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Prayer for New Year’s Day:
We stand at the beginning of another year – with all its challenges and potential. So we pray for all those who have been away from family and friends this Christmas time.
For people that are ill or have recently been bereaved, who have struggled hard not to spoil their celebrations for others. We pray for those who face the threat of losing their jobs or those who start another year without work. For who fear loss of identity as they retire this year.
We pray for those who have been given food and shelter over the Christmas period and now are back on the city’s streets. The ones who are in bed and breakfast situations, living in sub-standard homes, and those who are trapped in their homes by fear, age or disability.
We remember those whom a New Year brings no hope and no new start.
We also remember ourselves, for all our new beginnings, we ask your light, and your blessing for the journey, like candles may we give light to others in your service so that the light of your glory may shine through us.
In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
“And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown and he replied, go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you, better than light, and safer than a known way.”
Living God, you have always been by our sides, your love constantly surrounding us, your hand supporting us whatever we have been called to face. You have blessed us in so much that is past, teach us to trust you for the future.
Living God, in this first week of another year we praise you, conscious that you have watched over us in the months gone by. You have blessed us in so much that is past, teach us to trust you for the future.
Loving God, you guided the wise men to Bethlehem, offering light for their path, and in faith they responded. Forgive us that all too often we fall short of their example. Gracious Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, you offer us guidance in innumerable ways – through the light of your word, the illumination of your Holy Spirit, the fellowship of your Church, and the encounter of prayer, yet so often we either fail to hear or refuse to see. Gracious Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, we are too preoccupied with our own small affairs, eyes only for the immediate moment, our vision impeded by trivial concerns, so we fail to recognise where you are leading us. Gracious Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, we believe we know just where we are going, just what we want from life, and exactly how we can get it, and we resist any suggestion that we need to think again. Gracious Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, forgive us our foolishness, our stubbornness, our weakness, forgive our pride, our lack of faith, our closed minds. Forgive us for ignoring your guidance, for resisting your will, and as a result so often walking in darkness. Gracious Lord, have mercy.
Loving God, meet with us again we ask, and may the light of your love shine in our hearts, so that we cannot but see it or fail to respond in grateful praise and joyful service. Gracious Lord, have mercy, in the name of Christ. Amen.
Sovereign God, great and wonderful, almighty and all-powerful, we praise you that you are greater than our minds can grasp – higher than out highest thoughts, beyond expression in words. In grateful praise we bring you our worship.
Sovereign God, we praise you that you are the source of all that is and has been, that you are work in our world and in our lives, always seeking to fulfil your purposes, never resting until your will is accomplished. In grateful praise we bring you our worship.
Sovereign God, we praise you that you came to our world in Christ, and that through him you come to us again, revealing you love, renewing our faith, showing your mercy, giving us life. In grateful praise we bring you our worship.
Sovereign God, forgive us that we have not appreciated all you have done – we have not kept our first sense of wonder at your greatness; we have not given you the praise that is rightfully yours; we have presumed to limit you to our own expectations; we have been closed to you Holy Spirit’s prompting; we have kept Christ at arm’s length when his challenge has disturbed us. Yet you have shown mercy to us, constantly reaching out to cleanse and renew. In grateful praise we bring you our worship.
Transforming God, ever at work among the poor, the humble, the weak, the lowly, teach us to live not by our values but by yours.
Transforming God, when we feel feeble and powerless, incapable of meeting the challenges before us; when we feel our resources are too small and the demands put upon us too great; when we feel we can achieve little and so set limits on what you can do through us, teach us to live not by our values but by yours.
Transforming God, when we look around us and see no sign of your kingdom, when so much evil seems to triumph over so little good, when the problems of our world seem many and the answers to them few, when hope seems futile and despair more than justified, when truth and love appear overwhelmed by falsehood and hatred, teach us to live not by our values but by yours.
Transforming God, help us to recognise that you can use what seems small in our eyes beyond all our imagining that from the smallest of beginnings you can bring the greatest of results. Teach us that you can use others, that you can use us, that you can use anyone. Teach us to live not by our values but by yours, to the glory of your name. Amen.
Living God, we pray for all those who witness for you, all who preach and proclaim the message of Christ, who challenge people with the message of the Gospel. Give them inspiration, courage, and sincerity, so that their witness may lead others to know Jesus for themselves. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Living God, we pray for all those who hear, all who in different ways are confronted with the challenge to respond to Christ. May those who earnestly seek to find faith, those who are undecided b convinced, those who glimpse a little see more clearly, those whose faith is shallow be led to deeper understanding, and those who refuse to listen be challenged to think again. Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer, in the name of Christ. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, you gave yourself without counting the cost, offering even your own life for the life of the world. So now we pray for all those who seek to love you in return, however hesitant, partial, or imperfect their love might be. Inspire them through your love.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those new to their faith, still learning more of you, still uncertain perhaps of their commitment, still discovering more of your love. Keep their love always growing.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those established in their faith, facing the daily risk of growing complacent, stale, settled into a comfortable routine. Make their love ever fresh.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those whose faith has crumbled, no longer holding the trust they once held, no longer feeling you close by their sides, no longer seeking to follow Christ. Renew their love
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those who have never had faith; those consistently unmoved by the message of the Gospel, those who resist its challenge despite themselves, and those who wilfully go against your will. Kindle a love for you in their hearts.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those whose faith is costly, those who sacrifice time, money, energy, security, health, and even life itself, in the service of other. Reward their love.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for those who need something to put their faith in – the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the sick, the suffering, the bereaved, all those broken by the tragedies and crises of life, especially at this time. May they experience the fullness of your love.
Lord Jesus Christ, your love is for all, whoever they may be. May it reach out then into every heart in every place, and may we be part of that, learning to love you as you love us. Amen.
Loving Father, we thank you for your guidance during these difficult days, for leading us safely through a time when the future seems dark and the present uncertain. Whenever we have needed you, you have been there.
Loving Father, may all we have experienced renew our trust in your continuing purpose for us. May it give us food for faith in times of difficulty yet to come. May it inspire us to serve you just as you have served us. Whenever we have needed you, you have been there.
Loving Father, lead us forward, we pray, and help us to continue in the path you set before us, secure in the assurance that, whatever we face, your grace will be sufficient for us. Whenever we have needed you, you have been there. Thanks be to God! Amen