkshire England. Thankful for the much needed rain. Blessings and prayers dear oasis of faith, thank you for your prayers. Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence.

  • Julie Posted May 1, 2021 8:36 am

    I agree, Robert, I need a new car as mine is 22 years old, but my purse says no way. However, h just bought himself a Mercedes SUV. Obviously our wallet could afford a new vehicle for me, but that is not h’s priority. I never have been. But I digress, I believe it is wise to seek God in determining the best use of our resources, but needs are needs and we need housing and food and reliable transportation, etc.
    Megan and I spent the day running errands and getting our hair cut. Megan received her second dose of the vaccine. Thank you God. My mom’s leg surgery is Monday morning. I am praying all goes well and her recovery is swift.
    Prayers for Robert and his church members as well as both incoming and retiring pastors. May all work well together to continue the many good works of the church and even expand their outreach and membership.
    Prayers for Ally, so good to hear from you again. Prayers for your aunt and cousins as they mourn the loss of your uncle. Prayers for you also as you mourn and heal and continue job hunting. Prayers for David and his newest health issue, may he recover and may nothing dire be found by his doctor’s.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, that Larry enjoys his new truck but uses caution at all times. Prayers for Jill and her tennis partner as they begin new rounds of play. May they be successful and may Jill’s health not suffer.
    Prayers for all of the UR crew.

  • Jill Posted May 1, 2021 10:53 am

    Interesting how this comes on the heels of dad’s big purchase. I am seeing a freedom in dad, one that was stifled with mom. He never ever put his desires, his wants first. Now, it is as if he is comfortable doing so and is being less frugal in some decisions. He had such joy in seeing mom be happy and making purchases that she deemed necessary. Some made him uncomfortable, but he did them for mom. It is nice to see him lightening up a bit.
    That being said, yes – our thoughts should always be that we are merely tending the money and treasures God has graced us with. Now that my house and car are paid off, and on the heels of the pandemic and money from the government, I recognize my good fortune and still feel like I look for good deals always and am not extravagant. But, I suppose the money I spend on tennis (not to mention my trip to CA) may seem extravagant to some. I was having this conversation with my sister in Florida. She said to me – you have worked hard, you should be able to treat yourself to things. I surely want to be mindful.
    Last night the team won, but my partner and I lost our court. Luckily the other two courts won and we play again on Friday. We are one step away from states. We were in this position three years ago, I believe, and lost. Hopefully we can play well and make it to states.
    The sun is out and it is warming up. I am playing tennis this afternoon and then going over to my friend’s house to see her and her dogs. We will order out. Tomorrow is to be beautiful – dad and I have a tee time a little after noon.

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