Almighty God, we thank you for your many provisions and blessings in this past year for our church and our community. We know that it has not been easy for many and that the hardships we have faced as a community and personally have tested both our faith and courage. We thank you for your constant support and faithfulness to us, your children, and for your forgiveness of our sins and shortcomings.
Especially at this time of year we are reminded of your gift to us in Christ who came as a baby into this world to save us all. May we hold on tight to this reminder as we approach a New Year, and face many new circumstances and challenges. Lord, you are our Everlasting Father with immeasurable patience in us as you guide us to be better disciples and servants in this world that you created. And you are the Prince of Peace, sending Jesus to show us the meaning of love and service for others. Please be with all those who are suffering, lonely or lost, and bring us all an extra measure of your peace in the New Year. AMEN