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

Each gospel offers its unique version of what happened on Easter morning, but they have two aspects in common. They agree that the women are the first people to experience the empty tomb. And they agree that it comes as a surprise. No one expected a resurrection.

These are, after all, the same women who watched the whole ghastly ordeal on Friday afternoon. They heard Jesus take his last breath. They saw Joseph pull his bloody body down from the cross, wrap it in a linen cloth, and lay it in the tomb. They heard the heartrending thud as the stone rolled against the opening. All they expected to find at the tomb was a rigid, lifeless corpse. Their only question was, “Who will roll away the stone for us?”

—James A. Harnish, Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

When have you experienced the unexpected? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back.
—Mark 16:3-4, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And he shall reign for ever and ever.
King of kings forever and ever!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And Lord of lords forever and ever!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

From Messiah by George Frideric Handel et al., 1685–1759.
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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted April 2, 2021 8:55 am

    I’m sure that I have many times, but currently none come to mind. I am having trouble concentrating because h is upstairs screaming obscentities. He does this throughout the day but morning is the worst. Next he will come to me and continue the obscenity laden tirade.
    Prayers for Ally’s job search and David’s therapy and healing.
    Prayers for April and Lou and their families.
    Prayers for Jill’s sfe travels and Larry’s sorrow filled anniversary.
    Prayers for Robert’s church’s quest fro a new minister.
    Prayers for the UR

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