Merciful and loving God, for the year that has passed with its sorrows and joys, we give you thanks; for in every moment of it, you remained faithful to us, rejoicing and struggling with us, though often we were slow to recognize you there. And with thanks for this past year, we now release it. May its treasures inspire us, but never bind us in nostalgia; and may its troubles teach us, but never hold us captive. For you who have created are still creating…making all things new, including this day.
Let us, in these next few moments, pause in this space
between Christmas parties, and those of the New Year,
between gift unwrapping and cleaning up,
between longing and thanksgiving,
between endings and beginnings,
between dismay and joy,
between Sacred and ordinary…
Pause and remember
Whose we are, and Whose we will always be.
Pause and remember
in Whose name we pray,
and Whose love we seek, and hold, and give away.
In the name of Christ, we pray
for every person, living now, gone before, or yet to come,
in every nation on earth . . .
We pray for our country
that she may lead the world in diplomacy and peace.
We pray that our land will be blessed with rainfall, that the fires will cease, and that the people affected may find healing and wholeness, despite their losses – that they may sense You near them in the midst of it all.
We pray for our politicians this coming year
that they may be filled with wisdom, and a sense of fairness and justice that goes beyond party lines to the best interests of the nation as a whole.
Lord, we pray for this church this coming year -
Guide us as we search for a permanent minister. Help us discern and discover the person You’ve been preparing for us.
We pray for those who are searching, suffering, and in need of Your healing. Be especially with Kellie and her family as they grieve the loss of her Mum. We pause now to bring to you concerns especially on our hearts just now, in the silence. (pause)
Lord God, let your life emerge
in us, through us, around us,
bringing newness to all it touches.
We ask you to give us a year where we know and feel and are guided by your presence.
Whatever the year holds may we never lose sight of you.
Hear us now as we pray the prayer Your son taught us:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.