Happy New Year…


Photo:Hammond Coates

Photo:Hammond Coates

(an acrostic prayer)

Holy Father, giver of grace, the one who forgives and the holder of all time, we come in this time to worship You!
Approaching Your altar of mercy, we bow in humility and adoration with thanksgiving for Your love that bids us come and worship, O God.
Pour out Your cleansing water on us today, Father. Make us acceptable in Your sight, through the blood of Your Son, Jesus.
Pursue us, Father, in Your grace, for sometimes we run from You because we are so ashamed and we cannot comprehend a love like Yours.
You make all things new, Father, even this time we call minutes, hours, days, months and years. Make us new to fit the newness we find in You.

New, this span of time we call New Year, is a time we would draw nearer to You, O God. May we indeed be new in this year of service to You.
Enter into our span of time, Father, to build again Your heart’s desire in each of us.
Winnow us, O Lord, that the love of the chaff of this world would be separated from our love for You. Forgive us, Father.

Yours is the power and the glory forever, O Lord. May we live this year, and every year you give us, by acknowledging who You are and who we are not.
Enthrall us by coming to dwell within us as we study Your word and allow it to fill us to overflowing with Your Spirit’s leading.
Allow the peace of Christ to so dwell in our hearts and minds, O God, that we would be seen as clothed in Your right mind.
Receive us, O Lord. Help us to live in this span of time we call a new year, as Your children who show the joy of You dwelling in us.

We pray in the name of the one who makes all things new, even this span of time, Jesus Christ! Amen!

The Path Continues…

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