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.

John I. Penn

Dr. John Penn has served for 30 years as an ordained United Methodist clergyman in the Peninsula-Delaware Annual Conference. In July 2008, he retired after having served for 6 years as the senior pastor of Simpson United Methodist Church in Wilmington, Delaware. Before coming to Simpson UMC in July 2002, Dr. Penn served for 7 years as the director of spiritual formation and healing at Upper Room Ministries in Nashville, Tennessee. In retirement, Dr. Penn spends his time writing; gardening; teaching Bible studies and Sunday school; conducting some workshops beyond the local church with his wife, Gloria; and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

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