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.

Betsey Heavner

Betsey Heavner is the director of Congregational Leader Formation at the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN. A deacon in the Northwest Texas Conference, Betsey is the author of Living the Faith: What Every Teacher Needs to Know, Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation: Pastor-Parish Relations, 2001-2004 (Cokesbury, 2000), and The FaithQuest Leader’s Guide. Betsey acts as coordinator and writer for the Congregational Leaders website. In addition, she has written devotions for The Upper Room Disciplines as well as other articles and newsletters. She is a certified Minister of Christian Education and has served as Director of Spiritual Leader Development in the Northwest Texas Conference and as Christian Education Director in a local congregation.