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 W. Waters

Michael W. Waters is founding pastor of Joy Tabernacle African Methodist Episcopal Church in Dallas, Texas. As pastor, preacher, professor, author, motivational speaker, and community organizer, his words of hope and empowerment have inspired national and international audiences. Featured in Ebony magazine as an emerging leader, Waters has shared his keen insights on such esteemed platforms as the NBC Nightly News, BBC's Newshour, and National Public Radio. Waters holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU) and the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Perkins School of Theology. His writings have appeared in such respected publications as The Huffington Post, The African American Pulpit, Feasting on the Gospels, and Becoming Fire: Spiritual Writings from Rising Generations. He is married to attorney Yulise Reaves Waters, and they are the parents of three children.

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