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.

Gayle Carlton Felton

Gayle Carlton Felton is a clergy member of the North Carolina Annual Conference, presently serving as Minister of Christian Formation at Calvary UMC in Durham, NC. In addition, she also works as a writer, speaker, and consultant. She continues to be active in the Reconciling movement toward the full inclusion of all persons in the life of the church. Gayle is the author of This Gift of Water, The Coming of Jesus, How United Methodists Study Scripture (editor), and many articles on Methodism. Her greatest contribution to the church is her authorship of the denomination's official interpretive statements on the sacraments -- By Water and the Spirit: A United Methodist Understanding of of Baptism and This Holy Mystery: A United Methodist Understanding of Holy Communion. Gayle is retired from the faculty of Duke Divinity School.

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