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

EASTER SUNDAY was never our final destination during Lent. Easter Sunday is a triumph, yes, but it serves as an inspirational staging area for what comes next. If we leave the church as confirmed Eighth-Day believers, then what we’re really doing is signing up to join Jesus in the re-creation business.

God is up to something significant, and we get to participate. …

So today … is the perfect opportunity to begin seeing ourselves as Eighth-Day believers – followers of Jesus who are empowered by the living presence of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise we don’t have a prayer of accomplishing any part of the amazing future that Easter Sunday makes possible.

We’re no longer spectators. We’re now participants in the new creation. If our journey through Lent together has prepared us for anything, then I pray it has prepared us for this.

– Derek Maul
Reaching Toward Easter

From pages 135-136 of Reaching Toward Easter: Daily Devotions for Lent by Derek Maul. Copyright © 2011 by Derek Maul. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What has Easter prepared you for? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”; and she told them that he had said these things to her.

John 20:18, 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

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Lou Posted April 1, 2018 2:44 am

    He is Risen.
    Blessings and peace to all this day.

  • Jill Posted April 1, 2018 5:04 am

    He is Risen Indeed!

    Thank You, Father!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 1, 2018 5:41 am

    May we live in the power of the resurrected Christ!


  • Betsy Posted April 1, 2018 6:18 am

    He is risen! I pray that we may be the Glory People in this hurting world.
    Prayers for all as we celebrate the good news.

  • Julie Posted April 1, 2018 6:33 am

    As it was written our King lives despite the cross. We are forgiven.
    Blessed be this day.
    Happy Easter UR family

  • robert moeller Posted April 1, 2018 7:09 am

    Yes. Jesus is alive! Easter is here!

    Blessings to all, our Redeemer lives. The truth of our faith is proven.

  • Andrea Posted April 1, 2018 7:20 am

    Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!

  • Connie Posted April 1, 2018 8:46 am

    I know that my Redeemer lives.

  • April Posted April 1, 2018 9:13 am

    He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

  • Joan Posted April 1, 2018 9:37 pm

    What a moving reading. Thank you so very much. What a blessing these emails are, helping us into being 8th day believers

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