The Lord be with you. Let us pray.
Eternal Father, You have placed us in a world of space and time and through the events of our lives you bless us with your love. Grant that in this new year, we may know your presence, see your love at work and live in the light of the event which gives us joy forever - the coming of your son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Another year is dawning
Another year is dawning, Dear Father, let it be
In working or in waiting, another year with thee;
Another year of learning upon thy loving breast,
Another year of trusting, of quiet, happy rest.
Another year of mercies, of faithfulness and grace,
Another year of gladness in the shining of thy face;
Another year of progress, another year of praise,
Another year of proving thy presence all the days.
Another year of service, of witness for they love,
Another year of training for holier work above;
Another year of dawning, Dear Father, let it be,
On earth, or else in heaven, another year for thee.
Resolution: I will love the Lord God with all my heart and mind and soul and strength and I will love my neighbor as myself.
The blessings of Almighty God be with you as we enter this new year.
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.