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

Church planters take their cue from the Incarnation not only as a principle of making the gospel relevant and practical in real-life ways but also in settling down into the life of a particular place; moving from being an outsider to being an insider; starting as a joiner rather than as a leader. Building trust one experience, one relationship, one day at a time, layer upon layer.

—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What does the Incarnation teach you about “settling down into the life of a particular place”?
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Today’s Scripture

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
—John 1:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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Something More

We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted April 18, 2022 5:35 am

    All I know is this. Whenever I’m thinking of a move to someplace new, I look for United Methodist churches. Then I check to see which ones are all inclusive. I’ll attend and transfer my membership.
    Today we prepare for tomorrow’s trip to East Stroudsburg PA and the Poconos. Lord guide and direct us, may we have safe travel. Thankful for Easter, prayers that Easter was a blessed and holy day for all the NEM family..
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted April 18, 2022 9:16 am

    Not quite sure how to answer this question.
    I am having a very difficult time with h this morning. He attacked me first thing this morning. I was still descending the stairs and he was waiting at the bottom and started yelling at me as I was descending. I am a bundle of nerves and I fear about my safety. He is standing over my shoulder as I type this.
    Prayers for Ally as she searches for a part time job. May God come beside her and help releive her anxiety. May she find an appropriate position and may God also relieve her and David’s anxiety regarding the biopsy. Prayers for Jill’s week to be stress free and refreshing. Prayers for Robert’s safe travel and for his search for a new home to be fruitful.

  • Lou Posted April 18, 2022 10:06 am

    Thankful for God’s help in settling me into a new place in my life – I’ve thought about relocating but stay in my children’s hometown to provide them a sense of “home” and security despite the changes that occurred in our family – I had a nice Easter with my son and his girlfriends – we attended a very packed church service indoors and then spent the day together – Your meal sounded delicious Ally! I also spent a great deal of time making a nice meal and they greatly enjoyed it. I even continued my tradition of Easter baskets filled with practical items and chocolate – I’ve been making them baskets for 27 years… hard to believe – and they still love the surprises. God is love –
    Faith Hope Love – the greatest of these is love – God sacrificed his only son for us because He loves us – how can anything else matter.
    I try to love with all my heart even on days when it is hard to do so.
    Wishing you all love and peace in the week ahead.

  • Jill Posted April 18, 2022 5:16 pm

    I don’t know what to make of this question. Don’t see a link between the two.
    I have lived in the same town my entire life. College was only 20 minutes away – and I liked it that way. I searched state-wide for a teaching position, and finally landed one after a few anxious years. Am finishing my 27th year at my current school. I would love to retire somewhere on a beach in Carolina, but don’t know that will happen. I think once dad is gone, I will feel less tied to things here. It will be interesting to see the timing between dad’s passing and Don’s passing and where Becky lands. I used to think we would land together. Then, for a while, not even a chance. Now, I don’t know. She is allergic to cats and I don’t ever see myself being cat-less.
    Speaking of which – Roger saw the vet today and she was pleased with his weight and what I reported. I don’t have to test him for another month. I am encouraged.
    I saw my nurse practitioner for a check up this morning. She had a hard time hearing my heart and ran an EKG. There was something there she wasn’t happy about – so I will be wearing a holter monitor. I get it Friday. It will either be for 24 or 48 hours.
    Finally had one last time in the dentist’s chair – got my upper filling replaced. What a past few months in his office, but good to go now.
    Had snow and ice this morning. So done with this non-Springlike weather. Supposed to be 80 on Saturday – dad and I have a tee time.

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