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

When individuals no longer fit into the slots where we place them, when ideas outgrow the confines of our thinking, when change threatens to force new ways of viewing others or ourselves, two options emerge. One option circles the wagons, raises the walls, and rejects any possibility that change in us or others could be good or even possible. Another option considers that maybe—just maybe—God calls us to be something and someone other than what has always been. Encounter with Jesus posed that choice in Nazareth. Encounter with Jesus poses that choice in your zip code, in the communities where you and others come to be known in ways confining or liberating—or more often, something of both.

—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

Encountering Jesus in your community, how might you be challenged to know others in new ways? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”
—Mark 6:3-4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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  • Jill Posted February 28, 2021 10:52 am

    Being non-judgmental and engaging, despite differences. Embracing diversity respectfully. Listening well. Showing a willingness to invest resources and time. Jesus, our great example, did this so easily.
    Well, as can happen at a tournament, times get changed and you are really at the mercy of the tournament director. My singles match got moved up a couple of hours – so dad decided not to go. My partner and I lost our match Saturday morning, so we were done. I hurt my back in my singles match and lost. I withdrew from the consolation round, not wanting to make my back any worse. So, kinda a bust overall.
    However – my partner and I did qualify for nationals last year – in our age bracket (this weekend’s was in the younger group…I think the girl I played in the singles was half my age). The national tournament last year in April got cancelled due to Covid. So our qualifying automatically went to this year’s. So – we are going to San Diego in April. We figure why not. For our age group, we are in pretty good shape and should be very competitive. We might never get this chance again, so we are going for it.
    Lots of catch up to do today – school work and more school work. Currently Roger has planted himself on my lap between me and my laptop. Not exactly conducive to efficient work. Oh well. He’s my little snuggle buns.
    The good which came out of losing in the tournament was being able to attend my god-daughter’s district championship game last night. First time in school history they are champs. Now they play the team which beat them last year in the tournament. The team they face is a powerhouse – and they will likely bow out. But, final 16 in the state in their division. Not too shabby at all.
    Ally – I am pleased to hear about David – and pray the services he receives will enhance his recovery.

    • Ally Posted February 28, 2021 11:03 am

      Thank you, Jill! Congratulations on making nationals! Yes, go to San Diego and enjoy. glad you have Roger. Kitties are such good companions.

  • Ally Posted February 28, 2021 10:59 am

    I do tend to see others in my community in a certain way which is not always favorable. For example, when I have to go out and see so many people who are unmasked I am disheartened. In these crazy times, it is hard toget to know people. I ask myself, “how can I find ways to know people’s hearts, find common ground, and put my biases aside?” Today I am not sure. Lord, help me to see others as You see them. David had his first day of PT and OT yesterday. The activities were mostly to assess his current level of function. I hope there will be some kind of conference call with his care team so we can go over his treatment and care plan. Please continue prayers. Know I’m praying for all: that we stay well and safe. Know how much I value our UR family. Have a blessed Sunday.

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