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

Faith does not find resolution by putting Jesus’ or God’s back to the wall, and demanding an answer once and for all about whether we’ve all just been kidding ourselves with all this God talk. No, faith for us like faith for the Baptizer comes in having our ultimatums to the Holy turned into searchings for the Holy. Jesus bids us to discern in the sights and sounds of creation, in the experience of community, whether this God business is real or just pious blustering. What do we see and hear?

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

Today’s Question

What sights and sounds in your life point to the Holy? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them.
—Matthew 11:2-5 (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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  • Julie Posted February 24, 2021 8:35 am

    It is is a bright and sunny day following days of clouds. The sun reflects off the remaining snow. There are white clouds stretching across the blue sky. The creation of our Lord is beautiful and awe inspiring. I see the uniqueness of each person and marvel at His imagination and benevolence. I see those with physical disabilities overcome them and succeed.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may David continue to improve and his pain subside. I pray the PT helps him heal and to grow steadier. I pray for strength for Ally as she faces so many issues.
    Prayers for Jill and and her students as they transition to in person learning, may all stay safe and patient.
    Prayers for Lou, may her house stay dry during the big melt.
    Prayers for Robert, may he be safe despite his lack of postings.
    The black kitty, Baggy, is doing better. Megan has been giving a lot of fluids, broths and very wet food, and he is urinating and drinking. Thank you for your prayers. We hope to avoid an operation that would reroute his urethra.

  • Jill Posted February 24, 2021 10:02 am

    Others point me back to Christ, when necessary. A coveted few friends will speak truth to me, hold my hand and wipe away tears as necessary. These are evidence of Christ to me. As I look intently and honestly back over the landscape and time of my life – this, too, begs for a continuance of faith – for His steadfastness is evident. Praise music shouts His glory and His magnificence. A new song over the weekend – “Echo Holy” by Red Rocks Worship – has completely engulfed me in its glorious praise.
    Yesterday quite easily got away from me. Certainly not my intention not to post.
    Yes, Julie – this glorious sunshine. I am hoping to get out for a walk after classes today. I did not get to run this morning as I had a very early doctor’s appointment/physical/blood draw. My god daughter has another tournament game this evening – and my friend has come through with a ticket for me. So, I will be missing small group for a second week in a row – which isn’t great – but will be attending the game this evening. I am so grateful.
    Still troubling we haven’t heard from Robert.
    I like your new kitten’s name, Julie. Can you give us any background as to his name?
    Our school board voted to move up our start date one week. So – we are inching closer. I haven’t broke the news to Roger yet.

    • Julie Posted February 24, 2021 2:51 pm

      Baggy, short for Bagera, the black leopard from the Jungle Book. Also because he loves to play with bags.

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