January 1

READ ECCLESIASTES 3:1-13

Photo by Belmont student Betsy Black.

Pray

A New Year Prayer, adapted from “A Night Prayer” in the New Zealand Prayer Book*, which we’ve been using this Fall — we’ve left some words out for you to adapt yourself!

Lord, it is a new year.

The new year is for ___________ (rest/activity/acceptance/renewal).

Let us __________ (grow/rejoice/be at peace) in God’s presence.

It is a new year after a long year.

Some awful things have happened;

We have all had to adjust our dreams;

Let us be.

The new year is __________ (quiet/blank/unsure/timid).

Let our fears of the world’s __________ (uncertainty/insecurity/change) and of

Our own lives rest in you.

The new year is __________ (free/unbounded).

Let the peace of your __________ (love/embrace) hold us,

Hold all those we love and miss,

and all those who have no __________ (knowledge/confidence).

The new year heralds __________ (transition/connection/opportunity).

Help us to expect good things.

New dreams.

Good __________ (days/weeks/months).

In your name we pray. Amen.

Bonus points: listen to “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by The Byrds.

UKirk Nashville

* A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa (The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, 1988), 184.

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