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

In starting a new church or ministry, people skills are much more important than professional education or denominational credentialing. This is especially true during times of great societal change, when deep innovation is needed. Enthusiastic amateurs have been at the heart of almost every movement of disruptive innovation. Well-trained professionals are excellent at managing incremental change and gradual improvement within an organization or profession; but deep, radical, foundational change almost always arises from those outside the organization or profession. These new leaders bring a new approach with new practices that find new ways to envision or execute the organization’s mission.

—Bener Agtarap & Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

How good are your people skills? What might you do to improve them? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

All the believers were united and shared everything. … They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone.
—Acts 2:44, 46, 47 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the opportunity to plant a new faith community. Help me to have wisdom and discernment as I develop relationships with the people in this community. Guide me to stay close to you through prayer and Bible study and to love the people who cross my path. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted May 17, 2023 1:01 pm

    I feel like my people skills are sufficient – bolstered by my daily interactions for 30 years within the walls of my classroom, as well as with my colleagues. Having to be “on” each day, I think I tend to be quieter and more reserved in a social setting. I am happy to be quiet and listen, or not even be present at all. I enjoy solitude.
    Coolish today, compared to what we have had. But lots of sun. I am looking forward to purchasing flowers for my beds. I need to tend to the beds this weekend, although my free time is Saturday morning and it might be raining. Dad and I are planning on golfing Sunday, so that coupled with church will take up the day. Next week looks pretty busy also.

  • robert moeller Posted May 17, 2023 4:55 pm

    When I was teaching, now 16 years ago, I think my people skills were more utilized, and thus sharper. Now they are most active at church, with a friend, and at home. The pandemic had me hunkered down.
    Thankfully the old dishwasher has been disconnected and will head to recycling tomorrow.
    Now if we can only connect with a plumber who will install the new one and the gas stove.
    It was chilly here last night, forecast to drop down to the 20s tonight. Still plenty of bright sunshine.
    Have a new book selected for Bible/book group: Max Lucado’s “Help is Here”.
    My article and the next issue of The AMBASSADOR proofread and should be in readers hands in early June.
    Prayers for the needs, concerns of Ally & David, Jill and family, her students, and Julie, Megan, and h. We all need God all the time. Thank You,

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