Dec 20, 2011

Prayers of the People: January 1

Here’s another prayer of intercession suitable for use at the start of a new year.  It comes from the Lutheran Church of Australia.

Prayer of the Church: New Year

There is a time for everything under heaven. Let us enter the New Year by coming to God in prayer.

God of mercy, you live in everlasting glory, and your name is eternal. We give thanks that you have revealed to us the name of your only Son, Jesus, our Saviour, the name above every name, the only name by which we are saved, the name in which we have been baptized, and at whose name every knee will bow.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

We give thanks for all the blessings of the past year. You have helped us in the past, and there is no end to your mercy. In these difficult times, protect your church from the assaults of the evil one. Keep all pastors from false teaching, and keep your flock from indifference and shame.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Bless the nations of the earth with leaders who are wise and just, with public servants who are compassionate and patient, and with citizens who are honourable and respectful. Bless all the lawful actions taken by our country. Do not let us grow weary in well-doing.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Bless the resources of the earth and the labour of all workers. Bless our children. Grant that they may grow in virtue and faithfulness until the end.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Have mercy on those who are lonely, tired, anxious, or despairing; on those without home, employment, or family, those who have lost hope and those whose holiday joy has become sorrow for any reason. Remember us in our dark times, and teach us all not to worry about the future.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

Merciful Lord, forgive us for the sins of the past year. As we look to a new year, we confess to you that we are anxious and uncertain, for we do not know what will come to us. Yet, Lord, we know that you will be with us according to your mercy. Bless the endeavours of our congregation this year and help us to grow in your wisdom.

Lord in your mercy: Hear our prayer

You are our God; our times are in your hands. Give strength to the weary, and new strength to those who wait, especially to us as we wait for the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.

— posted on the Lutheran Church of Australia’s LCA Worship Planning Page. 

For more worship resources for the New Year, click on New Year in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page, or visit this Index of New Year Resources.