A Prayer for new beginnings:

January 1, 2022

God of new beginnings, thank you for the blessing of this new year. As the world waits for change, you are already at work in your people and all of creation. The wintry chill of January is evidence that we can rely on you to order our lives. The sun and stars are proof that you keep your promise to light our way. All that we need you provide out of abundant love for us.

Guide us, O God, to desire good for ourselves and others. Teach us how to encourage others to be part of what you are doing to heal the world. Shape our thoughts and our words to be heralds of peace and hope. Direct our actions to demonstrate care for those who need healing in mind, body and spirit. Be in us so we might be your light in a world overcome by fear and anger. Fortify our perseverance to find ways to engage those who do not know you or have felt abandoned by you. Form us to be bearers of your love and mercy in the ways that people need us to care.

Let 2022 be a year of new beginnings throughout the year. Lord of tomorrows, let this be a year of new creation. In the name of our Savior, we pray. Amen.

MTC, Pastor Maria Campbell