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

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Today’s Reflection

HAVE YOU EVER noticed how many times in Luke’s Gospel Jesus sits around the table for a meal? He regularly shared meals with others, whether they are Pharisees, sinners and tax collectors, or his disciples. We learn more of what he teaches about his heavenly Parent on these occasions than from what he says in the synagogue. Meals at the table are some of Jesus’ favorite settings for him to make visible to others the good news of God’s mercy and acceptance of all people.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People

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Today’s Question

What do people hear in the conversations around your kitchen table?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.
—Luke 24:30, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.

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  • Julie Posted April 27, 2019 8:00 am

    People would hear silence around the dinner table as Megan and I do not sit there. When we eat out together we have animated and wide ranging converstion. We enjoy being with one another and enjoy sharing ourselves with one another.
    Prayers for Andrea, and her critical inner voice. I also suffer from the constant voice of self criticism. However I do not feel critical of others, mine is directed inward only.
    Prayers for Mary of thankfulness for the many people who provided sympathy and help following her mum’s death. This reminded me of Job’s friends who sat with him in silence for 7 days in sympathy for hismany losses. How blessed you are for this outpouring of love.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family.
    Thank you for your prayers and kind words. I went to the medical center lab yesterday to give another urine sample as my UTI has not resolved and I have finished the medicaion.

    • Julie Posted April 27, 2019 9:02 am


  • Lou Posted April 27, 2019 8:14 am

    The dinner table and family meal was the highlight of my day when the kids were growing up – I worked two nights a week in my practice but sometimes I would get home early and they would still be at the dinner table and the utter joy we all had as I entered the back yard and saw them through the window was indescribable. On summer nights occasionally we would set up a table on our big front porch and have dinner there- in the winter some nights we would set our table in front of the fireplace- I have so many good memories of our nightly dinners – I still try to have a nice dinner ready for my youngest – we always have had candles and so we light candles and set a pretty table and in doing this we set the stage for hopefully a relaxing enjoyable time together. Some days are quieter than others. Sundays I have tried to get my son over for family dinner but that often depends on his schedule. My youngest often asks if he will be coming. She likes the full table like I do. Lately I am anxious about what it will be like to set a place for one. That is what I have ahead of me and there is no comfort in that. But that is life.
    Peace to Julie and Andrea as they struggle with criticisms within and without. Blessings to Robert as he moves ahead with the task of moving – it is a big job. Happy birthday to Connie – may the year ahead be filled with many blessings.
    Prayers for Betsy and her love of music- what a special ministry that is. Prayers of healing and peace for Mary and Jill and their families in their grief. Special prayers for Sherry and her granddaughters. Prayers of peace and healing for all who come to the UR.

  • robert moeller Posted April 27, 2019 10:42 am

    I often hear reasons why my son doesn’t believe around the dinner table.

    On a positive note things are coming along with the condo purchase and move. We’re not there yet, but the progress is very encouraging. Thank you UR family and especially Julie, Lou, Jill, Andrea, Mary, and all who mention Erich and me by name in their prayers.

    I will tell church members tomorrow what is happening. They need to know.

    Thank You, Lord, for the progress being made, all good things come from You.

  • robert moeller Posted April 27, 2019 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday Connie! God’s peace, love, and grace to you on this day.

    Thankful for Lou’s comments about table. Growing up dinner time was special.

    Yes, absolutely yes, God’s peace and comfort to Jill and Mary and their families as they remember a mother and mum.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 27, 2019 12:57 pm

    Happy birthday Connie! May God’s blessings and favor be upon you!

    Glad to hear Roberts progress of his move with Erich. May God’s presence go before them to smoothen the path for them.

    Thanks for all your prayers.

    People would hear me persuading my dad to eat up his fish or meat as these days he doesn’t like to eat much. I’m afraid his legs will grow weak and may fall. Otherwise, we eat quietly as my dad has hearing problem and doesn’t like to use his hearing aids.

    May Julie heal speedily and Lou continue to make dinner time fun and have good fellowship with her children especially on Sundays. May Jill have good fellowship with her dad and sister whenever they eat together.


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