The New Year – 03. January 2020

Theme:New Beginnings 

Preparation

‘You crown the year with your goodness” Psalm 65.11


Opening

Opening Hymn:

 

An Opening Prayer:
Collect for the beginning of a new year:
O God, by whose command the order of time runs its course: forgive our impatience, perfect our faith and, while we wait for the fulfilment of your promises, grant us to have a good hope because of your word.
Amen.

Kyrie Confession:
As we come to the Lord at the start of this New Year, let us seek his grace to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom as we confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord Jesus you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:
Lord have mercy Lord have mercy.

Lord Jesus you are Son of God and Son of Mary:
Christ have mercy Christ have mercy.

Lord Jesus you are Word made flesh and splendour of the Father:
Lord have mercy Lord have mercy.


Readings

The Bible Reading:

Reflection:

  • How does the idea of a ‘blank canvas’ make you feel?
  • When have you experienced a fresh start?

Prayer

Prayers of Intercession:

We pray for God’s faithfulness to be known in our world.

In a world of change and hope, of fear and adventure,
faithful God glorify your name.
In human rebellion and obedience, in our seeking and our finding
faithful God glorify your name.

In the common life of our society, in prosperity and need
faithful God glorify your name.
As your Church proclaims your goodness in words and in action
faithful God glorify your name.

Among our friends and in our homes
faithful God glorify your name.
In our times of joy, in our days of sorrow
faithful God glorify your name.

In our strengths and triumphs, in our weakness and at our death
faithful God glorify your name.
In your saints in glory and on the day of Christ’s coming
faithful God glorify your name.

Prayer for Peace: 
Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be called the children of God.
We gather in the name of Christ and share/ receive his peace.

An Affirmation of Faith at the beginning of a new year:
God is the eternal rock
From year’s beginning to its end
God is faithful
In each day God is present
In each action God comes close
Through all eternity
God is trustworthy
Yesterday, today and forever
Sustaining, enlivening, making all things new
God is the eternal rock


The Blessing and Door Chalking:

May God the Father keep you in all your days.
May God the Son shield you in all your ways.
May God the Spirit bring you healing and peace.
May God the Holy Trinity drive all darkness from you
and pour upon you blessing and light.
Amen. 

Arise, shine; for your light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
Isaiah 60.1

Gather at your door for Chalking:   20+C+M+B+21

Lord bless this home.
May we be blessed with health, goodness of heart, gentleness, and a keeping of your law. We give you thanks.

I will give you as a light to the nations
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.
Thanks be to God.