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 you are, and Whose you will always be.
Pause and remember in Whose name you pray, and Whose love you seek, and hold, and give away.
Pause and pray that all may see the world with the eyes of wonder of the new-born Christ, with the loving heart of God’s act of self-giving.
In the name of Christ, we pray for every person, living now, gone before, or yet to come, in every nation on earth: In the silence, we remember . . . (pause)
Merciful and loving God, for the year that has passed with its sorrows and joys, loneliness and uncertainty,
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 lessons and treasures inspire us, but never bind us in nostalgia; and may its troubles teach us, but never hold us captive
Eternal God, you call us to ventures, of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown.
Give us faith to go with courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us, and your love supporting us.
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
Take this take us that we might be light and follow you anew as we journey across borders of time and find new years, new places to be your renewed people.
In the name of Christ we pray. Amen.