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 O. Gooch

JOHN O. GOOCH is a free-lance writer and editor. He is a veteran of more than 40 years in youth ministry, at the local church, district, conference, jurisdictional and national levels. A native of Missouri, John is a retired pastor who currently is a youth ministry consultant, a youth Sunday school teacher, a Stephens Ministry leader and a frequent writer of United Methodist curriculum resources, both for youth and for adults. Dr. Gooch earned a BA in history, the MDiv and a PhD in Historical Theology from St. Louis University. He is the author of Claiming the Name: A Theological and Practical Overview of Confirmation (Abingdon, 2000), 365 Meditations for Families (Abingdon, 2001), Jesus and Prayer (co-author with Safiyah Fosua) (Abingdon, 2002), and Guidance for Discipleship: A Study of 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus (Abingdon, 2003).

Books by John O. Gooch