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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*

 

Words of Hope during COVID-19

Kara Lassen Oliver, author of Passing It On, shares the challenges of finding daily time for God while her family is isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Today’s Reflection

Sometimes we make the gospel too small. We reduce it to individuals being reconciled to God or even to God forming a special community. But God’s work goes far beyond those acts. God’s plan includes the healing of the whole world. … God invites us to be part of this divine dream. We cannot take on all human needs and struggles, but we can serve God by taking a small role in healing and reconciliation wherever our lives take us.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

How is God inviting you to be a part of healing the world? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.
—John 3:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
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Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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5 Comments

  • Jill Posted March 25, 2020 4:40 am

    Right now, I feel quite limited. If someone pops into my mind, I will send a text of encouragement. I had two “office hours” sessions with some of my classes yesterday. Only a handful of my seniors showed up, they were in pretty poor spirits…probably why only a few showed up. The afternoon session – I had about a dozen of my sophomores and juniors – they are bored. It was good to listen to them, hear their apprehensions and try to assure them. I will try to be something “normal” in their lives these next however many weeks. The remainder of my students have “office hours” today – looking forward to seeing more of their faces. Will have to be satisfied with connecting virtually for now.
    Well – the document camera works great – to an extent. But I think the bandwidth or my not fast speed wifi/internet is now the problem. It isn’t simulcasting what I am writing. The camera is picking up the writing, but it is not transmitting to the online session in Google Meet. I am trying to let it go for the moment, as I don’t really need it until the beginning of next week.
    Met dad at the park for a walk, but the sun never made it out, so it was chilly.
    Andrea – I am glad you are able to have so much interaction with your daughter, albeit only via text. Good for both of you, I am sure.

  • robert moeller Posted March 25, 2020 8:00 am

    Our primary means of communication, oral and face to face in person, can be closely mirrored by Face Time, Skype, and ZOOM, but just as with what we are used to communication here to can also fail. Say the wrong word, tone, inflection or have you or the recipient take what’s said the unintended way and
    understanding is lost. I pray we think before we try any method and may everyone be patient.

    Spoke with Bible study leader, inquired about others. So far so good. So thankful for ways to keep socially distanced and still be able to converse.

    Stay well, stay home, and stay safe. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 25, 2020 8:36 am

    I believe anyone who is staying home now is “healing the world.” We are keeping others safe, allowing more medical sevices and supplies to be available to those in need and helping our government and health officials to slow the spread of this deadly disease. I check in with my mother every few days.
    Prayers for Jill and her students. Several school districts in this area had teachers (with police escorts) tour through neighborhoods and the students stood in their driveways and waved and held up homemde signs. The teachers called to their students encouraging them and wishing them well. All were uplifted.
    Prayers for Robert and his church community as they continue to fellowship using technology.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family as they also continue to remain close through texting.
    Prayers for Rick, may he heal from his illness, prayers for April as she and her family also remain close using technology, prayers for Lou and her children and their school concerns, prayers of thankfulness for BJ and her many beautiful Bible verses she shares.
    I am spending time watching my babies frolic and play as they have no concerns regarding this new burden we face.
    Prayers and thank you UR

    • Andrea Posted March 25, 2020 8:57 am

      Thank you, Julie. God bless you, Megan, and your mother. I pray too for your strength and safety in the challenging circumstances of your home.

  • Andrea Posted March 25, 2020 8:52 am

    Thank you, Jill. My daughter and I, through each of the tense occurrences that have arisen, have become closer. I understand her better and she gets over her flares of anger more quickly and with more insight. God bless you for your presence to your students, Jill. In this day and age, I know how significant a teacher is to an adolescent’s sense of structure and security, especially because they are moving away from parents psychologically, many with mood changes and risky behavior. I pray for your students, and I pray for you as you continue teaching, may your energy be strong and your technology problem-free..

    Yes, tone can be mistaken through written communication. Sometimes when I express myself, I do so too quickly, without enough forethought on the words I choose. I pray to be more careful in all my communication, written and verbal.

    I pray to be more gentle with my husband, whom I dearly love. I am sensitive, I sometimes take things personally, don’t appreciate his unique sense of humor, or am impatient with him when he is grouchy. May I be more mellow and patient with this beloved man.

    I am checking in with friends who are alone. My age group would be considered “elderly.” Too many do not fully comprehend the risk, are still babysitting grandchildren, and one 80 y.o. single woman just flew home from California three days ago and has a cough. Her name is Anne. Please pray for her. Yesterday I participated in a Zoom class. It made me realize how beneficial it is to see faces and interact visually. Afterwards, I started a Zoom group for my bookclub.

    I think the silver lining to this is the way people are reaching out to friends near and far, old and new, the way we are focusing on what is truly important – looking out for one another. As to the uncertainty for the days ahead, we trust our loving God. “See, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare. Before they spring forth, I tell you of them.” From Isaiah 42. Live in the moment, take each day as it comes, keep the conversation going with God through prayer and reflection

    Prayers and blessings, dear UR friends.

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