Prayers for Epiphany by Sarah Morse
As we start in a new year, let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends. We praise and thank you for the gifts in our lives, all gifts that come in all shapes and sizes. We stand amazed at the amount of your grace that is poured over us; step by step, year after year it remains the same and remains in immensity.
Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way. Let us serve all who are in need, regardless of their race, colour or creed. Let us not forget the example Jesus showed to us with the way he lived. Help us all to work to show the love the way Jesus did for us.
Let us not forget how fortunate we are living in the warmth and comfort of our own homes. Let us not forget and let us be thankful to the engineers and others who ensure this by working through the night and through bad weather conditions for the benefit of us.
We pray for all the possible opportunities that may come in 2011. May we remember to praise and thank you for all the good and amazing things that happen this year. However we also pray for you to shower us with love, mercy and grace in the hard times that happen in 2011 too. You rejoice when your children come to you in joy and sadness, remind us to turn to you in all things.
May our year be filled with peace, prosperity and love. May God's blessings come upon us and bestow upon each of us a bright, healthy and peaceful new year.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.