New Year

Most gracious God, who has been mindful of us not only in the past year but through all the years of our life, pardon our sins, fashion in us those virtues which are acceptable to you, and grant that in serenity we may serve you more faithfully in the year that is to come, for Jesus Christ’s sake. The Kingdom, the power and the glory
O God, in whose sight a thousand years are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night, so teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom, in the faith and knowledge of him who is the same yesterday and today and for ever, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Almighty God, everlasting Father, as another year draws to its close we thank you for the protection, comfort and guidance you have given us through its course. We thank you for your goodness that has created us, for your bounty that has sustained us, for your fatherly discipline that has corrected us, for your patience that has borne with us. Above all, we thank you for your incarnate Son, sent as at this time to be our Saviour. Prayers for the Christian year
O Lord, with whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning, and who in your mercy has led us in safety through all the days of our pilgrimage, accept the sacrifice of our praise and thanksgiving, and hear our prayer as now we offer our lives afresh to you; asking you that in the time that remains to us we may devote ourselves more fully to your service and as you have made us worthy goodness through the grace given to us in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Frank Colquhoun
Grant, O Lord, that as the years change, we may find rest in your eternal changelessness. May we meet this new year bravely, sure in the faith that, while men and women come and go, and life changes around us, you are ever the same, guiding us with your wisdom, and protecting us with your love; through our Saviour Jesus Christ. William Temple
Selected and adapted from Parish Prayers, compiled and edited by Frank Colquhoun. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1967, pp. 156-7.