Pause for Prayer


Lord God, we give you thanks for the year which has passed.

We thank you for the many ways you have touched us in moments of happiness or distress.

We thank you for the people who matter to us, who have given  themselves to us and through whom you have been present to us in their love.

We thank you for your church, the community of faith in whose company we have journeyed, whose friendship we value, whose  challenge we welcome and whose wide boundaries are not defined by time, space or death.

As we move on now into a new year, give us grace to leave behind our regrets and our failures and any sense of guilt, to let go of the past with gratitude and to leave in your hands the future in faith, to live each moment in joyful discipleship in the company of him who is always Emmanuel, God with us.