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

Fortunately, Jesus does not thrust on us the expectations that we place upon ourselves. … The call of Jesus is first and foremost a relational call. Jesus’ original, direct command to Zacchaeus is not that he reform his life, not that he be a little nicer, not that he make amends with the people that he has cheated. Jesus urges Zacchaeus only to come down [from the tree] and engage with him. He extends a loving invitation and investment.

—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

How would you prepare for having Jesus come to your home for a visit? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[The disciples from Emmaus] said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when [Jesus] spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”
—Luke 24:32 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Word, the Bible. Help me to always draw closer to you by reading and reflecting on the truths in scripture. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Gail Churchill Posted April 13, 2023 7:46 am

    Check the bathrooms for cleanliness and empty the cat box. I was encouraged by the author saying that Jesus’ original direct command was not that Zacchaeus reform his life, but to come down the tree and visit. The opportunity to extend hospitality is not to be missed.

  • Ally Posted April 14, 2023 4:38 pm

    I would cook a good meal a hungry traveler would enjoy and make sure there was a comfortable area for good conversation to happen. Jesus calls us to practice hospitality.

    • Gail Posted April 15, 2023 9:49 am

      Sounds like Mary AND Martha.

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