The Upper Room is a global ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual formation of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully. 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 began as a daily devotional guide, which remains at the heart of its ministry. During the 1930s, a group of women in San Antonio, Texas discerned through prayer that families needed a time of worship and Bible study to sustain them through the stress of the economic depression. They asked their church for a devotional guide — a request that inspired the Board of Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, to “publish a quarterly devotional booklet to be sold in the local church."
Dr. Grover Carlton Emmons, the first editor of the guide, determined the one-page meditation format and decided that the devotions would be written by various Christians, both lay and clergy, from around the world. The final decision, the name of the guide, came to him as he heard a speaker describe the outpouring of spiritual power among Jesus’ disciples gathered in an upper room on the day of Pentecost. He quickly telegraphed those who were typesetting the first issue, and in April 1935, the first issue of The Upper Room daily devotional guide rolled off the presses.
So with the year long celebration of this hallowed Semisesquicentennial ~ this 75th year anniversary offers several opportunities to participate in!
Upcoming events for the year are as follows:
April: A Closer Walk with God http://tiny.cc/c8unz– Event at Travis Park UMC, San Antonio, TX. (Women from Travis Park “offered prayer support for The Upper Room” in 1935.)
May-June: Upper Room is present at United Methodist Annual Conferences around the U.S.
August: Celebration with The Upper Room board of directors in Nashville.
November: One billionth copy of The Upper Room rolls off the press.
Whether you are a a long time supporter or a newbie, the Upper Room offers spiritual sustenance for your soul on the internet, in church and through special events! A collection of the people and stories from the Upper Room Devotional Magazine can be found in the book "Where the World Meets to Pray" http://tiny.cc/shg0r written by Mary Lou Redding! So join in the 75th anniversary celebration and deepen your faith!