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

One Bible story that certainly wasn’t read or told at home when I was young was that of Jesus’ crucifixion. I’m sure my parents thought it would be too violent and might frighten me. One day, I came home from church and announced to my mother, “Did you know that they tried to kill Jesus?”

“Where did you hear that?” my mother inquired.

“I heard the preacher talking about it in church,” I told her.

“Well, what do you think about it?” my mother asked.

“Some people tried to kill Jesus, but he sure fooled them, didn’t he?” I replied. I’m not sure why that particular story captured my attention. Whatever the reason, I must have been listening to the preacher tell the story in a sermon, and, to tell the truth, my theology of Jesus’ passion hasn’t progressed much beyond that childhood insight.

—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

When did you first hear the story of Jesus’ crucifixion? What kind of impression did it make on you?
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Today’s Scripture

From noon until three in the afternoon the whole earth was dark. At about three Jesus cried out with a loud shout, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani,” which means, “My God, my God, why have you left me?”
—Matthew 27:45-46 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, thank you for being the original author of the greatest story ever told. Guide us as we learn to tell our own stories and discover how they connect with your story and with the story of humanity. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted November 11, 2023 6:38 am

    I’m in elementary school when I learn about the crucifixion of Christ. On Good Friday we kept still and quiet from noon to three. As an adult
    I’ve seen the movie of Jesus’ passion. Gruesome, cruel, and unjust. Thankful that Jesus redeemed us. Where would we be without Jesus?

  • Rusty Posted November 11, 2023 3:04 pm

    College, probably.

    • Rusty Posted November 11, 2023 3:26 pm

      Answering the question above, not Robert’s question. 😀. Great question, though, Robert.

  • Rusty Posted November 11, 2023 3:15 pm

    I had friends who called were Christians where I attended college. Someone must have said to me “Jesus died for your sins,” but I’m sure I had no inkling what it meant. My first understanding came in my early 40’s.

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