Dec 30, 2016

Prayer for the First Sunday in the New Year

Here’s an opening prayer for the first Sunday of the year. It was written by Rev. Ian Elston, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website.

 

Opening Prayer

 

Lord of yesterday, today and tomorrow,

we gather here this first Sunday of the New Year,

in a mixture of hope, anticipation, fear, excitement, and expectation.

We do not know what the year holds for us.

there are things we are afraid of:

worries about health and family, job security and finances.

There is much to look forward to –

weddings or anniversaries or baptisms,

holidays to enjoy,

friends to laugh with.

 

Lord God,

the coming year is full of uncertainty and hope.

Whatever the year holds for us, though,

we trust You, and we place every day of this year in your care

knowing that, as in the past, You are with us,

caring for us with constant love.

 

And so Lord, we place ourselves into your keeping

and dedicate our lives to your service

through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Saviour. Amen.  


~ written by Rev. Ian Elston, and posted on the Church of Scotland’s Starters for Sunday website. http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/18473/12_January_2014.pdf