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.

Michael E. Williams

Michael Williams (1950–2018) was a United Methodist pastor who served in the Tennessee Conference for over 40 years. He was pastor of several churches in the Nashville area, most recently West End United Methodist, before retiring in 2017. The author of numerous articles, stories, poems, plays, and books, he served as general editor of The Storyteller’s Companion to the Bible

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