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

SOMETIMES, O GOD, my thirst for you is pushed aside, ignored, or simply quenched by something other – something reasonable, something more popular – than you. But you never go away, never stop, never leave the depths of me. Like an underground spring, you are fresh and free, breaking through. Help me prepare a place for you in the caverns of my soul. Amen.

– Pamela Hawkins
The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent

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Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life?

Mark 8:36-37, NRSV

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

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This week we remember: Jacinta Marto, Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos (February 20).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted February 25, 2018 4:12 am

    Yes, there are times when my human nature is easily distracted by unimportant activities, topics, or programs. Very thankfully, some how I am pulled back to God. Without God I would not exist. I need to be reminded of that. All that I have and can do is from God. What would I do without God?

    Very glad to hear from Marcy and be able to go to church today. Prayers for resolution to gun violence, Mary’s job situation, Jill’s parents, Lowell, Julie, Betsy, Connie and Robin, Lou, Chloe and Paige, Rusty and K, and Marcy.

    Have a blessed Sunday and a good start to the new week.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 25, 2018 9:16 pm

      Thanks Robert


    • Marcy Posted February 26, 2018 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Robert, for your continued prayers. I’m grateful to be included in them. My need for strength from God is great. God bless you!

  • Julie Posted February 25, 2018 7:36 am

    Thank you, Robert, for alerting me to Marcy’s post. Very good to hear from her. Hope Isis is doing better. Prayers for you, Isis, Erich and Annaliese.
    I am very guilty of letting other things and my own fears distract me from God. I am currently dealing with some vey strong and real fears. Please pray for me. My daughter has a job interview on Monday. Although this may seem like a good thing, as I can barely walk, I need her help every day very much. Her getting a job now would be a hardship for me. But this is selfish and I ask God to give me courage and help me overcome my fears and hardships.
    Blessings and prayers for each and every one of your shared concerns dear UR friends
    The are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
    Sir Philip Sidney

    • Marcy Posted February 26, 2018 6:51 pm

      Julie, my friend, you continue to be in my prayers daily. Love from my heart to yours!

  • Connie Posted February 25, 2018 8:47 am

    There has always been a place for God in the caverns of my soul. I love expressing it in that way.
    Praying for Julie. Hope everything comes to a good solution for both you and your daughter. It is frightening when you cannot do things and help is not available. Good help is so hard to find.
    Have a great day in church, Robert. Hope you feel His presence as never before.

  • Lou Posted February 25, 2018 9:14 pm

    Lord- you never let go – you never go away – you are here always loving all of us-
    Prayers for Jill’s mom- for Robert and his kind words and ever present faithfulness – for Julie and her daughter-help them find a way. For Marcy and her ever loving kindness and prayers for all- for Connie and her faith and belief present here.
    Prayers for all of the UR believers who support one another in love and prayer.
    Help us God.

    • Andrea Posted February 25, 2018 9:19 pm

      I echo your prayer, Lou. Prayers for you and your children.

    • Marcy Posted February 26, 2018 6:56 pm

      Thank you, Lou, for your prayers, and I keep you and your children in mine! Yes, you are spot on, “Prayers for UR believers who support one another in love and prayer. Help us God.” Lord, hear our prayers.

  • robert moeller Posted February 27, 2018 3:25 am

    Thank you Lou, Connie, Andrea and Julie for your prayers. Church buoyed me for what came later in the day.

    Prayers for Julie’s mobility, her daughter’s job interview, and a resolution to real and strong fears.

    Thankful for the time I have here on the internet in the wee hours of the morning. Slept earlier and was wide awake, will be back to sleep soon.

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