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.

Joe E. Pennel Jr.

Joe E. Pennel Jr., a retired United Methodist bishop, is professor of practical theology at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Pennel is the author of five books, including The Gift of Presence: A Guide to Helping Those Who Suffer.

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