Petition - Grasping the Future

Loving God, at the turn of another year and the start of another chapter in the life of this church,
we come to you, seeking your guidance and committing ourselves once again to your service.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

We come to share with you and one another, to offer our thanks and confession,
to bring you our hopes and fears for the future and to learn more of your purpose for our lives.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Help us to make the most of the days ahead – to use them to the full, enjoying each one,
celebrating your many blessings and bringing honour to you through the way we live.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Help us to make proper time for ourselves – time to work rest, play and reflect.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Help us to make time for our loved ones – to give them the love, support and care they deserve.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Help us to make time for others – to listen, encourage, serve and share.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Help us to make time for you – to read your word, offer our prayers, seek your will and respond to your calling.
Take what we are and direct what we shall be.

Loving God,
we come at the start of another year.
Speak to us now and help us to hear your voice.
Lead us and help us to see your hand.
Teach us and help us to know your will.
Send us out and help us to walk by faith,
in the knowledge that, as you have been with us in the years gone by
so you will continue to guide and bless us in the days ahead.

Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

C.2001 Nick Fawcett – used with permission.