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.


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Today’s Reflection

But as far as the Bible goes, again, there is room at the family table, in the family tree, for ambiguity, and for choice. Ruth chose Naomi, hitching a ride on her skirts to the Promised Land and into the genealogy of Jesus (see the book of Ruth; Matt. 1:5). Joseph chose to marry Mary instead of dismissing her quietly, as everyone in his family, from his mother to his maiden aunt, not to mention his bawdy uncle, must have advised him to do (see Matt. 1:18-21). For all that, when they came knocking at his door, Jesus made his own choice: “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!” (Matt. 12:48-49)

—Rosalind C Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What invitation do you find as you consider the family table and family tree of Jesus? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Whoever does the will of my Father who is in heaven is my brother, sister, and mother.”
—Matthew 12:50 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted April 17, 2020 5:51 am

    The invitation is to come near, nearer – I am welcome at His side. His Abba Father is my Abba Father. He will honor my request for nearness, for shelter and comfort.
    I was so relieved to hear from one of my students yesterday – he had been “off the grid” since all of this started. I suspected depression and found out that is indeed the case. He has requested an individual “google meet” video talk this weekend. I know it took him so much courage to reach out – and I am grateful for contact. There are still a handful of others I am anxious to hear from, but so far, nothing.

  • Julie Posted April 17, 2020 9:01 am

    I had never thought of this, but will. I feel tentative regarding joining at His table. I am not worthy of breaking bread with Him….and yet He seeks me out.
    Prayers for Jill and her students. May God be present when she “meets” with her one student and begin the healing of his soul. May others reach out. Trust is difficult if one has never had a trustworthy person in their life.
    Prayers for Robert, may he stay safe and healthy and find a new keyboard soon. I post every day, sometimes after you.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may Ally remain healthy and in good spirits and may David continue to recover.
    Prayers for BJ and her mom. May the Lord bless BJ as she shines His light like a beacon of hope in the darkness of despair.
    Prayers for Andrea, April, Lou and Rick, may all stay safe and healthy.
    My mom signed the lease for her apartment in the senior apartment building yesterday. Thank you Lord for answering my many prayers. She currently lives in an apartment on the top of a duplex. There are outside wooden steps that are falling apart and treacherous. This new location has elevators, laundry facilities and air conditioning. She is ecstatic and so am I!
    Prayers and thank you and stay safe and healthy dear UR

  • Ally Posted April 17, 2020 9:36 am

    Jesus bids all who are family to come to the table. We are His family and are welcome. Thanks to all who have prayed for David and me. Jill, I lift up your students and pray they all reach out soon. I’m thankful for this forum. I am back at work and the distraction is welcome. Hope everyone has a blessed day.

  • robert moeller Posted April 17, 2020 6:25 pm

    The offer of hope, love, grace, peace, forgiveness, and salvation comes to everyone, believer and nonbeliever alike. God gives us free will to believe and accept or disbelieve and reject. As believers we are called to reach in the same way, at the table, on the street, or anywhere and at any time.

    Thankful today to have a card from my longtime friend, Meesook. The recovery from the successful spinal surgery was very painful and while that pain is subsiding, the experience has caused depression.
    Prayers for healing and positive results.

    Thankful Julie’s Mom has a new apartment, Jill’s student reached out, Ally and David are ding better,, and I was able type.

    Be, stay safe. Do not be afraid, for God is with you, now and always. Thank You, Lord.

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