Read Genesis 1 A prayer for grace to accept what is new and to fulfil God’s purposes.

God, as this New Year dawns,

Let me not be blinded by the world’s darkness,

Nor consumed by paralyzing fear.

 

Let me remember:

From darkness you bring forth light,

Out of winter’s death you give birth to life.

 

Let me remember:

That which is dormant will spring to life,

That which is pruned will sprout new strength.

 

Let me remember:

You are the light that gives us sight,

You are the breath that gives us life,

You are the water that quenches thirst.

 

God, as this New Year dawns,

Let me give birth to what honours You,

Let me give life to what makes your goodness shine,

Let me give growth to your emerging eternal world.

 

In the depths of my heart I cry:

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.