NASHVILLE, Tenn. April 22, 2020 / The Upper Room / — Since churches are unable to meet and gather safely in their buildings during the pandemic, The Upper Room is offering the May/June 2020 issue, both in English and Spanish, as a free downloadable PDF.
Upper Room Publisher and World Editor, Rev. Stephen Bryant, says, “We at The Upper Room are holding churches and our readers close to our heart, more than ever. This is our family connected through Christ, and we care deeply about each person’s physical and spiritual wellbeing.” Bryant continues, “The Upper Room devotional is a spiritual companion, a healing balm, to millions of Christians and their primary way to spend time with God each day. Nothing should disrupt this sacred connection if we can prevent it.”
The daily meditations, written by ordinary people, have offered spiritual encouragement for 85 years, from the days of the Great Depression through world wars, paper shortages, and other unwelcomed difficulties and challenges. The publication continues to thrive and is available today in over 100 countries, in 36 languages, and in several formats, including digital subscriptions. Nearly two-thirds of the print copies of each issue are purchased and distributed through churches, where pastors recommend it as a formative resource for personal devotional and small group discussions and use it widely in hospitality, outreach, and evangelism efforts.
Along with the free issue of the devotional guide, The Upper Room has created a webpage featuring resources to help create and maintain spiritual wellness during anxious times, including free eCourses for individuals and small groups, an online wall for posting and responding to prayer requests, and a special blog spot for sharing personal, theological reflections on the current global pandemic. The Upper Room is also offering Morning Prayer live each day at 11 AM (CT) on Facebook.
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The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to helping people create daily life with God. From its beginnings as a daily devotional guide, The Upper Room has grown to include publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources to help believers of all ages and denominations move to a deeper level of faith and service. The Upper Room is a part of Discipleship Ministries, but is self-supporting and receives no apportionment funds. Visit UpperRoom.org to learn more. Customer service 1-800-972-0433.
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While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.”