May the wonder of our God
Fill you, restore, renew and refresh you.
The miracle of God
Surges around us. Let’s pray:
Holy God of new beginnings,
in this New Year,
we seek you
as we have always sought you.
We need you
as we have always needed you.
We hunger for your presence,
your peace, your justice and your love.
Open our hearts afresh and anew.
Open our minds that we may know you.
Open our hands that we may care for you.
Open our ears and eyes that we may hear and see you
in our neighbour, in the foreigner, in the refugee,
even in our enemy,
and, perhaps especially, in ourselves.
that we may know in the deepest part of ourselves
that you call us
and that we are capable of
seeing and naming, doing and being
your love, your peace, your hope and your justice
in this your world.
Today we are especially mindful of those who have lost their homes, and even some who have lost loved ones in the fires still raging around our country. Thank you for the many people who are risking their all to help others. Bless them; keep them safe. Be with those who are sheltering, not knowing if they have a home to go back to. Comfort them. Bless those who are providing hospitality and support. Help us all in these unsettled times – show us how you would have us cope . . . and respond in Your name.
In the year ahead,
Lord of New Beginnings,
stretch our souls
and move us
into new awareness
of the human family,
their needs and their longings.
Make these into
our needs, our longings
so we move more confidently
from our small selves
to a deeper sense of community
where our resolutions reflect
Help us recognize the
possibilities you have offered
to us as a people,
so we can commit to practice
the Hope that happens
when we gather gratefully
in your Name and we hold up to you
this fragile, precious world.
On this edge of years
the crossroads between past and future
we come as who we have been
and offer you who we might yet be.
Take this offering of ourselves,
a new promise to be your people here
holding a renewed vision of your reign here –
as we pray together 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.