Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 16th April 2017
Act of Thanksgiving for Blessings of the Past Year
O God, the beginning and the end of all things, Who art always the same, and Whose years fail not, we now, at the close of another year, kneel in adoration before Thee, and offer Thee our deepest thanks for the fatherly care with which Thou has watched over us during the past, for the many times Thou hast protected us from evils of soul and body, and for the numberless blessings, both temporal and spiritual, which Thou hast showered upon us. May it please Thee to accept the homage of our grateful hearts which we offer Thee in union with the infinite thanksgiving of Thy divine Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with Thee liveth and reigneth forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer of the Week for the Week Beginning 3rd January 2016
New Year Prayer
I Am the New Year. . .
I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living. I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
Many Methodist churches hold a special service in January, called a Covenant Service. Think of this as a New Year service, where we consider New Year’s resolutions, the year that has passed and the year that is to come.
The difference between a Methodist Covenant Service and an ordinary New Year’s Resolution, though, is that it is less about US making promises, and more about God’s promises to us. We look back on the past year and pause to reflect on the many ways that God has been faithful to us – the many ways God has blessed us and been with us through the year. This also causes us to reflect on our faithfulness (or otherwise) to God. In the service itself we read Scripture passages which remind us of the many times God says “I will be your God and you will be my people; my faithfulness is unchanging”.