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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

Reprinted 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.

 

Words of Hope During COVID-19

Daniel Wolpert, author of Creating a Life with God, discusses humility as the heart of the spiritual life.

 

Today’s Reflection

We observe the most obvious example of God’s peace in the life of Jesus. For most of Jesus’ life, the odds are stacked against him. Tested, tried, and taunted, Jesus maintains an inner serenity through it all. He knows instinctively that because he trusts God completely, all will be well—even when things aren’t in the moment. This is the peace that God offers to us.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What areas of your life need the peace God offers? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
—John 14:27 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
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Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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3 Comments

  • Jill Posted March 29, 2020 5:44 am

    I have His peace and it is the foundation upon which I rely. I know His peace will be with me – and know I will need it the most – as I continue to walk beside dad, as he ages, even day to day now as the isolation is hard on him. How gracious God was with His provision of peace, beyond what I could have imagined, as mom struggled the past year plus of her life. I know that I know that I know. And it is so good.
    God – please be with all those in the health care field, as they keep running to the battle, endangering themselves as they serve. Strengthen them for the hours they are putting in and protect them from this virus. Included in this group is Andrea’s niece, R. Father, please keep her virus free, along with her family. Thank You for the volunteers, coming out of retirement, to join the battle. Thank You for that example of sacrificial living.

  • Julie Posted March 29, 2020 7:10 am

    I need His peace today. This is the Sunday I should be out and about with Megan, free of this oppressive liviing environment. I have been on the verge of tears all day. The kittens are clustered around me and keep coming to me to get/give affection. Gos bless their little souls.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry as they continue to struggle to come to terms with Gloria’s last year and the choices she made.
    I add my prayers to Jill’s for all the health care workers and I add all the first responders as well as those who work in the morgues and funeral homes.
    Prayers for Andrea and her daughter and niece, may all be well physically and emotionally.
    Prayers for Robert, may he safe and healthy and connected to his church family virtually.
    Prayers for April and her family, may they stay safe and healthy.
    Prayers for BJ and her faithful scripture sharing and her helpful practical suggestions.
    Prayers for Lou and her children as they continue to wrestle with school and work.
    Prayers and thank you UR

  • robert moeller Posted March 29, 2020 8:41 am

    Don’t know the exact time when I became aware that I was the recipient of God’s peace, most likely while a big deb was being handled. These days problems are dealt with a calm, a peace that is very reassuring.
    Church on Zoom at 10 this morning. A railroad historical society board of director’s Zoom meeting at 2 and Face Time with my daughter around 5. Thank You Lord for this technology that enables safe connection
    Glad to read a post from Julie. I’m with you in your prayers and thank you for your prayers for me. I remember too Marcy, Mary, Rusty & K, Connie, and Betsy.
    No word from two Korean friends, hope they are ok. Sent Dr. Bellm’s Pandemic Prayer translated to German to German relatives and friends.God’s peace is with us, Thank You, Lord/

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