Saturday, January 20, 2018

A belated New Years Prayer

Loving God

You hold our times in your hands

We thank you for being with us this last year

For your leading and guidance

For your abiding presence in the good and bad

Your care in the mundane and the crisis

For your provision and protection

For what we have learned and how we have grown

We acknowledge your goodness at the dawn of this new year

With the hope of fresh start and clean slate we confess our sin

 Forgive us for the things we have done wrong

Forgive us for the relationships that lie broken around us

Restore us to you and reconcile us to each other

Thank you that you hear our prayer and are faithful and just

you forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness

Gracious God

We stand at the start of this new year with both expectation and trust

Aware of the challenges and opportunities before us 

Aware of the possibility of both sadness and joy

New starts and fresh vision and vigour

Aware of the ongoing  continuity and commitments  of the past

We know you will be with us as we face the unknown horizon

Lead us into a deeper and deeper love with you

As we become aware of all you have done for us in Christ Jesus

As you open up your scriptures and speak into our lives

Fill our lives afresh with your Holy Spirit

Thank you that what you have started in us

You will bring to completion in your time

You will drawn it all together in you when you return
To your Glory. Father, son and Holy Spirit

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