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

The most servant-hearted people are often unlikely to toot their own horns. But their stories are beautiful and deserve to be told. At a casual dinner not long ago, I listened in awe as my friend Sam told the others at the table about the faithful and persistent work of his next-door neighbor, who tirelessly directs an after-school program for children in an underserved area. The neighbor would never have mentioned the years of work or the pouring of his own resources into this ministry. He wouldn’t have described himself as selfless or sacrificial or Christlike. But he is, and his story wanted to be told—not to glorify himself but to point to what God can do through everyday disciples.

—Rebecca Bruff, Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

What can God do through you today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.
—Luke 8:39 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love.
(From the Peace Prayer of St. Francis)
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Liturgy of the Palms

Liturgy of the Passion

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  • Gail Churchill Posted April 1, 2023 8:33 am

    Reach out to someone who feels alienated by church.
    And to a person exposed to COVID.

  • Julie Posted April 1, 2023 9:38 am

    I would assume that my caregiving of someone who abused me for 25 years falls under this catagory.
    Off to shop with Megan and then she is going to the movies with a friend. I will enjoy a quiet evening at home with my kitties a la Jill.

  • Jill Posted April 1, 2023 4:44 pm

    I volunteered this morning for the final week of this basketball season…it was tournament day. There were three games. One of the coach’s sons…maybe 6 years old – wanted to input the score into the scoreboard. He had been sitting with me the past couple of weeks, but today proclaimed that he wanted to “run the clock”. I did the timing part, but he did the score.
    Napped with the kittens this afternoon – while watching some tennis and golf. Will watch some basketball this evening.
    Lots of wind here. Becky lost power, but seemed content to stay there, after having her friend visiting all week. She relishes being alone. The “boys” are coming home from Florida Thursday.

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