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

Have you ever heard someone say, “My spiritual gift is patience”? Or perhaps, “My spiritual gift is joy”; or possibly, “My spiritual gift is kindness.” As fine as these attributes are, they are not typically considered spiritual gifts, at least not in the writings of Paul we will address in this book. They are, however, listed in Galatians 5:22-23—along with love, peace, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control—as being part of “the fruit of the Spirit.” These qualities are often confused with spiritual gifts. It is not uncommon for some persons, when asked what their gifts are, to respond with some aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How do you think spiritual gifts differ from the fruit of the Spirit? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
—Galatians 5:22-23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me discover the gifts you have given me and find ways to use these gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 28, 2024 5:27 am

    I think spiritual gifts come from God for us to use to bring glory to God by helping people come closer to God. Fruits of the Spirit come to us from the Holy Spirit when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.
    Weather getting warmer, into the 60s. A car that’s been in the sun is hot. inside. Only ve®y big snow piles still exist in the valley. Mount Washington has snow.
    A special church conference via Zoom on Monday to change our church administration to a single board with a couple exceptions. Church business will be much easier. Very thankful for our new pastor. We are making progress even though we are a very small community of faith.
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted April 28, 2024 3:12 pm

    I believe we are gifted with a skill, ability, commodity (time, money) that can assist someone else, and/or the Church. Fruit of the Spirit is something which can be developed in us by the Spirit – of which all we can do is surrender our sinful tendencies and ask that the Spirit develop (more perfectly than we can hope to under our own strength) the fruit…ones that could be likened to Christ-likeness…the ones listed by Paul in Galatians.
    Good to worship this morning, to go in sunshine without a jacket. The hope of summer is real, even tho it is the last weekend of April.
    I had a study session with my students yesterday morning and another one coming up here in about an hour. Tonight we are meeting at a park near school – will gather around some picnic tables and do some math problems. I also got to walk 9 holes of golf yesterday with a tennis friend – so good to be out with her and catch up. Watched some playoff basketball with my nephew and his wife, got some pizza and looked at some pictures of their cruise from about a month ago. It was a good day.

  • Ally Posted April 28, 2024 6:04 pm

    I accidentally posted my comment on yesterday’s reading. Re-posting here.

    I’m not a gardener, but I love flowers and plants. I have always felt I lacked the patience needed. May I come from a long line of gardeners and sometimes feel guilty about not enjoying it more. Then today, a dear lady at the church where I serve as pianist, gave me a plant. I’m not even sure what it is, but she said it does well in containers or in the ground. So I’m going to get a container and some soil and plant it. We will see what happens.
    I think the fruits of the Spirit give us the grace to share our gifts without arrogance. I also think God wants us to share what we have. For those who feel the fruits are what they have to offer, then that is their gift. It may be that the fruits mentioned in Galatians give us the grace to accept and develop the gifts of the Spirit to further the kindom.
    Jill, good to see you. April, o appreciated your comment from yesterday. I miss all the folks who commented regularly. Hope you come back.

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