Friday 1 January 2021

Prayers 1st/2nd January 2021,


Loving God

I thank you 

For the turning of the seasons

For this New Year

Guide my footsteps

Away from the old 

To embrace the new

Go before me

And beside me

I pray. Amen


Song “One more step”


A candle is lit.


We light a candle for light, sending

prayers high into the inky heavens and

dreams deep into our human soul.


We light a candle for light. May it light our way.


I leave the old year behind

And I turn 

To make new choices 

Keep me on the right path

And when 

I get lost 

Rescue me

Help me to have compassion for myself and others

To create a world that is good and just

And to carry your dream within me

As I travel into this new year with you beside me. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer in our own language

Jeremiah 29v11

For I know the plans I have for you, declare the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Our Prayers

I pray for people and situations that are on my heart today as we begin a new year...

For people dealing with Covid, for people who are lonely, for people who are hungry, for staff in hospitals and care homes, for people suffering from war particularly the children, for people imprisoned for protesting about the abuse of human rights, for people suffering because of floods or heat because of climate change, for the vulnerable and those sick and dying, for the homeless, for asylum seekers and refugees, and finally for the children who we must give a better future. 

May I not fail you though I face great dangers. 

Give me your peace, your wisdom and your strength. Amen


Prayer of Commitment 


Loving God, though I am fickle and full of doubt

In you I place my trust for the year ahead.

I commit myself again to you,

To serve those around us,

To seek justice and peace and care for the earth,

To forgive others and to be used by your Spirit

To bring more love to my corner of the world

And to be one of your people on earth

For Christ's sake. Amen.


Closing Responses


Take me to Bethlehem

House of bread

Where the empty are filled

The poor find riches

And the rich recognise their poverty

Where all kneel and worship 

And all are fed. 



Pat Nimmo with thanks to © Janet Morley adapted




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