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

The Jesus story has shaped civilizations and culture for more than 2,000 years. We know that Jesus is like us; and so, in him, we can find our humanity. Jesus shows us how to live fully for God and for others. As a leader, Jesus sets an example by his words and deeds full of grace and rooted in God’s love. As his followers, we must ask ourselves, what compelling reason might there be to follow Jesus today? Why Jesus?

—Bener Agtarap, Curtis Brown, Ready, Set, Plant: The Why and How of Starting New Churches (Discipleship Resources, 2021)

Today’s Question

How would you respond to the author’s question in today’s quote? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

And [Jesus] said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
—Matthew 4:19-20 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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Help me plant seeds of faith so _________ will get a chance to experience the fullness and unfailing love of God through Jesus and see the glory of God’s children at work in the world.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 13, 2021 6:22 am

    No one else can do or did what Jesus was able to accomplish. Thank You, Lord. A slightly busier day with a new couch being delivered, a vaccination, and local voting. Still praying for New Every Morning members, wish your posts came before mine. Will research again to catch up. We’re in Eastertide, have a new pastor coming. Thank You, Lord.

  • Gail Posted April 13, 2021 8:48 am

    Only in Jesus can a person experience abundant life.

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