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

Our response to God’s call reorients our priorities. We feel less concerned about the things we may get and more concerned about what we offer and give to others. Because Christ transforms our lives, our priorities shift. We focus on God’s expectation that we show mercy and justice for all creation. Jesus teaches us about God’s love and calls us to reorient our lives in love of God and neighbor. He calls us to live compassionately—in service to those in need.

—George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

In what ways has following Jesus reoriented your priorities? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve.
—Matthew 20:27-28, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
I believe the world you created is worth saving. Give me the courage and strength and the desire to act in big and little ways to make your justice and love real on earth. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • robert moeller Posted March 24, 2021 6:24 am

    I try harder to be more conscious of and respond to the needs of others in any way I can. Thankful for the resources (these take many different shapes) to be able to do so. Hope there is a way to curb or better yet stop gun violence. Too many innocent people have died. Systemic racism caused by white supremacy needs God’s wisdom and help too. If we are all equal in God’s sight, why are all people not treated equally? Prayers for Marcy’s needs and well-being, Julie’s leg and legal situation, Jill going back to in person teaching and the welfare of her Dad, the health and job opportunities of David and Ally, Lou’s house and welfare with grown children, and the needs and concerns of the New Every Morning and UR communities. Thank You, Lord for helping us. enabling us, on our spiritual journey.

  • Lou Posted March 24, 2021 8:26 am

    I believe that God has helped me become aware of the needs of single people living alone because of my life circumstances and changes and the reorienting of my life. I have greater awareness of the challenges of single parents and people of all ages living alone both in my work and in my personal life. I hope that the awareness helps me respond in kinder ways.
    Thankful that Robert is back with his insightful and faith filled comments. Prayers for all who come here today- especially for those who feel alone and searching for community and peace. Thankful for gentle spring rains in my area and the sunshine this morning. Thankful for the prayer services I was able to attend weekly via zoom which concluded last night. Thankful for my clergy team who have kept our services going throughout this long year. Thankful for the UR and all of you-

  • Julie Posted March 24, 2021 9:00 am

    I have noticed that I have grown more patient as my faith has deepened. I am also more tolerant and patient with those with disabilities now that I have one myself.
    H is on a rampage already this morning. Thankful he has finally left the house. The vaccine went well but it was quite a hike. I was in and done and leaving in a very short time. I have a sore arm but that is all for now. My mom receives her second dose today. My leg is slowly improving. Thank you for your prayers.
    Prayers for Robert and his wise cousel and insights.
    Prayers for Lou and her newfound compassion towards single people of all ages and stages.
    Prayers for Ally, may God guide her to the job He has for her. Prayers for David’s continuing improvement and Lewis kitty’s continued recovery and Rachel’s islet cells to begin making insulin.
    Prayers for Jill, may she succeed in engaging her first year students. Prayers for Larry and his continued improvements.
    Prayes for all posters, readers and administrators.

  • Ally Posted March 24, 2021 2:49 pm

    Thanks to all for your prayers. I wrote a comment and can’t get it to post. love to all.

  • Jill Posted March 24, 2021 5:31 pm

    I ask Him to provide opportunities for me to assist others. I must be faithful in following through. A simple example is I received an mass email to all volunteers (I don’t know how long it goes back) who assisted with the Young Moms program. There was a tragedy in one of the families – a 7 year old drowned. It had gotten a fair amount of publicity. I first saw it on our group volunteer facebook page and then on my school system staff facebook page as the youngster was a student in my school district. Yesterday – the email was in regards to providing food for the funeral meal, assisting at the funeral and a fund for the funeral costs. I almost just read it and deleted it. But – then – I paused and recalled my prayer – and of course I can bake several dozen cookies, provide bottled water and two side dishes. Yes – my time is very precious right now with all the schoolwork. But that would just be an excuse. I have time this weekend to do all the baking and cooking and get it to the center Sunday afternoon. I stopped by the store after school and picked up everything necessary. God has shown me that my most valuable commodity is time. He has also shown me how I must not covet it and hoard it – but offer it to Him. I am glad the Spirit jolted me out of my non-intentional auto-pilot blahness.
    School is intense. I am glad to have the intensity and the few students I have in my classroom. It seems each day that the divide between those in person and those remote with their cameras off and mikes muted grows. I don’t know how to span the gulf. The remote students are simply refusing to engage. I hope they are getting something out of what they are hearing from those participating in my classroom. My final class – the three students in person and myself – we had a really engaging and fruitful discussion. So much so, we didn’t even finish the lesson. The same lesson in the previous class – we finished with 20 minutes to spare. Just shows the difference and the substance of engaging class discussion. Not my monotoneness. I would think the muted, behind icons students would be so sick of hearing my voice – they would want to participate.
    Mid 70s here – unimaginable – for this many days in March. Definitely getting me ready for sunshine and warmth of Florida. Hard to believe I leave a week from tomorrow.
    Julie – I hope you remained side effect free, and that your mom fared well also.
    I am tired, but have zoom small group tonight in an hour. Need to get some grading done in the meantime.

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