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

April was fast approaching. I was stressed with a looming work deadline. The house was neither clean nor tidy. My energy lagged. And yet . . . a set of friends had become accustomed to eating Easter dinner at my table. As much as I didn’t want to lay out the spread, I didn’t want to disappoint them. . . .

Yes, I chose to make the phone calls: “I’d like to invite you here for Easter.” . . .

On Easter Sunday, I set the full platter in front of seven guests, four “regulars” and three newcomers.

—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

How often do you invite people over without worrying about the condition of your house?
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.”
—Matthew 10:40 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, you serve as a model for any host: you accept us as we are, even as you call us to be our best selves. As we serve others, give us a vision for anticipating the banquet we will someday, in some way, enjoy in your kingdom.
—Evelyn Bence, Room at My Table
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  • Jill Posted October 29, 2023 6:25 am

    I rarely “host” anyone outside of my three dearest friends and my dad and sister and Don. My house is small – too small to host the family present at holidays. I feel like my house is always tidy, but not necessarily as clean as it could be. Everything has its place and everything in its place.
    Yesterday my friend and I had such a wonderful day. The weather was not as great as it had been during the week, but we were able to go in and out of shops without an umbrella. The unique boutiques were very enjoyable, as was our lunch at a restaurant overlooking the city’s falls and beautiful trees. We found goodies to bring home – she got several peanut butter things for her son. She loves to spoil him. We had planned to end the day with ice cream and found ourselves slightly hungry at that point. So we made an impromptu stop – and shared a bowl of soup and an appetizer. Spontaneity is something I have come to look forward to, even embrace. Glad she was so easy going.
    We will go to church together this morning.
    Very rainy here right now, so won’t be able to get my walk in until this afternoon. I will do some of my therapy exercises and schoolwork for a bit.

  • Ally Posted October 29, 2023 8:43 am

    I have one dear friend who like me, is not a model housekeeper. We have spent holidays together in her home and ours. We do not judge. Entertaining others is something I would like to do more of.
    Please pray for some health issues I am experiencing and that I can get some insurance through the marketplace. Open enrollment starts 11/1. Prayers for Ukraine, Israel and Gaza, Lewiston Maine. Love to all.

  • Rusty Posted October 29, 2023 1:06 pm

    “How often do you invite people over without worrying about the condition of your house?”

    Really, never. 😄

  • robert moeller Posted October 29, 2023 1:25 pm

    There are extenuating circumstances where I live with my son . Trying to get ready to move makes it hard. We haven’t had more than two visits since we moved here, My sister came and a friend with his friend who helped install the new stove. When I lived alone having people over was a lot easier.
    A very appropriate message today in church after the events in Lewiston, the Israel-Hamas and Ukraine-Russia wars, as well as the US House.
    Glad to read posts from Ally and Jill. I do have a dear friend in retired pastor Russ. We do a lot together.
    There’ll be a new month and Communion next Sunday. Over the years November has become and very roller coaster month with a big negative and many positives. 26 years ago 10 years to the day after Soo Ok and I moved into our house in New Jersey, she very unexpectedly passed away.
    Prayers for health insurance and care for Ally and all the places you mentioned.
    Thanks to Erich this condo is always neat and tidy, just not ready for visitors.
    Wonderful weather yesterday, now it’s cooler with snow in the forecast for Wednesday. It’ll dip down into the 20s a couple nights. No rain earlier, had a short rainy hour, now overcast and rain free. Thank You, Lord.

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