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

Paul reminds us to do two things when fears and anxiety consume us. First, Paul calls us to pray. . . . He calls us to frame our prayers with thanksgiving, and he encourages us to make known our needs to God. Then the peace of God will stand guard over our thoughts. Second, Paul encourages us to meditate on the things that are worthy of praise. Paul believes that by letting our minds dwell on these thoughts, we will turn our lives toward praise.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

What do you do when fear and anxiety consume you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
—Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Create space in my life for more kindness, greater generosity, and fewer self-centered needs. Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent. Help me to recognize the simple gifts that lie in abundance all around me. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen.  [adapted from “A Prayer for Lenten Simplicity” on sharecatholic.com]
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  • Ally Posted March 17, 2024 9:38 am

    I have a few wellness tools I use when anxiety strikes. I read and pray a psalm every day. When feeling anxious, I pray Psalms 40, 56, 91, 121. I try to see myself in a place of peace and let God’s love wash over me. Thank You Lord, for the peace that comes from You.

  • Jill Posted March 17, 2024 11:26 am

    I imagine the writer is referencing Philippians 4. Yes – thanksgiving can change a poor thought pattern. I have been trying to imbed more thanksgiving into my morning prayer time, thanks to a writing here previously. I try to also recall God’s faithfulness in my life previously, even times when I was not actively seeking Him.
    Wonderful worship this morning. Sunshine, tho cooler. Looking forward to the rest of the day in my house, unrushed grading – and getting a nagging task fully done and ready for submission. I know I will feel so much better for it being off my plate. Will be tuned into the golf this afternoon.
    Lou – grateful for your mom’s safety. I am wondering if you are speaking of the tornadoes which ripped through the west side of my state…Ohio. My part of the state was fully spared from the dangerous storms.

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