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.

Branson L. Thurston

Branson L. Thurston, a former editor of Church School Publications, retired after 19 years as a staff member of The United Methodist Publishing House. Earlier in his career, he pastored several local churches, served on the Kansas East Conference staff, was Ledden Fellow and instructor at Syracuse University, and served as a college dean and professor of religion at United Methodist colleges in Florida and North Carolina. He is the author of numerous United Methodist publications, including The United Methodist Way, A Brief Introduction to the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, and Meet Your Bible and Discover Life.

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