image by Michael Shainblum
God of all time,
who makes all things new,
we bring before you the year now ending.
For life full and good,
for opportunities recognized and taken,
for love known and shared,
we thank you.
Where we have fallen short,
When we worry over what is past,
As we begin again
and take our first steps into the future,
where nothing is safe and certain,
we ask for the courage of the wise men
who simply went and following a star.
We ask for their wisdom,
in choosing to pursue the deepest truth,
not knowing where they would be led.
In the year to come, God of all time,
be our help and company.
Hold our hands as we journey onwards
and may your dreams of shalom,
where all will be at peace,
be our guiding star.
Francis Brienen, British minister and author in the Reformed Church
Remember not the former things,
nor consider the things of old.
Behold, I am doing a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
and rivers in the desert.